It seems like almost all of my clients right now are going with white cabinets in their kitchens. White cabinets are classic. If you do it correctly, your kitchen will never go out of style. I created the design of this kitchen, including the cabinet details. I had a vision for it from day one and it turned out beautiful!
Here are a my favorite details and ideas to assist you in creating your perfect white kitchen.
These cabinets go all the way to the ceiling. I love this because you don't have the awkward space above the cabinets. I usually go against decorating above the cabinets, because it can look cluttered and always gets dusty and greasy. So this look will get rid of that problem.
I love to decorate my kitchen with things that I actually use. For example, putting your cookbooks on display, or fresh flowers (my favorite) and I always have fruit and veggies in bowls and platters. I like to have everything BIG...a huge bowl with fresh fruit makes a statement.
Lighting is so important! Large pendant lights for your kitchen island is essential. When planning you lighting budget, spend the majority in your kitchen, family room and entry. The rest of your house will be fine getting the less expensive lighting. Also, the lighting does not need to be from the same family. You will want different lights, but you must use the same color combinations within the lighting fixtures. For example, here we have used all of the rod iron (black) on the fixtures. With the rod iron, it is occasionally okay to mix with brushed nickel, but that is the only exception. If you are doing oil rubbed bronze then it all must be oil rubbed bronze, along with cabinet knobs, door handles, ect.
I also love the vintage style bulbs shown here. It adds more character to the lights (they are available at Lowes).
I love that the gas range and hood is in the center of the cabinets and everything on each side is symmetrical. It makes the stove a focal point and you can make it stand out nicely with a great backsplash and detail on the hood. I wanted a large chunky hood and cabinets surrounding the range.
When you are going with white cabinets it is important to use a high quality type of wood. Most cabinet makers suggest using Maple if you are going to be painting the cabinets, which is what we did here. These cabinet door fronts are called Shaker Style. I had my cabinet guy make them approximately and inch wider (all the way around) than the normal shaker cabinet style. Do you see that tall skinny door in front of you? That is my swinging door to the pantry. I LOVE it!! It makes it convenient for going in and out of your pantry with your hands full. I am a huge fan of big fridges and double ovens. This fridge pictured is one of the best ones out there and is pretty pricey, but there are a few other inexpensive alternatives. Kenmore and Frigidaire both have a 72" fridge, freezer combo, that is about $2,500 versus $11,000 for the one pictured here. It's not as good of quality as the more expensive brands, but it will give you a similar look. The appliances pictured are all Thermador, which is currently the best rated brand for upscale appliances.
I chose a Moroccan style backsplash for the kitchen. I also highly recommend getting a pot filler faucet. It makes things so pretty and when you are cooking, you turn on the water and it comes out hot! They cost approximately $200-$400 depending on what brand and style that you choose.
I hope this has assisted you in your process of designing your own perfect kitchen. If you have any questions, you can email me or write it in the comment box below and I will answer it for you!
Cabinets Built by: Brian Clark from BC Creative located in St. George, Utah 435.313.4638
Photo's Taken by: Heather Cook 801.703.0392
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