Decisions, decisions, decisions.
There’s a wide range of stained and painted finishes to choose from when selecting a finish color for your new kitchen, which means this can be a very tough choice. Neutral pastels in light gray and creamy tones are coming to the fore but white-painted cabinets are classic, reaching back more than 100 years. Between 1900 and 1920, when cities began focusing on improving the health of their residents, many inaugurated water systems. This began a wave of modernization, with an emphasis on cleanliness and good hygiene as the ideal. As the concept of the hygienic kitchen took hold, many manufacturers started producing white cabinets to appeal to the modern expectations of their customers.
White cabinets are versatile.
While it’s easy to paint your walls, change your curtains and update your décor, an investment in kitchen cabinets is something you won’t want to change any time soon. Clients say that they want a fresh look and a light color with staying power. White cabinets fill the bill for all of these requirements, making it a classic. That doesn’t have to mean traditional, though. This kitchen is in the Merillat Classic Portrait and features quartz countertops, glass tile behind the range, sleek stainless steel appliances and a contemporary range hood.
“Finish preferences have come and gone but white will always be popular. Since kitchens always seem smaller and darker than clients want them to be, so they often choose white to make a small space seem larger” says Carolina Kitchen & Bath designer Regina Frederick. “It also widens your decorating options because you can coordinate so many different colors with it. It makes picking countertops, flooring, paint and other décor choices much easier.”
White cabinets invite color.
Adding color is important, otherwise you risk creating a room that looks sterile. One way to change things up a bit is to choose contrasting accents or stained wood cabinets for a kitchen island. This adds warmth and depth to the room and makes it more inviting. Choosing a countertop that adds color, depth and contrast keeps white from being a “safe” color.
Whichever finish you choose, focus on what you like and what looks good in the space. Houzz or Pinterest are always a helpful, with photos and ideas to spark your imagination. Remodeling is a big effort and expense so don’t tie all of your choices to resale value or what will sell fast. According to Regina “White cabinets are like that little black dress, they will never go out of style.”