White Kitchen Design Ideas

Whether white on white, warmed with wood, or sparked with color, white kitchens blend into any home.


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Introducing a Classic
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It's a Classic

    Unlike fad colors such as the 1970s gold and avocado, white will never look dated. Straight-line cabinets with hefty hardware look solid and promise longevity. On the island, a built-in oven and plenty of storage sit below a unique butcher-block top made of maple and walnut in a checkerboard pattern.

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Mass Appeal

    The neutral setting becomes a positive feature that feels easy to live with. This starter-home kitchen's stainless steel appliances, beaded board, cabinets, and hardwood floors create an appealing work space for any family.

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Budget-Wise Decision

    White appliances are usually in stock, and they often cost less than other finishes. What's more, buying white appliances lets you splurge on other products such as flooring, light fixtures, and wall treatments.

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Wide-Open Spaces

    White cabinets and appliances open up a small space, which is perfect for smaller layout such as a galley-style kitchen. In this kitchen, an angled dishwasher near the sink forms a mini peninsula, introducing a welcome diagonal into the narrow kitchen space. To maintain the granite's visual flow, the homeowners chose a drop-in cooktop rather than a slide-in range.

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Open Up With Light

    Pale surfaces reflect natural and artificial light to help a cramped kitchen feel bigger and brighter. Affordable paint comes in hundreds of white tones. Choose a warm shade if the room faces north or east, a cool one if it's oriented south or west.

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Very Versatile

    It's easy to update your white kitchen with the latest colorful surfaces, small appliances, and decorative accessories. Try accenting white cabinets and appliances with a colorful floor tile, coordinating tile backsplash, and dinnerware behind glass door panels.

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Show Off Collections

    White makes the ideal backdrop for collections such as ceramic dishes and tin trays. It's a great backdrop for tone-on-tone ironstone or bold art pottery. Glass-front cabinets and open shelving showcase dish collections.

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Disappearing Acts

    In open-plan kitchens, installing white appliances with white cabinets keeps your range, dishwasher, and refrigerator from standing out. Avoid visually harsh dark holes without the cost of trim panels. Use white to camouflage a mix of textures like this quirky top-floor kitchen.

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Keep It Current

    For a new look a few years from now, just change your cabinet hardware. Switch from subtle white-painted wood knobs to fanciful glass or ceramic accents or metal pulls that echo your sink or faucet.

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Call of Nature

    Organic and neutral materials such as wood, stone, shell, bamboo, and wicker feel calming and harmonious with white's cool purity.

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Blank Slate

    White kitchen cabinets and fixtures partner with sleek steel and glass as well as scrubbed-and-shabby country or rich traditional furnishings.

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Formal Foundation

    Because the kitchen is open to the dining and living rooms, the homeowners chose a formal look that features painted cabinetry with inset drawers, beaded details, and glass knobs. At the far end, a built-in hutch holds dishware opposite the breakfast table.

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Cozy Cottage Style

    The white kitchen cabinets, island, and rang hood provide a neutral background for the checkerboard tile backsplash. Glass-front cabinets, beadboard details, and heavily beamed ceilings are classic cottage features.

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Supporting Role

    Changing paint colors and light fixtures are quick, easy kitchen updates. With a white ceramic tile backsplash, cabinets, and island base, the homeowner can make simple updates without having to change these key kitchen elements.

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Mix and Match

    In this kitchen, the counters were built four inches higher than normal to accommodate a drop-in cooktop over a built-in oven. The white appliances create a uniform look.

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European Appeal

    Cabinets built to look like freestanding furniture pieces, hand-hewn ceiling beams in the kitchen, and divided light windows give the kitchen a British elegance.

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