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2/12/13

My Kitchen Dilemma

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There's nothing like being cooped up in your house for several days (thank you, Nemo) to make you want to re-consider the style and design of almost every aspect of your space.  Above is a photo I snapped of my kitchen cabinets, while snowed in last Friday. Notice the painted blue bead board backs?  I've also included the 2005 cover of Martha Stewart Living that inspired me to go blue with the cabinets in the first place (beyond crazy that I still have that!)  Now, seven years later...I think I'm over this look.  Since we're having the entire adjoining family room professionally painted next month (this room has not seen fresh paint in 12 years and the walls are literally crumbling) I thought now might be the perfect time to paint the back of the open cabinets 1.white 2. a soft blue gray 3. mirrors? 4. leave them alone.  After staring at thousands of white kitchens on pinterest for the past few days to help speed this decision along...I'm really leaning towards the all white clean look. Since I'm clearly influenced by pretty kitchen photos...I've included my favorite "all white" kitchen images here. Please feel free to weigh in!


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Images via: Style At Home BHG Houzz

32 comments:

  1. love love love all white kitchens!

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  2. I like white because it will allow you to change up your accessories anytime you get another bout of stir-craziness! It's such a clean, crisp and versatile color. I think it will look great.

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  3. love all white kitchens. it will always look great!

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  4. Anonymous2/12/2013

    The Martha Stewart inspiration photo packs alot of punch because of the size of the cabinets. How much blue do you have? You only show one small cabinet and the effect gets lost. Based on what is shown, I would switch to white. It would look less choppy overall.

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  5. I love all white kitchens but I think they need some depth and layering. I would do an off-white that accentuates the shadow like BM Light Pewter 1464

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  6. My vote is for white! It will brighten everything up.

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  7. Looks like all are wanting you to white, your images are for the most part white, so i guess that where your eye is really wanting you to go, BUT i suggest to do the ever-so-soft grey!

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  8. I'm a massive fan of all white, especially for kitchens- timeless!

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  9. White's the way to go! I also love it because it's extra incentive to keep the room spotless. Lemon accents also brighten the space!

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  10. Love your kitchen! I wouldn't change a thing!

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  11. You can't go wrong with white or grey but I'm thinking since you have had the blue, white might feel stark so i am leaning towards soft grey as well.

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  12. I like the blue, but if you are sick of it, change it. It looks like you only have one or two painted cabinets, anyway. White is always safe. (Mirrors in the back will only magnify clutter.)

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  13. The white is beautiful, but without some color or organic features it can look pretty sterile. Keep some great accessories (I know you will!) and I think the white's a good idea.

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  14. I am biased towards white kitchens… We are in the midst of a complete renovation, and our kitchen will be all white, with marble and grey soapstone countertops. You just can’t go wrong with classic, timeless white!

    XOXO,
    The Glam pad

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  15. All this great feedback is so helpful! Thanks so much, reading and considering all the advice and really leaning towards white!

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  16. I liked PVE's answer....Snow white!! Too funny and just perfect.

    xx E
    ps: On day two of cabin fever with sick child. Spring, where are you?!!!

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  17. Love the 'snow white' ! A kitchen to always enjoy... I don't think I would ever get tired of it... xv

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  18. gray. duh. it would really work with your marble coloring and pulls. but really, you would never be sorry if you went with white. I might be mad at you, but, I'd get over it...

    donna

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  19. I love the white. (I love the blue too, but I can see where you might get tired of it.)

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  20. Love the traditional artwork with modern white. Pretty!

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  21. Love love love all white....styling possibilities are endless!

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  22. Anonymous2/12/2013

    In your kitchen I would do the orange color of the fruit in the glass jar on your counter. In my kitchen, which is also all white with calacatta oro marble, I am removing the doors on my only upper cabinets and lining the sides and back with a patterned wallpaper, maybe a zebra print, in a dark plum color.

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  23. I would go with the gray, since it would compliment the gray veining in your marble countertop :)

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  24. Anonymous2/12/2013

    :) if you 'really' cook.... white is not a good option...

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  25. Marianne2/13/2013

    I love the blue but go with white and you can insert paper in the back painted with any color of paint should you get bored with the white. To keep the paper in place I will use Blu-tac (I think it is called Fun-Tak in the USA) which leaves no reside, doesn't dry out and holds really well (you only need a small amount). You could even stick up some all white paper to help you decide if you reall want to get rid of the blue.

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  26. I think a mirror in the back would be lovely. I am an all white girl tho.

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  27. I say MIRROR the backs if possible! Adding more glass can only make it look larger and more sparkly! Anyone can paint it white, youre a decorator, go big!
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  28. I'm all for the simplicity of going with a white interior. and isn't it so true that when you are stuck in a space for any prolonged period of time how you see things in a totally different perspective? Good luck!

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  29. Not that you needed another vote but all white is stunning!

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  30. As much as I like an all white kitchen, I do like the idea of painting the backs of the cabinets a contrasting color. I've been toying with the idea of painting mine a pretty aqua - "Bali" from Benjamin Moore, which is the same color as my dining room walls. It's a really nice contrast to the all white and it looks REALLY pretty when you have a bowl of bright yellow lemons in the room - the pale aqua and the bright yellow colors play off one another. I've also seen an entirely white kitchen with the ceilings painted Benjamin Moore "Bali" - it's really pretty!!

    Jeanne
    http://www.cozystylishchic.com

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