Tag Archives | white kitchen cabinets

Updating White Kitchens

updating white kitchens - generic white kitchen - robert stiles architecture via atticmag

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


Black French Range in a White Kitchen

black French range by CornueFe in a white Victorian style kitchen – Brooks&Falotico via Atticmag

Stove color makes a statement in a kitchen. Black implies serious culinary business.

Over the last ten years, the 2003 Something’s Gotta Give kitchen (actually a movie set) provided a much-copied formula for a popular black and white look: white Victorian-style cabinets with black counters and accents. That scheme created crisp, high contrast drama. The latest variation on the black and white theme is simpler. I’m seeing white kitchens with light counters and only a single dark accent — a black French range. Both Lacanche and CornfuFé offer stunning French-made ranges in a variety of black and near-black finishes, both matte and glossy.… Continue Reading


Retractable Skylight Kitchen

rectractible skylight kitchen - Elliott House white kitchen with retractable roof - yatzer via Atticmag

A rectractable skylight opens this kitchen ceiling to the outdoors.

When a house wins architectural awards, the kitchen rarely plays a role in its design. But in the case of Elliott House, a four-story contemporary glass and concrete home in London, the kitchen is key due to its location on the top floor and to the retractable skylight in the ceiling. With the roof open [top], the kitchen is instantly transformed into an indoor/outdoor room with “natural” ventilation. Like the rest of the house, the kitchen has poured concrete walls and black granite tile floors. And hewing to the aesthetic of sleek flat, minimalist surfaces, architects Eldridge-Smerin added white lacquer cabinets, stainless steel counters,  and Gaggenau wall ovens  for the owner, travel photographer Richard Elliott.… Continue Reading


Smart Kitchen Ideas

wooden stove top tray

A pair of design ideas that deliver charm and convenience.

Aren’t we always looking for ideas that will make our day-to-day lives easier?  It’s double the pleasure when the outcome is attractive.  Instead of dark, hard to reach corner cabinets, install open shelving.  These floating stainless steel shelves solve the dead space dilemma and are a place to display your everyday lovelies.

There is always the need for more counter space in a “cozy” kitchen.  Safety first is of the utmost importance, but a primitive wooden stovetop cover could be the solution.  With stove knob placement at the back, there is little danger of accidentally bumping or tiny fingers turning them on. … Continue Reading


Antique Gray Hutch Kitchen

antique gray French armoire set into wall of kitchen cabinets from House Beautiful

The French armoire inset is only one trick of the trade used in this soft palette design.

Many from the kitchen obsessed crowd would begin buying for their dream kitchen with the French range.  But designer Samantha Lyman and her client’s first purchase was the pair of vintage Dutch ship lights.  The large scale vintage pieces are copper with an enamel coating, an amazing find, and flawless over the island.  The warm brown-gray island (C2 Fusion) has a walnut counter that was bleached to get rid of its reddish undertones, then finished with warm chocolate stain.  The island features a Waterworks Normandy prep sink paired with a Dornbracht Tara faucet. … Continue Reading


Hardware Love Kitchens

white kitchen with black cabinet hardware and dark matching tile grout

As “Kitchen Week” continues, pumping up a metallic finish in the color scheme can be amazingly effective.

Cabinet-look kitchens are particularly prone to hardware overload, especially with white since it’s such an effective backdrop. So the very first thing I noticed about this kitchen was the handles — all matching and lined up like a blacksmith’s army in drill formation. Yet the effect was surprisingly stunning since the handles matched not only the dark finish of the elegant steel-frame Palladian windows but their graceful arcs as well. How refined. Along with the white, the wood components (beams and floor) work as neutrals.… Continue Reading