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Ten beautiful white schemes in contemporary kitchens

An all-white kitchen is usually a great investment, as the style rarely goes out of fashion. It’s the perfect backdrop for texture and colour, and can work wonders in a small space, while the combination of white with luxe materials in a larger room can create real wow factor. 


Create contrast with dark flooring

Add an edgy yet sophisticated touch to an all-white kitchen interior with dark grey floor tiles, a dark wood-clad island and unusual pendant lights, as here. Including a large bank of floor-to-ceiling cupboards will keep the space feeling clutter-free. 

Harness the warmth of wood

If you want the feeling of a loft-style kitchen-diner, go for pared-back white units, which deliver a crisp and contemporary finish. Here, an existing kitchen has been radically transformed with the addition of a large island with ample seating, a new, solid ash pivot door, and sleek units with solid ash recessed handles. 

Maximise your space

Going for an all-white kitchen scheme in a restricted space will prevent the design from feeling too busy. Using reflective white units and glossy metro tiles will bounce more light back into the room.

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Pair with polished concrete

Fancy creating an industrial-style kitchen? You can give simple glossy white units a contemporary update with a polished concrete worktop. Here, the huge wooden pivoting door adds colour and texture (and somewhere for the cat to keep a close watch on the garden), while roof lights flood the room with even more light.

Pay attention to detail

Solid oak-lined drawers will add warmth to an all-white kitchen design. Patterned floor tiles and quirky scalloped wall tiles also lend a funky touch to this scheme, while simple matt-lacquered, handleless units create a seamless finish.

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Incorporate a colourful surprise

Go for a floating effect with simple white cabinetry and matt lacquered units. When these doors are closed, the kitchen almost disappears, but opening the retractable doors reveals a fun blast of sunshine yellow.

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Add a splash of colour

An all-white kitchen becomes a blank canvas and is the perfect backdrop for adding colour and character. This fridge-freezer is a commitment, but you can always choose smaller accessories instead. That way, if you get bored of the colour scheme, you can simply change the mood by swapping in new pieces in different shades. 

Warm up with brick

If you’re planning a kitchen extension, consider retaining an exposed brick wall, as it prevents an all-white kitchen and dining space from feeling too clinical. Here, dabs of colour in the accessories bring in a fun touch, while the polished concrete flooring and brass tap add a hint of industrial.

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Go monochrome

If you’re thinking about knocking several rooms into one, it’s good to keep the kitchen design plain and simple. Add interest and contrast with a trio of pendants, like these black Tom Dixon Beat Fat lights, as well as herringbone parquet flooring to instantly warm up your space.

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Consider a textured wall

Give a simple white kitchen an up-to-date feel by cladding an entire wall in grey brick slips. Including a shelf unit with lighting, as here, creates a more functional area and will make cooking up a storm even easier in this dreamy kitchen space.

Amanda Cochrane, Houzz Contributor

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