Look & Learn: White Kitchen Ideas
We’re back with another installment of Look & Learn, which is all about studying inspiration rooms and trying to figure out how and why they work. Because admiring a beautiful space is always fun, but figuring out what elements and ideas can actually be borrowed or adapted for your very own casa (preferably on the cheap) is the icing on the cake. This week’s topic is white kitchens, but instead of studying a ton of similar spaces we dug up a few variations on the white kitchen theme to share a range of different looks that can be accomplished with white cabinets (whether you DIY them with a bit of paint like this or invest in some new ones).
Our first room is this true white on white kitchen. Not only are the cabinets white, but so are the walls, counters, the chandelier, the stools, and even the trim and shelving. Except for a few hits of black (those thin frames leaning on the wall ledge) and splashes of stainless/nickel (in the chandelier’s mounting hardware and the range hood) the entire room is whitewashed. Which really makes those blue, green, and yellow accents stand out. This white on white look also emphasizes the texture and the range of materials in the room for a nice layered look (the capiz shells in the chandy play off of the soft flecky granite and the woven white chairs) as opposed to creating a lot of contrast (like a white kitchen with black counters would do, for example).
But maybe all that white isn’t your cup of tea and you’re looking for something a little warmer with some natural wood for character and charm. Enter this white kitchen, stage left.
You can see that the cabinets and even the appliances (like the range hood and fridge) are all white, and the counters are stone but they’re also in the white family. But this time there’s a chunky wood-toned table in the room along with exposed wooden beams, which really add more of that natural and rustic quality than you see in the first image. So if this kitchen appeals more to you, you might want to consider layering in some naturally toned wood along with your white cabs for a bit more of a varied look.
Next we have a white kitchen that has a smidge more wood going on. Although the cabinets have white doors, they have natural wood frames, and they’re paired with butcher block counters. There’s also more of a stainless steel presence thanks to the stools, the range hood, the metal shelves, and the other appliances – but the effect is still an airy and light looking space. And we had to look twice, but that square over the sink isn’t actually a cut out opening, it’s just a giant mirror (see the range hood?) so it bounces around a ton of light and makes the room feel twice as big. We wouldn’t ever have thought of putting a huge mirror above a kitchen sink, but it’s a genius solution if you don’t have a nice window to look out of while you’re doing dishes (it definitely beats staring at the wall). Love it.
Next we have a white kitchen with less wood (although it still has a nice butcher block counter on the island) but this one is all about adding one showstopping thing in a color while the rest of the room reads as white-on-white. So that piece really shines. In this case it’s the blue pendant light that makes the room, and we like how blue accents weren’t sprinkled everywhere, so the pendant gets to be the star.
So there you have a white kitchen done four ways. From sleek and rustic to industrial and cottage, they all have a subtly different vibe going on. But if you look closer, here’s what they all have in common:
And here’s what sets them apart from each other:
Which look do you prefer? Anyone out there planning to adapt their kitchen in any of the ways above? Or paint their cabinets white and add butcher block (like this amazing Reader Redesign of yore)?
And so ends our fifth installment of Look & Learn (check out the other four here). Is anyone out there contemplating a while kitchen? Or have you been collecting inspiring photos of rich and lovely wood-cabineted kitchens instead? Those are pretty mouthwatering too…
Dry-B-Lo of North Alabama
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