Undertaking a home design or renovation is a big deal and it can hard to know where to get started. A lot of people want to put off the kitchen because it can be daunting and sometimes very expensive. Ordering and installing new cabinets, appliances, and plumbing is no small task, especially when compared to the relative ease of a fresh shade of paint and a new couch in the living room. The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home and should receive extra attention and care, but it is understandable to want to make the design process as simple as possible. One way to do that is to create a white kitchen. 

White kitchens are the most popular designs for amateurs and professionals. Why? Simply put, white kitchen designs are the most durable and flexible. A white kitchen will never go out of style and it can be made and modified into any theme. You can find antique white kitchens, rustic white kitchens, modern white kitchens, and many more. The bottom line is that there is a type of white kitchen for everyone and by making white your base color you will save yourself a big headache.

So we’ve convinced you a white kitchen is the way to go. Now what? Well, it’s time to get those design juices flowing and this is the exact right place to do it. In this article, you’ll be able to explore various kitchen designs and find the one that most inspires you. Pick and choose you favorite aspects of these rooms to create a kitchen that will feel like home to you!

1. Grey and White Antique

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One of the identifying characteristics of antiquity is expert craftsmanship. This design displays the kind of woodsmanship that is prominent in traditional pieces through the islands (why have one when you could have two!), white cabinets, and even the fume hood surroundings. Now, dark grey isn’t typically a shade associated with antiquity and it does dominate the space a bit, but the top antique cabinets still stand out in contrast to the dark tones.

2. All Grey Everything

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Grey is not usually a color found among traditional style kitchens, but this design proves that it can work. In this style, the subway tile backsplash looks more like exposed and painted brick when set against the traditional grey cabinets. The marble countertops complement the gray dominated room and are perfect to reflect the soft hue from the pendant lights, which is essential without a direct source of natural light.

3. Light and Dark

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Most white kitchens tend to use light woods and shades to compliment the main white color. However, the right amount of a dark contrast can make the white pop. But it’s important not to overdo it. In this kitchen, only the countertops are dark and it is the perfect amount to make the kitchen bold without shrinking the illusion of size given by the white cabinets and light floors. It would have been easy to do too much dark — you might be tempted to match the countertop with the knobs, handles, and hinges, or use a backsplash with dark colors. But that would be a mistake. The dark counter is sleek, but adding anymore deep color will be overdone and ultimately make a small kitchen even smaller.

4. Curves Galore

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The soft edges and curves in this kitchen are staples of period pieces and they are incorporated in the most creative ways via the island and the fume hood. And to add to the traditional feel, they are complemented with detailed pilasters and carving. Additionally, the color combination of white and light brown is very reminiscent of antiquity – much more so than dark grey or black. The light brown in the countertop and backsplash if further complemented by the dark brown accents in the faucet, decor, and the chandeliers (and what says antique more than faux candlelight).

5. Tiled Wall

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This kitchen is crisp, clean, and bright. With ample storage below the white counters, there was no need to top cabinets, which is a perfect way to open up a kitchen. The natural light plays wonderfully with the natural light coming through the right wall window, and the light creates an ombre effect on the light grey lower cabinets. Where a backsplash isn’t needed, it can be tempting to leave a wall bare, but this design shows the advantages of tiles the back wall either way. Lastly, the gold faucet is an unlikely pairing with a white and grey kitchen, but it is a great pop of color and adds some dimension to the room.

6. Super Subtle

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In a small space without a kitchen island, it can be risky to go for agrey room and kitchen cabinets. However, this room shows that it can still work. The key is not to go for a dark grey and instead favor a lighter shade that softens further in the natural light. And there is great reflectiveness in the white tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances (but notice the dishwasher is disguised with the same paneling as the cabinets. And like with any small kitchen, it’s best to keep as much as possible off the counter and stored away so you can utilize all of the counter space.

7. U-Shaped

 

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This small kitchen is maximized for storage and function. The U-shape allows for ample cabinet space on the bottom and counter space on the top. Dark and bold accents such as knobs and faucets are a great way to add dimension into the room, without going overboard. But the best part about this kitchen is the shelving on the back wall. Open storage can really make a room feel larger — just being able to see a wall has a huge impact on that claustrophobic feeling. Plus, you can add pops of color and modern storage options without cluttering the counter space.

8. Snug and Bright

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Kitchens don’t get much cozier than this. Even though there is just barely room for a stove and sink, the space is extremely functional. The all-white cabinets open up the room beautifully, and they make great use of the natural light coming in over the sink. Importantly, the counter space is not cluttered. When working with snug spaces, it’s best to get as much stuff as possible off the counter and onto shelves and into cabinets. A few tasteful storage containers add some life to the white backsplash without dominating the room and the pots and bowls add some color to the all-white scene. And lastly, the track lights have will spread light evenly across the room once the sun sets.

9. Subway Tile Anyway

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This kitchen is unique among antique kitchens due to subway tile backsplash which is a rather modern addition. However, there are other aspects of the kitchen that are perfect to give it that feel of antiquity. For example, the chandelier is a glamorous piece that replaces the more commonly used pendant lights and even mimics the look of actual candlelight. And the antique white kitchen cabinets are tall and beautifully crafted. Plus, the handles are great accents and match the island to emphasize the dark brown.

10. Bold Backsplash

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Can you say backsplash? Well, this kitchen obviously can. There isn’t a lot to discuss here because the kitchen is so small and the view so narrow, but we couldn’t talk about blue and white kitchens without including a bold backsplash. This kitchen went for it, and they complemented the backsplash with blue knobs and blue mugs in the glass cupboards. It may be simple, but this blue kitchen is beautiful.

11. Just the Island

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For a lot of people, incorporating red into the kitchen might be a little too much. This design shows a great way to incorporate some color into an otherwise simple room. Just adding some red on the island cabinets and using a red and white to the window shade will liven up a space without feeling like the room is dominated by a bold red.

12. Just the Decor

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This is a mostly white kitchen, but the decor add pops of red color to give the room some life. It has an antique style that will make anyone that enters feel right at home. This is a very narrow view of the room, but the kitchen is certainly on the small side. For this reason, it’s best to keep the foundation light — use white cabinets and white walls. The decor is vintage and gives the kitchen the red pop making it a beautiful white and red kitchen.

13. Glossy Red Cabinets

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It’s probably best to start by saying that glossy red cabinets are not for everyone. If you are going to chic and sophisticated, it’s best not to go for a really bold cabinet. However, if you’re going for either a modern kitchen or a 50s vintage vibe, the glossy red could be for you. Like with most bold designs, if you go bold with one thing, it’s best to keep the rest simple. Otherwise, the room will become busy and lose that retro or modern flair you want. In this case, there is just a solid countertop and no backsplash. To try to make anything more of a with red cabinets would be a mistake.

14. Big and Beautiful

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This is an elegant and rustic kitchen that could make any house a home. The space is very large and the design utilizes every part of the room to perfection. The pilasters and cabinets along the counters and island give the kitchen a distinct antique style and the wood countertops define the rustic theme. There such attention to detail in this design — the wood of the island matches the floor and the double faucets are mirror images of one another. Lastly, the pendant lights add an aspect of glamour to the rustic room. This is a truly beautiful room!

15. Just a Touch of Modern

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This kitchen has a few great features that make it stand out among rustic designers. The exposed brick on the right wall is absolutely gorgeous and the dark wood table looks handcrafted and read to feed several generations of a family. The wood from the table also matches that open shelving in the upper left corner of the room. Even the pots and pans around the room are brass and help rewind the clock on this room. The only thing that dates this room is the modern lighting fixture over the table.

16. Paneling and Open Shelves

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This kitchen design is both modern and simple. It has an extremely modular design with white kitchen cabinets without knobs or handles and a fridge disguised into the paneling. Additionally, the backsplash is plain but well light to create warmth amidst the sharp whites. The best part about this kitchen, however, is the shelving on the back wall. Instead of more white cabinetry, there is open glass shelving. Because of the design, the shelves can be adjusted to various heights can be spaced out to accommodate your storage needs. Open shelving gives the illusion of a bigger room, and while this kitchen is certainly not small, it is a great inspiration for small and large kitchens alike.

17. Rustic

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This is a very narrow view of this kitchen, but it is safe to say that the kitchen is small and this is a great example of how to incorporate a rustic theme into a snug space. Creating open shelving and the light wood keep the room from feeling catastrophic. Plus, the open shelves are a way to showcase some rustic decor. You’ll notice the milk jug and glass pitcher. Lastly, the white appliances keep the room on theme. Stainless steel is certainly the go-to nowadays, but keeping everything white really ties the room together.   

18. All White Antique

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Everything about this design screams antique. The indents and carving in the kitchen cabinets, island, and borders add dimension and give that traditional feel to the entire space. The attention to detail is extraordinary  — just look at the detailing in the pilasters on the island and near the ceilings. The type of kitchen is great for those with an open floor plan, but still gunning for that old-time feel.

19. Checkered Floor Love

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The go-to black and white move is, of course, tile floor and this is the perfect room for it. It is a smaller kitchen, so the tile isn’t overwhelming. Instead, the rest of the kitchen can stay simple while the floor takes care of the fun. Since the space is small, it’s best to go with white cabinetry and walls to keep the room from shrinking. Leave the black to the low-level items like counters. Plus, the subway tile backsplash is the perfect go-to for a black and white theme.

20. Bold Black Cabinets

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Black cabinetry is always a bold choice and there are a few must-haves to consider before going for it (all shown here). One, the space must be large. Dark walls can create a claustrophobic feeling while white walls can open up a small space. Two, the whites must be sharp and clean. Warm whites or cremes will just be dull in contrast to the black and any imperfections will be amplified. Lastly, the kitchen must let in a lot of natural light. Without natural light (or floodlights) the whole space will be dark and low energy. Plus, you can’t go wrong with subway tile and marble countertops!

21. Ying-Yang

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Most black and white kitchens rely on a dominant color for the cabinets and walls and the opposite color for the counters and accents. But this kitchen decided to go for a ying-yang design instead with the marble countertop bringing it all together. It is a very bold idea, but in the right space it really can pay off. If you notice, this kitchen has a lot of mix and matches pieces, not just the black-white parallel. One wall has open shelving and the other black cabinetry. And even the pendant lights are slightly different from one another. To reiterate, this is a bold design, but if you’re going for something fun and unique, this is will be a great inspiration.

22. Mixed Cabinet Colors

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This is a unique and fun kitchen with white cabinets but a marble counter and backsplash. Many modern kitchen designs are a bit rigid and simple, but this kitchen design is anything but. The pendant lights help draw the eye upward which emphasizes the high ceilings and large size of the room. We love this design because it is modern but not boring. You wouldn’t initially think the marble pattern would complement the muted shades, but with everything set against the white, it all comes together perfectly. And the grey drawers in the kitchen island add a nice contrast and help to bring out the grey in the marble counter. The room itself is quite minimal, but the kitchen design elements make the whole room pop

23. Open-Shelving for the Win

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This kitchen design is both modern and simple. It has an extremely modular design with white kitchen cabinets without knobs or handles and a fridge disguised into the paneling. Additionally, the backsplash is plain but well light to create warmth amidst the sharp whites. The best part about this kitchen, however, is the shelving on the back wall. Instead of more white cabinetry, there is open glass shelving. Because of the design, the shelves can be adjusted to various heights can be spaced out to accommodate your storage needs. Open shelving gives the illusion of a bigger room, and while this kitchen is certainly not small, it is a great inspiration for small and large kitchens alike.

24. Expert Pairing

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This kitchen is a bit on the busier side for a modern room, but it still qualifies. Every piece in this kitchen is expertly paired with another to tie the whole room together. The marble countertops match the marble storage container on the shelves, which we a great alternative to bulky cabinets especially give the dark accents. The black oven matches the stools, shelves, lights, and handles. Even the flowers on display complement the rug. And I haven’t even mentioned the tile backsplash. Subway tile can be a cheap way to spruce up a kitchen. And, pro-tip, try adding the same tile to your bathroom to tie all of your interior design together.

25. Blue and Gold

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The navy blue in this kitchen is concentrated below the counter. Keeping the top half white brings light and warmth to the whole room, but the dark lower half creates a bold contrast.  The gold accents are the perfect choice for this shade of blue, even if it is varied between the faucet, handles, and light fixtures. Lastly, the best part of the decor in this design is the pendant lights over the island which invert the color scheme of the room.

26. Simple and Small

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Usually, in small spaces using dark cabinets and walls is a mistake as is makes the space feel even smaller than it is. However, this room looks and feels great with the deep blue cabinets (due mainly to the abundant natural light coming in from the left wall. The whole kitchen is a unique combination of things most wouldn’t put together such as the brown shelves with the marble counter and then the grey and white floor. But this is the reality for many people renovating on budget and can’t replace everything, and it looks great! Just a minor thing, like painting the kitchen cabinets blue can make a huge difference for a home.

27. Simple and Small

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Usually, in small spaces using dark cabinets and walls is a mistake as is makes the space feel even smaller than it is. However, this room looks and feels great with the deep blue cabinets (due mainly to the abundant natural light coming in from the left wall. The whole kitchen is a unique combination of things most wouldn’t put together such as the brown shelves with the marble counter and then the grey and white floor. But this is the reality for many people renovating on budget and can’t replace everything, and it looks great! Just a minor thing, like painting the kitchen cabinets blue can make a huge difference for a home.

28. Fun Decor

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This design is a creative way to incorporate shades of blue into a small space without overpowering the room. You can find boxes of unique antique plates and other decorations at flea markets and yard sales and put them on display in a room like this. The decor might seem a little busy, but it’s perfect for a small apartment or remote cottage that needs a little life!

29. Mix & Match

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This design is a great example of how to incorporate multiple shades of blue into one room. Both white and blue kitchen cabinets are used and then a different shade is used for the blue paint. The cabinets in the kitchen are a pale blue and therefore don’t clash too much with the stone blue of the walls. Additionally, there are more shades incorporated into the decor with the wine glasses, mugs, and window shades. This room would look great in any home from a modern house to a seaside beach house.

30. Electric Blue

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The last of our kitchen design ideas is a fun one! Most hues used in kitchens are subtle or deep. However, this kitchen went for electric blue and it really stands out. This design is like a modern take on a classic diner. It incorporates the bright blues, red accents, and white stools. The rest of the room is extremely simple – if the kitchen design was any busier it would be too much, that’s for sure. The only thing that could be better is disguising the stainless steel appliances that stick out against the electric blue.

31. Bright Walls

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This is a modern and sleek design that really can go with any color. Simply adding red paint to the walls really brings this room to life. You can replace the red with blue, green, and or even purple if you’re feeling bold. This is an easy and adaptable design that will go with any house. Just add a fresh coat of paint and this kitchen will feel brand new.

32. Best Backsplash

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Besides adding some paint, the easiest way to incorporate red into the soul of a kitchen is the backsplash. Using tile to make a great backsplash can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. A simple design is a great and cheap way to add life to a space. This kitchen also uses a red countertop to complement the backsplash, plates, and decor and contrast with the white cabinets.

33. Red, White, and Blue

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The kitchen isn’t the most common place to flaunt your patriotism, but with this design, it really works. You get the red through the cabinets, the white through the counters and appliances, and the blue on the walls. The key to adding a third color to a white and red kitchen is to match the shade of the red and the third color. That is done well here — that is to say, if the walls were electric blue or the cabinets bright red that room would look gimmicky and poorly designed. So if you want to go for a tri-color theme, do it! Just be sure to do it right.

34. Cozy and Clean

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Kitchens don’t get much cozier than this. Even though there is just barely room for a stove and sink, the space is extremely functional. The all-white cabinets open up the room beautifully, and they make great use of the natural light coming in over the sink. Importantly, the counter space is not cluttered. When working with snug spaces, it’s best to get as much stuff as possible off the counter and onto shelves and into cabinets. A few tasteful storage containers add some life to the white backsplash without dominating the room and the pots and bowls add some color to the all-white scene. And lastly, the track lights have will spread light evenly across the room once the sun sets.

35. Statement Piece

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One of the best ways to design a room is by identifying a statement piece and building around it. For this kitchen, that would be the blue oven on the far wall. It a beautiful item and really defines the entire feel of the room. The wood of the kitchen island complements the pale blue perfectly and the white cabinets keep the room from looking too busy and allow the natural light to brighten the room much more than dark cabinets would.

36. Perfectly Paired

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This kitchen is a bit on the busier side for a modern room, but it still qualifies. Every piece in this kitchen is expertly paired with another to tie the whole room together. The marble countertops match the marble storage container on the shelves, which we a great alternative to bulky cabinets especially give the dark accents. The black oven matches the stools, shelves, lights, and handles. Even the flowers on display complement the rug. And I haven’t even mentioned the tile backsplash. Subway tile can be a cheap way to spruce up a kitchen. And, pro-tip, try adding the same tile to your bathroom to tie all of your interior design together.

37. Pop of color

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This black and white kitchen is absolutely gorgeous. Two things stand out about this space: the orange stools and black hood. Since black and white are neutral and concentrated pop of color is a great idea and simply having a black fume hood instead of a typical stainless steel one creates a design piece out of a mechanical necessity. Lastly, since this kitchen as ample storage below the counters the lack of upper cabinets really opens up the room, and tiling the entire wall adds dimension but not clutter.

38. Antique Decor

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This design is a creative way to incorporate shades of blue into a small space without overpowering the room. You can find boxes of unique antique plates and other decorations at flea markets and yard sales and put them on display in a room like this. The decor might seem a little busy, but it’s perfect for a small apartment or remote cottage that needs a little life!

39. Brown and White

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This kitchen uses a combination of white and brown to create a rare rustic/modern combination. To say it works with this design would be an understatement. The room uses various shades of brown incorporated in throughout the rooms via the marble counter, floor, open shelves (that eliminate the need for upper cabinets), stools, kitchen island, and accents. However, all of the browns still don’t overshadow the white because of the predominately white countertop and square tile backsplash. The only part of this room that doesn’t work extremely well is the stainless steel appliances, but that is a bullet you take if you want to incorporate brown.

40. Do It Yourself

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If you’re looking to create a DIY rustic kitchen, this is a great model to emulate. The wood is worn and tattered but looks purposeful. The subway tile backsplash gives the illusions of exposed brick and helps set the scene for the rest of the rustic decor. These white cabinets can be fashioned from any available wood and white paint, and the island is easily constructed to match. With the espresso maker on the counter, I might be fooled into thinking this kitchen is centuries old.

41. Victorian

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The soft edges and curves in this kitchen are staples of period pieces and they are incorporated in the most creative ways via the island and the range hood. And to add to the traditional feel, they are complemented with detailed pilasters and carvings. Additionally, the color combination of white and light brown is very reminiscent of antiquity – much more so than dark grey or black. The light brown in the countertop and backsplash if further complemented by the dark brown accents in the faucet, decor, and the chandeliers (and what says antique more than faux candlelight).

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