No kitchen design exudes timeless classic sophistication quite like the all-white kitchen. Its bright and airy blank slate makes it delightfully versatile so you can add your own style flair with backsplashes, hardware, countertops (quartz, perhaps?), lighting, and flooring in a variety of colors or textures.
You can also liven up your cool white kitchen design with wall decor, wallpaper, or many other with kitchen decor ideas. Ranges and vent hoods can feel more like a piece of furniture than an appliance in the space too. You might consider adding in natural wood warmth or gray paint accents for a neutral look, or a splash of blue or floral wallpaper for a pop of color. Alternately, white on white is always classic and clean. Whether you prefer a modern style or a traditional one, you can find find ideas in these kitchen design trends and adapt them to designs large or small, with islands or a simple galley style alike.
Without further ado, here we give you 50 elegant white kitchen ideas, complete with pictures, from from the minds of top designers across the country and world to inspire a thoughtful design for the heart of your home.
Advertisement – Continue Reading Below
White Meets Vivid Turquoise
In the kitchen of this Atlanta, Georgia home designed by Melanie Turner, a chic series of tiled arcs puts a spin on the traditional barrel-vaulted ceiling and echoes the curves of the arched window and barrel-back barstools. Encaustic cement tiles, Mosaic House.
The kitchen in this Newport, California home designed by Peter Dunham is more nuanced than it might appear at first glance, thanks to different textures that evoke a variety of style references. For example, while the brass trimmed-hood leans a little industrial, the rush-backed counter stools (from Hollywood at Home) and the sage-hued clay tiles (from Mission Tile West) air more on the refined rustic end of the spectrum.
In the kitchen of the Portofino, Italy home of landscape architect Marco Bay, open shelving displays a mix of heirloom and Ligurian wares. The sconces are from the Paris flea market. Brick flooring paves the way to the adjoining terrace, with views of the sea.
In her Mountain Brook, Alabama home, designer Caroline Gidiere painted her cabinetry an inky shade (Off-Black by Farrow & Ball) to give the kitchen, which is connected to a den, a little definition and make the large space feel cozier. A stainless steel countertop ensures a kinship between the island and the appliances, hood, and satin nickel hardware.
The kitchen in this Connecticut house designed by Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey is luxe in every sense of the word, from the marble walls and Lacanche range to the oil portraits, brass details, and mohair-upholsted counter stools (by Holly Hunt for Bradlee USA). The double islands make entertaining a breeze: one is outfitted with an ice machine, sink, and beverage drawer, making it easy to stand in as a bar.
Black and White Beauty
Wire-brushed French oak cabinetry, oiled soapstone counters, and suspended shelving with brass detailing bring charming utility to this Atlanta home’s scullery, designed by Amy Morris and D. Stanley Dixon. Custom marble-top worktable, BD Jeffries.
In the kitchen of this Bahamas retreat, designer Miles Redd shifted storage to a small anteroom and used the space that would have held upper cabinetry to decorate the walls with 1970s Italian photographs from 1stdibs. “Hanging art here makes the kitchen feel like an extension of the living room,” says Redd.
At this Alys Beach house designed by Khoury & Vogt, ancient Roman architecture served as a contemporary muse. In the kitchen, natural materials lend warmth to the simple forms and massive scale: a custom concrete dining table accompanies a white oak and marble island and oak cabinetry. Chairs, R Hughes.
Uplifting Blue Accents
Designer Meg Braff expanded this Long Island kitchen with a sea of monochromatic updates: white cabinetry (painted White by Fine Paints of Europe), a white double range from BlueStar, and thick Danby marble countertops on the octagonal island. The aqua ceiling (Picture Perfect by Benjamin Moore) plus a blue-patterned wallcovering and matching roman shade from Braff’s textile collection visually expand the space by drawing the eye up. The sink fixtures and hardware are by Waterworks and the pendant light is by Vaughan.
For a clean look with a European sensibility in this modern white Palm Beach kitchen, designer Vasi Ypsilantis eschewed a vent hood over the Dacor range for a powerful external blower and skipped upper cabinetry to make the small space seem larger. The sinks are by Kohler and the countertops are by Cambria.
In their West Palm Beach home, designer Lars Bolander and Nadine Kalachnikoff, a former caterer, created an eat-in kitchen furnished with a 19th-century oak English refectory table and bamboo chairs. Belgian soapstone counters and reclaimed plank flooring from Austria lend an old-world vibe to this modern white kitchen. The range is Viking.
In this Aspen kitchen, designer J. Randall Powers clad the counters and the walls to the tops of the upper cabinets with gleaming white marble. The stone’s veining inspired accents in a range of grays, such as the island and its counter and the barstools’ linen upholstery from Rose Tarlow Melrose House. The bell jar lanterns are from Formations.
Designer Timothy Whealon kept things pretty simple when updating this 19th-century Connecticut home, accenting the all-white kitchen with rich woods, like the stools from Fair and the reclaimed antique chestnut flooring. A roman shade in Kravet fabric with Claremont trim adds softness. The ceiling is painted Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball.
In this Washington, D.C., home, designer Thomas Pheasant grounded the lofty, modern, white kitchen with rich tones in the base cabinetry, stone flooring, and the island’s waterfall countertop (by Waterworks). The range is by Wolf, the wall ovens are Miele, the pendant lights are from Holly Hunt, and the stools are from Design Within Reach.
In the guest suites at Windsor, a New Urbanism-style community on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, white-washed V-groove paneling sets a light, airy backdrop. Designer Alessandra Branca warmed up the all-white kitchen with loads of woven textures, from the vintage basket pendant lights above the SieMatic island to the barstools from Palacek.
Designer James Michael Howard anchored this modern, all-white kitchen in Westchester, New York by extending the Breccia Imperiale marble countertop and backsplash up to the ceiling on the wall behind the range. The stone’s organic pattern provides a focal point within the open-plan space. The refrigerator is Sub-Zero, the range is Wolf, the globe pendants are The Urban Electric Co., and the barstools are Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair.
In this New York City kitchen, designer Ellie Cullman contrasted the all-white cabinetry and walls with warm accents, from the custom wood dining table by Joseph Beam and the chairs and barstools by Artistic Frame to the trim on the the Robert Allen linen Roman shades. The pendants are from Remains Lighting.
To open up this small white kitchen in New York City, designer Alecia Stevens worked with McBride Architects to expose the original floor joists in the ceiling. The black range (from La Cornue), wood island, and charcoal floor tiles from Exquisite Surfaces add depth to the white walls and backsplash. The wine refrigeration is by Sub-Zero.
Elegant restraint reigns in this sophisticated yet simple white kitchen where beautiful materials shine brighter than extra ornamentation. Working with architect D. Stanley Dixon, designer Carolyn Malone paved the floors with French limestone, clad the island entirely with Imperial Danby marble, and lined the ceiling with limed reclaimed oak beams. The midcentury oval starbursts are from Parc Monceau and the chandelier is David Weeks Studio.
In this New Jersey kitchen, designer Miles Redd tiled all the walls up to the ceiling in white subway tile from Waterworks. “It might surprise you, but white is one of my favorite colors,” says Redd, best known for decorating rooms in dazzling shades of red, turquoise, and green. “There is nothing more delicious than a white lacquer box.”
For this small kitchen in a Palm Beach apartment, designer Campion Platt took color cues from the setting: white tile backsplash, light sand-colored cabinetry, and bleached wood-toned floor tiles from Daltile. The open shelves makes it easy for guests to serve themselves. The vent hood and refrigerator are from KitchenAid and the sink fittings are Dornbracht.
Advertisement – Continue Reading Below