The great thing about personal home style is that there are few wrong answers. A good design debate can live on forever in our own brains, conversations with friends and here on this blog. It never has to end. So today I’ve decided to muse on kitchens in two very controversial colors: white and blue.
Do you prefer white?
Going all white makes a kitchen look bigger, brighter and cleaner. The fresh, spotless look of white is also its biggest challenge, because it shows everything. Marbling in a light gray can go a long way toward hiding a smudge or two. But for the most part, white will look as tidy as you keep it.
Photo courtesy of Anisa Darnell
You might worry that an all-white kitchen would look too sterile for your tastes. Sure, it’s great to go monochromatic in modern design, but what if you love a cozy kitchen? Don’t write off white too fast. Your kitchen can achieve a welcoming, rustic feel without using color. Accent the basics in a white kitchen with pops of color via artwork, dish towels, appliances or dishware. A white kitchen, in good shape, is smart for resale.
Photo courtesy of Alia Meyer
Or is blue for you?
Multiple studies have shown that blue is the most popular color in the world. So why not use it in the kitchen and call it a day? Studies show that it’s the least appetizing color, which suggests it might not be the most logical choice, unless you’re prone to overindulging. For me, it all depends on the tone and how the color is used. A bold blue kitchen would be a great option for fun-loving homeowners who want a vibrant, energized space to entertain. But if you like to unwind with a cup of tea at night, you may prefer to cozy up elsewhere.
Design by Kerri Kanter
That doesn’t mean blue isn’t capable of creating a serene space. More muted shades, like grayish blues, seafoam shades and robin’s egg, are kitchen colors that make many people feel right at home.