You can't go wrong with white in the kitchen, so sit back and let these fabulous ideas and pictures inspire you to take your kitchen from drab to dazzling.
This economical alternative to upper cabinetry keeps everything within sight and reach. Plus, the farmhouse staple provides the perfect excuse to buy beautiful kitchen items in or other stunning materials and colors.
Using a Pearl Ash subway tile in this lake house kitchen and pantry gives the white space added dimension in a subtle way.
The salvaged wood hood, custom-built by the owner of this Mississippi farmhouse, and a Turkish runner add warmth to the mostly white kitchen.
If you add a dark floor stain to your kitchen floors, select a light paint for the island, walls, and cabinetry.
Rugs, however durable, aren't practical for a heavy-use kitchen. Enter statement floor tile. It's a more subtle way to add impact to your white kitchen design than, say, a bold eye-level backsplash. Go to for similar quilt-like patterns.
This Alabama couple opened up their suburban cookie house's kitchen with lighter, brighter accents.
Designer Mark D. Sikes complements the blue-and-white French bistro stools and mossy-green island with white marble countertops.
The black-and-white color scheme doesn't overwhelm the modest square footage in this renovated guest home from two 100-year-old sheds.
This kitchen feels refreshingly open and airy, thanks to a white-and-gray palette and the absence of upper cabinets. The homeowner added a medley of distinctive pulley lights from Europe, and an antique dish rack dating back to 1865 that was, she says, "the perfect weathered gray."
The homeowner of this Texas ranch chose custom cabinets and a Sub-Zero fridge for the renovated kitchen. The island is painted Paris Rain by Benjamin Moore.
In the kitchen of this California home, the island, cabinetry, and trim are painted Right White by Restoration Hardware.
An assortment of old stools provides quirky charm in the kitchen of thisOregon farmhouse. Durable concrete countertops from pair with cabinets painted . Barn wood left over from the floor installation covers a metal hood.
This antebellum Georgia house features a late-1800s Belgian butcher's table, now a kitchen island, that still bears traces of newsprint from the table's hardworking industrial days. The homeowners left the Carrara marble counters unhoned to show wear. The walls are painted Country Stove White by .
In this Arizona home, linen-covered pendant lamps bring the kitchen's 17-foot ceilings down to a cozy scale. The owner bought the giant train-station clock on , then had the timepiece mounted to look as if it's casually propped above her Wolf range. White marble tops the custom cabinets and island. The walls are painted Exclusive Ivory and the trim Cottage White, both by .
Bright idea: Fresher than cut flowers, a single evergreen branch suggests a larger tree.
In this Georgia loft, formerly a raw industrial space, the owner installed countertops and a sink in the corner, then hung open shelves above them, creating a kitchen that blends seamlessly with the living area and library beyond. She picked up the wicker chairs at a yard sale and stitched the sink skirt from alphabet-patterned fabric. The wooden bull's head is African. The walls are painted Creamy by . A few pieces of framed art turn open kitchen shelving into an exhibit.
The kitchen in this upstate New York house features a 1950s refrigerator. "Our mothers warned us about defrosting," the owner jokes, "but we love the look." A midcentury stove, an antique butcher block, and a salvaged cast-iron sink magnify the room's farmhouse charm.
The kitchen island in this Ohio farmhouse boasts a zinc top crafted by a local metal shop. Subway tile from forms the backsplash.
Bright Idea: A plate rack set in a kitchen island offers stealthy storage.
Dark-walnut floors, green soapstone counters, and custom stools (painted 's Phelps Black) add balance to the kitchen's white cabinetry in this Washington, D.C., home. The built-ins and trim are painted Bancroft White by .
Wide planks of white beadboard make a charming backdrop for a collection of white china, creating the perfect fusion of rustic delicacy. The china and enamelware in this kitchen were collected during the family's travels to Europe—as well as visits to a few all-American garage sales.
Soapstone counters, vintage lab stools, and a bank of whitewashed wooden cabinets add to the warmth of an already sunny kitchen.
White's inherent brightness makes an impact in an open-plan kitchen with high ceilings, providing additional light and opening up the space. The homeowner added cozy, unexpected old-house details—like kitchen countertops crafted from salvaged wood floors.
Crisp white walls and trim paired with ceramic subway tile for texture makes this Tennessee home's kitchen shine.
The owner of this home tore out the dropped ceilings, and stripped plaster and lathe down to the posts and beams—opening up the room with wider doorways and additional windows. She also enlarged the opening from the keeping room to the kitchen, adding salvage-yard antique posts where needed.
Utilitarian though they may be, your cabinets can be as attractive as any other element in your home. Careful organization and a few personal touches can make this storage bonanza one of your favorite features, especially when everything's hued in a warm, rich shade of white.