With stylish appliances, open layouts, and gorgeous details, a white kitchen is anything but boring. See how these inviting kitchens blend classic and contemporary elements for a fresh perspective.
Splurge & Save
Modern cabinets mix with classic elements to fashion this hip kitchen. The homeowners saved on cabinetry by purchasing IKEA components that they built and installed themselves, saving the budget about $15,000. With the savings, the couple could afford to splurge on a 48-inch professional-style range.
Grays can go cold and flat if you’re not careful, so choose soft, warm tones like this gray quartz-surfacing used on the countertops and island top and sides for a neutral kitchen you can live with for years to come. A refurbished, whitewashed door serves as a swinging pantry door. The cream paint color and finish on the door keep the kitchen palette from going cool.
When to Splurge
Saving on flat-pack cabinetry from IKEA allowed these homeowners to splurge on the marble tile backsplash. The gray veins in the marble add classic interest and warmth, while the stacked, linear installation is a modern touch.
Refresh with Paint
The kitchen's maple cabinets were in great shape, but the overall color palette was somewhere between beige and blah. Knowing that a coat of white paint would keep this kitchen under budget and looking smart, the homeowners added glass-front upper cabinets to expand their storage and display space. Paint unified the new glass-front cabinets with the existing upper cabinets. Crown molding makes the new cabinets look as if they were part of the original design.
Contrast with Chocolate
Just beyond the kitchen, the beverage center received a similar update with a built-in wine rack taking the spot above the existing wall cabinets. The family kept the original kitchen’s stainless-steel appliances and granite counters (in perfect condition and versatile for many color schemes). The backsplash was replaced with a chocolate brown subway tile to add contrast.
Add Wood Tones
White can work for every design aesthetic. In a traditional kitchen, white can bring together the old and the new by combining beautiful finishes with homey authenticity. A wood-finish island is topped with white quartz-surfacing. The white relates to the perimeter cabinets while the wood tones give an old-house warmth to this new kitchen.
Backsplash with Style
Tiny glass mosaics in a herringbone pattern introduce soft blues and grays to the white kitchen. A few rows of white subway tiles offer a transition from the quartz-surfacing countertops.
This California kitchen extends a traditional welcome to kids and guests with fresh, easygoing style. Vintage materials, such as honed marble and limestone, mingle easily with scratch-resistant engineered-wood floors, stainless-steel appliances, and sleek cabinet hardware. Stately lanterns are classic in shape yet exaggerated in proportion, a unique contribution to the room.
The homeowners wanted to create a timeless neutral backdrop, with unexpected pops of personality. The kitchen's calming color palette is punctuated by pops of turquoise found in the fabric window treatment, dishes, and throw pillows (in the dining area).
Open & Accommodating
A microwave and bar area create a space for storing snacks and serving drinks outside the main work area of the kitchen. Equally attractive is the kitchen's abundance of storage. This kitchen frequently hosts company; a huge refrigerator, freezer, and walk-in pantry easily accommodate hungry guests.
All-Encompassing Work Space
A carefully designed workstation -- complete with cubbies, open shelving, cabinets, and file drawers -- provides an in-kitchen spot to keep the household organized. As command central in the bustling household, the desk area was designed to keep paperwork accessible but out of sight.
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All in the Details
Everyday dishes are stored above the dishwasher in a plate rack, making them easy to access and use. A butcher-block slab tops the kitchen island, adding warmth and a casual vibe.
The homeowners, who like to cook together, opted for one sink with dual faucets to ease food prep and cleanup. Dark surfaces disguise messes and distinguish work zones in the kitchen.
The design goal was to create a clean look, which called for a soothing, natural color scheme. Dark walnut-color concrete was selected for the work surfaces and a contrasting Calacatta gold marble for the peninsula and backsplash. Fresh white-painted birch cabinets with recessed-panel doors and modern pulls establish a clean-lined look.