There is a timeless and captivating quality about white kitchens. We love the endless possibilities this color palette gives to homes. It offers an opportunity to create a custom space that boasts everything from modern flair to traditional sentiments. We hope you are inspired by this gallery of our 10 favorite kitchens in tones from ecru to linen to ivory.
1. Modern Classic
A sturdy pine farmhouse table anchors the kitchen’s eat-in dining space. Simple pendant lights match the stainless appliances and reinforce clean lines. The glass-paned door lets in sunlight, and the windows are left unadorned to do the same. White accessories, such as canisters, utensil crocks, and a tureen, reinforce the pristine theme. Crisp-white cabinetry, marble countertops, and a backsplash of white enameled tile give the kitchen an always-spotless look. Glass-front cabinets show off collections of white dinnerware and cookware.
2. Coastal Charm
The striking retro Big Chill refrigerator in the kitchen was the first spark of inspiration for this waterfront dwelling in Galveston, Texas’s Crystal Beach. Designer Laura Umansky says she and the homeowner fell in love with the Beach Blue hue right away and carried it throughout the home. Generating a look reminiscent of the sea and its shore, they achieved their “casual coastal” concept with a palette of primarily neutrals with pops of the fun shade all around.
3. Bright Future
A young family’s lambent revamp breathes new life into this magnificent century-old Tudor. One exception to the ivory surfaces throughout the home is the kitchen’s built-in hutch, which Catherine painted pale green. Because it aligns with the front door and the kitchen’s arched entry, she wanted it to set the tone from the outset for the home’s casually elegant design.
4. World Wonder
Global accents and a rich spectrum of color give this Birmingham, Alabama, home a well-traveled sensibility. Because homeowners love to cook and entertain, a well-equipped kitchen was paramount. They bought the oversize pendant lights while visiting family in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Lucite barstools lend a fun, modern touch and keep the focus on the cabinetry.
5. Seaside Serenity
A refined residence captures the tranquility of its coastal locale with contemporary flair. The homeowners decided on a white canvas throughout. The kitchen was designed with both sophisticated entertaining and family living in mind. Chic style blends with subtle personal touches—like the custom banquette created for the family’s children, who love eating in booths when they go to restaurants. The designer also constructed the coffee table in stages, choosing its base to accommodate seating for the family’s frequent board-game nights.
6. Salvage Style
The refined interiors of an Alabama lake house kitchen merge comfort and elegance by artfully blending old and new. For added warmth and a touch of personal history, the homeowners incorporated wood salvaged from a family farm into the vaulted ceiling and used the motif again in the island. The repetition, the designer explains, “is like a repeated refrain in music—it added rhythm seen by the eye and felt by the heart.”
7. Welcoming Tone
The wish for a comfortable home filled with love and light directed the renovation and redesign of this 1920s Spanish Revival. In the kitchen, custom-designed fixtures from lighting to a zinc hood complement the home’s original character. There’s also new perspective: You can see into the rest of the first-floor living spaces, as well as out into the front and side yards— all from the kitchen.
8. Home Grown
A Virginia-based design blogger brings DIY style to her cozy home. “I love the idea of creating warmth and a welcoming atmosphere. I want people to feel comfortable in my home and not like they have to tiptoe around my furnishings. I think my decorating style is high end but also welcoming.” With two active children and one on the way, the homeowners seized the opportunity to fulfill their dream of building a home together. The home-design project would launch a home-based business, too. “We had no budget for furniture after we completed construction, so I began to buy chairs secondhand and refinish them myself,” says Christen Bensten. “Our home and my painting hobby soon developed into a business, Blue Egg Brown Nest.
9. Sense of Place
Coastal summertime retreats inspire the aesthetic of this shingle-style Ansley Park home in the heart of THE CITY. Knowing the family would enjoy most breakfasts seated at the island, the homeowners covered its bench with a fun but sturdy outdoor fabric. The hard, utilitarian lines of glass-and-metal kitchen lights make an engaging contrast with the soft, beaded fabric of the adjacent sunroom’s fixture.
10. Shades of Light
A neutral palette punctuated with colorful accents creates a fresh, streamlined feel in an Alabama family home. Dramatic double-box pendants and white leather barstools present a dash of glamour in the kitchen. Reclaimed wood paneling on the range hood prevents the space from feeling too dressy. The homeowners planned the kitchen around the built-in banquette, envisioning it as a hub where their three children could freely snack, color, or play with friends. Washable fabric on the banquette and surrounding ottomans stands up to the wear and tear of family life.
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