I have to admit it. There was a time when I was not into white kitchens. I preferred rich wood kitchens big time. Then my parents renovated their house and put in a totally updated white kitchen. I had to admit I was impressed with it. It looked good in the house even though much of the other rooms had quite a bit of natural wood. The white fit in nicely.
I also must admit I really enjoyed hand-selected the photos that make up this exclusive collection of designs. I hope you enjoy it and get inspiration from it as well.
What exactly is a white kitchen?
Most “white kitchens” are 100% white. Referencing a kitchen or any room by a particular color simply means that the room’s dominant color. For kitchens, it usually means the cabinets or most of the cabinets are white.
18.85% of the kitchens are considered white. However, 48% of kitchen cabinets are white. Please note that these statistics are based on self-reported kitchen colors, but based on an analysis of over 500,000 kitchen designs. Here are the charts.
Kitchen color chart
Kitchen cabinet finish chart
White Kitchen Ideas (Photos)
Colonial remodel in white with light wood
Above is a remodeled kitchen done in mostly white with natural light wood floors and wood island surface. The white farmhouse sink blends well in this quaint colonial house design. Source: Redfin (with permission)
Above is an L-shape white kitchen with an island that is beautifully designed. It’s simple but simplistic. Source: Redfin. See more here.
Huge white kitchen with wood flooring (beach house)
Glass Round In-Kitchen Dining Table in White Kitchen with a Touch of Blue
Butcher Block Island Addition
Fabulous Pot Rack
Ambient White Kitchen Lighting
Modern Narrow Galley Kitchen
Chrome Pendants with Subway Backsplash
Small White Kitchen
Country White Kitchen
Compact White Apartment Kitchen
White Farmhouse Kitchen
Dark Wood Flooring and Recessed Lights
Custom Luxury Design
White With Gray Island and Stainless Steel Appliances
White Ceiling with Dark Countertops
Rustic White Kitchen
Cathedral Ceiling with Skylights
New Home Construction
U-Shape with Island
Coffered, White, Large, Glass-Faced Cabinets and so much more
White is the runner-up most popular kitchen design color, with 18.85% of respondents to our survey finding it worthy of incorporation into their kitchen. In this article, we’ll give you a few white kitchen design ideas and offer a few tips on how to implement your dream kitchen’s color.
Half wood and half marble
This beautiful and simple white kitchen has half the hardwood flooring of the hallway and half the white marble flooring for the cooking area. This matchup is mirrored by the white marble waterfall kitchen island and the wooden cabinets of the kitchen peninsula.
This is a bright and white kitchen with consistent bright white tones on its countertops that matches with the walls, stools and ceiling that hangs a decorative lighting over the kitchen island. These are then complemented by the wooden gray tones of the cabinetry and flooring.
This is an interesting question, one I’ve thought about quite a bit. I think it has to do with the fact the kitchen is a utility space that can get dirty and so white gives it a clean feel even when in use getting dirty and used. It’s the same with bathrooms (where white is also a popular color).
All white: white countertops, ceiling, floor, and cabinets.
White and brown: This is very popular where the cabinets are white and perhaps countertops and other parts wood such as floor and/or island.
White and black: Not very popular, but can be very effective. Example: white cabinets with black countertop.
Inverse cabinets and island: A popular color concept is white cabinets with dark countertops juxtaposed with dark island with white countertop.
Do white countertops make a kitchen white?
No, not in my opinion. If you have natural wood cabinets with a white countertop, it’s not a “white kitchen”.
A Piece Of Heaven
White kitchens are elegant above all else. Or they have the potential to be elegant, at least. The trick to maintaining elegance when using white in your kitchen design is to keep the use of other colors consistent in their texture and their saturation.
If your cabinets are white, but your cups are pastel pink, your teapot should also be a pastel color that’s of similar color saturation to the pink. This means that wood can often pair extremely well with white kitchen designs because it brings consistent texture and color in the same package and can be used to accentuate the cleanliness of the white.
Draw Attention To The Light, Or Reflect It Away?
White kitchen designs tend to reflect natural light awkwardly, and often too much. Likewise, white kitchen designs don’t always handle artificial light as well as they could.
The question that you’ll need to answer while designing your white kitchen is whether to embrace the reflection by including other light reflective objects like metallic or chrome appliances or try to dampen it by introducing wooden or faded turquoise surfaces which aren’t as reflective but are more colorful.
Double Down, Or Casually Incorporate?
The final question you’ll need to answer before finalizing your white kitchen design idea is whether to double down on the concept of a white kitchen design or to simply build white into your kitchen as one color component of many others.
Doubling down could result in an operating-room like a whirlwind of light and brightness—perfect for making breakfast in the mornings, but perhaps a bit hard to make look perfectly clean after dinner. Casually incorporating white into your kitchen design is the more traveled route, using items like white table cloths, cushions, runners, or even candles.
You can also easily incorporate white into your appliances, dishes, and cookware, though its tendency to show dirt can be frustrating. Because of this, it’s probably best to avoid making your countertops white if you go the route of partial white design.