January is all about fresh starts and new beginnings. We’re jumping on the bandwagon and starting our own cleanse, so to speak, for the New Year. No, it’s not the infamous annual Goop detox, but a cleanse of palette.
When it comes to design, there’s no better purifier than white. This hue gives an instant dose of freshness and tranquility to any space. It’s also one of our favorite kitchen paint colors, lending itself well to their orderly and architectural design. Many homeowners decide they want to tackle some type of home renovation in the New Year, and a kitchen remodel is typically the first on the list. But if a full scale renovation is not in the cards this year, painting the kitchen cabinets white is a quick and budget-friendly fix that will give your space an instant lift.
“White is not just a design trend, it is a design essential,” says Benjamin Moore Creative Director Ellen O’Neill, who recently announced Simply White as the 2016 Color of the Year. We couldn’t agree more. White transcends styles and trends, so in that vein, we’ve assembled 10 stunning white kitchens in the spirit of starting 2016 with a clean slate.
Sleek and Contemporary
This airy kitchen, featuring lacquer Poliform cabinets, has an airy, industrial feel. Designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper used stainless steel for the lower cabinets to ground the design, while crystallized countertops add a contemporary sheen. From Architectural Digest.
Touch of Drama
The modern white kitchen cabinets in this Fontainebleau, France kitchen are the perfect foil for dramatic black accents. Thanks to the open airy space, a matte black accent wall feels dramatic but not overbearing, and black and white floor tiles add a graphic punch without looking busy. In this kitchen, white provides breathing room and a chance for the eyes to rest. From Royal Roulotte.
Grays & Blues
Don’t be fooled. These diamond tiles are actually painted to look marbleized for a look that’s both luxurious but very practical (it hides dirt and scuff marks!). The gray marble countertop, blue and white backsplash and industrial fixtures offset the crisp white cabinets. From House Beautiful.
White ceilings, floors, and cabinets can easily make for an alienating, stark kitchen. In Courteney Cox’s Malibu home, designer Trip Haenisch used white to let the surrounding landscape to take priority. But in the kitchen, he installed cool gray stone floors and vintage wood stools to introduce earth tones and warm it up. From Elle Decor.
Rustic Country Kitchen
Can you believe this cozy country kitchen is from Ikea? This affordable space gets a personal touch with an antique bakery table, woven rope baskets, and vintage barstools. Black grout in the subway tiles gives a sense of depth and texture to the white backsplash. From House Beautiful.
Pop of Color
This Upper East Side penthouse, designed by Russell Groves, features an open kitchen that is sophisticated yet family-friendly. The kitchen island and countertops are topped with a Caesarstone surface, and are countered by metal Knoll barstools with bright yellow cushions. Mid-century gold pendants compliment the pop of yellow from the chairs and help break up the white space. From Elle Decor.
Cool & Clean
The design of this Chicago apartment was inspired by what every Instagrammer likes to call “magic hour.” A palette of muted grays and neutrals perfectly compliment the soft light that entires the space during the hour right before sunset. Charcoal pendants and dark woodwork lend masculine but warm tones, while a mirror reflects the ample light and further brightens the space. From Elle Decor.
In photographer Kelly Klein’s Palm Beach home, white provides a blank canvas to display her collection of kitchen wares. Stacks of bowls, platters, cups and glassware look artful and organized on open shelves, while the sleek white shelving and white wall paint prevent it from looking too cluttered and busy. A wood ceiling reiterates the natural, organic vibe of the space. From Architectural Digest.
In textile designer Caitlin Wilson’s Portland kitchen, white provides an opportunity to introduce other bold colors and patterns. A bright pink and blue Persian rug and blue-checked counter stools give a playful, feminine edge to the clean white space, and a wood and granite island fit seamlessly. From MyDomaine.
Classic White Kitchen
In Bill and Giuliana Rancic’s Chicago townhouse, white was a strategic choice to brighten up the under-lit space. Thickly veined Calacatta marble introduces texture and drama, while a trio of matte black Windsor stools anchors the space and gives it a classic, timeless look. From Traditional Home.