White Kitchen Design Ideas

Whether white on white, warmed with wood, or sparked with color, white kitchens blend into any home. Discover all the reasons to love white kitchens and how to pull off the look in your home.

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    Room for All

    Crisp white cabinets go to the ceiling in this white kitchen and create a spacious feel, while the large gray island adds weight, plus plenty of seating and prep space. Touches of black add to the glamour of the white kitchen.

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    Simple Beauty

    A cool blue paint color inspired by the subtle veining in the marble countertop adds life to this all white kitchen. Simple cabinet fronts, stainless-steel accents and subway tile finish the classic look.

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    Cozy in Cream

    Help a white kitchen feel cozy with a warm color palette and texture. Creamy white paint and intricate details create a tried-and-true traditional kitchen. Chicken-wire cabinet fronts and collections on display add a bit of country flair to white kitchens.

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    Ultimate U-Shaped Kitchen

    Small, but mighty, this white kitchen is all about function. The U-shape layout is practical, while the glass tile backsplash adds pretty to this hardworking space.


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    Spice Up a Classic White Kitchen

    See how to layer accessories in white kitchens to create a designer look.

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    High-Contrast Space

    Light pours in the wall of windows into this high-contrast white kitchen. Pops of green and yellow add playfulness to the room, while the classic white cabinets and coffered ceiling are seriously traditional.


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    Tradition with a Twist

    Furniture-style details help this white kitchen stand out. An oversized island is perfect for a trio of bar stools accented with cobalt blue. Precious blue and white pottery continues the color scheme around the room.


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    It's a Classic

    Unlike fad colors, such as 1970s gold and avocado, white will never look dated. Straight-line cabinets with hefty hardware look solid and promise longevity. In this white kitchen, gray granite countertops add contrast and help incorporate the stainless-steel appliances and brushed-nickel hardware into the all-white room.

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    Mass Appeal

    The neutral setting of a white kitchen is a positive feature that feels easy to live with. A combination of stainless-steel appliances, crisp white cabinets, a large island, and hardwood floors creates 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 for white kitchens 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 a smaller layout. In this white kitchen, the large island provides much of the room's counter space and is situated to provide a solid working triangle between it, the stove, and the refrigerator. The island also provides storage for cookbooks which would otherwise take up valuable cabinet space.

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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, or 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 painted island or put colorful dishware on display. With white as the base color, it’s easy to update and freshen up your kitchen with splashes of color.

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    Choose the Best White Cabinet Color

    Choose the right white for your kitchen with our top white paint colors for cabinets.

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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 in white kitchens without the cost of trim panels. All white can feel stark, so adding in a natural element, like this butcher-block counter, warms the space.

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    Show Off Collections

    White is the ideal backdrop for collections such as ceramic dishes and colorful glassware. It's a great way to showcase tone-on-tone ironstone or bold art pottery. Glass-front cabinets and open shelving in this white kitchen showcase dish collections.

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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 try metal pulls that echo appliances, such as this white kitchen's range hood.

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    Call of Nature

    Organic and natural materials such as wood, stone, shell, bamboo, and wicker feel calming and harmonious with white's cool purity. In this kitchen, wood beams, a stained-wood island, and stools with lots of texture make it much more than just another white kitchen.

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    Blank Slate

    White kitchen cabinets and fixtures partner with sleek stainless steel and glass, blurring the line between contemporary and traditional in this kitchen. Add in some scrubbed-and-shabby country or rich traditional furnishings for even more personality.

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    Formal Foundation

    This white kitchen is open to the dining and living room, so the homeowners chose to continue the formal look with painted cabinetry, dark granite countertops, and splashes of red, inspired by artwork in the adjoining room. Instead of backsplash tiles above the stovetop, the homeowners used a thick pane of glass, allowing light to stream in all day long.

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    Cozy Cottage Style

    White kitchen cabinets, marble countertops, and a range hood provide a neutral background for this kitchen's soft green backsplash tiles. The subtle color and texture of the glass tiles elevate the style in the mostly white kitchen.

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    Supporting Role

    Changing paint colors and light fixtures are quick, easy ways to update white kitchens. In this kitchen, the key elements are all white: cabinets, island, and tile backsplash. The homeowner added color to the room in an unexpected place: inside the coffered ceiling.

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    Mix and Match

    A colorful island adds personality to an otherwise traditional white kitchen. The blue island in this kitchen coordinates with the cool gray countertops and stainless-steel accents.

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    Modern Appeal

    Flat-panel white cabinets topped with stainless steel set the tone for modern white kitchens. If your kitchen doesn’t have a built-in island, add a stainless-steel chef’s cart or a stand-alone island. Adding castors to the cart makes it a portable prep, dining, and serving space.

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    Great Sink

    Even though this white kitchen is newly remodeled, the apron-front sink, furniture-style legs, and curvaceous faucet give this kitchen an air of history. The oil-rubbed bronze cabinet pulls were inspired by dark flecks in the granite countertop and help break up the wall of white.

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    Whitewashed & Wonderful

    The assortment of chairs around this farmhouse table is unified with a coat of white paint. Varying shades and textures of white -- in the wall treatment, cabinets, appliances, floors, and chairs -- bring this kitchen together but keep it from feeling flat. A normally traditional white-on-white kitchen has a collected and casual vibe.

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    Balancing Act

    The combination of reflective surfaces in this white kitchen is offset by the natural wood beams overhead and textured rugs below. Industrial-style light fixtures and metal stools infuse the white kitchen with depth and personality.

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    Popular Kitchen Paint Colors

    Coat your kitchen in a color you love with our favorite paint picks. With ideas for blues, grays, greens and, yes, even white, these versatile kitchen paint colors bring the beauty.
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