February 6, 2023

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28 White Kitchen Design Ideas

Alexandra Ribar

There’s a reason white kitchens are so popular: They’re bright, airy, and don’t require a lot of stressful color decisions when decorating (because literally, everything is white). And if you’re worried white kitchens might be boring, the examples of white kitchens from designers will convince you otherwise. We’re spotlighting 28 beautiful and cool white kitchens to inspire any upcoming renovations and/or Pinterest boards that need a fresh update. Whatever your interior design style, you’ll find a chic white kitchen to dream about below. Keep reading for off-white and cream kitchens to crisper examples and even a few with splashes of accent colors.

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Ryan Turf, the president of furniture-and-decor brand CB2, and his wife Jessica of Turf Design, chose to anchor their family kitchen with white staples. The marble counters, subway tile backsplash, and white cabinetry are classic timeless. “We live in the kitchen,” says Jessica. “We use the barstools to do homework, or have breakfast in the morning before the kids go to school.

Not convinced white can be interesting? This hip, eclectic space designed by Emil Dervish is the no makeup-makeup look of kitchens. The simple wooden countertops and blond wood herringbone floors lighten and ground the more over-the-top features, like the brass statement hood and black cabinets.

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Use Creamier Tones for Warmth

Designer Lauren Nelson helped visually separate the kitchen area from the eat-in lounge by installing low-hanging pendants over the long farm table. She also opted for off-white tones and creamier shades of white to create a warm, cozy environment.

While white dominates this kitchen designed by Robson Rak, the warm wood surfaces and matte green stools inject the perfect balance of warmth and color.

If you have a smaller kitchen, lean on crisp white paint to brighten up the room. Tiled walls, brass hardware, and a milk-glass chandelier make this one by Celerie Kemble more dimensional and formal. Using darker grout can also help introduce contrast between white subway tiles. A black and white diamond floor pattern reflects the graphic yet classic look of the tiles for consistency.

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Bring in History With Exposed Beams

“This is my favorite room in the house,” says designer Pam Schneider, of this white kitchen in a bright, contemporary, and airy Hamptons home that still holds a homey, historied presence thanks to the classic cabinetry and exposed wood beams. The back painted island base and matching stools help contemporize the space.

Accent an all-white kitchen with brass. It feels just a tad more formal and modern. In this kitchen designed by Regan Baker, a pendant with corresponding sconces, pot filler, and faucet all add the perfect dose of metallic spice.

If you have exposed shelves in your kitchen display white plating, pottery, and serveware to drive home the all-white aesthetic even further, as seen in this space designed by Leanne Ford Interiors.

In this kitchen designed by Shawn Henderson, the white brick backsplash allows for a more modern, fresh mood as opposed to the industrial and darker presence of unpainted bricks. Henderson painted the brick walls and shiplap ceiling white for a fresher, brighter look. The combination of enclosed and exposed upper storage keeps the small space from feeling cramped.

In this kitchen designed by Corey Damen Jenkins, the wood tones, brown marble swirls, and beige bar stools warm up the crisp white staples while the metallic accents add some glam. Jenkins says the granite “was a bit of a sell. I told the clients to look at it as art. Of course, now it’s their favorite thing.”

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Play With Varying Textures

Complete with custom limewashed poplar paneling, an imperial Danby marble backsplash, and custom cabinetry that hides large appliances, this kitchen by Jeffrey Dungan is such a beautiful example of muted and texture-rich design. The overall atmosphere is one of relaxed elegance.

When interior designer and HGTV star Leanne Ford fell in love with Calacatta Borghini (which she says is “the most expensive marble in the world”), she decided to splurge on just enough to do a waterfall edge. For the rest of the kitchen counters, she switched to honed Arabescato, a more affordable version. To ensure a truly all-white kitchen, she painted the barstools white.

A seamless slab of Calacatta Gold marble spans the wall behind this range, with the hood adding shine thanks to patinated pewter, stainless steel, and brass banding.

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Highlight the Architectural Details

When Raji Radhakrishnan was commissioned to decorate this kitchen in a Piet Boon-designed home, he didn’t want to detract from the beautiful architectural details. To preserve as much as possible, he opted for a minimal trio Serge Moille pendants and simple backless stools from West Elm.

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Bounce Light With Lacquer

Keep it sparse and simple. All you need to add some dimension to an all-white kitchen is some textural intrigue. In this farmhouse designed by Andrew Flesher, the white painted ceiling modernizes the room and the lacquer cabinets bounce light.

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Contrast Your Cabinets

A bright all-white kitchen can be a bit blinding and stark—especially a small one. Painting your cabinets a subtle neutral will maintain than the light and open feel of a white color scheme while bringing in dimension and personality.

Make your white subway tiles pop with an unexpected grout color. In this kitchen by Simo Design, the subtle pistachio grout emphasizes the unique tile layout and complements the painted accent wall.

The exposed brick walls add an undone, laid-back feel to this kitchen. Instead of covering them up or refinishing them, let your original architectural details stand out.

Hang planters over the kitchen island to liven up an all-white space. In this DeVol kitchen, there’s also a framed piece of art featuring plants to accentuate the theme further.

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Opt for Texture-Rich Materials

In this kitchen designed by Robson Rak, the neutral color scheme is far from boring thanks to the texture-rich materials. From the marble countertops to the white paneled walls, stone tile floors, matter black pendant and wood grain island, there’s plenty to please the eye.

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Choose One Contrasting Color

Against an all-white backdrop, the red accent pieces in this Leanne Ford-designed kitchen appear to float in mid air.

White interiors lend themselves to sweet decor. Take note from this deVol kitchen and install pale pink curtains and a dainty chandelier. Oh, and of course, say yes to tasteful bows.

Between the pale oak floors and butcher block counters, this Florida kitchen embraces an informal yet cozy aesthetic. Black latches on plank cabinetry lend extra vintage charm.

Not only is this island big enough for family dinners, but the Calacatta marble countertops measure a solid 2 inches thick. The extra heft gives this kitchen a more modern feel.

All white is classic, but it can get blah, fast. Warm it up and add contrast without breaking out of the light color scheme with a cream and earth-toned rug. Leanne Ford also displayed earthy decor on the floating shelves to bring out the rug.

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Put Some Pattern in Your Floor

Keep cabinets and walls all white and get dimension from your floor. Choose a pattern in a neutral color if you don’t want it to attract too much attention.

This oval island has open shelves at each end for easy access to a collection of ironstone. Hidden appliances, including a paneled fridge and dishwasher, feel cozier than the usual stainless steel.

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