White Kitchens are Timeless

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 White Kitchens

Many people believe the only color for the kitchen is white. They love the clean, fresh sanitary feel and the timeless, classic look.

Roll back a few years to get a handle on white’s popularity. In the 1920s and ‘30s, white was about the only color offered by manufacturers. To paraphrase Henry Ford, you could have your choice of any color at all, as long as it was white. That made sense. White was associated with sanitation and health, and to a population not far removed from a deadly worldwide flu epidemic, household cleanliness was all-important.Times have changed, but white’s healthy glow endures. Dirt just can’t hide in an all-white kitchen. 

White is Marketable:

Since it began keeping records, the Home Appliance Manufacturers Association says white appliances have outsold all other colors. Ditto cabinets. White regularly tops the list of the most popular kitchen colors in the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s annual survey.White was their first choice for cabinetry. It simply refuses to go out of style.

That’s good news when it comes time to sell your house. White’s universal simple beauty takes the worry out of marketability.

It Feels Good Color:

Therapists tout white’s positive vibes — it represents happiness, innocence, and purity. As the brightest color, it reflects light and makes even small kitchens feel spacious. 

White Has Inner Beauty :

Think of white cabinets as monochromatic? Not so. Cabinet doors and trims create shadow details and layers of contrast that give white depth and lasting architectural interest. It’s the ultimate neutral — every color looks great paired with white. Light fixtures, cabinet hardware, and tile accents come alive.

It’s a great easel to build upon, Artwork and accessories explode in a kitchen that’s white.

It’s the Ultimate Design Tool :

White is a charming shape-shifter, able to morph into any kitchen style.It’s popular with traditional, contemporary, and transitional.And because it’s a standard color for any manufacturer, it’s your ally:

You’ll find white cabinets, tile, counters, faucets, sinks, and appliances to fit any budget.

It Lets You Be You Snowy cabinets, countertops, and appliances are the perfect backdrop for your favorite colors. Paint walls, add color on open shelves; all that stuff is easy to change out when your mood flips or fashion dictates.

You’ve Got Options Appliances:

Although stainless steel has been the finish of choice for more than a decade, white appliances are dominating again. 

Manufacturers have responded by introducing variations of white, such as polished enamel that looks like white glass. Or you could get rid of appliances altogether, concealing them with panels that match your cabinet door style. First, choose appliances that accept decorative overlay panels, then order the panels from your cabinet manufacturer. 


If you want to go white, you can’t go wrong with Carrara or Calacatta marble. It’s been looking great in homes for thousands of years; it’ll look good in yours.


Alternatives include: Solid-surface and quartz-type countertops come in dazzling whites. White laminates will save you 50% over stone and solid surface countertops.

Want one-of-a-kind? Unique white concrete is the choice of high-end architects and designers.

Cabinets: White cabinets come in every style, material, and price point imaginable.

You’ll find them off-the-shelf at big-box home improvement centers, and at custom cabinet shops.

Should Everything Be White?

Not at all. “You can have stainless steel appliances or even black in a white kitchen,”  according to  the National Kitchen and Bath Association . “The key is keeping everything in balance. You don’t want an oversized, non-white appliance to become this big punctuation mark in the middle of your kitchen. Scale your choices carefully so white predominates.” You can mix in other finishes, too, especially time-honored neutrals: Wood is a great companion for white. Wood flooring or wood butcher-block island countertops are top mixers. 

Glass feels clean and gives a white kitchen pop without adding color. Glass-front upper cabinets are winners. Stainless steel is color-neutral, but add it carefully. Today’s kitchens are open to living areas, so you don’t want to create an uncozy look. But a stainless range hood or pot rack adds a dash of glam that pairs well with white. Old homes , new homes... White Kitchen are here to stay!


Looking for a new home with a large white kitchen? Contact Belinda Johns 703-919-6289

1906 Powells Landing Woodbridge Virginia   



Comments (3)

Susan Laxson CRS
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Naples, FL
The Michelle Thomas Team

I absolutely agree and a white kitchen always looks fresh, clean and inviting. The best part is you can add splashes of color and then change them when you want to freshen them up!

Mar 19, 2016 11:41 AM
Belinda Shifflett

Thank you - Glad you enjoyed the blog. 

Mar 19, 2016 11:42 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I am a fan of White almost everywhere, and a splash of colorful trim is nice too.

Mar 19, 2016 12:49 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

White or ebony is the only color I like for my home, but each of us has different tastes:) 

Mar 19, 2016 06:01 PM