Trends may come and go, but a classic white kitchen is always in style. Here are some tips for getting the look right…
It’s easy to understand why a white kitchens is popular – it has a timeless quality and complements any home décor style, colour scheme and space.
“A white kitchen can also make a small space feel bigger, and brighten a room that lacks adequate natural light,” says Mercia de Jager from leading appliance manufacturer, Miele.
Here are her tips on using a white colour scheme in the kitchen most effectively:
White and open-plan
In open-plan kitchen-cum-living areas, De Jager advises choosing complementary finishes for a seamless design.
“To create a truly cohesive design for open-plan spaces, it is important to have a thread that runs through all the spaces and links them together. For example, if you have chosen a marble countertop, then it would be a great idea to use marble subway tiles as a fireplace surround in the adjacent living room.”
Create a contrast
Contrast is your best friend when it comes to white kitchens.
“Dark floors, for example, are a great way to highlight white cabinetry. Wooden floors complement a white colour scheme especially well and can be linked to other touches of wooden furniture and accents throughout. If wood is not your material of choice, however, you can also use tiles, vinyl or laminates in darker hues to create some contrast,” says De Jager.
Seamless colour integration
What better way to fully integrate kitchen cabinetry and appliances than by choosing appliances in the same colour as the cabinetry?
“Although stainless steel appliances, such as Miele’s CleanSteel range of appliances, remain a popular choice, many homeowners are opting for other colours instead. In white kitchens, Miele’s Brilliant White Collection has become the colour of choice,” adds De Jager.
Play with colour
Having a white kitchen doesn’t mean you can’t play with colour. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
“If designed correctly, you should be able to swap out the colour scheme in the form of small features and accessories whenever the mood takes you,” continues De Jager.
She says that a white kitchen allows you the freedom that you wouldn’t have with any colour designs.
“Adding pops of colour to your white kitchen is a helpful way to create points of interest and add depth to the overall design.”
There is no denying that white can brighten any kitchen, but you also don’t want the space to look flat and clinical.
“It is imperative to add texture into a white kitchen design. This can be done by choosing elements in the same or similar tone, but manufactured from a different material – think white engineered stone countertops, high gloss kitchen cabinetry, integrated appliances with glossy white glass fronts, and rustic, matt handmade tile splashbacks for example,” concludes De Jager.