Modern White Kitchen
White Kitchens – Everyday Use: Like a beautiful white dress or blouse, white kitchen cabinets will require an extra measure of care and attention. Since dark stains and smudges stand out visually on a bright white surface, white kitchen cabinets may require more frequent cleaning and gentle dusting than a wood kitchen. Impeccable cleanliness is key. Knowing this in advance can pay off with a lifetime of enjoyment in your modern white kitchen.
Modern White Kitchen
White Kitchens: Of the thousands of pictures of kitchens found on this website, fully 30% of them are white (or off-white) kitchens. For your benefit, I’ve separated the “pure white” kitchens, shown here, from the “antique white” kitchens located in the main gallery. Modern white cabinets are clean and simple, and are often found in modern homes. If you want a bright and heavenly environment, then a beautiful white kitchen is a great choice!
Modern White Kitchen
White Kitchens – Trends: White is the most timeless kitchen color around. Unlike color tones and wood stains that can shift with fashion tides, a well-designed white kitchen will never look dated. Contemporary and modern kitchens often emphasize monochromatic color schemes (black, white, and gray), as you’ll see here. You’ll find hundreds of photos of modern kitchens on this site featuring white cabinets, with white as either the central color or as a contrasting accent in two-tone kitchens.
Modern White Kitchen
There are a number of ways to approach white countertops. White marble is warm, classic and its natural veiny appearance adds texture. It is more expensive than other options as well as higher maintenance. You’ll need to wipe up spills right away, avoid putting hot pans or abrasive items on the surface and seal it on a regular basis. White granite is lower maintenance than marble (seal it once a year and wipe up spills ASAP) but also offers a classic look. Engineered white quartz is durable and non-porous so it’s more sanitary and resists stains, scratches and corrosion. White concrete can achieve that pure white look and it’s also incredibly durable. White glass can be pricey, but in addition to being sleek and bright it’s also non-porous and perhaps the most hygienic option. If you’re on a budget, today’s laminates mimic more expensive granite and marble and also resist scratching and chipping.
Modern White Kitchen
Today’s home buyers are turned off by dated kitchens, and are looking for modern additions like granite counters and updated appliances. Those things can both be done in white, and according to the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association, white and off-white are the most popular color schemes for those spaces. Make your design decisions easier by creating an all-white room that’s fresh, bright and aesthetically pleasing.
With their minimalist cabinetry, neutral color palettes, and metallic accents, these modern kitchens have a subtle elegance that will never go out of style. A pop of color—whether it’s on the furniture, in a bowl of fresh fruit, or in a vase of flowers—ensures that these contemporary kitchen designs still feel warm and welcoming, as do big windows that let in the sun, an architectural light fixture, or a piece of bold artwork or decor. Each of these 35 kitchens from the AD archives is a lesson in restraint, from a bold Manhattan space by Jamie Drake to a crisp white design in Madrid by Isabel López-Quesada. Just a few decorative accessories (and zero clutter) on shelves and countertops let the smart mix of materials—and tonight’s dinner—shine. Click through to see examples of modern contemporary kitchen design that blend style and function for a space that is cutting-edge yet inviting.
This Charleston, SC kitchen is big on historic charm but the space’s unique dimensions (the 150+ year old original plaster ceiling is over 16 feet high) and the owner’s desire to preserve the home’s original architecture made fitting a modern kitchen with all the amenities into an 1851 townhouse difficult for designer Brian Reiss. The homeowner frequently entertains large groups and needed plenty of storage but the kitchen’s layout allowed for only one wall of cabinets so Brian’s solution was to create custom cabinets that stretch nearly to the ceiling. Framed, Shaker-style doors and bronze fixtures marry the white cabinets to the home’s traditional style.
White sinks have long been bathroom mainstays and the same timeless look translates well into the kitchen, whether you choose a classic white sink or more of a trend piece like a farmhouse sink. If you’re typically hard on your sink (throwing around pots and dishes) then stainless steel may be a better choice. For white sinks, fireclay might be the best option. The material is resistant to scratches, staining, chipping and clean-up is simple (just use soap and water). Enamel-coated-cast iron is another good option for durable white sinks, but tends to be heavier so make sure your cabinets can handle the weight.
In addition to a timeless look, white can make a small kitchen feel bigger and brighten a room that lacks adequate natural light. And while you don’t want to offend anyone’s taste with your kitchen design, you also don’t want a white kitchen to feel bland. Add depth by using accent colors and insert personal style in changeable features like light fixtures, furniture and cabinet pulls.
The kitchen is much more than just a place to prep food, it’s the hub of family activity and a place where memories are made. This charming kitchen featured in HGTV Magazine proves that a bright, white color scheme and the right layout can make even a small kitchen feel more spacious. Browse photos and learn more about this small-but-mighty kitchen.
Bright, cheery and timeless, white remains the kitchen color of choice. And, it’s easy to see why with these 55 traditional, modern, cottage and contemporary white kitchens that are anything but boring.
Stainless steel has been the presiding choice for new kitchens, often replacing old white appliances that looked dated. Though it’s hard to imagine such sharp stainless steel appliances falling out of fashion, they could very well go out of style in the future. In a 2010 study by Consumer Reports some kitchen experts said that the stainless steel reign was coming to an end. And what will replace it? Likely reimagined, updated white appliances. For example, a glass-like polished enamel that is modern and reflects light.
Whether you’re building a new home or renovating, it’s never easy to choose your kitchen design. There are many decisions to make. To help with your decision-making process, below is a HUGE collection of pictures of 104 modern custom luxury kitchen designs that are cook’s delight. Be sure to also check out our gallery of 124 luxury kitchens here, 33 white kitchens here and 37 wood kitchens here.
White’s dominance as the preferred kitchen color is nothing new, as this 1930s Magic Chef stove can attest. Not just a trending color for kitchen cabinets, countertops and backsplashes, white appliances are also surging in popularity with homeowners wishing to add a vintage vibe via throwback appliance brands like Smeg and Big Chill. See more of this home, that was feature in HGTV Magazine.
A white kitchen doesn’t have to be all white. Here, designer Andrea Schumacher swapped upper cabinets for just two small shelves so the fanciful floral wallpaper is the star. For contrast, she chose an emerald green tone from the wallpaper to paint the kitchen’s island.
Custom navy display cases frame out the entrance to this Old-World-inspired kitchen by Candelaria Design. Painting the woodwork in this dark hue, rather than standard high-gloss white, draws attention to the cases themselves and makes the white kitchen beyond feel even brighter by comparison.
To break up the banks of white cabinetry in their remodeled kitchen, the Boettiger family painted the base cabinets a steely gray: Cityscape by Sherwin Williams. Switching up the cabinet colors gives even the most traditional kitchen a more contemporary look. If painting all the base cabinets feels overwhelming, start with just the island; you can always paint the remaining cabinets later if you like the look. Get more of the Boettiger’s tips for remodeling your kitchen.
If you’re worried that a white kitchen can’t feel cozy then this stunner, inspired by an English cottage kitchen, is here to prove that they can. Designer Jane Ellison mixed high-end materials like African bubinga wood with eco-friendly cork flooring and simple Shaker-style cabinets to create this kitchen’s right-at-home feel.
To give a kitchen with stock cabinets a custom look, designer Sarah Richardson mixed together three different types of cabinets: glass front, painted and sleek white. The green base cabinets brighten up the kitchen and keep the space from looking too monochromatic. See more of Sarah’s kitchen design recipes.
Full of abundant detail, this cottage style kitchen offers a little of it all. Peek-a-boo cabinets with lighting draw the eye upwards to the captivating tray ceiling. From there, the black pendant lights brings you back down to the dark gray marble countertops that sit atop white detailed cabinets. The blue and white plate detail and homey patterened wallpaper makes this cottage vibe come to life.
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