Design Around This #6: I'm Dreaming of a White Kitchen, But...
...Not a true one.
Welcome back for yet another episode of "Design Around This." Today's challenge: Design a "white kitchen" that is not the One True Kitchen.That is, some or all of the cabinets are white, but you cannot use all the other features of the OTK. Tell us about the house and your clients.
Over time, there have been lots of white kitchens that were not the OTK, from the 1940s:
Obviously I didn't even touch on 99.99% of the possibilities in those examples.
Banned materials you cannot use at all:
- No marble
- No soapstone
- No laminate that looks like either of the above
- No subway tiles
What you must do:
- Pick a house that was built before the late 19th century, or after the mid-1920s, right up to a modern new build. In other words, no Edwardian houses, bungalows or other houses in which the OTK could be original
- Make your kitchen flow with the house, although it does not at all need to be period recreation
- Use color(s) on at least one significant, permanent surface--backsplash, ceiling, floor, some cabinets, whatever. No relying on "pops" of color from TJ Knick-naxx.
And as always:
- Do your homework. Really take some time to shake off old habits, get out of the rut and look beyond the OTK box.
- Use a realistic budget. Go high or low, but keep it real.
- Make your design work for today's family
- Show your work. Explain and rationalize your choices.
- Critique others and accept criticism yourself. You spend a lot of time on your design, and you deserve some constructive feedback, good and bad. Don't make criticisms personal, and don't take criticisms personally. This isn't a finished kitchens thread so nobody has to pretend to like something they don't.