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Kitchen trends come and go, but white kitchens will always stand the test of time. White is a timeless color and since it reflects light, it’s a perfect choice to make a smaller space appear larger. White also gives the feeling of “clean” and “fresh,” which are two classic words to describe a wonderful kitchen. It’s no wonder why white kitchens are all the rage.
Here’s a few different ways you can incorporate white into your kitchen remodel.
It’s hard to believe that white kitchens could get any more popular. But the preference for white cabinets continues to soar among both designers and homeowners. White regularly tops the list of the most popular kitchen colors year after year in the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s annual survey. It simply refuses to go out of style. That’s good news to bear in mind for resale value. White’s universal simple beauty takes the worry out of marketability. White cabinets come in every style, material and price point imaginable. Get in touch with your local kitchen designer to see what kitchen cabinet options may be available to you.
You can make a focal point in your kitchen by installing a white farmhouse sink, also known as an apron front sink. Farmhouse sinks are also a timeless look because they remind us of a time when the sink was an essential part of daily life. Back in the day, farmhouse sinks were used for everything such as: scrubbing pots and pans, cleaning clothes, even washing children and pets! Farmhouse sinks have become an increasingly popular sink option in recent years for both traditional and contemporary style kitchens. Farmhouse sinks have a very classic design: a deep basin and a tall "apron"-like panel that juts out slightly from the surrounding cabinetry. Because each farm sink can run different dimensions, they typically only work with custom-built cabinetry and countertops, so be sure to ask your kitchen designer. If you’re not planning a remodel, newer options like this self-trimming apron-front sink from Kohler can be installed without replacing the existing cabinetry. Kohler farm sinks are made with an enameled cast iron that is backed by a limited lifetime warranty against cracking, staining, chipping or burning. Now that’s a durable sink!
Layering white on white (white cabinets with a white countertop or white countertops with a white backsplash) in a kitchen has been seen in many design magazines and can take that timeless white look to a new level. Whichever countertop material you decide upon, the white options are endless! If you want to go white, you can’t go wrong with Carrara or Calacatta marble. It’s been looking great in homes for thousands of years; it’ll look good in yours. However, marble can be extremely porous, making it prone to scratching and staining. There are many great quartz alternatives out there that give you the look of a beautiful white marble without any of the maintenance. For example, Calacatta Nuvo by Caearstone is a beautiful quartz countertop that requires no sealing or waxing.
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Paint is always a quick and affordable way to bring color into any room. It’s easy to commit to white walls, but which white? It’s very easy to stare at the wall filled with hundreds of white paint chips and get overwhelmed. Well, Sherwin Williams is here to save the day! If you haven’t heard yet, Sherwin Williams just announced “Alabaster” as the color of the year for 2016. A beautiful white that is not too stark, it makes a great color for walls, but it’s also a favorite for moldings. No matter if you choose Alabaster or not, it’s a good idea to sample it out before making a final commitment. Paint your sample(s) on a large piece of foam board and see how it looks at different times of the day with different amounts of light. Also, move your board to various spots around your room: you may be surprised at how different a paint color can look depending upon where it is in the room.
Are you sick of constantly cleaning those fingerprints and smudge marks off of your stainless steel appliances? Say ‘hello’ to Whirlpools new appliance finish: White Ice. This new collection with its glass-like glossy sheen is a sophisticated and stylish way to incorporate white into your kitchen. This sleek new line is going to give stainless steel a run for their money. A second option would be to purchase appliances that accept custom built cabinet panels to match your cabinetry for a true built-in look.
In a nutshell, white is the ultimate neutral that will easily morph into any kitchen style. Every color looks great paired with white so it allows you to change accent colors as often as you change your mood. Should everything be white? Not at all. Hardwood and glass always pair well with white. Hardwood floors and glass front cabinets are both wonderful mix-ins to your white kitchen.
Are you planning a white kitchen renovation or have you recently incorporated white into your kitchen? Tweet me @whalenkristin to let me know!