11 Tips for Making Your White Kitchen Stand Out from the Crowd
There’s nothing quite like a fresh white kitchen to make you feel right at home. A far cry from the darker Italian-motif kitchens of a few years back, white kitchens are, well, happy. Bright and full of promise (who doesn’t dream of whipping up the perfect smoothie on a spacious granite counter?!), you simply can’t go wrong with a white kitchen.
Not sure how to incorporate white into your cooking realm? Take a look at these ideas and you’ll find that white is anything but a one-size-fits-all color.
1. Use Gray Countertops
Install all-white cabinets (upper and lower) with a light gray countertop to break up the white visually. Your color scheme stays bright and cool but the counter doesn’t get lost in a sea of white.
2. Create Balance with Darker Stools & Fixtures
Anchor all-white cabinets with darker counter stools and bold light fixtures to make a statement while still staying within a neutral color palette.
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3. Split Your Cabinet Colors
Use white on the uppers and another (darker) color on lowers. This helps to keep your kitchen feeling open and airy, while still providing a bit of contrast and giving balance to the white canvas.
4. Choose a Unique Backsplash
Install a backsplash in a contrasting color or pattern to add in a unique focal point.
5. Layer Patterns & Textures
Keep your kitchen within the same white color palette, but use layers of different patterns and textures to make it interesting and vibrant.
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6. Use Interesting Window Treatments
Make window blinds or curtains stand out in a complementary but contrasting shade or texture to draw the eyes towards the windows and natural light.
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7. Embrace Color Pops
Make hardware stand out by using brass or a unique color pop (or, how about choosing appliances in an exciting shade?!) – a white canvas is the perfect opportunity to get creative.
8. Add Warmth
Incorporate wood elements to bring warmth to a cooler white room.
9. Keep It Monochrome
Use a white sink to keep the all-white look streamlined.
10. Paint Your Walls in a Contrasting Color
Keep your cabinets white, but use a different paint color on the walls to provide contrast and make your cabinets stand out.
11. Make Your Kitchen Island a Statement Piece
Use a different color for your kitchen island – make it a focal point that anchors the room and draws your eyes to the center.
Kitchens are the focal point of a home. No matter how small or out of the way they may be, people almost always end up migrating to them (that’s where the food is, after all). So why not make it bright and inviting? A white kitchen is timeless and classic, and you can always incorporate small changes (think hardware updates or a new wall color) to seamlessly update it from one year to the next.
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By Megan Johansson, Contributor to Carla Bast Design