White signifies purity, cleanliness, originality, aesthetics, and a subtle sophistication hard to replicate with any other color. That’s perhaps one reason you are inclined towards a white kitchen worktop for your next remodel. The only hurdle is a few misconceptions doing the rounds. Breathe easy, as we separate fact from fiction. Here are five common myths debunked.
You’ll be dealing with cleaning issues
It’s perhaps the most deep-rooted misconception about white countertops. Conceded, white shows dirt quickly and profoundly, as it reflects off light better than any other color. But it’s not the color that determines how friendly the countertop is for cleaning. It’s the material, instead.
The market is flooded with sophisticated white countertops that resist stains while infusing a new life into your kitchen. Notably, pre-sealed granite worktops are virtually immune to stains from coffee, tea, wine, and food spills. Quartz, glass, marble, and engineered stone also come with pretty similar capabilities. Seek professional help for choosing an easy-to-clean material.
Not compatible with modern décor
White is traditional, but that doesn’t make it a misfit for contemporary design. White was there, is there and will always be there. It’s timeless. The modern designs feature sharp angles and lines, and white not just complements but accentuates them with contrasts and shadows.
Just pair the white kitchen worktop with metallic appliances and stone flooring for an urban vibe, in line with your taste. The three-color palette, a standard fixture across contemporary designs, is also a possibility with white countertops. Herein, the white cabinets and worktops blend well with the neutral colored walls, bright colored accessories, and colorful backsplashes.
It’s dead cold
Besides positive connotations, white also symbolizes coldness, blandness, and sterility. That’s perhaps the origin of this misconception. Don’t let white intimidate you. Use it in various ways, instead. The option of using warmer shades like off-white, cream, vanilla, and more for walls and floors is always there. They’ll “warm-up” the ambiance, negating the chill of a white worktop.
Plus, natural light complements the white countertop and ushers in warmth. Making proper arrangements for natural light to fall on the countertop and beyond is advisable. If it’s not possible, position LED lighting aptly to add character and sharpness to the white space.
Doesn’t go well with big spaces
White induces the illusion of spaciousness. That’s why it’s widely used to make a compact space look more spacious. Even if you eliminate the element of spaciousness, white has much to offer to larger areas as well. Imagine the eye flow and continuity of the white worktop ushers into space, no matter what the size. White’s ability to reflect all light wavelengths and absorb the least heat makes it ideal for warmer climates. Elegance and design compatibility is a bonus.
Lacks distinguishing characteristics
White is white. It’s the purest of all colors and lends itself well to any design. If you still feel the white kitchen worktop is devoid of distinguishing characteristics, try blending it with other hues. Choose a complementary color for flooring, walls, cabinetry, windows, and other fixtures, and let the white worktop shine as the mainstay of a kitchen that reflects your personality.