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Nineteen eighty seven, it was the year of big hair, metal bands, colorful neon clothes, all white kitchens, and the year I first designed one. I can still remember the Formica countertops, laminate cabinets, and wood floors. Absolutely everything besides the floor was white and laminate. I can thankfully say that kitchen design has come a long way, but the desire for a white kitchen hasn’t changed. In fact it’s still just as popular as it was years ago.
I find it impossible to believe that white could be considered trendy. To say a white is trendy would be claiming black cars are trendy. But have black cars diminished off the road? Not at all! It’s hard to travel a mile without seeing more than one, and in the kitchen industry it’s hard to get away with not designing at least one white kitchen. White is airy, light, and bright, goes with everything, the definition of something classic. The kitchens can even be accessorized with warm toned pulls and knobs, like polished brass.
The realization of accessorizing began in the nineties. Instead of everything being clad in white clients wanted a butcher block island, or an accent color such as red, green, and black. Then granite was introduced and the horrid Formica countertops disappeared into the abyss. Anything laminate wasn’t upscale enough and design took a leap away from the taste of the eighties. The only thing customers still wanted, and continue to be a demand today, are wood floors.
There are clients today that want a space that makes a statement. A kitchen that is modern, contemporary is more popular is trendy cities. But more people say they want something traditional with a warmth to it, like the rustic elegant tuscan kitchens. Or a room that is light and airy easily fitting in with the rest of their home.
The advantages to white kitchens are endless. You can always repaint a wall, change a cabinet color where the hood/range is, or add different colors to your space through decorative accessories such as cookware and backsplash, while still keeping the classic aged look of white. With white anything can be fresh, anything can be timeless. And white is the way to go to have the rustic farm house past remain while bringing in the fashions, or should I say trends, of today.