White Kitchens

Create a bright cooking space with these ideas for a white kitchen design.

White kitchen

White kitchen

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By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

As you consider kitchen remodeling ideas, options and solutions, keep in mind that a white kitchen is a great example of fresh, clean kitchen design. A common example might include pure whites and cream-colored accents blended to create a bright cooking space. Often, a white kitchen is an open, airy environment fit for a number of kitchen layouts.

White Kitchen Ideas for a Clean Design

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Slight Contrast

This classy space has beautiful arched windows above the sink that provide natural light. The darkly stained chairs add contrast to the monochromatic color scheme, and the contemporary light fixtures balance the room's traditional country feel. Design by Tina Muller in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

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Photo By: Designer, Tina Muller

Bold Artwork in the Kitchen

This sleek kitchen features Calacatta gold marble countertops and Venetian glass wall tiles, which add soft color to the white color palette. The bold artwork adds a touch of color and acts as a focal point in the space, designed by Joseph Pubillones. Photo by Daniel Newcomb

Photo By: Designer, Joseph Pubillones

Marble Counters Add Visual Interest

In this all-white kitchen, Carrara gold marble counters add visual interest. The space also features double-height upper cabinets that maximize storage and a bar that doubles as a buffet. The under-cabinet lighting enhances the room's clean, contemporary look. Design by Andreea Avram Rusu

Photo By: Designer, Andreea Avram Rusu

Open Feel Kitchen

Soft natural tones and simple lines lend a classic, clean look to this space. The 11-foot ceiling gives the room an open feel while providing more wall space for storage. The rich dark tone on the island makes the room feel welcoming and balanced. Photo by Alise O'Brien. Design by James Howard in St. Louis

Photo By: Designer, James Howard

Galley Kitchen

A white backsplash, cabinets and counters make this long galley kitchen feel wider. The visual focus of this space is the dark floor. Design by David Scott

Photo By: Designer, David Scott

Subtle Kitchen Design

This all-white kitchen is accented with vertical and horizontal chrome hardware, adding interesting lines and design to the space. The whimsical ceiling-mounted light fixture provides exceptional lighting along with the glass pendants over the sink. Design by Shane Inman

Photo By: Designer, Shane Inman

Fresh Design

White cabinetry, granite counters and a hand-painted ceramic tile backsplash set a warm tone in this kitchen. The soft green tile backsplash adds a touch of color without taking away from the fresh feeling in the space. Design by Jessica Williamson in Newton, Mass.

Photo By: Designer, Jessica Williamson

Clean Country Kitchen

With white chairs, cabinets and columns, this kitchen has a clean country feel. The peninsula seats eight people, and the custom-designed light green stove hood adds an interesting element to the space. Design by Shane Inman

Photo By: Designer, Shane Inman

Exotic Kitchen Cabinets

Abundant natural light highlights this sleek kitchen. The all-white quartz countertops, white cabinets and milky-white glass backsplash are paired with the exotic zebra-wood cabinets to create a beautiful well-rounded space. Photo by Becket Logan. Design by Celia Berliner in New York City

Photo By: Designer, Celia Berliner

Create Natural Light

Sleek and contemporary kitchen cabinet designs enhance the modern atmosphere of this kitchen in the former home of the late Julia Child. The space also features large windows, which provide natural light, and a darker stained island that is the focal point of the space. Design by Philip Guarino in Boston

Photo By: Designer, Philip Guarino

While the average white kitchen typically relies on white cabinets, countertop surfaces, walls, crown moldings and other accents, an exclusively white total kitchen scheme is rare.

Instead, the white kitchen area includes dark wood floors, a unique kitchen island or seating with beautiful patterns to provide fun bursts of texture and color. Consider also choosing fun, unique lighting accents to provide unexpected design elements.

The traditional white kitchen design pairs white cabinets with a white countertop surface, such as granite or marble. The cabinets are often accented by a raised design, like flat front panels, or given an open design with glass fronts. This kitchen design looks stunning with dark wood floors and a backsplash made from white subway tiles or stones.

One thing to consider when designing a white kitchen is how you will be using the space. If the area will see a high level of cooking activity, or your family is prone to spilling and staining, then you might want to opt for a different kitchen design.


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