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.
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.