Room For Inspiration: A Stunning, Stark White Kitchen

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A white kitchen can be too stark for some. But, white opens up all kinds of home decor possibilities, too. Here’s an example that strikes the perfect balance.

white kitchen wood table wicker basket

This all-white kitchen is a visual feast that smacks of classic, countryside charm. It’s simple, but the beauty’s in the details: Metallic accents, a wicker basket, a touch of greenery, and wood countertops and floors pop against stark-white walls and dishware, and a shabby, painted-white table.

I love this design because it’s timeless and effortlessly chic, not stuffy. It’s the kind of kitchen where you casually sip wine and break bread with friends before a picnic in the garden. Who said white is dull?

Here’s how to make an all-white look work for you:

Start with a blank slate

When you strip away everything that distracts the eye, you’re left with the bare bones of a space. White kitchens feel airy, clean, and classic.

To transform your all-white space from basic to timeless, add enough understated contrast to create visual interest. In this kitchen, soft wood details—from the counters to the floors—provide just the right amount of disparity to break up the space.

Let the details take center stage

In this kitchen, it’s all about the finer points: Ceramic dishes are neatly stacked on open shelves. The wood cutting board, wicker basket, counters, and floors all match, roughly.

Subtle metallic details, like the picture frame and light fixture, really pull the look together. To add an unexpected twist, you could add fresh-cut flowers, like soft-pink roses, to a mercury or colored vase. Or you could place a flowering plant—like an orchid or African violet—on the table or windowsill.

Layer textures and materials

To prevent your white-on-white kitchen from taking on a cold and impersonal feel, add some warmth in the form of different textures and materials. In this kitchen, notice how the wood and wicker accents add character.

To warm up an all-white kitchen, you could add a textured-wool rug under the kitchen table, perhaps in a darker shade of tan or something unexpected, like a muted peach or orange color.

Over to you

What do you think? Does this all-white kitchen make you want to skip work and sip vino with friends? (I promise I won’t tell your boss.) I’d love to hear your thoughts, so be sure to leave a comment.

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Tanya Roberts

Tanya Roberts is a writer and marketer who loves to spin stories about interior design and home decor. She is principle strategist at