Four ways to create a pristine white kitchen

When it comes to kitchen design searches on the Internet it’s no surprise that “white kitchen” and “white kitchen ideas” are among the most frequent. The colour scheme can be used in a variety of design styles: modern, contemporary, traditional and even bohemian. It’s clean and crisp, and easy to style. The sky’s the limit, but if you want to avoid your kitchen looking like a laboratory here are four ways to create a pristine white space, with plenty of style points:

(c) Leicht Rechberghausen Germany, Klaus von Bock

(c) Leicht Rechberghausen Germany, Klaus von Bock

  1. Pick the perfect shade
    White is white, right? Wrong! Despite its vanilla reputation, white is an incredibly versatile colour and the one you choose can have a great effect on the overall style you wish your kitchen to have. Lately, whites with lots of blue undertones are not as popular as they tend to give your kitchen the laboratory effect. To warm up a room with cool northern exposure, off-white with a touch of cream complements what little natural light there is. Other creamy whites also give an aged look with vintage connotations – perfect for a historic home.
  1. Splurge on the details
    White is a classic colour for kitchen cabinetry, so if you spend the big bucks anywhere, it should be here. Top quality materials, finishes and millwork can make the difference between a white kitchen that looks homey and sophisticated, and the dreary industrial products you find in the office canteen. In a traditional or contemporary white kitchen, shaker or bead board cabinets are at their best when made with real wood and taken all the way to the ceiling. Modern kitchens thrive when white cabinets are high gloss.
  1. Play around with textures
    Just because a kitchen is all-white, doesn’t mean it all has to feel the same. Playing around with materials of different textures creates a layered effect. Combine milled wooden cabinets with sleek white granite countertops and tiled backsplash and you get a cosy feeling in an otherwise stark environment.
  1. Complement it with another colour for added durability
    Though many have strived for the all-white kitchen, reality plays a big role in the colour choices we make. Durability and cleanliness are both big issues in a kitchen, so play off the all-white colour scheme with clever accent colours placed in the right spaces. Hardwood floors stained naturally, or in a complementary colour like grey, will provide a durable surface for families. Though white marble is a tempting worktop surface, it can be porous. So, consider quartz composites in natural colours like grey or brown.