Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What Everyone Should Know Before Doing a White Kitchen

White is the new white. This is a kitchen scheme that is not going anywhere anytime soon. Which in my eyes is a good thing because it allows us to create kitchen spaces that are classic and timeless--or at least in our 21st-century eyes "timeless". With this in mind, I thought I'd offer a few pieces of advice to keep in mind when pursuing your dream of a white kitchen.

1. Finish is everything.
There are many ways to achieve the color "white", but quality and proper finishing techniques are critical when it comes to creating a white that will stand the test of time. Do your research and make sure you understand the type of finish and the process that will be used in the application of this finish.

2. Choose your white carefully

All whites are not created equally, and what looks great in the showroom or on the paint chip may not be the "right white" in your home. A professional designer should always provide expert advice, as well as adequate color sampling to ensure the white is right for your space. Once your cabinets are in, this is an expensive and difficult thing to change, so its important to get it right the first time!

3. Consider incorporating a secondary color or finish

Maybe you can't get enough when it comes to white (and that's okay), but adding a second finish can add interest, texture, and durability in a white kitchen space. Consider an island that incorporates seating and gets a ton of use--a wood or darker finish color can go a long way in helping to disguise scuff marks and heavy wear. Additionally, the pop of another color/texture may be just what your white kitchen needs to create that final 'wow' factor.

4. Think carefully before adding a glaze/artistic finish

Glazes, hand-brushed, and distressed finishes are a wonderful thing, but only when executed properly, and used appropriately within the space. You don't need to "amp up" the white for the sake of being different. This will look dated much too quickly, so keep it simple and if you like white, embrace it.

5. Layer in texture

Either visual or tactile, to add interest and dimension to an all white color scheme. You can do this in subtle, yet effective ways through the use of backsplash material, countertop surfaces or textiles within the space.

Click here for some additional great color advice (and more beautiful photos) on white kitchens.