How to Style a White Kitchen

White kitchens feel spacious, clean and the simple colour pallet makes it easy to coordinate tiles, bench-tops and cabinetry.  They create a perfect base for interesting furnishings such as bespoke barstools or metalic cabinet hardware, white kitchens should never be boring!  

I’ve curated 9 white kitchen themes to show how to use white cabinets in kitchen design.

Natural materials; Modern white kitchen with wood accents

Use beautiful timber such as white oak for open shelving and feature cabinetry to bring warmth to the space. Open shelving is great for small kitchens as traditional overhead cabinetry can make the sapce feel closed in.  This kitchen featured by Cozy and Kin uses hints of brushed gold in cabinet handles, tapware and feature lighting. A simple way to introduce natural fibres is straw light fittings. These pendants subtly filter the light rather than blocking it

White oak kitchen open shelving. Image Credit : Cozy & Kin

Farmhouse Design Kitchen

Add texture/ features to the cabinets with wainscotting. This kitchen featured by Ruggable has added cross features to the sides of cabinets and borders to the draws creating a traditional farmhouse feel to the kitchen. The beautiful rustic pendant lights also add to the farmhouse kitchen design.

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Farmhouse design kitchen. Image Credit : Ruggable

Add a pop of colour. This clever kitchen design has a splash of grey under the counter. This is a great idea,  anyone who has a white under counter space knows how annoying it is to clean off little black shoe marks! Its a great way to test colour in the space and easy to paint over when the room needs an update.

Exposed Brick Kitchen Splash Back

Kitchen feature walls. I love this hint of exposed brick as a splash-back, real brick may not be the most practical but there are some amazing brick wall papers available.  

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Brick walls in kitchen. Image

Antique Bronze Kitchen Faucet & Hardware

antique brass kitchen faucet industrial look

Add an antique feel with old-gold. This antique brass faucet by Gotonovo adds a hint of tradition to any kitchen with its old school hot-cold tap hardware. This accent can be extended to the cupboard handles, pendant lights and even barstools.

Turkish Runner for Kitchen

Roll out the red carpet with a Turkish runner/ rug. These come in a range of patterns and colour pallets and create an eclectic feel to the kitchen.

turkish kitchen runner

Decorate the Kitchen with Indoor Plants

Bring the kitchen space to life with greenery. Adding plants to any space creates a certain x factor that I can never seem to describe. Devils ivy is a wonderful vibrant, easy care plant that anyone can maintain. The best part, when the plant gets too long just cut off the stem and pop it in a jar or vase of water and you have a whole new plant in the making.

plants on top of kitchen cabinets

Marble Veins; Calcutta Bench Top

The vein of Calcutta marble adds pattern and shape to flat space. It looks expensive but many engineered stone companies make a version that professionals would be hard pressed to spot as man made. For real impact extend it to the spash-back or ask for a waterfall edge on the counter. This is where the countertop extends over the edge of the cabinet and covers the side.

Marble calcutta benchtop

Use White Kitchen Tiles in Interesting Layouts

If you love white on white consider adding a textured tile or lay the tiles in a less traditional layout like this herringbone pattern. It’s very subtle, but makes quite an impact to the overall design. White hexagon tiles are another option to add pattern without colour.