White Kitchen Cabinets

The Absence of Color – The Use of White Kitchen Cabinets

by Concept II, September 16, 2016

Did you say you want a kitchen design that is guaranteed to endure?

While it’s true that interior design trends are fluid, and always changing, there is one thing that is ALWAYS going to be popular.

White! And since you’re looking at a kitchen and bath design blog, we’re talking about white kitchen cabinets.

In color psychology, white is the color of new beginnings and wiping the slate clean. It is the blank canvas waiting to be written upon. While white isn’t stimulating to the senses, it opens the way for the creation of anything the mind can conceive. White is light and clean and allows you to accent with any color or pattern, or none.

We could be talking about a contemporary loft,

Contemporary White Kitchen Cabinets

or a rustic country homestead

Country Style White Kitchen Cabinets

White kitchen cabinets are always in the discussion.

It’s no secret that people are often choosing hard-wood floors for their entire house, including kitchens. But this can sometimes present a problem in a kitchen. Too much wood can feel heavy, and matching stains and grains between the floor & cabinetry can be tricky.  Selecting white cabinets is often the easiest solution to this problem.

White Kitchen Cabinets with Dark Wood Floor

Imagine the above kitchen with wood cabinets… too much wood, I think.

I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that there isn’t just one shade of white. Some interiors call for a warm white, like French vanilla…

French Vanilla Color Kitchen Cabinets

Or the popular vintage stains…

Distressed White Kitchen Cabinets Distressed White Kitchen Cabinets Close Up

Something to consider is the existing trim in the house.  (Unless you’re open to changing everything.)  For example, you may be attracted to the warm whites, but if your baseboards, window trim, ceilings, crown are painted “Snowbound” or “Blizzard” you might be disappointed with the end result.  Learn from this homeowner’s experience.

White is light and fresh. It’s often associated with cleanliness and health. It is the perfect canvas to start your painting on. I’m not saying that its right for every kitchen, or every person, but you can’t argue with the data. White kitchen cabinets have been popular in American homes for 100 years…

White Kitchen Cabinets in a 1920's KitchenImage: Harris & Ewing Collection/Library of Congress 1920’s Kitchen

and maybe never as celebrated as right now.

White Cabinets in a Modern Kitchen Design

 

 

 

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