You know I’m a huge fan of a white kitchen – it has tremendous versatility and never goes out of style. Ever. Not only is it a classic statement that adds character to your home, but the neutral scheme allows you to easily incorporate and change an accent color – which makes it a home run in my book.
If I had to choose, I think my favorite way to apply a white palette is by using varying shades of white in layers throughout the room. It has such a comforting, settled, and collected feel.
Here are some ideas if you’re thinking about ditching a dated kitchen or stained cabinets and going for an all white look. Yes – it can be done on a slim budget.
1. Use interesting materials. Everything painted white is boring – you need some other materials. One big way to apply this concept AND save is by bypassing pricey upper cabinets and using open shelving. A great material to use with white and traditional elements in a room is stainless steel. Love this look – it adds a little bit of an industrial edge and keeps things from looking too stuffy. A good rule of thumb to remember when installing stainless shelves is texture is your friend (horizontal boarding, tiles, wallcovering, beaded board).
Both of these examples used subway tile as a background for the stainless – subway tile is always a classic choice. And completely affordable!
[kitchen by Jamestown Interior Designers via]
Ikea makes a stainless shelf in two sizes starting at $19.99. LOVE.
2. Go with accents of white. If you prefer a subtle color on your cabinets versus a cream or white, but desire a similar “all white” feel, simply incorporate white in your accessories: plates, pitchers, plate stands, and knobs.
If I had to pick a subtle cabinet color right now, I’d go with Benjamin Moore’s Hazy Skies. It would be gorgeous with white knobs and lighter-toned countertops. The nice thing about this shade is you can easily mix it with bright pops of green, turquoise, or go subtle with charcoals, chocolate, black, and deep greys. If you go with white countertops and cabinets, then Hazy Skies would be a great neutral for your wall color.
For a pop of white on hardware, I would pair these knobs with painted cabinets in an instant.
3. Incorporate pops of color with white. Another way to add layers of color in a white-inspired kitchen are pops of green – it goes so beautifully and don’t seem too harsh. Plus green goes with just about any other accent color – bonus!
I have loved this image forever. Look at all the texture and layers…perfection.
4. Bring in a graphic pattern. Another lovely detail to add in a white kitchen is a graphic pattern – it can be in a roman shade, rug, pillows on hostess chairs at the kitchen table, panels, or one of my personal faves – a lovely-shaped valance over affordable bamboo shades. In this photo (sorry it’s dark) is a simple cornice and romans with graphic detail I designed for a client after redoing her kitchen to all white with occasional pops of black. The space is a work in progress, but gives you an idea how to add a punch without committing too much to color or breaking the bank.
We used Groundworks Gazebo in Charcoal.
5. Have fun with lights. I like to think of lights as the sparkly accessory of the room – much like the perfect necklace that completes the outfit. You can bring in white in your lighting – so fun.
I remain obsessed with these well-priced and vintage inspired Barnlight Electric white and brushed steel pendants, yum.
Also these adorable white mini pendants are only $79 each (comes in many other colors). Deal!
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Hopefully this gives you a great start to any big or small white kitchen projects you have in mind.