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There’s no more timeless, elegant kitchen design than the white kitchen. Its clean look is soothing to spend time in and provides a simple base to add on textures and perhaps some color in your countertops (quartz anyone?), hardware, lighting, and flooring. Here we give you 52 white kitchen ideas from designers across the country showcasing the cabinets of your dreams and islands brimming with style and practicality.
Whether you are looking for a design for a small kitchen or a large one with a modern or classic style, you’re sure to be inspired by these images, full of unique touches of kitchen decor ideas. For a change up from your typical backsplashes, you can add wallpaper and maybe some wall decor too. Consider making a range or vent hood the statement-making centerpiece of the room that complements your other appliances, and perhaps panel them in wood that matches your cabinets so they blend in. Wood accents can make a nice pairing with all that white too, or perhaps a splash of color somewhere in the tile or another accent. While you’re looking for inspiration, draw from these kitchen design trends for 2023 too.
And now for those 52 white kitchen ideas. Get ready to dream and scheme for the kitchen of your dreams!
Brass accents white cabinets in pulls as well as the vent hood, stove, and sinks in Liz Lange’s restore Grey Gardens estate in East Hampton. Kitchen flush mounts, Visual Comfort & Co. Island pendant, Charles Edwards
White Meets Vivid Turquoise
Let the Light In
“Lots of light and views” were the cornerstones of the kitchen’s design, says architect Gil Schafer. The island countertop is crafted of pippy oak, and the range is by Wolf. The historic home, designed by Miles Redd, is located on Block Island in Rhode Island.
In this kitchen in a French-American villa designed by Brooke and Steve Giannetti of Giannetti Home, an expansive white oak and calacatta marble island pairs with custom stools fitted with linen slipcovers. Reproduction lanterns, South of Market. Sink fixtures, Waterworks
A Splash of Color
In this kitchen of a Birmingham home of half of the design duo Hundley Hilton, a channel-tufted breakfast banquette backs up to a cleverly curved kitchen island. Banquette leather and mohair stool fabric, Kravet. Range, Wolf
In the kitchen of this Connecticut neo-Georgian residence designed by Ashley Whittaker, a duo of disarming patterns (checkerboard flooring and a geo-floral seating fabric by Raoul) enlivens warm shades of white in counters, cabinetry, and subway tile. Counter stools, Palecek. Range, Viking. Pendant lighting, Charles Edwards
In the kitchen of this harbor-front Maine cottage designed by Gil Schafer, the cabinetry and custom metal hood are painted Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore. Hardware, E.R. Butler
Straight from Eden
In the kitchen of this Naples home designed by Summer Thornton, a glass pane protects hand-painted tropical wallpaper behind a Lacanche range and custom blue-tinted hood. Leather stool upholstery, Moore & Giles
In the kitchen of this Atlanta, Georgia home designed by Melanie Turner, a chic series of tiled arcs puts a spin on the traditional barrel-vaulted ceiling and echoes the curves of the arched window and barrel-back barstools. Encaustic cement tiles, Mosaic House.
At architect Ken Pursley’s midcentury home in Charlotte, North Carolina, the cream and pale gray kitchen is separated from the den by marble-wrapped cabinetry. A thin, plated-steel prep counter extends off the sink.
In the kitchen of this Bronxville, New York, home designed by Carrier and Company, a chic checkerboard backsplash fashioned out of glazed terra-cotta tile (Ann Sacks) enlivens the neutral space. Perimeter countertops, Caesarstone. Sink fixtures, Waterworks.
In this Dallas kitchen designed by Meredith McBrearty, blown-glass pendants by MoMA alum Alison Berger turn above-island lighting into modern art. A parade of interesting textures warms the mid-century space: quilted leather stools (Studio Piet Boon), glazed Moroccan tile work (Clé Tile), and leathered quartzite counters. Range, Wolf.
In the white kitchen of this Nashville home designed by Richard Hallberg, Louis XIII reproduction stools (Dennis & Leen) are upholstered in a textural, raffia-style woven fabric (Opuzen). Cabinetry paint color, Egret by Sherwin-Williams.
Under an arched opening at this Austin, Texas, house designed by Angie Hranowsky, a gray-white kitchen is accented with black pendant lamps hanging over a black island. Stools, McGuire. Island pendants, Circa Lighting.
Tile for Days
In the kitchen of this California wine country home designed by Ken Fulk, ceiling-height wall tiles in alternating dimensions (Waterworks), reclaimed brick flooring, and oak countertops anchor the airy space in beautiful rusticity.
In the kitchen of designer Matthew Carter’s Bahamas hidewaway, mahogany countertops, Abaco pine beams, and vintage wicker pendant shades ground the room in organic island simplicity. Sink fixtures, Rohl.
In this Connecticut kitchen designed by David Netto, Scandinavian bent birch plywood stools (Alvar Aalto) are modern foils for a collection of copper cookware and 19th-century Portuguese tile work (Solar Tiles). Dual-fuel range, Wolf.
The Midas Touch
In the kitchen of this Long Island beach house designed by Alex Papachristidis, golden accents—like Soane Britain’s polished brass-trimmed yacht table and a brass leaf Tommaso Barbi chandelier—enliven this neutral space with luxe sparkle.
Wood accents, like the dark-stained beams and the interlocking white oak tile from Jamie Beckwith add just a hint of rustic warmth to this serene white kitchen in a Naples, Florida retreat designed by Celerie Kemble.
The kitchen in this Newport, California home designed by Peter Dunham is more nuanced than it might appear at first glance, thanks to different textures that evoke a variety of style references. For example, while the brass trimmed-hood leans a little industrial, the rush-backed counter stools (from Hollywood at Home) and the sage-hued clay tiles (from Mission Tile West) air more on the refined rustic end of the spectrum.
In the kitchen of the Portofino, Italy home of landscape architect Marco Bay, open shelving displays a mix of heirloom and Ligurian wares. The sconces are from the Paris flea market. Brick flooring paves the way to the adjoining terrace, with views of the sea.
Accented With Black
In her Mountain Brook, Alabama home, designer Caroline Gidiere painted her cabinetry an inky shade (Off-Black by Farrow & Ball) to give the kitchen, which is connected to a den, a little definition and make the large space feel cozier. A stainless steel countertop ensures a kinship between the island and the appliances, hood, and satin nickel hardware.
Old World Elegance
The kitchen in this Connecticut house designed by Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey is luxe in every sense of the word, from the marble walls and Lacanche range to the oil portraits, brass details, and mohair-upholsted counter stools (by Holly Hunt for Bradlee USA). The double islands make entertaining a breeze: one is outfitted with an ice machine, sink, and beverage drawer, making it easy to stand in as a bar.
A vintage pine wine-tasting table pairs with Pennsylvania Windsor birdcage chairs in the kitchen of this Vermont home designed by architect Gil Schafer. Festive, fragrant cedar garlands highlight deep green window frames and muntins. Edison-style pendants, Scofield Lighting. Refrigerator, Sub-Zero.
Brushed brass- and-copper station lights (from Ann-Morris) and a walnut island with baluster leg details bring an old-fashioned sensibility to the kitchen in this South Carolina hunting lodge designed by Andrew Howard. Stools, Serena & Lily. Counters, Caesarstone.
Black and White Beauty
Shades of ebony and creamy white are warmed by rich woods and unlacquered brass in this Atlanta kitchen designed by Amy Morris and architect D. Stanley Dixon. Brass lighting and a subtle stripe on the breakfast table chairs add depth to the neutral space.
Wire-brushed French oak cabinetry, oiled soapstone counters, and suspended shelving with brass detailing bring charming utility to this Atlanta home’s scullery, designed by Amy Morris and D. Stanley Dixon. Custom marble-top worktable, BD Jeffries.
Nautical And Nice
The kitchen designed for Philip Mitchell’s Nova Scotia home is a study in character-building contrasts: A rustic hemlock island is paired with lively lilac counter stools; banquette seating is crafted of tufted leather and resilient acrylic fabric (both by Ralph Lauren); and an ikat pendant shade (custom, The Urban Electric Co.) is a brilliant foil for the overhead lighting (bulkhead cage lights, Cape Cod Lanterns).
Artful And Sleek
In the kitchen of this Bahamas retreat, designer Miles Redd shifted storage to a small anteroom and used the space that would have held upper cabinetry to decorate the walls with 1970s Italian photographs from 1stdibs. “Hanging art here makes the kitchen feel like an extension of the living room,” says Redd.
At this Alys Beach house designed by Khoury & Vogt, ancient Roman architecture served as a contemporary muse. In the kitchen, natural materials lend warmth to the simple forms and massive scale: a custom concrete dining table accompanies a white oak and marble island and oak cabinetry. Chairs, R Hughes.
Uplifting Blue Accents
Designer Meg Braff expanded this Long Island kitchen with a sea of monochromatic updates: white cabinetry (painted White by Fine Paints of Europe), a white double range from BlueStar, and thick Danby marble countertops on the octagonal island. The aqua ceiling (Picture Perfect by Benjamin Moore) plus a blue-patterned wallcovering and matching roman shade from Braff’s textile collection visually expand the space by drawing the eye up. The sink fixtures and hardware are by Waterworks and the pendant light is by Vaughan.
For a clean look with a European sensibility in this modern white Palm Beach kitchen, designer Vasi Ypsilantis eschewed a vent hood over the Dacor range for a powerful external blower and skipped upper cabinetry to make the small space seem larger. The sinks are by Kohler and the countertops are by Cambria.
Warm and Collected
In this Provence farmhouse kitchen, designer Susan Bednar Long warmed up the white walls, painted Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball, with a wooden island and farm table, limestone flooring, and a large collection of copper pots. The cabinets are painted Light Blue by Farrow & Ball. The pendant lights are from The Urban Electric Co.
This Palm Beach kitchen by designer Susan Zises Green is fully outfitted by Officine Gullo, from white cabinetry to certain appliances like a pizza oven, which infuses the space with a retro vibe. The barstools are by BK Antiques.
Designer Phoebe Howard filled this Palm Beach kitchen with elements like white Shaker-style cabinets, a subway tile backsplash, marble countertops, and a farmhouse sink by Rohl that will never go out of style. The range is from Wolf, the custom pendant lights are by Paul Ferrante, and the barstools are from Mr. Brown covered in a Raoul Textiles fabric.
In their West Palm Beach home, designer Lars Bolander and Nadine Kalachnikoff, a former caterer, created an eat-in kitchen furnished with a 19th-century oak English refectory table and bamboo chairs. Belgian soapstone counters and reclaimed plank flooring from Austria lend an old-world vibe to this modern white kitchen. The range is Viking.
This small white kitchen in a Litchfield County, Connecticut, home is bursting with old-school charm thanks to beadboard paneling, open shelves, wood counters from Chestnut Woodworking, brass bin pull and latch hardware, schoolhouse pendant lighting, and an antique Wedgewood stove from Antique Stove Heaven. Designers Michael De Perno and Andrew Fry had the custom hood made by Vent-a-Hood.
Touch of Gray
In this Aspen kitchen, designer J. Randall Powers clad the counters and the walls to the tops of the upper cabinets with gleaming white marble. The stone’s veining inspired accents in a range of grays, such as the island and its counter and the barstools’ linen upholstery from Rose Tarlow Melrose House. The bell jar lanterns are from Formations.
Designer Timothy Whealon kept things pretty simple when updating this 19th-century Connecticut home, accenting the all-white kitchen with rich woods, like the stools from Fair and the reclaimed antique chestnut flooring. A roman shade in Kravet fabric with Claremont trim adds softness. The ceiling is painted Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball.
In this Washington, D.C., home, designer Thomas Pheasant grounded the lofty, modern, white kitchen with rich tones in the base cabinetry, stone flooring, and the island’s waterfall countertop (by Waterworks). The range is by Wolf, the wall ovens are Miele, the pendant lights are from Holly Hunt, and the stools are from Design Within Reach.
In the guest suites at Windsor, a New Urbanism-style community on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, white-washed V-groove paneling sets a light, airy backdrop. Designer Alessandra Branca warmed up the all-white kitchen with loads of woven textures, from the vintage basket pendant lights above the SieMatic island to the barstools from Palacek.
Designer James Michael Howard anchored this modern, all-white kitchen in Westchester, New York by extending the Breccia Imperiale marble countertop and backsplash up to the ceiling on the wall behind the range. The stone’s organic pattern provides a focal point within the open-plan space. The refrigerator is Sub-Zero, the range is Wolf, the globe pendants are The Urban Electric Co., and the barstools are Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair.
Cream and Coffee
In this New York City kitchen, designer Ellie Cullman contrasted the all-white cabinetry and walls with warm accents, from the custom wood dining table by Joseph Beam and the chairs and barstools by Artistic Frame to the trim on the the Robert Allen linen Roman shades. The pendants are from Remains Lighting.
To open up this small white kitchen in New York City, designer Alecia Stevens worked with McBride Architects to expose the original floor joists in the ceiling. The black range (from La Cornue), wood island, and charcoal floor tiles from Exquisite Surfaces add depth to the white walls and backsplash. The wine refrigeration is by Sub-Zero.
Less Is More
Elegant restraint reigns in this sophisticated yet simple white kitchen where beautiful materials shine brighter than extra ornamentation. Working with architect D. Stanley Dixon, designer Carolyn Malone paved the floors with French limestone, clad the island entirely with Imperial Danby marble, and lined the ceiling with limed reclaimed oak beams. The midcentury oval starbursts are from Parc Monceau and the chandelier is David Weeks Studio.
In this New Jersey kitchen, designer Miles Redd tiled all the walls up to the ceiling in white subway tile from Waterworks. “It might surprise you, but white is one of my favorite colors,” says Redd, best known for decorating rooms in dazzling shades of red, turquoise, and green. “There is nothing more delicious than a white lacquer box.”
A custom island with a Calacutta Gold marble waterfall countertop and glass and polished nickel details anchors this large, all-white kitchen in New York designed by Thomas Pheasant with an ideal spot for gathering. The range hood is Wolf and the pendant lights are from Holly Hunt.
A Hint of Glint
Brass details, from the shelving to the stools, up the glam factor in this all-white kitchen in Atlanta by designer Melanie Turner. The Rohl sink boasts Waterworks fittings, the hood and the range are from Officine Gullo, the cabinetry hardware is from Matthew Quinn Collection, and the globe pendant lights are from Bobo Intriguing Objects.
Tone on Tone
At his Montecito, California, home, designer John Saladino enlivened his kitchen’s white walls with English and Continental creamware hung in a pattern that frames the round window. The vent hood is by Thermador and the sink fittings are Blanco.
Beauty of the Beach
For this small kitchen in a Palm Beach apartment, designer Campion Platt took color cues from the setting: white tile backsplash, light sand-colored cabinetry, and bleached wood-toned floor tiles from Daltile. The open shelves makes it easy for guests to serve themselves. The vent hood and refrigerator are from KitchenAid and the sink fittings are Dornbracht.
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