Timeless Style: White Kitchens

Many people believe the only color for the kitchen is white. They love the clean, fresh sanitary feel and the timeless, classic look.

Design by Sue Adams.

White Is Timeless

White is the perfect background color for almost any other color, says designer Jim Sandell. White is also easier to keep clean because dirt is more visible than with other colors.

Design by Thomas A. Conway.

Why White?

The turn to white kitchens came during the Victorian period, when homeowners began to spend more time in the kitchen. The materials available at the time also lent themselves to white, such as the porcelain for tiles and sinks, and milk-based paints for cabinetry.

Design by Thomas A. Conway.

A Good Choice for Small Kitchens

White works well for small kitchens because it is light and bright, which makes the space appear larger.

Modern Kitchen With Ebony Cabinets Design by Christopher J. Grubb.

White in Contemporary Kitchens

In a contemporary kitchen, white helps create shadows and contrasts that emphasize planes and surfaces.

Design by Lori Gilder.

Get the Light Right

Good lighting helps give definition and character to a white kitchen, since white is so reflective. The room can seem warm or cold, depending on the light source (natural or man-made).

Design by Erinn Valencich.

Selling Your Home? White Works

White is an excellent color for resale: It's like a blank sheet of paper for prospective buyers.

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