Whether it's a cool, stark white or a warm shade of off-white, this neutral color transcends every design style and decade. Using white with the right mix of materials creates a welcoming space that's always stylish and fresh.
The main appeal of white is that it's timeless. Unlike the trendy avocado green of the 1970s or the popular dusty blue of the '90s, the color white is never dated. Layouts, materials, and kitchen must-haves change over time, but white is a palette that never goes out of style.
White's vast attraction comes from being a classic neutral. Almost every element of the kitchen -- from cabinetry to countertops, flooring, and wallcoverings -- is produced in white. And that's just the surfaces! Light fixtures, sinks, and appliances are all available in white as well, so you can create a perfectly cohesive look.
White may be classic, but it's not solely a traditional color choice. In various shades, finishes, and textures, white can be the basis of every design style.
Paired with clean lines, sleek fixtures, and shiny surfaces, brilliant whites have a contemporary edge.
Creamy off-whites lend themselves to Old World and European styles.
Add beaded board and farmhouse accents to a white palette for a fresh cottage look, or pick vintage amenities for a retro style.
Natural rough-hewn woods offset white for a cozy, rustic charm, while mixing concrete blocks and factory-inspired lighting gives white an industrial edge.
Whichever decor you fancy, white lets the style you love take center stage.
You might love sky blue right now, but what if you move on to apple red or daisy yellow in two years? Choosing white for the basis of your kitchen lets you add color safely in ways that are easy to change. With a predominantly white palette, such as white cabinetry, any color is available for accents and details.
The kitchen's backsplash, walls, and ceiling are great places to add color and still allow a fairly simple change when you're ready for something new. Less-permanent elements such as window treatments, light fixtures, and cabinet hardware can be quickly swapped out for a fast refresh.
On its own, white feels fresh and clean, an important factor in a space that involves cooking and eating. But that's not the only psychological benefit. White surfaces reflect light, which makes a small room feel larger or a large space feel comfortable and homey instead of cavernous and cold. Plus, kitchens that are well lit are safer for everyday tasks such as cutting and chopping, so the reflective properties of white are also physically beneficial.
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White kitchens are very popular, but there are a lot of ways to add variety within this neutral color scheme. White cabinets partner beautifully with white marble countertops and a tile backsplash for a serene, traditional look. For a more modern look, select sleek white cabinets with a high gloss finish and play up the glam with metal and glass accents. For a warmer take on white, choose a creamy cabinet finish. Reinforce the warmth with brown tones in the floor, chairs and window treatments. Create instant impact with a high contrast color combo. White cabinets and tile pop against a chocolate brown wall and dark island finish. Soften an all-white kitchen with a touch of your favorite color on the backsplash. If your preference is changed in the future, updating the backsplash is less expensive than replacing cabinets. White works well in any style kitchen. Just remember to use warmth, sparkle, wood tones and contrast for a personalized look.