There’s something incredibly comforting about the kitchen – it’s where we nourish ourselves and our family, prepare meals – from the every day to the more extravagant celebration – and it’s where we end up congregating at dinner parties. It’s called the hub of the home for good reason and I don’t think anyone would argue with that! And while I can certainly appreciate the cool sleek look of a incredibly contemporary space where everything is hidden away and sleek surfaces are all you see, I admit to being a little more traditional for my own home as you can see in the image below of my kitchen.
And this is why I’m thrilled with the rising popularity of the classic white kitchen. It takes it’s cues from a more traditional kitchen but with lighter surfaces, the entire space is uplifted and bright. It’s still crisp and clean but it never suffers from looking too cold or stark. It’s really the best of all worlds!
So I thought today we can talk a little about how to create the perfect white kitchen in our homes. One that has an air of clean modernity but still has all the comforts and joys of the every day kitchen.
I think the danger of an all-white kitchen is of course it having the feeling of being too ‘cold’ – not temperature wise of course, but in it’s starkness. Adding natural finishes and warm metals is a great way to offset that.
Wood worktops are another no-brainer for the classic white kitchen. With a little extra care, butcherblock countertops are a great option and only need periodic oiling to keep them looking their best. It’s a classic material that simply never dates and it’s a great choice for an all-white kitchen to break up the look a bit with something that’s certainly easy on the eye.
I do love plants and flowers in a home and carrying this over to the kitchen is no different. Plants add life to any room, brings in an organic feel and purifies the air which is perfect if you do a lot of cooking!
Keeping herbs in the kitchen is a wonderful idea as it means having natural ingredients for your cooking on hand as well as making your kitchen look warm and loved.
Now this might be a contentious subject and there are arguments both for and against open storage, but I openly admit to being a big fan. What better way to show off your personal style than having your beautiful dishes and serving ware in the open?
It gives a kitchen an eclectic look whilst allowing you to easily find whatever it is you are looking for. So consider adding some shelving in your kitchen to house some of your prettiest items and don’t forget to decant any dry goods into glass jars. Yes, it takes a little extra work to keep tidy but if you think the look is worth the effort, then I couldn’t recommend it enough.
There are so many great options for kitchen flooring but in an all white kitchen, it’s always great to get a contrasting floor.
Whether you opt for stunning slate, easy-to-maintain porcelain or even wood-look tiles (another great option for the look of wood without the upkeep), be sure to offset that white with a beautiful floor.
Speaking of tiles, you can also create some beautiful splashbacks with tiles. Patterned tiles are becoming more and more popular these days and in an otherwise all-white kitchen, they would make an incredible style statement.
If pattern is not your thing, then why not create an interesting backsplash by creating a chevron or herringbone pattern in simple Metro Tiles? There are plenty of ways to even make plain white tiles interesting!
So those are just a few tips for creating a warm and inviting white kitchen. Do you have or fancy a white kitchen as well? I’d love to hear from you! How do you make your kitchen more inviting?