Brookfield kitchen remodel by Refined Renovations, Wauwatosa,
features custom cabinetry by Louis Anthony Custom Cabinetry. The
countertops are Costa Esmeralda Extra granite and a Vetrazzo
recycled glass countertop. The project was featured on last yearís
Milwaukee/NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes.
When it comes to
home design, white is always popular among homeowners. Itís a color
that never really goes out of style, yet easily lends itself to
makes white a good choice for kitchen makeovers. Whether you favor
contemporary or traditional design, white has a classic appeal that
seems to defy time.
Russ Waters of
Wisconsin Kitchen Mart has been designing white kitchens for clients
for 30 years. He estimates that half of the kitchens he designed last
year were white.
want white kitchens," he says simply.
behind the white kitchenís enduring appeal?
people seeking to refresh this key gathering spot in their homes often
complain the existing space is tired and dingy-looking. In that
regard, white is an attractive choice because itís clean and fresh.
drawn to white because itís bright and cheery. It makes them
happy," says Waters. "Thereís definitely an emotional
Matt Retzak, a
project designer with Bartelt-Filo, says white kitchens have been
consistent requests from clients during his 11 years in the industry.
"The kitchen is a room where a lot of time is spent so people
want it to feel clean and airy," he says.
Beyond the fresh
clean vibe white gives off, the color is versatile, Waters says. White
can be easily integrated into any kitchen decor from traditional to
modern and everything in between.
play a role in any style," says Matt Jahns of Refined
Renovations. "It stands the test of time."
white is a perfect backdrop for adding accent color, whether itís a
center island in a deep, rich wood like cherry or a brightly colored
that white goes a long way.
provides a nice contrast," he says. "White cabinets pop
against other colors in the room. It adds additional interest to the
materials and textures like natural wood and stainless steel creates
an interesting juxtaposition and can change the way the space feels
floor makes a white kitchen more friendly and approachable compared to
the same kitchen with a tile floor," says Retzak.
homeowners also tend to choose white because itís a noncommittal
worried about how remodeling will affect the value of their
home," he says. "I tell my clients theyíre not going to
make a mistake with white."
appealing color offers a blank slate for potential buyers to
re-envision the space.
A white kitchen
can be a huge plus for small kitchens, too. In smaller homes, white
makes a room feel bigger, says Retzak.
Not every shade
of white lends itself to creating a friendly, cozy atmosphere. The
pure, crisp white popular in the 1980s and 1990s has been replaced by
hues with a tinge of color ranging from blue to yellow. This small
amount of color makes todayís white warmer and more accessible.
doesnít have to be stark," says Jahns. "White kitchens
today usually incorporate warmer, more welcoming tones."
Kitchen and Bath Association confirms the trend, with muted, milky
white tones ranking high on its annual top trends list.
presents a classic framework that can be reinvented over and over
again," says Jahns. "You can infuse your personality and
dress it up or down."