White Kitchens

From cab­i­nets and floor­ing to tile, lighting, and hard­ware, it’s the de­tails that usher a white kitchen into the right decade. Keep in mind that white hasn’t al­ways meant bright white, ei­ther.

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How to de­sign one that looks right in a vin­tage home.

Is any­body else sick to death of all-white kitchens? I don’t mean cot­tage kitchens, or the bun­ga­low era’s cream, but rather those over­size de­signer “lab­o­ra­to­ries” with a pick­led or lime­stone floor, white tile, white cab­i­nets, white trim, a white is­land, white mar­ble, and white dish­ware. ■ The look is ex­pen­sive, clin­i­cal, hard to take care of, and not par­tic­u­larly his­tor­i­cal. And to­day’s all-white kitchen is so per­va­sive it runs the risk of be­com­ing dated too soon. ■ If you want a white kitchen— and there’s prece­dent for that in al­most ev­ery era— learn to dis­tin­guish the sub­tleties that will make it fit into your par­tic­u­lar old house. Then add some color! BY PA­TRI­CIA POORE

With its built-in break­fast nook, this re­vival kitchen is per­fect for a bun­ga­low. True to pe­riod, it’s painted a creamy, warm white. A sec­ond tint in cel­ery green ties the white to dark ac­cents in­clud­ing pe­riod lighting. LEFT Many a kitchen palette has been based on Glenwood’s unique eggshell-and-green stoves. This re­fur­bished model is from Good Time Stove.

Sub­way tile is ubiq­ui­tous; re­mem­ber that it comes in col­ors, too, from these earthy tones by Ann Sacks to bot­tle green, cobalt blue, and bur­gundy red.

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