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Classic and Timeless: The White Kitchen

Want enduring, marketable good looks? You’ll never regret creating a great-looking white kitchen.

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A Classic in Stone

Carrara marble has been gracing home interiors for thousands of years. With its pure white color and delicate gray veining, it makes an ideal countertop in a white kitchen. At about $80 per sq. ft. installed, Carrara marble tends toward the high end of kitchen countertops. It’s also a bit high-maintenance — you’ll have to keep acidic foods such as lemon juice and tomatoes away from it, and twice each year protect it with a stone sealer made specifically for marble.


Credit: MGS by Design

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  • Carrara marble has been gracing home interiors for thousands of years. With its pure white color and delicate gray veining, it makes an ideal countertop in a white kitchen. At about $80 per sq. ft. installed, Carrara marble tends toward the high end of kitchen countertops. It’s also a bit high-maintenance — you’ll have to keep acidic foods such as lemon juice and tomatoes away from it, and twice each year protect it with a stone sealer made specifically for marble.


    Credit: MGS by Design

  • Although stainless steel appliances have been a top consumer choice for years, white appliances are on the rise. White appliances blend seamlessly with white cabinets, letting you put emphasis on other cool kitchen details, such as stone counters and backsplashes. You’ll find white appliances at all price points across the appliance spectrum; choose a 30-inch white gas range for $450 or move up to a pro-style range costing $5,000 and more.


    Credit: The New York Apartment Blog

  • A white countertop is tempting, but how do you keep that snowy sheen clean? A quartz counter blends the toughness of natural stone (it’s about 93% quartz particles) with impervious polymer resins that shrug off stains. Gel-type cleansers easily erase coffee rings and tomato splatters. A quartz countertop is about 10%-20% cheaper than marble or granite, installed.


    Credit: Beth Bates

  • This kitchen’s got it all going. Along with the classic ingredients of a white kitchen — bright white cabinets, appliances, and Carrara marble countertops — there are smart design ideas: Back-saving wall ovens, to-the-ceiling upper cabinets for extra storage, and an island with plenty of work surface. Generous clearances give multiple cooks plenty of space to move about.


    Credit: MORE design+build

  • Love the idea of white marble countertops but can’t swing the price? Low-cost laminates give you the look of marble at a fraction of the cost. New technologies are better than ever at hiding telltale laminate seams and at mimicking the patterns of real stone. Plus, laminate is tough, stain-resistant, and will last for years. Top-quality laminates cost $25-$30 per sq. ft., installed.


    Credit: Formica Corporation

  • Go all-out for your white kitchen with dazzling white flooring — it’s a super-clean look that’ll throw light everywhere. Tough laminate planks ($3 per sq. ft.) click together and make a sweet DIY project.


    Credit: Melanie Richards

  • An all-white kitchen doesn’t have to be completely monochromatic. Moldings and trim create interesting texture throughout the white cabinetry. Surrounded by the white cabinets and cream-colored walls, this turquoise island becomes a bold spot of happy color and a great focal point. Concerned about marketability of your personality-plus island when it comes time to sell? Simply paint it white.

    Related: Using Color to Enhance Your Home

     

    Credit: Kitchen cabinets by Plain & Fancy

  • If you want some pure white cabinetry but aren’t ready to tear out the old ones, try painting them. With the right technique, you can paint over wood, laminate, even metal cabinets. Good prep is key — make sure all traces of oil and grease are removed before you start. Remove the drawer fronts and cabinet doors and paint them where you can lay them flat. Or have a pro do the whole job for $3 to $6 per sq. ft.


    Credit: Melissa Judson, Sweetie & Joy

  • Concrete countertops are pricey, but what you’re really paying for is the skill and know-how of a good fabricator. Creating the pure-white countertop shown here requires mastery of the material — and lots of sanding. White sand, cement, and colorant ensure fantastic results. Concrete countertops are $65-$135 per sq. ft., installed.

    Check out our slideshow with other cool ideas for using concrete around the home.


    Credit: Kitchen by DivineKitchens LLC

  • If you like these, you may want to take a spin through HouseLogic’s library of slideshows.

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  • The Confident Kitchen
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  • Add a Punctuation Mark
  • Paint it White
  • High Stylin’ Concrete
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