8 Designer Secrets To Creating A White Kitchen With Personality

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The all-white kitchen is a classic concept, but infusing it with character can be challenging. Just how do you add personality to a one-color room? Here, eight design pros share standout white kitchen ideas that will make your culinary space one to remember.


white kitchen with beams on tall ceiling, black iron lighting pendants and long wood dining table and chairs

In this expansive Tahoe kitchen, Lauren Nelson introduced a Heath Tile backsplash, natural stone countertops and vintage furniture in a range of wood tones.

Incorporate Earthy Textures

Lauren Nelson, Lauren Nelson Design

“Give a white kitchen personality by layering in natural materials with warmth: wood tones, natural stone, handmade tile and fixtures with living finishes that will age with time.”

PHOTO: SUZANNA SCOTT

white kitchen with navy island and three oversize rattan lighting pendants

This kitchen by Raili Clasen is awash in Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace.

Include Some Contrast

Raili Clasen, Raili CA Design

“A mostly white kitchen gets the personality it needs by adding a contrasting island and utilizing natural elements such as wicker or wood.”

PHOTO: CHAD MELLON

white kitchen with orange range, gold accents, blue banquette, white tulip table and two white chairs

A white kitchen featured in Quintessential Kitchens by Matthew Quinn: Volume One.

Look For Color Moments

Matthew Quinn, Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio

“Bring in pops of color with fabric shades on pendants, upholstery on stools or Roman shades and the Le Creuset on the rangetop. If you are more adventurous, choose a colorful range.”

PHOTO: MALI AZIMA

kitchen vignette with gray marble tile backsplash tile in chevron pattern, marble countertops and silver range hood

Krista W. Alterman chose Artistic Tile’s Textura Bianco Carrara marble backsplash for this kitchen.

Play With Backsplash

Krista W. Alterman, Krista + Home

“I love to choose beautiful tile mosaics and a unique installation, like a herringbone pattern, to add visual interest.”

PHOTO: JESSICA GLYNN

kitchen with white cabinetry, oversize gold lanterns and large silver range hood

For this kitchen, Jolee Fennebresque selected Farrow & Ball Cornforth White.

Find Ways To Add Character

Jolee Fennebresque, Fennebresque Interiors

“Elements like hood, art placement and unique hardware are often handled simply—but, when detailed, can add a tremendous amount of personality. We love for a kitchen to be so much more than a place for food but also a happy space where friends and family gather.”

PHOTO: DUSTIN PECK

white kitchen with blue range, gold hood, marble island and wood counter stools

Chad Dorsey used Benjamin Moore Vanilla Milkshake in this all-white kitchen.

Keep Hardware Classic

Chad Dorsey, Chad Dorsey Design

“Stay away from trends on plumbing and lighting—they never stand the test of time. I love the Dornbracht Tara Classic in a kitchen for its clean lines but classic shape.  It looks good in any kitchen—modern, classic or transitional.”

PHOTO: DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN

kitchen with white cabinetry, light gray countertops and backsplash and light wood flooring

Marble slabs from Aria Stone Gallery make a wow statement amid Benjamin Moore China White in this kitchen by Laura Umansky.

Select A Stunning Stone

Laura Umansky, Laura U Design Collective

“Choose a dynamic marble or quartz with texture or veining to create movement in the countertops. I love selecting the same surface for both the countertops and backsplash for a continuous wow-look. In our Rice Residence, we took it a step further by designing a waterfall island and continuing the marble up the wall to frame the picturesque kitchen window.”

PHOTO: PAR BENGTSSON

kitchen with white cabinetry and glazed tile backsplash, black countertops and four leather counter stools

Avoid that all-white look by infusing a big of color, notes designer Donna DuFresne.

Show Off A Dark Side

Donna DuFresne, Donna DuFresne Interior Design

“Break up the white with dark countertops or stained wood, allowing each element to shine together, rather than get washed out.”

PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER DIBBLE PHOTOGRAPHY

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