I know white kitchens are all the rage right now. But I think I’ve mentioned this before, sadly for us a white kitchen will never work. Both of us love to cook and as a result cook a lot. And Indian cooking uses a lot of spices in an array of colors, yellows, reds, browns etc. It also involves a good amount of oil with almost ever dish needing a tempering of mustard seeds and curry leaves. All this means that white cabinets tend to show the grease and start to discolor easily. Don’t ask me how exactly this happens but it does. I have seen it happen in my aunt’s home in India. White kitchen cabinets were all the rage in early 90’s there. Closer to home, I hear my cousin crib about them often in her Charlotte home. For these reasons I’m a proud member of the wood tone/dark cabinet club.
I didn’t realize how popular white kitchens were until I searched for kitchen pics on Houzz for this post. All I could see were white cabinets! Anything with darker cabinets was part of an ultra modern kitchen. And then I found this one! All pics courtesy Houzz.
I love everything about this room, especially the marble countertops.
Here is a more contemporary kitchen that caught my eye. Yes, the style is a little bit more sleeker than I’d usually prefer but I’m so loving those pendants and the island.
I couldn’t help but include a few superstars from the sea of white kitchens mostly for their layout and style. I’m loving the breakfast area more than the cooking space in the below pic. I could sit there all day, on the bay window seat enjoying the view!
Got to give full marks to the designers for the simplicity of this kitchen. Monochromatic color scheme never looked better. Serious pendant and industrial bar stool envy here!
Who wouldn’t want a skylight in their kitchen? Again great kitchen-breakfast area layout. Totally digging the black countertops.
I tried my luck one more time. This time specifically searching for ‘warm kitchens’ and found this beauty.
In all these pics did you notice something?
- I tend to like kitchens with large islands.
- No fancy edged countertops for moi!
- Yay to simple back splashes.
- In all but one pic the cook top is not on the island. The island in our home is catch all place for the kids’ school work, lunch boxes on their way to the sink, lunchbox packing, and more importantly where the kids end up doing homework some days. As you can see a cook top on the island would just not work for us. We also wanted a range hood in the home. A stove top on the island would mean that the the range hood would be hanging in the middle of the room. We are not big fans of that look either.
The kitchen played a big role when we zeroed in on our current home.
What kind of kitchens do you like? White/ non-white? How about the island? Do you prefer a sink / cook top / nothing on the island?
All pics courtesy Houzz.