The ultimate in sleek, minimalist design that will never date.
Choosing a white kitchen provides a crisp, smart base from which to build. Whether you want to add the warmth of wooden furniture, or inject flashes of colour with soft furnishings and artwork, opting for a white base gives you a timeless backdrop.
White reflects light, goes with everything, and forms the foundation of many a stunning modern kitchen. It also magically makes any space feel larger, great when you’re up against it working out the best kitchen storage ideas for a small space.
Of course, choosing white for a kitchen – the messiest room in the house – can strike some as perverse. Why choose the one colour that will show up every spill and stain? The upside is its a colour that won’t date, making it a future-proof investment that’s much more exciting than that sounds.
Glossy white surfaces offer a sleek contemporary feel, while brass or gold accents add serious wow factor. But the truth is white is the ultimate blank canvas and works brilliantly with anything you care to throw at it. So don’t hold back on those tangerine flooring dreams.
White kitchens will always be bestsellers. Whether that puts you off or entices you is up to you.
This beautifully sleek white kitchen stretches along the centre of the lower-ground floor. The island is 4.5m long – but it doesn’t really look it.
Get the look: This is a Bulthaup kitchen from Cameron Interiors. The stools are from Rockett St George. The pendants are by Fritz Fryer.
A sweep of white metro tiles echoes a traditional, country feel in this pared-back kitchen.
Get the look: Source white metro tiles from Fired Earth and a Le Creuset casserole dish from John Lewis. For a similar marble worktop, try Mandarin Stone.
Marble covers the entire walls (and even the extractor hood) in this kitchen, and glossy teal paint envelops the library from wall to ceiling. As a result, the house feels luxurious – but not flashy.
Get the look: The wall is covered in Statuario Tucci marble, supplied by Stone Source. The cabinets were made bespoke by Studio DB and painted in Benjamin Moore’s Sidewalk Gray satin finish lacquer. The sink is by Shaws of Darwen and the tap is from Newport Brass. The worktop is made out of Pure White Caesarstone. The sconce is from Roll & Hill.
An unpolished brass tap found on eBay pretty much defines the architectural aesthetic. Raw materials change over time and take on such a lovely glow. This style sums up the look throughout this family home, which is warm and welcoming, but glamorous and grown-up too.
In the kitchen, marble and unlacquered brass mix seamlessly.
Get the look: For a similar kitchen look at Bulthaup.
Vintage meets modern in this bright and airy open-plan white kitchen. Here, the kitchen island is built as a dining table, rather than bar.
Get the look: The bespoke cabinetry is made of metal: for similar, check out the Phoenix design by Varenna/Poliform. These are H stools by Chantal Andriot for Tolix. The suspended storage-cum-display unit is bespoke– to create something similar, see Ikea’s Omar modular shelving system.
A minimal, distraction-free scheme maintains the white aesthetic in this beachside house. The clean lines extend all the way outside.
Get the look: This is Bulthaup cabinetry.
The inspiration for the kitchen came from old French bakery cabinets, but the execution is pure Brooklyn in style. Brass handles and marble worktops keep a modern feel.
Get the look: The kitchen is by Space Exploration Design and White Arrow, painted in Wimborne White eggshell by Farrow & Ball. The range cooker is by Lacanche. The bar stools are by Sawkille Co. These are BL9 pendants by Gubi. The handles are vintage finds.
Simple Ikea carcasses were dressed up with marble worktops and bespoke brass handles. Amazingly, the entire kitchen budget came to under £5,000.
A minimal, distraction-free scheme maintains the clean, white aesthetic.
Get the look: This is Bulthaup cabinetry. For an alternative to this Azul Bahia granite from Brazil, try MKW Surfaces. The door handles are by The Beardmore Collection.