White might not be considered a statement color, but white kitchens can sure make a statement. Clean, bright, and versatile, white is a perfect hue for kitchens in practically any style and to go with any color, wood, or fixtures you want to add.
There’s More Than One White
Like red, blue, or all the other colors, white comes in more than one shade, and there are tons of options to choose from if you’re looking at paint or primary shades. If you’re planning to paint with white, that’s a good place to start as many paints will have undertones and tints that can work better with warm or cool tones, or whatever other design elements you’re considering. The kitchen below features two shades of white: Benjamin Moore’s Winter White and Gray Owl
Decide on Styles or Elements
White can do so much in a kitchen, but its impact is largely determined by the context. Which colors do you want to pair the white with? Or will you keep it mostly monochromatic and play up wood or metal choices? Even just choosing a design style (like coastal or boho) can help you figure out how you want to use white. Conversely, if you’re looking to refresh your kitchen’s look on a budget, your existing use of white can help you pick complementing style.
Playing Up Other Colors (or not)
White amplifies whatever other colors you bring in, and those additional colors can help set the tone for your whole kitchen. Black and white, for example, can be ultra-modern or retro. All white can be flattering and airy, but be careful not to make the space look washed out. Adding texture or different hues of white, paying attention to undertones and lighting, and considering floors and ceiling can help you strike the right balance. Here are some great white kitchens that are doing the color thing right.
White Decor and Appliances
Whether you want a lot of white or a little, there are plenty of lovely options in not-boring pearls and whites, from appliances to decor. Looking for decorative elements or small appliances in perfect whites? Here are just a few of our favorite finds.
We’re fans of this new premium Dutch oven from direct-to-consumer cookware brand Milo (read our full review here), and the gorgeous white pot would go splendidly with your white kitchen.
Cuisinart CSMW Stainless Steel Cookware Set This gorgeous set of stainless cookware features a white exterior that makes for a striking presentation. If you’d like a white cookware set that can seamlessly transition from stovetop to serving, this is an attractive (and affordable!) option.
What are your tips for decorating with white?