Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Are white kitchens a thing of the past????

Let's talk design aesthetic (at least as it relates to kitchens)...

Over the past decade the focus has shifted away from the stained woods and detailed mouldings, and towards a much cleaner and simpler design aesthetic. The kitchen-of-the-moment (for the past four years or so) is what we are calling 'transitional' (meaning that it is a blend of 'classic' and 'modern' design) and has typically been white cabinets with white marble counters (either calacatta, carrara or occasionally danby) and dark-stained wood floors. White, white and more white. And while I absolutely love the look and feel of a white kitchen, and I agree that the look is timeless (at least when done in a way that balances the simplicity in form of modern design with the feeling of comfort evoked in more classic kitchens), I've got to say that I am ready for a change. 

So what's the new white?

Check back next week and I'll tell you what we've been seeing a lot of lately, but in the mean time we'd love to hear your thoughts...

What does your dream kitchen look like?

What do you think will be the next big thing (for kitchen cabinets/counters/backsplash)?


  1. i still love the look and feel of a white kitchen, but i'm excited to hear where you think we're heading.

  2. You are right... kitchen's are a huge investment... and an investment that has huge potential for upping the resale value of your home! So if you are wanting to invest in a new kitchen, but know that you plan on selling your house in the near future, I would recommend sticking to a neutral color palette. Don't do anything too bold, as you want to appeal to the broadest audience. Think about doing a white or slightly off-white painted cabinet with honed black absolute granite counters. Not only is black absolute granite is relatively inexpensive (as far as stone counters go it is the cheapest), but it is extremely durable and fairly consistent in color (in other words, it is not as "busy" as most other granites). To keep the space feeling fresh and relevant, opt for a glass backsplash, just make sure to choose a neutral color (light earth tones are typically a safe bet). And make sure you don't go over the top with mouldings and fancy design elements. Remember the old motto: K.I.S.S. ("keep it simple, stupid").

    Hope this helps!!!