Why White Works for Kitchen Remodeling
Most homeowners will check trends in kitchen design when considering kitchen remodeling. After all, it is the perfect time to update the look. However, trends do tend to pass, so it can be iffy to go too far out on a limb with them as they can quickly make the kitchen look outdated. A major kitchen remodel has a significant price tag, so you want to make sure your investment will have some return after a few years. A white kitchen design may be the answer.
Many designers agree that a white kitchen is a classic, primarily because it will always look clean and fresh. People associate those two attributes with a great design, especially in the kitchen, and this approach to design always works.
Kitchen remodeling history tells the tale
You can find proof of this by simply looking back in the history of white kitchen design. Most manufacturers back in the 1920s offered just the one color for their products to customers, and for a good reason. It was just a few years after the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918, which killed millions of people in the world, and more than half a million Americans. White was a color associated with cleanliness and health, so using it for household products was a smart move.
Of course, while visible dirt is immediately apparent on white, this does not mean that because your kitchen is white it cannot carry germs or viruses. However, the psychological effect is still in place to this day.
Since the 1920s, the popularity of white kitchens has waxed and waned, but has never entirely died out. In the 1930s and 1940s, strong colors were in favor, especially red, white, and blue in the US. The 1950s saw an influx of more cheerful and softer hues such as yellow and mint green. Psychedelic hues found favor in the freedom loving 60s, which carried over to the groovy 70s, albeit favoring earth tones more.
Color adventurism started to die down in the 1980s, when everything was colorful except for the kitchen, which sported neutral colors, floral wallpaper, and Formica. The 1990s was equally neutral, but began leaning more towards the country look and natural materials. Formica (as well as vinyl floors) was still the rage, but not for much longer.
By the 2000s, kitchens sported granite countertops, stained cherry or maple cabinets, and glass tile walls. Formica and vinyl disappeared from kitchen, and people were increasingly looking to natural, sustainable, and recyclable materials for their kitchens, often using white as a backdrop. Of all the color trends, the only one that has stood the test of time is the white kitchen.
White sells better
You can also see the enduring marketability of white for kitchen remodeling by looking at historic records of appliance sales. According to the Home Appliance Manufacturers Association, white sells better than any other color. The same applies for kitchen cabinets, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association.
If you choose white for your appliances and cabinets, you have a better chance of appealing to the taste of potential buyers if you decide to sell your house at any time. A white quartz countertop or marble countertop can be the bestselling feature. That is quite a compelling reason to choose a white kitchen for kitchen remodeling.
It works on many levels
The psychology of color supports the idea that white is a great idea for any kitchen. For most people, it evokes a feeling of purity, innocence, and happiness. The visual effects of white also help to support the case for white kitchen. White makes any room look brighter, and therefore bigger and spacious. This is an important attribute today, as more people are living in small spaces, and any help in making it seem bigger is a good move.
White works with anything
A white kitchen does not necessarily mean a completely white kitchen. While this can work in some cases, white often serves as a way to provide contrast and depth to more colorful elements in the room. For example, white cabinets can through the trim and hardware into focus, providing interest to the room. White throws tile accents and artwork in sharp relief, making them seem to “float.” The same applies to light fixtures, accessories, and countertops.
White is also works in any setting, like the little black dress. It can blend into any style of kitchen, from ultra-traditional to uber modern without sticking out like a sore thumb. In addition, since manufacturers tend to favor white for many products, it is easy to find anything to fit a design requirement. Faucets, sinks, appliances, tiles, and counters of any shape, style, and model will most likely be available in white.
From a homeowners’ point of view, a white kitchen is like a blank canvas in which the can express their personalities without striking a sour note. A white kitchen serves as the backdrop for different colors, designs, and themes. Switch it out when the mood strikes, and the design will still look cohesive.
Hire a pro to create your white kitchen
Knowing what you like and bringing it to light are two different things. A professional kitchen remodeling company can help you realize your dream kitchen. Fairfax Kitchen Bath guarantees you will love it for life. We sell only top quality vanity top slabs and kitchen products manufactured by leading brands in the industry.
When you contract with us, you can be sure you will get a quick turnaround on your products, and much faster than ordering what you need from big box stores. We specialize in fabricating kitchen countertops to specifications, and installing them into your bathroom within budget and on time.
We carry the products you need for your kitchen remodel, including natural stone and engineered stone slabs, cabinets, sinks, faucets tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, and hardwood flooring. We carry only the top brands for these products, such as Schrock Cabinetry, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor.
You can see the products before you buy so you can decide for yourself if the quality is what you expect. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia which houses all our products, including actual granite, marble and engineered stone slabs from which you can choose.
Our products come with manufacturer warranties that ensure your satisfaction with the quality and installation.
Fairfax Kitchen Bath services the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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