White kitchens are timeless, but they can definitely feel a little boring or sterile if you aren’t careful with your design choices. Here are some beautiful ideas for a non-boring white kitchen!
Some people like to claim that white kitchens are over, but I think they will always be a timeless choice and a good investment. Of course, when it comes to simple design concepts like white kitchens, the quality of the cabinetry, the execution of all the different aspects of the installation, and the little design details make a big difference in how the space looks and feels when it’s completed. We see so many beautiful white kitchens with clever little design choices that make them really special and I thought I’d share a few of my favorites that I thought were really impactful. Here are some of my favorite choices for a non-boring white kitchen.
Interesting White Kitchen Designs
Contrasting vent hood and open shelves | A little contrast goes a long way here. Adding a strong black element along with black hardware can really help ground a white kitchen. Design by CM Planning and Design
A waterfall island | Always a crowd-pleaser! The stone used here on the island is particularly eye-catching. Design by Liberty Interior Design.
Wood-tone lowers and island | The use of wood really helps warm this space up, while the white uppers still make it read like what people would think of as a “white kitchen”. Cabinetry by Oak Barrel Cabinetry. Design by Erin Vandersluis Design
Wood-tone glass-front doors | I thought this was so clever. Just one single wood-tone door to make the glass display cabinets a real focal point in this very bright white kitchen. Cabinetry by Oak Barrel Cabinetry. Design by Erin Vandersluis Design.
Dramatic vent hood | Bonus points for oversized drawer pulls here as well. This vent hood is still white, but the dramatic curved shape adds a lot of interest here. Cabinetry by Oak Barrel Cabinetry.
A cooking alcove | I always love the way these cooking alcoves look in photos and I think I would love to cook in one as well. The little shelf cubbies on either side would come in so handy. This one really stands out in this white kitchen with the dark wood surround. Cabinetry by Oak Barrel Cabinetry.
Open shelves instead of upper cabinets | A very simple solution to creating a non-boring white kitchen that always looks so stunning when the shelves are beautifully styled. I added a few things here to round out the styling, but most of these dishes were actually the homeowners’ everyday things. 🙂 Design and build by Birch Point Homes.
Shelves, cubbies, and glass cabinets all together | Not only do all of these additions make for great storage, they also break up the simple white cabinetry and provide a lot of visual interest. Cabinetry by Oak Barrel Cabinetry.
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.