From classic country farmhouse to ultra-modern high gloss, white has been the most popular kitchen colour choice since… well, ever since people first started to have kitchens! There are good reasons why a white kitchen has been the go-to kitchen choice for decades and decades. Of course, other colours have become popular too over the years. There has never been so much choice when it comes to the colour to pick for your kitchen design. And, yes, from time-to-time other tones have claimed the ‘Bang on Trend’ title – greys and blues in recent years, for example.
However, despite this, white has never really gone away. It has always retained its enduring appeal. And, white shows no signs of becoming any less-popular anytime soon. So, why should you choose a white kitchen?
White Kitchen: Why do we go white?
While there has never been as much colour choice for the kitchen, in many ways you are better sticking to a simple kitchen design. And things don’t get any simpler or more streamlined for a kitchen design than white. Of course, there are no rules when it comes to deciding just how white your kitchen can be. It’s worth bearing in mind that going totally-white – especially in a larger space – can make a room feel a little sterile and cold. But, at the end of the day, just how white you choose to go is a matter of personal choice and taste. You can all go all the way with white cabinets and walls, and white marble worktops to complete the look. Or you can tone things down and blend and contrast the white base colour of your design with other shades and tones.
It’s also worth remembering that there are now countless shades of white available to buy. So, if bright white feels too overpowering for you, there are plenty of more subtle shades to choose instead, including creams and ivories.
But why is it that white can do no wrong in the kitchen?
A white kitchen makes the room feel bigger
It’s no secret that darker colours can make a room feel smaller. If you have a small kitchen, white is the best choice to create the illusion of space and make the room feel lighter and brighter. Pure white is the best there is to maximise light in the kitchen.
In larger spaces, a predominantly white colour scheme will make the room feel even more open. To be honest, this can lack warmth so in very large spaces, it’s best not to go for an all-white kitchen. Use white, by-all-means, but choose between the walls and cabinets and incorporate other colours to add a bit of warmth to the room. Pastels are a great accompaniment to white and an accent wall can add some interest to the space.
White reflects light
Dark colours absorb light but because white reflects light it will also make your kitchen look larger. Most of us would like a larger kitchen in an ideal world. However, if that isn’t practical, either because of your budget or your home’s layout, white cabinets are a great solution. You can go further still. Choose a high gloss finish for white cabinets and it will make the room look much more spacious. This is because light will reflect off the surface. It’s exactly the same principle that makes it sensible to put a mirror in a room to make it look larger. So, while the square footage might be lacking, choosing a white kitchen can make it feel like there is more space than there really is.
White brings more natural light into the kitchen
White reflects all types of light, natural and artificial. In an instant, it will give you a brighter feel – without adding extra lights or another window.
Natural light is like the Holy Grail of interior design but if it is not possible to get any more natural light into your kitchen, a white kitchen is the next best option. White cabinets will create the illusion of natural light.
The more natural light there is in your kitchen, the better you will feel. Proven to be good for your mental health and general well-being, a light space will be one that you want to spend more time in.
White goes with everything
As well as the illusion of space it creates and the light it brings to any space, white has one major advantage over any other colour – it goes with absolutely everything! Whatever kitchen style you can think of, it is guaranteed to look brilliant in white. From traditional to contemporary, white cabinets look fantastic in all types of designs. Clean lines or sleek and sophisticated looks – white really does have it all. What’s more, even if you opt for a look that mixes and matches different elements, such as the classic country-style kitchen, white is still the perfect choice. White ties everything together and can act as a neutral backdrop for key elements in the space.
And, of course, a ‘white kitchen’ certainly doesn’t have to be all white. Having white as the base colour of any kitchen design essentially gives you a blank canvas to build on. You can add your own style, texture and personality. From feature walls to a bright backsplash or colourful accessories, white will hold it altogether.
Whether it’s a wooden floor, granite worktop or stainless steel appliances you have in mind, white is the perfect complement for them all. Not only that, such is white’s versatility as a colour that if you want to completely change up your kitchen design in a few years’ time, you’ve already got a timeless white canvas to build from.
White is a timeless classic
As mentioned earlier, from time-to-time, certain colours will come to the fore and be championed by interior designers. Such colours become the current trend. In recent years, grey and blue have seen their popularity rise – and with good reason. There are some beautiful tones of grey kitchens and blue kitchens right now.
However, the big advantage that a white kitchen has over the competition is that it is immune to trends. The simple and clean look never goes out of fashion. A timeless look means that you won’t feel any pressure in the years to come to update your kitchen to keep up with current trends – because your white kitchen has always been on-trend – and always will be!
The fact that white is so fresh and clean makes it feel timeless. It is the perfect backdrop to add accents of colours. What’s more, it works with any style of kitchen design. White really is the ultimate blank canvas and it suits the most traditional of looks just as well as the most ultra-modern of kitchen styles.
Potential buyers will like it: Make selling your home easy
Of course, if you’re planning a new kitchen, you’re probably not thinking about selling your home right now. However, priorities change – and given the investment required, it’s well worth considering how your design choices might affect the resale value of your home.
Kitchen cabinets can be expensive to replace, so the last thing prospective buyers will want to do is to rip out a kitchen and start again. Because of this, they could well be less inclined to put in an offer. It really is the case that having white kitchen cabinets could make it easier for you to sell your home when the time comes.
Remember that white is flexible and accommodating. As the most versatile of all colours, it is ideal if you want to change things around – or be a bit more creative if you want to be.
In the same way, for a potential homebuyer, a white kitchen is a blank canvas on which they can stamp their own personality and style on the space.
Keep your kitchen cleaner with white cabinets
Of course, white doesn’t repel dirt or magic away stains – but it does make it easier to spot them. This is both a good and a bad thing. On the negative side, it probably means you’ll be cleaning your kitchen more often. You will notice stains straightaway. It might feel that you are forever wiping down your cabinets. On the plus side, this results in a cleaner kitchen overall. More importantly, everyday wiping and maintenance will mean that deep cleaning is required far less often.
On the flipside, darker cabinets might be better at hiding the dirt but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t there. The longer you leave surfaces uncleaned, the greater the build-up of dirt over time. Eventually, a pretty intensive deep cleaning session will be necessary.
Kitchen Warehouse’s White Kitchens
We always say that at Kitchen Warehouse there is a kitchen design for everyone – and there’s a white version of virtually every design we have too. Whatever your personal tastes are, from the ultra-modern looks of Handleless High Gloss, to the super-stylish Matt, or the timeless appeal of Luxury Shaker, there’s a white kitchen to suit any mood and design choice.
If you would like to find out more about the kitchen ranges we have available, get in touch to have a chat to us about your needs.