One of the most basic questions that people ask themselves before designing their kitchen is this: are we going with a white kitchen, or are we doing something else? It’s a testament to how popular the white design is. In a way it makes sense, because all-white cabinets and surfaces present a cleaner feel for a kitchen environment. (Of course, all of those white surfaces can be difficult to keep clean!)
Even though the design of a white kitchen may seem easy given that it uses the most basic of colors, it’s actually anything but. In reality, no white kitchen is going to be purely all white. Instead, other colors will be incorporated, whether they be through a stunning backsplash or smart décor, that break up the look, adding a visual vibrancy to the kitchen space that might otherwise be absent.
In the 22 examples that follow, we’ll be looking at some of the most well designed white kitchens we’ve ever seen. If you’re thinking of leaning white for your kitchen, then you owe it to yourself to check these examples out. At the very least you can find inspiration for your own design, and at best you might find something you should copy!
With professional, metal appliances at center, this white kitchen regains its sense of class through the backsplash behind the sink.
2. Darker Island
In a white kitchen, you’ll generally want to go with a darker color for the island. However, you can draw that dark island into the space with a lighter countertop.
3. Glass Fronts
Ample glass-front cabinets can help to break up the visual look of an all-white kitchen design.
A bit of décor, like the “EAT” sign above the sink in this example, can really add some charm to a white kitchen design.
With a white kitchen design, lighting will be important. It’s not because of the brightness, though; it’s because of the shadow.
The beige backsplash used in this white kitchen design is absolutely perfect, and it’s accentuated by the under-cabinet lighting.
7. Darker Backsplash
Of course, you can go darker with your backsplash. As you can see in this example, it helps add some dimension to the design.
In the all-white kitchen, your island stools are a place where you can add some color. Check out the yellow ones here.
9. Dark Granite
You’ll often see dark granite countertops in a white kitchen design, and it’s for good reason – as you can see here.
Another way you can add some visual appeal to a white kitchen design is by giving the cabinets an antiqued, distressed look.
11. Wood Counters
Wood countertops work very well in white kitchen designs. This example incorporates one on its island.
12. Line Kitchen
This white line kitchen design is absolutely gorgeous, and the dark island in the center of the room completes the space wonderfully.
Another way to add some visual spark to an all-white kitchen is to incorporate wainscoting in places.
The farmhouse style sink works wonderfully in a white kitchen design, given that the overall feel of the space will be classic.
15. Two Tone
This white kitchen uses two counter colors, which it then ties together through bits of décor spread throughout the space.
Those who want to create a retro vibe for their all-white kitchens will find powder blue accents to be best.
One way you can really make your white cabinets pop is by having a darker ceiling in the kitchen.
For white kitchens that adopt a contemporary style, the use of architecturally interesting furniture pieces will be crucial.
19. Dark Countertops
If you’re concerned about dimensionality with your white kitchen, then opt for darker countertops than you might otherwise.
Red and white go amazingly together, as you can see perfectly demonstrated in this stunning and luxurious white kitchen design.
Metallic light fixtures, like those above the island in this example, will really complete the classic vibe of a white kitchen design.
22. Hardwood Floors
You’ve got to love the look of this stunning white kitchen design, but it would be incomplete without those beautiful hardwood floors.\