White kitchen styling ideas
A crisp and clean white kitchen is a look that will never go out of style. Bright and light, they can make small kitchens look more spacious, and they provide the perfect blank canvas for adding in your own little personal touches. Worried about a white kitchen being boring? Don’t be! There are a million and one different options to choose from when it comes to white kitchen designs. Here are some of our favourite ways to style white.
If you choose to go with a completely white kitchen, you’ll be rewarded with a space that feels light and airy - particularly good for kitchens that lack space. White cabinets work in modern, contemporary or traditional kitchens, and have a timeless quality that means that you don’t have to worry about redecorating your kitchen in a couple of years.
Of course, one of the beautiful things about an all-white kitchen is the simplicity of its colour scheme - but it also means that it’s incredibly versatile if you do fancy adding a pop of colour here and there. You can give your kitchen a whole new feel simply by adding some coloured door handles or switching out your kettle and toaster.
One thing to bear in mind, however, is that all that white can be time-consuming to keep clean! You may find that you spend a lot of time wiping surfaces and polishing cabinet doors, especially if you opt for a white gloss finish. If this feels like a little too much maintenance, there are some other options to consider.
White and wood kitchen
Mix up an all-white design with the addition of wood. Whether you opt for deep mahogany or a light oak finish, the combination of white and wood is perfect for creating a show stopping kitchen. The warm tones of natural wood complement the freshness of brilliant white, adding a sense of cosiness for Scandinavian-inspired chic. You could opt for wooden flooring, wooden cabinets, or a combination of the two, to create a look that’s perfect for your personal taste and your home’s unique style.
White kitchen with islands
If you’re considering a kitchen makeover and have your heart set on white, think about opting for a white kitchen with a coloured island to really pep up your space. An all-white kitchen with a bright and bold island in the centre creates a stand-out impression, with the wall-fitted units creating an impactful backdrop for your feature island.
Choose a black island for a high-contrast look, or grey for a stylish island that’ll be en vogue for years to come. You could also push the boat out with a really bright colour; maybe navy blue, emerald green or pastel pink. As the finishing touch, a marbled countertop perfectly combines white with subtle patterns to bring the look together.
Small white kitchen ideas
White surfaces reflect light, so all-white walls or counters can really increase the sense of space in your small kitchen, and prevent those dreaded dark corners! Opting for an all-white approach, with white floors, cabinets, countertops and even appliances creates a seamless look. Without any edges to the colour breaking up your line of sight, the room will appear much bigger than it is.
You can also opt to use different shades of white, or switch it up by incorporating different textures into the room. High-gloss cabinets paired with marble countertops, for example, will still create the illusion of a bigger space, but the contrasting textures will add some interest to your space.
Don’t forget about the ceiling. With everything else in your kitchen, it can be easy to ignore what’s above you. But if your ceiling is a darker shade, you’ll want to repaint it bright white, as this will also help to maximise the sense of space in your kitchen. A freshly painted white ceiling will reflect the light, so if you have any windows in your kitchen, it’ll seem even bigger when the sun shines in.
Modern, contemporary or traditional white kitchen?
Whether you opt for a modern, contemporary or traditional style is really up to you. You’ll want to go for something that fits in with the rest of your home’s style to create a cohesive look across every room.
In a traditional kitchen, consider combining white cabinets with wood or stone-look floor tiles or splashbacks - adding natural materials will bring a welcoming farmhouse kitchen atmosphere. In a more modern kitchen think clean lines and minimalism; handleless cabinets, gloss finish, and touches of glass for extra shine.
If keeping up to date with contemporary trends is important to you, stick to an all-white colour scheme with easily swappable elements like small appliances, bar stools and light fixtures. This means you always have a set of features you can update to new colours or styles at minimal cost.
White kitchen decorating ideas
There are plenty of ways you can style up your white kitchen, either to add a splash of colour, create an interesting addition with different textures, or add a twist with contrasting accessories and appliances.
Create a more modern white kitchen with the addition of contrasting coloured cupboards and cabinets. Opt for a monochrome look for a super contemporary feel to your kitchen, with white walls, white countertops and white flooring combined with shiny or matte black cupboards and cabinets. You might also want to add a pop of colour to create a bright and fresh look. Yellow is sunny and modern, sure to add a warm feeling to your kitchen. Or consider green for an earthy style that’ll never go out of style.
Another way to decorate your white kitchen is with the appliances you choose. For a super clean and crisp feel, go for a white kitchen with white appliances. This will help to increase the illusion of space in your kitchen by ensuring there’s one unbroken shade throughout the room. Otherwise, you might want to mix things up with bold and bright appliances. Consider adding a coloured or stainless steel fridge, dishwasher or washing machine to add an additional element to an otherwise traditional white kitchen.
And what about worktops? Should you go for a kitchen with white worktops? A white kitchen with white worktops can look cool and smooth, but it can be difficult to keep them clean, particularly if you’re a keen cook! Instead, you might want to opt for a different colour for your worktops. You could go for a white and wood kitchen with oak or mahogany worktops, or perhaps keep with the white theme but add a different texture with marble worktops.