White kitchen is classic, elegant and timeless. The style will look good today and 50 years later. It’s no wonder many dream kitchens is a white kitchen. Unfortunately because white is considered a cool color, it can look sterile and generic. White kitchens get a bad reputation for looking the same. So here’s some decisions that can be made during and after your kitchen reno to elevate yours to the next level.
This one’s enough to warrant its own post. If you’re looking to put a personal stamp on your white kitchen, you might want to avoid subway tiles unless you really really love the look and/or has a perfect rustic/cottage home that’s totally gonna rock with it. Yet, I’ll still recommend exploring other tiling patterns for subway tiles. To set your white kitchen apart from many white kitchens, look for color tiles or even pattern tiles (the latter is having its huge moment here). If you’re worried about them looking dated in years, choose classic black and white or cool color fireclay/glass tiles (see above). Cool colors such as grey, blues, greens offers more longevity than warm colors (yellow, red) and are easier to tie in with the rest of your home.
Above color backsplash kitchen is featured on the blog here.
Floor and rug
If you have or intend to install wood floor, your white kitchen will immediately look less sterile. Wood (oak or mid tone wood works great) warms up the cool white. Concrete or stone floor can make your kitchen look more like a science lab. If you can’t change your flooring, add a rug or runner (Persian rug adds a ton of personality and warmth). You can also choose to go with pattern tiles, be careful if you already have pattern tiles on your wall, you don’t want it to look too busy especially if you have a small kitchen.
Add colors into your kitchen, who would have thought of an orange range cooker. Color Smeg fridge is also a good addition; but don’t go crazy with different colors. If you want to add more colors, use them on wallpaper or arts (read on). And always repeat the color in the same space otherwise it will look jarring and stands out as odd. Blue glass tiles, blue chairs; they don’t need to be the exact same color but they need to look like they’re from the same color family. This kitchen has a lot of cool colors (including the stainless steel) and a pop of orange is very much needed.
See how a single bright yellow range cooker works better than bright color cabinets here.
Wood, brass and copper
Warm colors pop right off a cool background. Wood, brass and/or copper are great additions in white kitchens. Wood stools also doesn’t hurt. Kitchen on the left seems to be another beautiful and affordable IKEA kitchen. A space is appealing when it has the right kind of balance between warm and cold, harsh and soft. Playing with contrast and adding a bit of fun elements into the mix for a well-designed yet lived-in look.
See the makeover for the above green painted peninsula kitchen here.
Art and open shelving
Don’t be afraid to hang artworks in your kitchen. For a start, you might want to hang inexpensive or DIY arts using affordable IKEA frames if you do worry about damaging them (though there’s a high chance you won’t). Often times, one piece of art (appropriate size) is enough. You don’t have to hang art on every blank space or wall. Abstract arts and colors from the nature (earthy tones, greens, sky blue) or black and white works in every kitchen yet doesn’t add visual clutter. Hang colorful or more complex artworks when you’re ready to coordinate the rest of your space with it (especially if yours is open concept living). When designing island/peninsula consider open storage (see image left) ideal for cook books.
If you are lucky to have an island, consider doing something different with it. Whether it’s affordable paint or going for that rustic reclaimed wood. And while you’re at it, throw in a couple beautiful bar stools to complete the look. The above two kitchens are soooo pretty.
Living in small spaces? Consider an eat-in kitchen like this. Often times a single-wall kitchen is just as functional, an adequate niche can be used for tall shelving unit or even a small closet convert into a pantry for additional storage. Especially if you’re blessed with a kitchen with abundance natural light like this (see above). And I believe the above is an IKEA kitchen.
If your current kitchen isn’t your favorite place in your home, consider simply painting your walls a different color. For white kitchens, these saturated colors add just the right drama. Both kitchens do not have uppers and it feels so refreshing. Light color walls will work just as great but not as dramatic; see how the white cabinets stand out from the background? The wood table and bench added the much needed warmth in this otherwise cold kitchen (see image left).
When planning and designing or redesigning your kitchen, always consider your windows and doors and other architectural features just as the ceiling, molding and millwork. Adding wall to wall sliding doors or french doors can greatly elevate your space. Large windows that offer a view, doors that lead to a beautiful outdoor patio. They makes a white kitchen all the more better. Consider your outdoor as part of your design; it makes a space much more open and expansive than it is. Because stuffy and dingy kitchens aren’t ideal for cooking. And yes I included the right kitchen because of that kitty. Ha!
Knowing where to look and what to consider can help you make a better informed overall decision for your kitchen. Whether you’re currently looking for ideas for your new kitchen or revamping your current one. Above ideas aren’t limited to white kitchens but any kitchen needing a personal touch and setting itself above the rest.
A little update from me; we are currently eagerly awaiting the notification for keys collection to our new home. We hope to engage a contractor and work closely with him on the upcoming reno (yes, it will be documented on the blog). Stay tuned for updates, hit “follow this blog” button! :) I am aware that some of the popular posts on the blog are round-up lists, so expect more such to come.