Archive | White Kitchen

Classic or kitchens of every style with white or off-white kitchen cabinets or white or off-white color schemes, tile, or wall colors.

White Cottage Kitchen

A white cottage kitchen with restored vintage appliances and a pair of blackboards offers a great blend of old and new.

In a renovated Northern California beach house, Benjamin Moore’s Snow on the Mountain paint was used as the icy white coating on the ceilings, shelves and cabinets — a blizzard like treatment that’s often found in Scandinavian kitchens, too.  White marble counters help keep the kitchen bright against dark stained wood floors which vividly point up the whiteness. Two blackboard surfaces — one on the dining side of a peninsula and the other on the refrigerator wall — provide areas for word art and soulful phrases written in white chalk.… Continue Reading


Updating White Kitchens

Four years ago, I observed that the all white kitchens trend was over. Looking back, that was the beginning of the end.

Today, the white kitchen — often amusingly referred to as “the one true kitchen” — has been copied to death. Apart from light fixtures or other details, it’s often difficult to tell white kitchens from one another. In concept, they are very lovely but the look has become formulaic. The all-white kitchen [top] is typical of the genre as it has milk-color Shaker style cabinets with Victorian brackets and feet, and upper cabinets with glass doors. Another hallmark is the white subway tile backsplash that blends in.… Continue Reading


Boho Cottage Kitchen

Pattern and color added to a basic cabinet can create variations in a cottage kitchen sink base.

The appeal of cottage style is the informality and unpredictability that comes from working with less than perfect materials or spaces. Simply fixing up something old, without trying to make it look new, often results in a quirky or bohemian (boho for short) outcome. That, I expect, was behind the idea of producing new kitchen cabinets that would look like unfitted pieces that had been rehabbed. The intent was to manufacture charm – always tricky. Both the striped and the plain planked cottage kitchen sink base in these vignettes belong to the Steamer Bay collection by John Lewis of Hungerford.… Continue Reading


Fluted Cabinetry Kitchen

A modern kitchen created by artisans wielding a router.

I ran across this kitchen last week while working on my Industrial Chic Corrugated Tin post.  At first glance, I thought the island was fronted with tin but further research lead me to the South Carolina custom cabinet shop of Frost & Keading. The painted modern kitchen features fluted cabinetry — a continuous fluted pattern across all the doors and drawer fronts.  Precise computerized machinery and a router are paired with handwork at the bench by their craftsmen.  The island features a marble waterfall counter, Lee Industries upholstered stools, and round copper pendants that bring out the warm colors in the travertine flooring. … Continue Reading


Pie Safe Pantry Kitchen

A unique built in pie safe pantry wall gives a white beach house kitchen instant classic status.

The wonderful thing about an old-fashioned pie safe is the ability to store food such as baked goods, cheese, fruit or vegetables at room temperature in a closed cabinet that lets air circulate freely. Antique pie safes are highly collectible. In an Long Island beach-house kitchen the idea was recast. A floor-to-ceiling cabinet with screen doors was built between a large pantry and even larger kitchen. Most significantly, it’s accessible from either the kitchen or the pantry side — a see-through larder in essence.… Continue Reading


Wallpaper Ceiling Kitchen

 A wallpapered kitchen ceiling adds tone-on-tone pattern that is repeated with tile.

The all-white kitchen trend peaked several years ago but the look just keeps on coming.  So these days, keeping a white kitchen from looking generic requires a special design strategy. In this New York City apartment, designer Christina Murphy used tons of bright color and bold pattern — including black and white zigzag Pattern Behind the Shelves in the living room. But things went quiet in the kitchen. There, the pattern moved to tone-on-tone diamonds in a wallpapered kitchen ceiling that is something of a surprise. Perhaps to emphasize the tray ceiling, the interlocking circle pattern of Schumacher’s silver and white Modern Nature Spherica wallpaper adds a subtle texture and ability to catch and reflect a small amount of light.… Continue Reading