Kitchen Design Secrets 101: In Praise of White Cabinets

When did white cabinets become the dumb blondes of cabinetry?  It seems that the popular take on white cabinets these days is that they are  pretty but shallow while their darker counterparts are considered the more serious, deeper, and brainier option.  I’m currently juggling 4 kitchen renovations and not one of them features white cabinetry.  Why?  Is it the sense that white cabinets are over and done (or perhaps more accurately, “overdone”) and that by their very nature they are only suitable for a traditional kitchen?

Well I am here to raise the (white) rallying flag; a call to arms for white kitchen lovers everywhere.  Yes, white cabinets are pretty, adding lightness and brightness to what can often be a drab and dark space, but their true worth comes from their chameleon-like ability to adapt to any style or design.  They can be sleek and modern, elegant and clean-lined, rich and sophisticated, or breezy and whimsical depending on their setting.

The secret when going with white cabinets?  Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!  Think colorful backsplash, graphic wall-paper, scene-stealing lighting, and wow window treatments.  Or stay with all-white and neutral accessories and create a beautifully peaceful work space.

The choice is yours, (breathtaking!) traditional

or chic and modern

And best of all, they allow your personal style to come through,

be it with a Buddha

or a fish

scene-stealing wall-paper

 or a great floor and curvy benches

 White cabinets are no dumb blonde!

Kitchen Design Secrets 101: The Banquette

I’m currently in the middle of three kitchen renovations.  Not personally (thank goodness!) but I am vicariously experiencing the pain and inconvenience that goes along with such projects. While function is important to any room, it is especially important when designing a kitchen.  In this case, form should definitely follow function and the design should be well thought out before any work begins.

One piece worth considering when doing a kitchen design is the uber functional banquette.  It’s a space-saver while also adding softness to a room full of hard surfaces and finishes.  Kitchens are often begging for a little pattern and color to break-up the monotony of all those cabinets and appliances.  A banquette can be one-sided, two or even three, depending on your needs and space.

And best of all, the banquette is an equal opportunity seater — it works regardless of your personal style.  Modern, traditional, eclectic, heck it can work with any style de jour — a hollywood regency kitchen anyone?  So, find a corner or a little nook and settle right in, a banquette may be just what you’re looking for.