White kitchens will never, ever, go out of style. There is something so perfect and timeless about them. More often than not, our clients pour over other colors before ultimately choosing between "Linen White" and "Alpine White". We get it. Kitchen cabinets are a huge investment and no one wants buyer's remorse if 3 years from now you won't love Hale Navy.
So, we have rounded up some of the best ways to customize a white kitchen. Much like buying the ultimate neutral sofa and having a rotating collection of toss pillows, there are tons of ways to make a white kitchen unmistakably your own.
1- Paint the Floors (and walls!)
Above, designer Liz Kaan boldly combined graphic black and white stripes with a David Hicks-inspired geometric patterned floor. The blue hexagons play nicely with the crisp stripes, while the white cabinets, white subway tile, and straightforward bronze hardware gives the eye somewhere to rest.
Paint- even on the floor, is relatively inexpensive and packs a huge punch.
2- Let the Art do the Talking
Do you have a great art collection? Or are you in love with the collected look of a curated gallery wall? A white kitchen is the perfect backdrop for showing off your personal style.
The kitchen above from @VintageArtEmporium is casual and inviting - letting the eye move across the walls and adding just enough interest with the creamy Shaker-style cabinets, paneled walls, and tiles.
In contrast, the monochromatic kitchen below draws your eye directly to the Ellsworth Kelly painting.
Even though it looks simple to create an all-white kitchen, the designer had to think through the frameless cabinets in a semi-gloss finish, the integrated drawer pulls, and the Callacatta marble backsplash and waterfall sides.
3- Bring in Warmth by Mixing Materials
An architectural copper hood over handmade backsplash tiles looks truly unique and intentional. The warmth in the metals compliments the elegant wood countertop (oh...did you know that we make our own custom wood countertops?!?!)
4- Black and White Tile Floors
We are seeing a resurgence in black and white tiled floors, although to be honest, this look never goes out of style. (Much like a white kitchen, there are tons of ways to style a black-and-white floor. There are also some great-looking fake marble tiles out there that will withstand the daily assault from kids and pets.)
Design: Daniel Romuladez Photo: Simon UptonI
n this kitchen, the abundance of scaled pattern between the floor and wall tile plays off each other, while the white cabinets are the foundation to the whole room.
5- Always Accessorize
We've mentioned before that hardware is the jewelry for the kitchen. (oh...did you know that we are a Tob Knobs dealer?)
In addition to hardware, lighting is also a perfect spot to customize your kitchen. Below, Sage Design found a dramatic, singular light to anchor the kitchen island.
Photo: Willie Cole
Photo: Top Knobs