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A Blank Canvas

| Kitchen Designs by Christine Hedley And Kathy Simmons • Designers • Kitchen & BAth with TLC

White kitchens are not a trend, but actually remain a timeless choice from their first appearance in the 1920s. The kitchens of today reflect our modern lifestyle in varieties of door styles, appliances, accessories, and lighting. From a raised panel door to high-gloss slab door, the current kitchen styles range from country casual to ultra-modern and everything in between.

Why is white the cabinetry color chosen in 90% of the kitchens we design? Is it the beachy feeling invoked by white that allows for pops of nautical blues, reds, and yellows? Is it the fact that white makes a small space feel larger? Is it the simplicity that gives you the opportunity to make bold choices in backsplashes, countertops, and paint colors, or to add bright bursts of color in the accessories on your countertops?

Once the shade of white has been chosen from the hundreds of options ranging from bright white to multiple off-white options, with or without a glaze detail, the next decisions are appliances, flooring, and countertops. Do you go with the ever popular stainless appliances or try white? Or perhaps one of the new color options, like black stainless and slate? Does the range hood double as a microwave, make a statement in stainless, or have a liner custom built into cabinetry? Should the flooring be wood or tile? Should the countertop be a neutral gray, a bold but neutral pattern, or contrasting black tones?

And how does the backsplash coordinate with all of your other choices? Do you stay with simple white subway tiles, neutral natural stone in off-white tones, or beach color glass tiles? Or do you add some fun and whimsy with brightly colored scenic tiles?

Whatever your choice(s), working with someone who is dedicated to creating an environment that shows your personality is key.

If white cabinets are your blank canvas, a professional kitchen designer can work with you to put your stamp on one of the most important living spaces of your home.

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