Due to its crisp and classic appeal, executing the perfect white kitchen is a dream for most homeowners. White, the most versatile among all colours, looks stunning with every decor. Like a canvass, it gracefully blends with white marble counters, dainty cabinets, stunning tile backsplash and metallic mouldings. However, let's admit it: too much white can be bland.
There’s no reason why your white kitchen should look boring. Here are some ways you can add a splash of personality to this space without bringing in too much colour.
Dramatic lights make the difference. One light source can surely make your white kitchen feel plain, but playing up with shadows and textures can create a three-dimensional look to your favourite spots. Add a set of downlights to your ceilings and recessed areas. Highlight your cabinets and shelves for a functional, atmospheric design.
See above: Lights are decorative too! A black tracklight beams above the island to brighten your breakfasts.
Add some texture. Industrial design fits white kitchens because of their clean, minimalist look. How about infusing your space with white subway tiles and wooden beams for a masculine charm? Finish off the whole look by choosing pendant lights that match the theme.
Seen above: We’re loving the herringbone wood floor and the glossy white tiles of this industrial-inspired kitchen
White isn't just one white. This hue comes with many variations and you can choose a subtle palette to base your interior in. Some of the designer favourites are off-white, cotton, eggshell, ivory, vanilla and champagne. To pull off a look, add a splash of darker tint; select the colour with the same undertones (bluish, grey, yellowish or cream) to highlight your favourite corners.
Seen above: Light touches of ivory and egg shell whites are evident in this kitchen, accentuated by strong reds thanks to the selection of hardware and utensils.
Colour your cabinetry – or your chairs. White walls, white floors and painted cabinets sound like a formula for a modern kitchen. Choose dark colours for a more contemporary contrast, or pick a happy hue for a youthful look in your kitchen. Alternatively, you can opt for colourful chairs and stools for a contemporary vibe.
Seen above: Dark wood stools against the island instantly adds a dark contrast to the icy white atmosphere.
If you like your cabinets white, how about a darker flooring? Wood floors offer a natural charm in the space and adds warmth to the interior. For a farmhouse look, go with terra cotta. Porcelain tiles gives your kitchen a glamorous personality and adds a lovely sheen to the overall decor.
Seen above: The earthy texture of wood goes beautifully with the grey wood-and-marble island and the all-white cabinetry
Integrate your appliances and furniture. For a cleaner look, camouflage large items seamlessly into your white decor and accentuate it with matching metallic hardware for that instant edgy appeal.
Seen above: While cabinets are luxurious, you can opt for an open shelving which adds more quirk to the interior.
Rug it up. So maybe you didn’t want any other colour in your white kitchen – until you have changed your mind. Repainting the cabinets might seem like a task, so why not instantly add some colour by throwing a rug? Patterned rugs help in designating areas visually.
See above: The black African rug adds an interesting contrast to the light-coloured atmosphere
We hope these tips help you improve your white kitchen. Let us know what you think by commenting below!
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