“What a great blog. We are downsizing and renovating a condo to go into. It has large creamy, beige and white marbled-looking porcelain tiles throughout the kitchen and main living areas. I am struggling with whether to go with white cabinets or a more creamy cabinet. Either work with the floor, but the cream has a softer look. The kitchen is a gallery kitchen and doesn’t have a lot of light. My kitchen accessories are blue and white. I am concerned that the the white cabinets will look stark and the cream cabinets will look dingy. Your advise when struggling between white or cream?”
You are absolutely correct. If your floors are primarily creamy/beige, white will definitely look too stark and cheap.
The exception to this might be this kitchen below. There is so much white repeated in absolutely everything else but the floor that it doesn’t look bad. Also there’s a heck of a lot of styling happening which always helps to distract from the design issues at hand.
However, what is apparent to me is it DOES look like the floors are being ignored.
If your kitchen seems too dark already then I would add more lighting. Going with the wrong shade of white is not the answer.
The easiest way to incorporate more lighting in a dark kitchen would be to add a little table lamp right underneath your upper cabinets on the countertop (above). I would have this light on all day long so that when I walked by the kitchen or into it, it wouldn’t feel like a dark dungeon.
My main bathroom is windowless has a small lamp that I have switched on all day so that it looks warm and inviting at all times. I am however, a lamp tramp, as you know!
Bottom line, always match the white of your cabinets to the existing white in your kitchen whether it’s found in your floor tile or your countertop.
Do you have a lamp in your kitchen?
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