Every so often I allow myself to dream of brighter days, ones that involve remodeling my small 1990’s style kitchen. Living in Southern California pretty much means that if your house was built in the 90’s, you’re guaranteed to have plenty of honey oak cabinets and even more white, tiled countertops. The oak cabinets instantly date your kitchen and the white tile and grouted counters are difficult to keep clean.
Even if your kitchen is decades older than mine, chances are you dream of one day ripping out that formica and laying down a slab of gorgeous quartz. White kitchens are growing ever popular for their timeless design, and I’ve rounded up some of my favorites for you to ogle and drool over. Enjoy!
1. Mini White Subways
In addition to my fascination with white kitchens, comes my love of subway tiles. Even if you don’t have a modern home design, subway tiles can be easily integrated to bring a fresh look. I love these non-traditional mini white tiles. It brings texture and design to this simple design.
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2. Traditional White With Open Shelving
Open shelving is another design feature that’s growing in popularity. While the cabinet design in this kitchen is very traditional, this room has been modernized by the use of darker hardware and open shelving, where you can display your (white) dinnerware. It’s further warmed up by the use of the beautiful countertop that contrasts wonderfully with the stark white.
Check out even more “before and after” pics of this beautiful kitchen at CarlaAston.com.
3. Metal Accents
The misnomer about white kitchens is that everything needs to be white, and that’s just not true. This kitchen highlights brass hardware over a simply stunning apron sink. I’d never complain about doing dishes if I could do them in this sink!
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4. Color Pop
While I long for a white kitchen, it makes me a little nervous because I do love me some color. This white kitchen perfectly integrates a pop of color, by painting the window frame a vibrant green.
Even if you aren’t into bright shades, staining your window or door frames in contrasting browns and blacks will add some dimension to your kitchen and break up all that white. Peekaboo doorways that lead to brightly colored adjacent rooms are another great way to add in colors without escaping a white kitchen design.
5. Colored Backsplash
Just because you want white as your main design scheme, doesn’t mean you can’t integrate some colors into your backsplash. The muted greens in this design add some color without taking away from the overall light and airy feeling that people love with white kitchens. You can go with contrasting or coordinating colors, because pretty much anything works with white!
The36thAvenue.com has this design and tons more on styling your white kitchen!
6. White Cabinets and Dark Islands
I initially wasn’t a fan of islands that didn’t coordinate with the kitchen cabinets. I thought it looked like the island was an afterthought, and they couldn’t find matching cabinets. Now, I see the light because it allows you to add some contrast and depth to a white kitchen. This beautiful navy island is the focal point of the room, and I can just see family and friends crowding around this warm-toned piece at family get togethers.
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7. Open Concept
Another growing trend is the open concept floor plan, which means the kitchen is open to most of the living space downstairs. You barely notice that this kitchen is a white design, because of the exploding orange colors being pulled in from the living space. The white concept delineates the kitchen from the rest of the layout, while also seamlessly coordinating.
I love that even though this kitchen is sporting two-toned cabinets with dark lowers, this design still screams “white!” The dark lower cabinets bring a richness to the space, while the white uppers and backsplash bring a clean and airy feel.
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9. Dark Countertops & Sink
All dark kitchen designs make the space feel small, but you can still incorporate accent colors by installing dark hardware and counters. This kitchen is still classy and white, with a more traditional counter that perfectly coordinates with the original window frames.
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10. White Washed
If you’re going for the farmhouse feel, this design has everything you need. From the white washed bead board, the simple white cabinets and shelving, to the introduction of a pine table with white chairs—this design is pulled together yet not overly fancy feeling.
11. Mixed Textures
The great thing about a white-based kitchen is that you can dress it up with anything and it will match. We love the brass accents and natural wood textures that take this clean kitchen and make it feel homey. Add a worn textile, like this fabulous rug and this kitchen definitely because the heart of the home.
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12. Butcher Block
An all-white kitchen is the perfect way to showcase butcher block countertops. While they aren’t for everyone, they instantly warm the space and pair well with brass hardware. For small kitchens, this would also be an easy way to pack that design punch without spending a ton of money.
Read all about butcher block countertops at NestingWithGrace.com
13. Statement Flooring
White kitchens complement well with statement flooring, like this tiny kitchen with traditional black and white checkerboard tiles. Because this design is so loud, it would be ideal for a smaller kitchen, where it won’t look overly busy but will pair nicely with the simple white cabinets and countertops.
14. Stand Out Hood
Umm, we’ll take one of these please! This black hood is the ideal match for the hardware and coordinates wonderfully with the speckled countertops. It’s a great way to break up that stark white countertop, without being overwhelmingly dark.
15. Eye Catching Light Fixtures
While pink may not be for everyone, these light figures are definitely eye catching! The whimsical pops of color really tone down this otherwise uber fancy kitchen, with the marble countertops, brass hardware and a stove that would make the Queen proud.
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