An all-white kitchen can look either sterile or breathtakingly beautiful. Here are five tips on how to achieve the latter look.
Pick your plants carefully.
Apart from the usual herbs like basil and rosemary, other kinds of potted plants can spruce up a kitchen too. Opt for low-maintenance ones and keep these away from heat sources – you don’t want your plants to wilt! If your plants are growing in soil, check these regularly to avoid pest infestations, which you certainly wouldn’t want around your food prep area. We like artificial plants best in the kitchen, which add a touch of greenery to the shelves without the fuss. As for dried florals, avoid those – they’re a potential fire hazard.
Opt for coloured or white appliances over silver.
Too many silver appliances in an all-white kitchen can result in a cold, clinical look. Luckily, we have a wide range of delicious candy-coloured appliances to choose from these days, from bold red for a ’50s diner look to creamy pastels for a subtle wash of colour. If it’s a minimalist look you’re going for, white appliances blend into the background well. No matter what you choose, the upside is you can always switch these up to update the look of your kitchen instantly.
Choose easy-to-clean surfaces.
While natural white marble is beautiful, it’s also porous, meaning wine and food stains are notoriously difficult to get out. Instead, opt for a hard-wearing composite surfaces that can be cleaned with just a wipe.
Add in natural textures for warmth.
Balance out the white with natural elements such as wooden shelves or rattan cabinet doors. If you don’t have to cook or handle hot dishes often, and you’re up for some DIY, you can vinyl-wrap your countertop for a brand new look. Otherwise, if renovation isn’t an option, you can still add these elements in with artfully-displayed cheese boards, rattan lampshades, or wooden utensil holders. We recommend keeping these far away from the stove and sink, though.
Use statement lighting for a dash of style.
An all-white kitchen provides the perfect backdrop for statement lighting, especially if yours is an open-concept kitchen with an island counter. Keep the rest of the look clean by using minimalist LED strips for task lighting – you don’t want to add visual clutter by having too many lamps.