White Kitchen Fatigue?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Are homeowners growing tired of the all-white kitchen? Some design experts believe so. White kitchens have been popular over the past few years, but Houzz editor and writer Mitchell Parker predicts that the number of homeowners who will get “white-kitchen fatigue” will grow in the new year.

Some homeowners may experiment with adding more colors back in to the kitchen.

“While white kitchens aren’t going anywhere, expect to see a rise in color, especially other neutrals like gray and blue,” Parker notes in reporting on 2018 home trends. “Plus, warm wood tones are becoming a popular replacement for painted cabinets, leading to sophisticated, rich palettes.”

The two-tone look started catching on in 2017, in which cabinet colors were mixed and matched in the kitchen. For example, the bottom cabinets might be a darker color, such as gray, and the upper cabinets then all in white. Or, homeowners were making a bigger statement with their kitchen islands by painting it a bolder color that contrasted with the rest of its kitchen cabinets.

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. I personally detest white kitchens. Stains are so difficult to get out, and for a time I had a kitchen without a tile backsplash: every year, we had to repaint to hide stains and grease spatters. And my family is very Southern, so of course we had a lot of cooking always going on! Now we have a more brown-toned kitchen, which is MUCH better.

  2. There’s really a lot to look forward to this 2018. Bump outs and room additions also beat the fatigue. For many home stagers, the brighter and bolder, the better!

  3. Totally agree here. Going all white is just too bland and safe now. Two tone cabinets or different colored islands really add some life into an otherwise all white hospital-like look.

  4. Visual contrast of black and white will blend well with any space as this is a timeless trend.

  5. Two tones are definitely nice. Can’t wait to see more in 2018!

  6. When the newest trend, white was a nice change of pace – however, not livable. It will be nice to see some contrast, a change of pace, color! Truth be told I’m growing tired of the other neutrals too…paper bag brown, blues and grays. Go big, go bold!

  7. There’s no need to shy away from a white kitchen. Partner it up with neutral colors and you’ll have a combination that’ll appeal to most of the population today!

  8. Instead of going for an all-white design, use white with other colors as an enhancer.

  9. Tom

    White is classic and will never go out of style. It also is a perfect backdrop for colorful foods, colorful artwork, furniture, and, of course, colorful guests — the stars of every gathering in my home. Loud colors get old fast. They’re simply too compelling, especially in the kitchen.