The Timeless Beauty of White Kitchens

I know, how original, right? I’m writing about white kitchens – hardly an earth shattering, can’t-believe-those-are-trending topic! But my love for them is deep, and has never waned. In fact, I have always had a white kitchen. Yep, I’ve had three kitchens in my adult life that I’ve picked and/or remodeled myself, and all three have been white. I had one before they were in style, I have one now that they are “back,” and I’m sure I will have one until the day I die.

For me, a kitchen should always be white; I may change other rooms’ colors, and update accessories or furniture, but I will always have a white kitchen. This probably goes back to my childhood. My mom grew up on a farm and many summers we went back to where she grew up, where all four of her brothers and sisters still lived, and farmed. And all my aunts, and my grandmother, had what we would now call a “white farmhouse kitchen.”

My memories of those times are visceral. I can picture all three kitchens like it was yesterday. All three were white, but I’m sure it’s not just that. Wrapped up in all that whiteness is the memory of family members all crammed around a table, laughing and talking and eating. Since I grew up in a small family of four, visiting houses full of cousins, where people ate roast chicken on week nights and indulged in homemade pies everyday, was heaven. There were even “farmhouse sinks” where my mom would wash my hair. I didn’t even know then that those had a name!

Right now, I’m in the process of working with a client who is remodeling her kitchen from a dated, “Tuscan” style to a white modern farmhouse one. (You can see the result of that renovation here). And working with her has got me looking back at my Pinterest boards for ideas and inspiration. For that reason, white kitchens have been on my mind more than ever, and I’ve got to say, I never tire of looking at them! They are the definition of timeless!

 

white kitchens marble counters chandelier checkered floor french doors classic styleThis kitchen is especially enchanting with its darling antique chandelier and checkerboard floor! Design by Frank Babb Randolph via Traditional Home.

 

white kitchens farmhouse style gorgeous chandelier oversized clock slipcovered chairsSo gorgeous! One of my all-time favorite kitchens! Via EBS Interiors.

 

white kitchens french chandeliers marble counters fabulous zinc hood french country styleThe range hood is stunning! By O’Brien Harris via Decorpad.

 

 

 
 
white kitchens subway tile classic style schoolhouse lighting marble countersThis white kitchen has always been a favorite! It’s very simple, but I love it! By Frank Babb Randolph again via Decor Pad.
 

white kitchens glass pendant lights wicker chairs breakfast area open shelvesLove the open shelving in this pretty kitchen. And it helps to break up all that white cabinetry, too. Via Carla Aston.

 

 
white kitchens stainless hood marble counters pendant lights subway tile metal barstoolsFrank Babb Randolph via Decorpad.
 
 
 
white kitchens dramatic chandelier high ceilings wolf range x-style glass cabinets
Design by Suzanne Kasler – and can I say, all of her kitchens are stunning! (and they’re usually white!) Via Better Homes and Gardens.
 

 

I love that a white kitchen mixes with any flooring, or accessories, or window coverings. And if you are worried about too much stark “whiteness” or that it will be too cold, you can warm it up. Wood floors and some color or texture are great for that, but one thing that I love in a white kitchen is brick.

 

Sometimes homeowners or designers decide all white on every surface is too much, so they break it up. Either using two different counter surfaces, or even changing some cabinets or more commonly, an island, to a different color. I love this look!

 

white kitchens black island gorgeous hood copper pendant lightsLove the black island. Via Traditional Home.

 

white kitchens stunning ceiling wood counters farmhouse sink glass cabinetsHere the island gets a dark honed granite or soapstone counter to contrast with the white marble on the other side. via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

 
white kitchens butcher block counters glass cabinets white tile backsplashThe counter top on this island is butcher block… gorgeous! This white kitchen has also been a favorite forever – I have the original tear out from when it was published over five years ago – still timeless! Via Better Homes and Gardens.
 

 

I can’t help it – white kitchens have my heart!

 

Have a great weekend!!

Sheila
xo

 

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out more kitchen inspiration below: 
 

 White Kitchens, with a Touch of Grey

 How to Decorate with White Dishes 

Twenty Gorgeous Black and White Kitchens

The Charm of French Farmhouse Kitchens 

 

 
 

 

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12 Comments

  1. Shaoron Murray says:

    Were you the person that gave the name of your kitchen quartz countertop or back splash in a creamier color of whiterather than stark white. Iā€™d love to,know the name

    1. Hi there and thanks for your interest! I’m really not sure. My kitchen isn’t in this post and I do have white marble that is slightly creamy but definitely still white. I’m guessing it was someone else – sorry!

      Sheila

  2. I just love your site!!

  3. Beautiful inspiration photos!
    I too love white kitchens…..I just wish ours was bigger.
    Have a great weekend!!!
    Des

  4. Yay! I think white is sooo timeless; you literally can't go wrong! Hopefully you do it and then you can show us!

    Thanks so much for stopping by:)

    Sheila

  5. For the longest time I wanted cherry cabinets in my kitchen. Lately I have been leaning towards a white kitchen. Now I know why. They are gorgeous.