In the face of the ‘dark’ trend, here’s a round up of some of our favourite white kitchens…
With a hint of Lewis Carroll wonderland about it, this bold and dramatic kitchen design plays with scale, reflections, and defined outlines. Bringing the outdoors in through topiary displays, the contemporary design finely blends humour with modern glamour.
Laid-back beach vibes
White-on-white seems to be a favourite with the designer of this minimalist dream of a kitchen. Hugely spacious, and aesthetically designed, the scheme uses the lightest of wood finishes, white marble and hanging macramé planters to create a laid-back, sun-bleached look for a holiday all year round. The sunhat and open window onto the garden really set the scene for a summer Saturday, entertaining friends and family.
Ever since the revival of the trend hit the marketplace, there’s been one word that’s on everyone’s tongues – ‘Terrazzo’. Invented by Venetian mosaic workers in the 15th century, the versatile material is now made from precast recycled marble chippings embedded in a pigmented or white cement base, resulting in a beautiful and extremely durable surface. In this kitchen design, the handleless white kitchen units frame the feature splashback and are echoed perfectly by the sculptural white pendant lighting.
Who knew white tiles could be so interesting? Mimicking the angled wood slats in the parquet floor, the tile splashback is a real statement piece, with the contrasting black grout accentuating the pattern. Open shelving, and the inclusion of wood and brass warm up and relax what could otherwise have been a clinical white design.
So simple yet so effective. The striking impact created by this matt white kitchen is due entirely to its strict lines and sophisticated colour restraint. The minimalism is complemented by the three bare lightbulb pendants over the central island, and the large sliding door invites a flow through the kitchen, perfect for summer entertaining.
Raw materials such as exposed brick, light plywood and brick bring texture and depth into this unique kitchen design. Industrial cage lighting hangs along the back units, drawing attention the large monochrome artwork. A mid-century design influence is felt through the iconic bar stool designs, the geometric tray and the colour in the glass bottles.
At first glance this kitchen appears to be floating, then you notice the unique under-cabinet lighting that literally takes the design to new heights. Used for illuminating task areas, creating ambience, or as decorative pendants – few people realise the power of lighting in a kitchen design. In this case, the crisp white design is brought to life; as shadows and pockets of light create visual interest and add another dimension to a minimalist style.
The checkerboard charm of this kitchen is due to the clever translation of the traditional motif into a modern design. Dating back as far the 15th Century, black and white checkerboard floors are a iconic choice for striking bathroom or kitchen design. This kitchen coordinates them perfectly with a white metro-tile splashback and heavy black granite worktops for a look that says bold and modern, with a hint of fun.
A stunning white carrara marble worktop paired with gloss handless cupboards set the scene in this Portland kitchen. We especially love the concrete trio of pendants, the beautifully styled displays, and repeated black outlines in the chairs and photo frame that balance the visual design.
Relaxed and rustic, this all-white kitchen uses a crumple hessian-style area rug, and a large central island to break up the line of white cabinet fronts. Slatted door fronts, open shelves, and the use of natural woods bring warmth and a slight farmhouse character to this open-plan design.