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Out with the White, In with the Wow: The Best Alternatives to an All-White Kitchen

Sadly, it's true. If you read our last blog post, you know that the all-white kitchen trend is on the way out. But if you currently have a white kitchen or recently renovated, DON'T WORRY! Design trends come and go, and while all-white kitchens were once extremely popular, it doesn't mean they have lost all their charm.

In fact, an all-white kitchen can still exude elegance, simplicity, and a timeless appeal. Plus, with the right accents and accessories, you can easily update and refresh the look of your kitchen to keep it current with the latest trends. Embrace your all-white kitchen and enjoy the light, airy, and clean aesthetic it brings to your home, BUT be open to a few changes that can really make an impact.

More than good looks

Giving your kitchen a makeover can do more than just give it personality - it can also increase your home's resale value - obviously. From classic black and white to bold, bright colors, there are plenty of options to choose from that will add character to your space and give you a return on your investment when it comes time to sell. Take a look at these stats, courtesy of the 2023 Cost Vs. Value Report [the first cost column shows the average cost, and the second column shows the average resale value]:

In this blog post, we'll explore some of the best alternatives to an all-white kitchen and discuss how it can increase your home's resale value.


1. Add color with cabinetry and appliances

When it comes to kitchen design trends, adding pops of color with cabinetry and appliances can make a big impact. By choosing vibrant hues, you can create a kitchen that stands out from the crowd and reflects your personality - and if you have an all-white kitchen, you can have your cabinets painted, which is much easier (and more cost-effective) than replacing your cabinets.

Not only will this add visual interest, but it can also increase your home's resale value. Buyers are drawn to unique spaces that offer something different, and a stylish kitchen can provide just that. Plus, by investing in high-quality cabinetry and appliances, you'll ensure a high return on investment for your kitchen renovation.

2. Incorporate natural elements such as wood and stone

Design trends are shifting towards incorporating natural elements such as wood and stone into kitchen designs. These materials add warmth and texture to the space, creating a welcoming and timeless aesthetic. By using wood for cabinetry or incorporating a stone countertop, you can give your kitchen a high-end feel while also achieving a high return on investment. Natural elements bring a sense of authenticity and craftsmanship to your kitchen, making it stand out in the eyes of potential buyers.

3. Mix and match materials for a unique look

Looking for a way to create a truly one-of-a-kind kitchen? Consider mixing and matching materials, colors & finishes for a unique look that will set your space apart. Combine different types of countertops, cabinets, and flooring to create a visual feast for the eyes. By layering different textures and materials, you can achieve a dynamic and visually interesting kitchen that will impress potential buyers. Don't be afraid to think outside the box and get creative with your choices.

4. Statement lighting fixtures to create a focal point

Make a statement in your kitchen with eye-catching lighting fixtures. From glamorous chandeliers to modern pendant lights, statement lighting can instantly become the focal point of your space. Not only will it provide ample light for cooking and entertaining, but it will also add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your kitchen. Choose fixtures that reflect your personal style and complement the overall design of your kitchen. With statement lighting, you can create a visually stunning space that potential buyers will be sure to remember.

5. Updating hardware for an instant upgrade

One simple way to give your kitchen an instant upgrade is by updating the hardware. Swapping out old knobs and handles for sleek, modern options can completely transform the look of your cabinets and drawers. Consider choosing hardware in a finish that complements the overall style of your kitchen, whether it's brushed nickel, matte black, or antique brass. This small change can make a big impact and add a touch of sophistication to your space, impressing potential buyers and increasing your home's resale value.

Is it worth it?

Leaving your kitchen untouched may save you some money upfront, but it could also cost you in the long run. An outdated or worn-out kitchen can be a major turnoff for potential buyers, and could give the impression that the rest of the house has been neglected or needs extensive repairs.

On the other hand, a renovated kitchen can be a major selling point. It shows that the house has been well-maintained and provides a modern and functional space for the new owners. By investing in high-quality materials and design choices that stand the test of time, you can create a kitchen that not only adds value but also attracts buyers.


Reach out with more questions about your kitchen renovation, or anything else home-sweet-home-related!

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