White and off-white
kitchens with matched white or dark
granite countertops are crisp, timeless and suit all styles of decor not to mention bringing
a sunny feel to the room even on a winter’s day.
It’s no coincidence that when you walk into a kitchen showroom you
will almost certainly find your eyes drawn to a
white or creamy kitchen. People like white kitchens because they give a fresh feeling, are neutral
and don’t really date. Pure white all over certainly looks stunning
in a kitchen showroom or the pages of a magazine, but in real life can
you have too much of a good thing? To avoid the kitchen looking sterile,
cold or dazzling, the interior as a whole must be given consideration
throughout the kitchen design process.
As long as the white kitchen is flanked by texture and colors on walls,
as well as floors and furnishings, then it won’t be dazzling. Alternatively,
mixing different tones and hues of whites and creams and different textures
can achieve a layering effect. What we do with a lot of our kitchens is
to use a selection of whites from the same palette but with different
degrees of intensity.
So it’s lovely to have the lighter tone of white on the walls and
a tone darker from the same palette on the furniture. It keeps it very
fresh but gives it a bit of interest.
White glosses and mates can be the exclusive same color but they read differently
because of how they react to lighting. A gloss white kitchen reflects
what is around it, so it’s never completely white. Silk lacquer
is popular but it still has a light reflective sheen.
When using a limited or restricted color palette such as only black and
white include lots of different textures to give an added dimension. Go
for contrast, mix rough with smooth, matt with shine and soft textures
with hard one. A totally matte surface tones that down another notch so
you can control how the light and color behave.
Good design makes all the difference. People love the look of glossy handleless
kitchens, but handles are there for a reason without them you can’t
help but get sticky fingers on the doors, and there are very few appliances
that will integrate without handles.
The glossier the lacquer, the more likely it is to eventually lose some
of its reflective qualities in patches that are constantly handled. Hand
painted or spray painted wooden finishes can create a gloss, silk or matte
look and can be extremely hard wearing, depending on the paint finish
that is chosen and the number of layers that are used.
At the very top end of the market, glass is impervious to staining and
hard to scratch but could chip or crack if you dropped your casserole
on it, while solid surface materials vary in their resilience.
The toughest of all surfaces, according to many designers are solid surface
material such as
Silver Sparkle. White Ice is particularly bomb proof as it is nonporous and therefore
nonabsorbent, any stubborn marks will effortlessly disappear with some
diluted cleaner, and in the event of someone taking a hammer to an edge,
it can be seamlessly repaired.
We, at DTK Stone Works carry a wide variety of tough surfaces that will
satisfy your design needs. Whether you set your eyes on white or off white
color, we will make sure that we have achieved your ultimate satisfaction.
Call us and schedule your visit to our showroom for great ideas, huge selection and always ready to help team of professionals.