White Kitchen

White Kitchen

This isn’t the first time I have written about white kitchens, but since we are asked to design kitchens with white cabinets so often, I thought they merited another review.

First, to be perfectly accurate, the title of this article should be 10 Kitchens with White Cabinets, but that title didn’t quite roll off the tongue.

Now to be fair, we love the natural finish cabinets that our favorite cabinet makers build as well as the many cabinets which are painted all sorts of colors.  It seems our clients always bring us back to white.  As I have said before, my kitchen cabinets are white(really off white) and even though we have changed the color of the walls, we keep the cabinet color the same.

In my last post about white kitchens I talked about their connection to 20th century butler’s pantries:  ‘White kitchen cabinets always remind me of the beautiful butlers’ pantries in turn of the century great estates.  Tall cabinet doors, glass panes, and solid hardware made a functional yet stunning place to work.  White kitchen cabinets never seem to go out of style-and if they do, it is easy to change the color.’

The only other suggestion I have regarding kitchens, be they white or any other color, is that they match the style of the home.  Remember that the kitchen is really a place to have fun and at the same time get some cooking done.

White Cabinets-Green Walls

White Cabinets-Green Walls


Kitchen With Oak Floors

Kitchen with Oak Floors

Glass Tile Backsplash

Glass Tile Backsplash

Kitchen Overlooking Family Room

Kitchen Overlooking Family Room

Kitchen With Herringbone Tile Backsplash

Kitchen with Herringbone Tile Backsplash

Kitchen With Soapstone Counters

Kitchen with Soapstone Counters

Kitchen With High Ceiling

Kitchen with High Ceiling

Kitchen With Broad Views

Kitchen with Broad Views

Kitchen With Ebony Floor

Kitchen with Ebony Floor


About the Author: James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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    K. Espinosa July 18, 2013 at 8:00 am

    It is a highlight to see your work and read your blog posts.
    Thanks for sharing – it is much appreciated. I recently purchased your book ‘On The Porch’. and loved paging through it and reading it – only would have been better if
    I had actually done so on one of the porches!
    Have a great day.

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    James Crisp July 18, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Thank you so much! I really appreciate the commpliment. I am so lucky to work with talanted associates and every design is a team effort. I’ll pass your comment on.

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    Michael DelPriore July 18, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I enjoy reading your newsletters very much. The wonderful photography and background information provides a much needed architectural respite from an otherwise overstimulated day. Keep up the excellent design work!

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    Ann Froman October 10, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    James……..your homes are so terrific and the fireplaces
    are so homey I will never leave my home when u build it. Bravo !

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    James Crisp October 10, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Thank you Ann

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    Donna T. June 15, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I always enjoy your posts..thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge.
    Do you have any suggestions on off-white cabinet color? We have a reproduction colonial and I fear having a kitchen that is too white. Thanks!

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    James Crisp June 16, 2014 at 6:46 am

    I think we have used dove white, but often it is a custom mixed paint. The only way to decide is to prepare samples and leave them up for a while to see which one grows on you.

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    Michele April 13, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    The picture of the kitchen with oak floors is beautiful! Where did you buy the floors?

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    James Crisp April 13, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Those were existing rough sawn oak boards.

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