White Kitchens

Nadia Hursky on September 20, 2011

White is beautiful in the kitchen, the problem with it’s popularity is that it can sometimes appear quite standard. Below are some images that aim to inspire your new kitchen design by adding different features to make your white kitchen unique, fun and inspirational.

White kitchens are timeless, elegant, modern and spacious. White reflects all the colours of the visible spectrum to our eyes. Some colour theorists suggest white is not a colour, but the absence of colour.  White represents clarity, innocence and purity. Spatially, white can make a room appear larger and more open than any other colour, making it a popular choice for kitchen designs. But how do you make your kitchen have character and personality without feeling like a standard run of the mill kitchen. Below are some idea’s to make your white kitchen pop.

Dramatic Lighting

White kitchens allow the space to look bigger and more open. Using a white kitchen as a blank canvas, you can choose to be daring with your lighting features.

antique white kitchen

This antique white kitchen, designed by interior designer Lisa Kauffman Tharp in Massachusetts, utilises bold pendant lights from high ceilings to create a warm, open, traditional and inviting space.

modern white kitchen

In contrast, this white kitchen is modern, pared down and streamlined. Low hanging pendants add a playful element. Combined with the range hood, these shapes define the kitchen space.

white kitchen and dining room


White Kitchen Island

Above, chandeliers make a dramatic and elegant statement.

Vividly White

Why not make a statement with your white kitchen and go all the way? These kitchens are white in extreme and speak clearly what white is all about: clean, open, modern.

galley kitchen white cabinets

Soft in it’s approach, this kitchen is all about elegance; the floors are white washed, the cabinets, walls, floors, lighting and bench-tops are all white. The space is open, clean and calm with the notion of visual integrity.

pure white kitchen


A little more dramatic, the walls, floors, ceiling, bench-top, cabinetry and furniture are all white. The effect is one of purity and sharpness, allowing the room a crisp visual integrity. Not a look for those who are prone to clutter.

Dark Floors

Dark floors are the perfect compliment to white kitchens, they make the white of the kitchen look cleaner and brighter, whilst adding depth and contrast to the space.

white kitchen with dark floors

This walk through kitchen features dark floors with glossy white cabinetry. Wide enough to allow a table in between, this kitchen is spacious and appealing.

white kitchen with timber floors

The white simplicity of this kitchen pairs with dark, wide, textured floorboards. Combining a modern look with rustic furniture makes this kitchen interesting, balanced and simple.


Juxtaposition of textures gives a space character. Use existing architectural elements or add new textures or materials with white for interesting effects in your kitchen.

White industrial kitchen

This clean and modern kitchen sits in a converted space. The walls are painted white, but not rendered. The texture of the bricks shows through and contrasts to the slickness of the cabinets.

rustic white kitchen

This white kitchen features rustic, weathered posts and beams. The white is clean and elegant, the posts add strength, depth and character.

White kitchens stand the test of time. White makes a space look bigger, and provides a blank canvas to add your own personality and style.  Whatever your taste may be, you can make your white kitchen interesting, unique and inspirational by using these techniques.



  1. Karin Sorlie says:

    Wow some very nice white kitchens. I especially like the rustic look with the white contrasting with the weathered posts and beams.

    1. parsyar says:

      Thanks Karin, aren’t those beams wonderful! Glad you liked the kitchens 🙂

  2. David says:

    Wow, these are some amazingly beautiful white kitchens. So very elegant and clean. I hope some day I will have a kitchen like these!

    1. parsyar says:

      thanks mate.. and thanks for taking the time to leave a comment 🙂

  3. Behrooz says:

    Elegant and beautiful, white kitchens are the best… Great designs and ideas. The designs with the dark floor in particular are marvellous.

    1. nadiah says:

      Thanks Behrooz, glad you liked the designs and idea’s

  4. Lovely pictures, and great ideas for white kitchens. I love the candelabra and the dramatic lighting – a great way to add personality to a dining area.

    1. nadiah says:

      Thanks Cristina, I enjoy your blog and hope to keep in touch with you 🙂

  5. John says:

    There is something that is so attractive about these kitchens: they are immaculate, pristine, spotless! And the white colour emphasizes that so much more! However, most of us live in a kitchen that gets dirty, messy, with real objects all over the place (including food, yes! hello, it’s a kitchen! LOL) with children running around, or the dog sitting in a corner … I read this article and see these stunning designs and I just want to have one of these kitchens right now! Sometimes though, I wish we could see people and real objects and food to make it a bit more real 🙂 Jokes aside, I love the design by Lisa Kauffman Tharp – simply amazing.

  6. nadiah says:

    Hi, thanks John……you are right, these white kitchens have been cleaned and organised to be photographed…..but i think these kitchens would still be as beautiful with real day-to-day activities taking place in them, they would however be more cluttered!

  7. Rach says:

    These kitchens are fantastic. I have some white cupboards and have been stressing over what tiles to use. I like the dark but everyone I talk to thinks it will make the room too dark. Its nice to see that it does work!! Thanks

    1. parsyar says:

      Hi Rach

      really happy you found inspiration here 🙂

  8. Kerry says:

    Hi there, I love the white look too. So much so that we will be putting in a white kitchen into our beach house that we are getting built. However, can you give me some advice on a bench top color. We will have white walls and white blinds. The color options are in formica for bench top (on a budget). The white options have a speck through them which we are not that keen on. Was thinking a grey granite color or grey slate. How do you think this would look? Thanks heaps

    1. nadiah says:

      Hi Kerry

      What about the colour “Cast Concrete” by Formica? Think this could be a nice combination….