White-Hot Kitchens

Inject your personality into any white kitchen using these expert color and decorating ideas.

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Home Depot White Kitchen with Island Home DepotAdd personality to a white kitchen.

Courtesy of The Home Depot

What gives white that "It" factor and why has it held such relevance on the kitchen color wheel for so long? It's because white kitchens work well in both traditional and contemporary styles and can take on a number of designs such as coastal living, rustic chic, vintage charm and classic mod.


"Homeowners continue to gravitate toward neutral and white kitchens because they have the ability to make a room seem brighter and give the illusion of a larger space," says Sarah Fishburne, Director of Trend and Design at The Home Depot. Fishburne adds that people are updating basic white kitchens from the '90s with painted, white-washed or textured white cabinets instead of high-gloss lacquer doors.



Whether you're revamping an older white kitchen or starting from scratch, the following color and decorating ideas will help add that personalized touch every white kitchen needs:


·         Decide on the tone you want to set. The use of warm whites creates a soft and comforting atmosphere while bright, vibrant whites give a sharp and crisp look.

·         Lighten up your kitchen and showcase beautiful dishware by adding glass-front cabinet doors. Having a white kitchen doesn't have to mean the absence of all color.

·         Paint the back of cabinet doors or use wallpaper to cover the inside of cabinets for an unexpected pop of color or pattern.

·         Splashes of other neutrals such as black and gray serve as excellent accent colors for your kitchen's trims, knobs and countertops.

·         Another popular way to include color in a white kitchen is by painting your island. Try trending colors such as mustard, slate blue, faded pumpkin and grass green.

·         Rich wood accents such as hardwood flooring, a piece of vintage furniture or a bold table create contrast to all the white finishes.

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