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Adding Personality To A White Kitchen

Bright, cheery and timeless, white remains the number one kitchen colour of choice. When done right a monochromatic look can be beautiful, but an all-white kitchen can be a little tricky to pull off and may feel boring. Here are some ideas to infuse some personality into a white kitchen.

The 3 most effective ways to add interest are colour, contrast and light.



Adding colour to a white kitchen can have a big impact. It can be as simple as putting bright coloured kitchen appliances (mixer, espresso machine) on your countertops. Use a bold colour such as red, yellow, blue or orange. Continue your colour scheme with kitchen stools and pendant lighting above the island. They both come in about any style and colour you can imagine. Add accessories, artwork and window coverings with bold graphic patterns. Display cookbooks on open shelves and colourful dishware in glass-fronted cabinets. Or, if you prefer to show off clear glassware and white china, amp things up by painting the inside of your cabinets.

Choose a different colour for the kitchen island. This adds a big block of colour. For those of you most daring a colourful backsplash can instantly transform a white kitchen. And for the truly fearless, go for colourful appliances. Fridges, stoves, dishwashers have many finishes beyond black, white and stainless. Maybe colour isn’t your taste, so bring in some contrast. Black and white is a classic combination. Install a black tile backsplash with white grout in a herringbone pattern. A dark island will anchor a space which would otherwise be a sea of white cabinets. You don’t have an island, finish uppers or lowers cabinets in a contrasting dark colour.


Contrast doesn’t always have to be all about colour, it can also be about texture. The juxtaposition of rustic and natural materials against white cabinets is stunning. Reclaimed accents are very popular with homeowners right now. Sliding barn doors, exposed wood beams, wood-slab countertops, distressed hardwood floors, industrial lighting and metal stools pair well with crisp white to create a rustic chic style.


Light can play a big role in a white kitchen. Of course, adding a window will brighten your kitchen, but that might not be in your budget. A chrome faucet, glass or stainless-steel backsplash will reflect light in a white kitchen and make it feel brighter and airy. Finally make the most of your design, with undercounter LED lighting and lights inside your display cabinets.

Whether adding colour, contrast or light, you can easily shift your perspective to have a white kitchen that is full of personality.

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