White Kitchens have always been a designers love. The simplicity of the color combined with the countless variations of styles and details always makes for an effortless, clean and refreshing space to make ones coffee in the morning. With the kitchen being the center of the home it is used for cooking, eating, socializing, entertaining and can even be used as an impromptu workspace, homework station and scheduling center. The heart of the home needs the most attention and is the number one place to sink some money into for resale value. Designing a kitchen with all of the basic needs of a busy homemaker or worker is key in making ones life more efficient and removing the tiny hassles of day to day life. I will never forget nor want to return to a life without a dishwasher and I strive to one day have a garb-orator and trash compactor once again.
On my trip to NeoCon 2010 last June I stumbled upon one of my new favorite drule worthy kitchen designers who is master of his craft and has equisite taste and creativity in designing some of the most clever high end kitchen details. Mick De Giulio, master craftsman and internationally renowned kitchen designer has created an empire in his craft.
Quote by Mick de Giulio: “I believe that a great kitchen has a majic to it that transforms the physical room into a feeling. The great kitchen has a spirit, an aura, an intangible that is real. People are drawn to that kitchen, and they may not know why. The Kitchen sings.”
When in his showroom I bought his book “Kitchen Centric” which elaborates with floor plans, images and inspirational quotes the thoughts and concepts behind some of his most beautiful creations. Every Interior Designer must purchase this book for their library and flip through it prior to any kitchen design… the inspiration and outside of the box thinking is magnificent! Mick De Giulio’s favorite inspirational quote comes from Picasso “Everything you can imagine is real” and it shows.
White kitchens will always be classic and will never be passe. They are fresh and pure. As Mick De Giulio says: ” the more you use white in a room, the less it feels like an element. The whiteness become dreamlike. Everything white sculpts together which makes everything that is not white pop.”
Advantages of a white kitchen:
- you can easily play it up with any color, shape or style of back splash, wall covering, paint, glass, counter tops and hardware
- you can explore different styles from contemporary, traditional, country, traditional etc.
- you can do high gloss white cabinets without looking passe
- you can have fun with hardware and lighting being the jewels of your space think of over-scale, polished and unique looking pieces to add extra flare and pizazz to make it your own.
- you can have dark floors for higher contrast and it wont be jaring
- the look can be quite sleek and elegant and is more likely to be liked by a broader audience – ideal for resale value!
I am hitting up the ISaloni International Contemporary Furniture Fair 2011 this April. Unfortunately this year is not Eurocucina and Bagno however I will be visiting Euroluce which will give me an eyeopening and exquisite look into the world of lighting. Hopefully my next trip will be to return for the Kitchen and bath show.