Fashionably White

White-on-white kitchens and baths are always in fashion.

Summer loves the color white. White sand beaches. White dresses. White wine.

So it’s gratifying to know that Vogue magazine names “milk white” one of the top 10 colors for summer. Because who knows more about fashion than Vogue? And who knows more about fashionable white-on-white kitchens and baths than designers like you?

Trends come and go, but we can all agree that white kitchens and baths stand the test of time. Those neutral backdrops with white cabinets, white walls, and white tile backsplashes and shower surrounds make it easy to accessorize with splashes of color, pops of pattern, or touches of texture. That’s where cabinet hardware shines—literally and figuratively.

 

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Harlow, a clear glass button knob from our Jeffrey Alexander line, adds sparkle without detracting from white surfaces and cabinetry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Annadale pillow-top knobs and pulls (also from Jeffrey Alexander) deliver a dramatic contrast when finished in Matte Black

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From our Elements line, Glendale hardware’s weathered surfaces add intriguing texture and timeless character to any mix of white kitchen or bath surfaces. Choose a gracefully tapered pull or a square knob in Distressed Antique Brass or Distressed Antique Silver.

Clearly, there are a nearly infinite number of knobs and pulls from which to choose—which makes it hard to settle on just one, don’t you think? It’s also difficult to choose the right paint color for a room intended to be dressed in white. The differences between one white and the next are subtle, but real. A modern farmhouse kitchen might need bright white paint to do justice to white Shaker cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, and polished-marble counters. A lakeside cabin’s master bath may call for warm white walls to complement honed-limestone countertops and cabinet doors sporting beaded-board panels.

That’s because each color of white paint has an undertone that skews it warm or cool according to Houzz contributor Becky Harris. She asked designers for their go-to whites and received these suggestions (among others): Benjamin Moore’s Simply White: a modern, clean white that works well with gray tones; Pointing by Farrow & Ball: a classic white with a hint of warmth that doesn’t veer toward yellow; and Dover White by Sherwin Williams: a soft white—neither harsh nor antiseptic—that’s great for kitchen cabinets. You probably have your own list of paint colors perfect for specific combinations of lighting, surfaces, and other details that go into making a room.

Of course we don’t have the space to talk about all the different options for white tile, white plumbing fixtures, or white flooring … so we’ll close with some of our favorite white-on-white rooms. Take a look, then please join the paint party by telling us your favorite go-to color of white paint!

 

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Design by Ebony Stephenson, Photography by Alvin Tatum with A. Tatum Photography
White on white on white: This kitchen shines with the timeless beauty of white Shaker-style cabinets, white marble countertops, and a floor clad in oversize stone-look tile. Naples pulls in Polished Chrome from Hardware Resources’ Elements Collections echo the sleek good looks of the gooseneck faucet.

 

 

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Design by Ebony Stephenson, Photography by Alvin Tatum with A. Tatum Photography
Royce Polished Chrome pulls from Hardware Resources’ Jeffrey Alexander Collections add an elegant touch to a kitchen furnished with white traditional-style cabinets, pale granite countertops, and stainless-steel appliances.

 

 

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Design by Ebony Stephenson, Photography by Alvin Tatum with A. Tatum Photography
Clean lines, white surfaces, and glass backsplash tiles give this master bath a refreshingly contemporary attitude. Polished-chrome Calloway knobs and Stanton pulls—both from our Elements Collections—deliver just enough bling to be noticed.

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