White kitchens have become a key trend in modern kitchen renovations, highlighting white cabinetry, glossy white tiling, white marble bench tops and splashbacks and white kitchen accessories and linen. When kept clean, white finishes create a fresh, polished aesthetic, open up small kitchen spaces, and create a timeless appeal.
However, with white colour schemes becoming a key trend in modern kitchen renovations, your kitchen runs the risk of being too common and generic, so the trick is to add a pop of something refreshing and colourful to break the monotony.
Here are 60 refreshing ideas to relieve the whiteness without compromising the magnificence of your white kitchen.
1. A Rustic Touch
Add a taste of country with a few wooden pieces. A wooden bowl, the breakfast table top, or exposed beams can easily warm up the chilly whiteness of your kitchen.
2. Fruity Centrepieces
Fruits are colourful, perky, and fragrant additions to a rather dour kitchen. Place a bowl of fruits in season like oranges, apples, lemons, or even bananas to add a homely touch to your kitchen.
3. Bring in the Blooms
Cultivate few flowering plants in small pots and place them in the kitchen. Put the pots in the window sill, the kitchen nook, or the countertop to brighten up a spot.
4. Marbled Splashbacks
Marble splashbacks introduce interesting texture and patterning to an all white space. Not to mention, marble is very on trend in the real of interior design.
5. A Sunny Kitchen Window Curtain
The right sunny shade of yellow will bring in the needed colour and energy to the kitchen.
6. The Herb Garden
Having your own indoor herb garden against your kitchen wall is not just about the aesthetics and convenience. Having this feature will also help to freshen the air and add a lushness to your kitchen.
7. Play up the Lighting
Coloured lighting adds an opulent quality to a white kitchen and throws interesting colours against the white glossy finishes.
8. Colourful Upholstery
Explore a fresh colour palette with your upholstery. Teals and royal blues make an eye-catching statement and contrast nicely against the stark whites.
9. Display your Coppers
Don't be afraid to use your kitchenware as a visual statement. The warm glow of copper will surely brighten up stark white kitchens.
10. White and Grey
Keeping within a monochrome colour palette, grey features create a subtle contrast against the white.
11. Open Shelving
Open shelving are a great way to showcase your fancy china, colourful dinner ware and statement coffee cups.
12. Le Noir ET Le Blanc
Black and white, the ultimate monochrome pairing. Black and white features create a classic and chic statement without even trying.
13. Modernise with Chrome
Upgrade your appliances with modern chrome finishes. Because we love attention to details, we recommend you match your cabinet handles, faucets, & sink.
14. Bowls of Goodness
Use decorative bowls to hold spices, fruits, flowers, bread, and sweets.
15. Textured Countertops
Break up the white with patterned and coloured countertops, think marble, tile, granite, wood, or quartz.
16. Transparent Containers
Use transparent glass containers to store kitchen staples like pasta, flour, sugar, oatmeal, cookies, and rice.
17. Interesting Rugs
Brighten up your kitchen floor with a colourful rug. Bold bright patterns create the most effective visual statements.
18. Blackboard Wall
Time to stop cluttering your fridge door with notes and messages and install a blackboard wall. Convenient and creative, this option will set your kitchen apart!
19. Fresh Flowers
Cheer up your kitchen with a bunch of perky and bright flowers displayed in a glass vase.
20. Colourful Kitchen Towels
Relieve white kitchens with brightly coloured kitchen towels.
21. A Touch of Blue
Add cool touches of blue to break up the stark whiteness. Use marine or navy blue for more drama or turquoise or sea blues for a more refreshing effect.
22. Stone Flooring
Smooth stone flooring will instantly give your kitchen a modern, textured finish.
23. Mosaic Splashback
Incorporate a pattern into your splashback to create a strong focal point in your kitchen.
24. The Brick Island
Warm red brick creates a more industrial feel to a clean white kitchen.
25. Basket Organisers
Use baskets to store bread, spice jars, recipes, small kitchen tools, and other knickknacks for a more old-world, european feel.
26. A Pop of Red
White and red go together nicely and create a warm feel to your kitchen.
Embrace natural lighting with the use of kitchen skylights.
28. Ceramic Sinks
Ceramic sinks give a little surprising detail to white kitchens and hint on an antique, vintage vibe.
29. Wall Art
Add a creative touch to your kitchen with some modern wall art.
30. Candles and Holders
Silver candelabras and colourful candles bring an enigmatic air and antiquity to your kitchen. Not to mention they create a romantic vibe for intimate dinners.
31. The Wicker Charm
Bring in the gentle country charm with wicker furniture. They look great against the white.
32. Get Creative with Ceilings
Create something magnificent with your kitchen ceiling.
33. Splashes of Gold
A few splashes of gold is enough to evoke opulence without being tacky.
34. Marbled Island
Marble will always be chic, contemporary, and magnificent. Use it as much as you can.
Nothing says grandeur than a dazzling chandelier.
36. Glass Walls
Glass walls will open up your kitchen and bring in all the colour and beauty of the outdoors.
37. Colourful Bar Seats
Make your bar seats the focal point of your kitchen. Bright red, black, or deep blue seats really make a visual statement against crisp whites.
38. Bring out the China
Put your fancy China on display. They make an interesting conversational starter and breaks the whiteness of your kitchen.
39. Brick Floors
White kitchen, red floor. Why not?
40. Wallpapered Cabinets
This works best for cabinets with glass doors. Bright coloured paper at the back of the cabinet will highlight your display.
41. Mug Collection
Love collecting mugs? Showcase them to add an interesting flavour to your kitchen.
42. Modern Clean Lines
Contemporary white kitchens work best with clean and uncluttered lines.
43. Exposed Beams
Nothing says country chic, quite like exposed wooden beams.
44. Hardwood Floors
Scrubbed or polished, dark or light – hardword is still the best surface for modern flooring.
45. Vintage Lights
Infuse a sense of old fashioned charm to your white kitchen.
46. A Splash of Orange
A splash of perky orange is enough to pick up glaring white kitchens.
47. Wrought Iron Chairs
A little something from the outdoors, with a little fresh colour.
48. Silver Splashback
Bring up a little shimmer to your white kitchen without going against its all white theme.
49. Frosted Kitchen Cabinets
Frosting glass creates mystery and coolness to your kitchen cabinetry.
50. Succulent Centrepieces
The bright greens of succulents add the much needed pop of colour to a stark white kitchen.
51. Terracotta Planters
Take advantage of the warm terracotta to infuse a little bit of colour to your kitchen.
52. Pastel Stripes
Pastel colours add a fresh, subtle pop of colour to your white kitchen.
53. Mesh Cabinets
The patterns and designs of the cabinet doors will add depth to the otherwise flat whiteness.
54. Subway Tile Splashback
The structured pattern of subway tiles is familiar, sensible, and enduring.
55. Light Pendants
Light pendants infuse soft, warm colour to help soothe out the stark white colour theme.
56. Posh Breakfast Nook
Build in a charmingly lavish breakfast nook. This is where you will start your day, so you might as well make it comfy and luxurious.
57. Pewter Power
Use the dull shine of pewter to contrast against the whiteness.
58. Black Flooring
Black flooring makes a visually dynamic contrast against the white finishes.
59. Gingham Checks
Nothing shouts country, good food, and clean-living like gingham checks.
60. Wine Bottles Display
Wine bottles come in many different shapes, colours, and designs. A showcase of wine bottles will instantly infuse colour and elegance into any white kitchen.
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