There’s a reason this
look has staying power. Here’s a
baker’s dozen of ideas for making your white
White-on-white kitchens have been a classic look for many years.
Why does this trend endure? For starters, white connotes cleanliness, makes
small spaces appear larger, and brightens rooms that are naturally dark. Although many all-white kitchens are just lovely, some can appear a bit stark
or cold. To help clients warm up their white, I recommend a variety of
strategies, such as mixing metals and adding contrasting paint, fabric or wood.
Read on for inspiration for personalizing your white kitchen so that it stands
out from the crowd.
accents. Copper, bronze, brass and polished nickel are just a few of
the metals that can warm up an all-white kitchen. The gold sconces above the
window and the white pendant lights, with their subtle hint of gold, add warmth
and a touch of luxury to this all-white kitchen.
2. Color and metal. Moving beyond metallics alone, a single
contrasting color when combined with metals can create drama in a white
kitchen. In this photo, a modern white kitchen intermingles black pendants and
countertops with gold seating. This combination contributes to the room’s sleek
3. Wallpaper. I love wallpaper, especially in kitchens. Wallpaper can introduce
color, movement and dimension to a white kitchen. When applied to a lone wall,
wallpaper can create a dynamic focal point, as shown in this photo. The bright
white cabinets and crisp white walls are softened by the shades of blue in the
fish swimming on the side wall. This kitchen’s under-the-sea motif is enhanced
by the blue tile on the back wall and the sea urchin-shaped pendant lights.
Unlike the previous photo, where the wallpaper takes center
stage, here a gray-and-white paisley wallpaper provides a muted backdrop that
enhances the quiet elegance of this white kitchen.
4. Colorful island. Wood-stained islands often appear in white
kitchens because of the richness and contrast they bring.This
kitchen shows a creative alternative, pairing a chartreuse island with a
chartreuse Roman shade. Together they lend a whimsical, personalized feel. To
give your white kitchen a personal touch, consider painting your island your
This kitchen — with its bright red island, contrasting black
countertops and graphic floor — is a bold example of a one-of-a-kind white
5. Tile rug. Layering in a rug is a great way to introduce
color and texture to an all-white kitchen, but some clients worry that a rug
could be an added source of dirt as well as a possible tripping hazard.
This clever kitchen resolves both issues with a tile rug instead of a fabric
6. Backsplash. A tile backsplash also can bring color and texture to your white
kitchen. But who says a backsplash must be tile? This kitchen has a
counter-level window in lieu of a tile splash. The window faces a luscious
succulent garden, thus creating a green vista for an otherwise monochromatic
7. Painted ceiling. A painted ceiling can bring unexpected color to your white
kitchen. Ceilings are often painted a shade of white, regardless of the room’s
wall color. Instead, they can be considered the fifth wall and a canvas ready
for color — think of yourself as Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel’s
ceiling for inspiration! The kitchen in this photo has a painted yellow ceiling
juxtaposed with a blue-and-white striped runner in the kitchen’s center. These
two elements create a vibrant feel for this primarily white kitchen. Dark
countertops heighten the room’s drama.
Unlike the energetic yellow ceiling in the previous photo, this
light blue ceiling evokes a tranquil feeling for this kitchen.
8. Statement hood. Sometimes a large hood together with dramatic backsplash is all
the design statement you need in a white kitchen, as shown in this photo.
9. Art wall. The trend for fewer wall cabinets to create more
openness in the kitchen is evidenced in this photo. This kitchen takes
advantage of its lack of upper cabinetry by creating an artistic focal point
behind the hood with tile.
10. Wood. Real wood can add a warm organic element to your white kitchen.
Islands, floating shelves and countertops are great potential kitchen additions
in wood. This photo shows a live-edge bar top.
11. In lieu of marble. Traditional white kitchens often are presented with marble
countertops and white subway tiles for a classic look. This kitchen also feels
classic, but in a new way, thanks toAzul Macaubas counters and a
soft white-and-blue mosaic tile backsplash.
12. Beyond stainless. Another way to bring color to your white kitchen
is with colorful appliances, as seen in this kitchen. Turquoise appliances and
a turquoise-tinged backsplash wall brighten this space.
13. Colorful fabric. Consider window coverings and pillows for your kitchen. Colorful
and patterned fabrics can add visual interest to a white kitchen, as shown in
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If you ask almost any
kitchen design professional they will immediately shout NO! In fact on Linkedin
kitchen forums and at industry events nearly all kitchen designers and
remodelers routinely complain about how misleading HGTV renovation shows are.
Professionals believe that these shows make our lives harder.
PBS shows like This Old
House or Hometime are factual and try to give accurate and interesting glimpses
into renovations. Conversely HGTV cares very little if anything about accuracy.
Their renovation shows are reality television created to garner ratings. It
frustrates real professionals when our customers bring up things they have seen
on HGTV. For example customers will often believe they know the correct way to
do something, what a realistic time line might be, the cost of a project,
and the possible calamities that might befall a project all from the over
dramatic and fact free shows they have enjoyed on HGTV.
Nearly every HGTV
remodeling show will have a “Construction Surprise” during the remodeling
project. The TV personality (show hosts are not real renovation professionals
who remodel homes when not on TV) will tell the homeowners something like “I’m
so sorry Bob and Jean but this turns out to be a load bearing wall and it will
cost $5000 extra to remove it.” Real professionals must determine what is load
bearing and what is not before even giving an estimate. When contractors and design professionals
know what they are doing surprises almost never happen and if they do they are
small ones and inexpensive.
these unprofessional surprises routinely on HGTV frightens homeowners
into believing that their projects might have similar surprises. Unscrupulous
contractors can use this misconception to over charge home owners and under bid
honest professionals. This is especially frustrating to the knowledgeable pros
that bid jobs accurately and stand behind their bids.
like Alison Victoria from HGTV’s
show Kitchen Crashers are
not real. You cannot become an expert designer and renovator 2 years after
leaving The University of Nevada Las Vegas with a degree in psychology. Professionals
know that it takes at least a decade of experience along with talent to become
a competent kitchen designer and to direct remodeling projects. And the
information obtained from HGTV is less real than their hosts.
If you enjoy HGTV
reality remodels think of them as simply entertainment. Your kitchen designer
and general contractor will breath a sigh of relief. And if you hire competent
professionals for your kitchen renovation you can expect no HGTV type surprises.
As my favorite TV chef
would say at the end of her show …Bon Appetit!
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Style a sleek, modern space with innovative surfaces using these tips from Cambria
Who doesn’t dream of a fabulous kitchen remodel? Given the
amount of time we spend in the kitchen — prepping, cooking, baking, cleaning,
entertaining — we crave a stylish space that draws us in, a retreat that
aesthetically rivals the rest of the house.
A chic, updated kitchen is also one of the best ways to increase the value of
your home. Ask any real estate agent which room upgrade carries the best return
on investment and the kitchen will undoubtedly be at the top of the
list. But it also can be one of the most overwhelming rooms to
remodel. Where to begin?
Unlike the living room, which you might style around a piece of artwork or a
rug, in the kitchen you want to start with the biggest features and work
backward. Three areas in which to achieve maximum impact are cabinets,
countertops and appliances. From there, everything else — flooring, paint,
lighting, backsplash — can fall into place.
Keep reading for some tips from Cambria, a manufacturer of pure, natural quartz
surfaces, on creating a unique and elegant kitchen that can be the highlight of
1. Go Bold
Don’t be afraid to make a statement. While we may be used to seeing subtle
patterns on kitchen countertops, a more elaborate
surface can perform double duty as a work of art. Use marble
look-alike quartz for a beautiful, easy-to-maintain version
without the hassle. Coordinate your paint, backsplash, flooring, hardware and
decor with the undertones in your counter to make the design pop.
For example, to bring out the metallic flecks in your kitchen island, try
adding polished nickel or unlacquered brass finishes for an elegant touch.
Accentuate countertop veining by painting perimeter cabinets the same color or
finding complementary ceramic tile or stone flooring. Stain your island
cabinets to contrast with your countertops for a dramatic effect. And don’t
forget to add personality with an artistic backsplash or unique barstools.
2. Go Sleek
There’s something about a modern kitchen that feels clean and hip, even if
you’re just reheating leftover meatloaf for dinner. A white-and-gray palette is
on trend, the ideal backdrop for high-tech innovations like induction cooktops,
touch-on faucets and appliances controlled from your smartphone. Simple (or
hidden) hardware, strong horizontal lines and limited ornamentation can help
make your kitchen shine.
If you decide on lighter-hued surfaces, be sure they’re stain-resistant,
as nothing detracts from a state-of-the-art space like a coffee ring or a
splash of red wine. A clean, modern kitchen is ideal for small spaces, as
minimalist design allows for increased efficiency and functionality.
surfaces streamline a kitchen even more. Now if only you could get a
robot to do the dishes …
3. Go Luxe
Is your style elegant and sophisticated? There’s no reason your kitchen can’t
be too. Tying your home’s overall design into the kitchen is essential for
open-concept living. But remember that high-end doesn’t have to mean
Add an unexpected piece of art, a conversation (center) piece, chic barstools
and a statement light fixture to make your kitchen truly feel unique. And don’t
forget to accessorize. Small details can create an opulent feel: Think fresh
flowers, dimmable lights, designer linens, ornate hardware or a cluster of
It’s hard to believe that
kitchens used to be relegated to the back of the house, far removed from family
living and intended purely as a workspace. Today, a sophisticated,
well-designed kitchen is seen as one of the surest paths to luxurious living in
With a beautiful kitchen, you may find yourself dusting off that stack of
neglected Bon Appétit magazines and tackling more elaborate
recipes, or polishing your silver for the first time in months. Guests may
linger longer in your fresh new entertaining space, as every good dinner party
ends up in the kitchen. As the last of the stragglers leave, pour yourself a glass of pinot;
with the right design choices, cleanup won’t feel like a chore in your new
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No lifting, please!
Stand mixers may be small, but they’re heavy.
Here’s where to keep them so
they’ll be easy to use.
Not too long ago, several astute readers noticed something in a
story they didn’t agree with: a stand mixer placed on a high shelf. While it
was probably there just for the photo shoot, the readers brought up a good
point. These countertop mixers weigh a lot and are not easy to move around.
Here are the latest storage solutions for keeping this heavy small appliance
stored somewhere that’s easy to access.
Solution: Out in plain sight.
Who it works for: You use your stand mixer not only for baking but
also as a fun, colorful accessory. It’s like the statement necklace of your
So here’s the thing: Part of the reason I’d shell out a few hundred bucks for
one of these mixers is because they are very cool-looking and come in super
cute colors. I don’t know how anyone could buy a happy pear-green KitchenAid
mixer and then not want to look at it all the time. But I can relate to needing
the counter space it requires, so we’ll go through a variety of options.
Solution: Tucked under an upper cabinet.
Who it works for: You want to look at your mixer but want it to
live in a tucked-away space.
These homeowners can still enjoy looking at their turquoise mixer, but if they
need that primo counter space for unloading groceries or laying out ingredients
next to the refrigerator, they can shove it out of the way.
Solution: A pullout drawer.
Who it works for: You think stand mixers add to countertop clutter.
You have a strong back, don’t use the mixer often and want to add a little arm
workout in with your kitchen duties.
A sturdy pullout drawer like this one keeps the mixer close by without taking
up prime kitchen real estate. Be sure to let your cabinetmaker know you plan to
store something heavy here so he or she can check the weight rating for the
Solution: A mixer lift.
Who it works for: You want super easy access to the mixer with
minimal physical effort. You’d rather give up lower cabinet space than
countertop space, or you want to use your mixer on an island in the middle of
Open the cabinet door and — voilà — you can pull the mixer up
and out with ease, do your mixing right on the shelf it sits on, then stash it
away when you’re done. Installing an electrical outlet within the mixer’s
cabinet makes things even easier. Also, think about where you’ll be doing your
baking tasks when you install this. For example, being able to do plugged-in
mixing at an island is a relatively new option that might not have been
available the last time you remodeled your kitchen.
Solution: A custom pullout shelf that’s lower than
standard counter height.
Who it works for: You use a wheelchair or need a seat while baking.
This custom setup is for a home that follows universal design principles. The
cabinet door flips up and a shelf that houses the mixer pulls out. As you can
see just behind the mixer, there’s an electrical outlet in the back of the
garage with a sliding shelf.
Who it works for: Youwant to use the mixer on a
perimeter countertop but don’t want to look at it all the time.
This arrangement is so easy: Lift or roll up the appliance garage door and
slide out the mixer, which sits on its own pullout.
Here’s an example of an appliance garage with bifold doors that
blend right in with the rest of the cabinetry.
Solution: Stash it in a baking cabinet.
Who it works for: You love to bake and you want a dedicated station
for gathering ingredients, rolling dough, measuring and mixing.
A baking station is a dream for those who love to bake. With all of today’s
clever storage solutions, you can set up a baking cabinet complete with stand
mixer, ingredients, baking sheets, muffin tins, measuring cups and everything
else you need efficiently in one place. It also provides a surface where you
can roll out and knead dough.
Solution: An appliance garage that opens on two sides.
Who it works for: Your kitchen may have more than one small
appliance working at once, and you cannot stand wasted corner space.
Sometimes corners in a kitchen are full of wasted or blind space. This designer
made the most of that, which left a lot of room for a nice adjacent window.
This solution is smart because you could pull out the coffeemaker and the mixer
at the same time and have plenty of space to do so. And hey, it can even suit
different moods. Want to look outside and watch the birds or gaze lovingly at
that killer Heath Ceramics tile while you mix? It’s your choice.
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Get ideas for camouflaging your outlets, adding tasklighting
and avoiding common kitchen annoyances
Great design is all about
the details — especially those that, when done right, you don’t notice at all.
As a kitchen designer, I have a number of special techniques to create gorgeous
kitchens that function beautifully. Here are 17 of my best kitchen design
All About Outlets
1. Color-coordinate the outlets. Local building codes often state that
there must be an electrical outlet every 4 feet in the kitchen. White outlets
are seemingly the color of choice for electricians — and therein lies thebane
of my design existence. With their glaring contrast, white outlets in a
nonwhite backsplash detract from the beauty of the tile. Fortunately, you can
avoid this dilemma by coordinating your outlets and wall plates with the color
of your backsplash tile, as shown in this photo.
2. Install undercabinet
plug molding. One option for a clutter-free backsplash is to install
plug molding beneath the wall cabinets.
3. Mix outlet styles. I always ask clients if a toaster or a coffee
maker will live on their counter. If so, I add a wall outlet behind that
appliance since it will always be plugged in. Otherwise, the electrical cord
will be visible as it dangles from the plug molding above. Remember to combine
a mixture of outlets and plug molding into your design.
4. Go for pop-up outlets. Another
option for an outlet-free backsplash is a pop-up outlet that disappears into the countertop. These are
especially useful in places where there are no wall cabinets to hide a plug
5. Turn the outlet sideways. If wall outlets are
your desired solution, install them sideways and closer to the counter for a
less obtrusive profile than the common vertical orientation.
6. Create a charging
station. A plethora of devices need charging these days. Create a
docking drawer with a hidden charge station so that you can keep your
smartphones and iPads out of sight.
Lighting Secrets for Style and Function
7. Provide task lighting. The primary purpose of undercabinet lighting
is to illuminate the countertop, which in turn makes food preparation easier on
the eyes. That’s why it’s known as task lighting. Always install the task light
toward the front of the cabinet, not toward the back. If the light is stationed
closer to the back wall, it primarily highlights the backsplash tile and not
the counter, defeating the purpose of the light.
8. Make cabinets glow. In
the past, lighting the interior of a wall cabinet meant that each shelf had to
be glass. The light source came from the top of the cabinet and needed to
penetrate the shelves to illuminate those below. The farther away from the
light source, the dimmer the shelf.
But times and lighting have changed, and these days, I prefer to install an LED lighting strip on both sides of the cabinet. That
way, each shelf can glow, as shown in this photo. Hide the LED strip behind the
cabinet’s face frame. If it’s a frameless cabinet, embed the strip in a
prepared groove in the cabinet’s side wall.
9. Hide the dishwasher with paneling. Whether or not you are
paneling therefrigerator, consider paneling the dishwasher for a
clean, harmonious look, uninterrupted by a stainless steel appliance next to
the sink. In this photo, the dishwasher lies to the left of the sink.
10. Conceal the
microwave. Microwaves are still an integral part of most kitchens for
reheating beverages and leftovers. Most clients prefer them out of sight rather
than occupying valuable counter space. One option is to keep them hidden in a
wall cabinet with a lift-up door, as shown in this photo.
11. Don’t crowd the hood. When using achimney hood,
always leave at least 2 to 3 inches between the hood and the wall cabinets to
the left and right. Visually, the hood will not look cramped, and the sides of
the cabinets will stay cleaner longer.
12. Rethink glass
cabinetry next to a hood. Glass cabinets create a
lovely focal point when placed next to a hood, but are they practical? Unless
you’re prepared to constantly clean the glass of the grease and grime emanating
from cooking, it’s best to install them elsewhere.
13. Define the zones. Think in terms of prepping and cleanup zones
when planning your kitchen. Do you really want your cleanup sink to be in the
island filled with dirty dishes? Put the prep sink on the island and tuck the
cleanup sink out of the way.
14. Maximize prep space
on an island. I love symmetry, and for years, I would center the sink in the
island. But unless the island was 9 feet long, the prep area on both sides of
the sink was limited. These days, I hold the sink to one side of the island to
allow for maximum prep space.
Another consideration when placing a sink in an island is the height of the
faucet. The taller the faucet, the more of a focal point it becomes.
15. Countersink the
screw. The cabinet next to a Lazy Susan cabinet with a bifold door
often shows scratches over time. That’s because the head of the screw holding
the Lazy Susan’s cabinet hardware in place protrudes and scrapes across the
adjacent cabinet when the door is being closed.
Here’s an easy fix: Just
have your contractor countersink the screw so that the head of the screw is
flush with the wood and no longer protrudes.
16. Account for lid storage. Having to store pot lids
can be a nightmare. There are many ways to solve this problem, but my favorite
is to create a divider in a pullout drawer, as shown in this photo.
17. Clear the decks. Don’t
forget to add accessories like a soap dispenser and an air switch to keep
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