From Dark to Light, White and Gold Kitchen Reveal. I share all of the details on our choice of paint, lighting, and hardware. This kitchen is timeless and traditional, perfect for our family and entertaining.
For the longest time I have wanted an all-white kitchen and today I am proud to share our dark to light, white and gold kitchen reveal. An all-white kitchen is timeless, with so many options to accessorize. When we purchased our home at the beginning of this year, I knew right away that a kitchen remodel was going to be our first home project. The house was new but the existing kitchen had a dark industrial feel. As you can see in the after photos, the white cabinets instantly brought the kitchen to life.
White and Gold Kitchen Remodel Before and After
Cabinet Paint Color For a White and Gold Kitchen
Our cabinets were in excellent condition and did not require replacing. Cabinets can cost anywhere from $10,000 and up, depending on your selection, so we saved a lot of money not having to replace them. It took some time deciding on what the perfect shade of white would be. We narrowed it down to two choices, Chantilly Lace and White Dove, by Benjamin Moore. Chantilly offers more of a stark white color with cool undertones while White Dove is more of a warm white with a greige base.
We went with White Dove and I couldn't be happier. The lighter paint color makes the kitchen space feel so much larger and open, which is perfect for entertaining. As you can see the white is still very white, not at all yellow, with a creamy undertone, which pairs lovely against the gold hardware. Here's a look inside...
Tips When Choosing Your Paint Colors
If you are struggling to find the right paint color, a tip I read online suggested buying a small can of paint, apply a double coat to a thick piece of cardboard, and use that as a color guide. Throughout the day move the piece of cardboard to different areas of the home to see what it looks like with different lighting, as that may help impact your decision. You could also try peel and stick paint samples that adhere to your wall.
The choice of lighting was by far the hardest decision throughout the process, but one of the most important. When entering a room, the lighting is one of the first things noticed, and often described as the statement piece of the kitchen. We decided to go with the Darlana Lanterns from One Kings Lane, a traditional style lighting that stands the test of time. They have both a vintage and yet elegant feel to them, which will complement our overall look.
Why We Decided to Keep Our Countertops
I thought for the longest time we would end up with white quartz countertops, but instead, we decided to stay with our current granite. I'm so glad we did, because not only did we save an extra $7,000 dollars, but the value of our granite is actually worth more than the quartz, which will increase the value of our home when selling someday.
Our granite color is called Ice Granite, which has more white and grey veining with hints of gold, which looks great with the white and gold kitchen design. When it comes to big decisions like the style of your countertops, my advice is to make a list of the items that are non-compromisable, and a list of the things you can deal with. Kitchen remodels are expensive, and you won't really know how it will all come together until the remodels finished. Creating mood boards using programs like Canva and Pinterest can also help to envision your overall design.
We decided to go with a white glossy subway tile backsplash from Home Depot, with minimal white grout lines, which I feel provides a cleaner more updated look. Subway tile can fit almost any kitchen style, as it is classic and uncomplicated.
I knew from the beginning that I wanted gold hardware throughout the kitchen, so we ordered a bunch of samples to see what would best fit our style. Who knew there were 10 shades of gold?! In addition to color, you also want to consider using knobs or pulls. There are no set rules when it comes to the look, really it's all about functionality and preference. These Richelieu Pulls are traditional in design and have a champagne bronze finish. They are the perfect shade of gold, pairing well with the white, bronze, and silver colors.
The Delta faucet and spigot are also in the color champagne bronze tieing in the pulls for an overall seamless look.
Thank you so much for stopping by and walking along our journey. I hope you find these tips helpful when going through your own remodel.
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Do you know the manufaturer of the ice granite? This is exactly what i am looking for and have been unlucky in finding it!
Rebecca Taig says
Unfortunately, the granite was already installed when we purchased our home.
If I can find the information I will happily send it your way. 🙂