White kitchen ideas: 18 designs for a fresh new look this year

Get inspired by these white kitchen ideas and give your space the clean, crisp and classic update it deserves

White kitchen ideas
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White kitchen ideas are currently one of the most popular looks for homeowners who are looking to update, or renovate their kitchen style. Clean and crisp, yet very uplifting, there's nothing quite like a white colour scheme to open your kitchen space. After all, if there's one place that you want to feel calm and inspired, it's in the kitchen.

From seamless, handleless, high gloss white kitchen cabinets, to chalk white painted doors and more, there are so many options when it comes to selecting your new kitchen decor and furniture. 

From the loveliest and most enormous range of worktops – available in everything from quartz and laminate, to marble and concrete effects – to easy wood accents, brass accessories and more, creating the ultimate white culinary space is simple.

Got more inspiration? We've got you covered over on our kitchen ideas hub page. 

How to choose the perfect white design

Consider whether you favour a contemporary kitchen or a more traditional-style kitchen. Timeless designs include Shaker kitchens, with panelled doors and in-frame options, while handless or recessed handles give contemporary slab furniture a flowing, uninterrupted finish. 

Once you determine the style of cabinetry (take a look at our handy guide for design ideas), think about the worksurfaces – do you want complementary or contrast – and then the finishing touches such as wall tiles, splashbacks, flooring, appliances and accessories. 

Wood tones and matt black accents inject a touch of Scandi style to the room while metallics and raw, unfinished materials enhance industrial-style kitchens. Monochrome is modern and stylish while pops of vibrant colour keep it playful and fun.

1. Create a rustic Scandi look in an all white kitchen 

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Nope, white kitchens don't have to be stark and minimalist, you can create a lovely cosy, inviting space and still have the all white kitchen of your dreams. Take some tips from the Scand-inspired space and warm things up using wooden accents and house plants. The curtains over the cabinets instead of doors is fab idea you could easy DIY for cheap too. 

2. Add leafy greens to bring the kitchen to life 

white kitchen with metro tile wall and white cabinets and island by deVOL

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Bring the outside in with plenty of greenery in the form of hanging plants, succulents and fresh herbs – our handy guide to houseplants will help you choose the right ones for your home.

A quick, easy and inexpensive way of adding fresh natural colour to a white room scheme, this is shown beautifully in deVOL’s bespoke Classic English Kitchen, which costs from £25,000 and features glazed cabinets, porcelain pendant lights and pale crackle metro tiles along with Carrara marble sink and brass hanging rails.

3. Use accents of wood and black for a Scandi look

white scheme kitchen with light woods and hanging lights by schiffini

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Create a calming atmosphere by opting for a Scandinavian influenced design complete with white cabinetry, worktops and wall tiles, furnished with black built-in appliances, pendant lights and cookware alongside blonde wooden dining furniture. 

The One12 collection in white matt lacquer from Schiffini is shown here with a white composite work surface and costs from £20,000. 

For more advise on how to choose the best dining room furniture check out our guide. 

4. Invest in layered lighting 

white kitchen with a contemporary feel by roundhouse

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You can inject plenty of warmth into a cool white space with layers of lighting. As well as the all-important task lights to highlight working areas such as worktops, the hob and sink, you can also have feature lights underneath wall cabinets, on top of tall units and around the perimeter of a kitchen island. Lights on dimmers will also help you create different moods at different times of the day.

This Urbo matt lacquer bespoke kitchen in Dulux White 10BB 83/014 from Roundhouse is shown with Silestone Blanco Zeus worktops and Carrara marble splashback, with prices from £35,000. 

We've got a full guide to kitchen lighting so go and have a read if you are after any more advice. 

5. Keep surfaces clear with savvy storage 

white kitchen with wooden features by ikea

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White kitchens look even better when they are clutter-free. Whether you’re going bespoke or off-the-peg, most kitchen companies will offer a wide range of storage solutions, from pocket doors that slide back to reveal the contents inside to pull-out larder units, cutlery drawer dividers and deep pan drawers for pots, pans and crockery. Our kitchen storage ideas offer plenty of inspiration, too.

Ikea has a huge choice of cabinets and organisers to suit every size and style of kitchen. The Ringhult range starts from £46 for a 600cm wide door.

6. Give a modern twist to classic cabinets

white kitchen with distinct scandi feel by neptune

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By choosing an off-white shade, you can give a contemporary twist to traditional timber furniture. Pale greys, pebble shades and chalk tones are ideal for adding a warmer feel to a cool white scheme, especially one with natural stone flooring and doors leading on to the garden.

Neptune’s Suffolk kitchen costs from £12,000 and is shown here with their Hebden table, £1,085, and Wardley dining chairs, £300 each.

If you are doing up your kitchen on a budget and don't fancy pulling out your whole kitchen just to nail this all white colour scheme, then you can always paint your kitchen cabinets. Coincidentally, we have a handy guide to painting kitchen cabinets to help you out. 

7. Pick patterned flooring to add interest underfoot 

white kitchen with checkered black and white floor and large, light giving windows by magnet

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When you furnish the kitchen with white walls and white cabinetry, it can be tempting to stick with a neutral colour for the flooring, too, but why not jazz things up a little with one of the latest printed vinyl designs that can really help to personalise the space?

This Tatton white kitchen from Magnet is priced from £1,728 for a typical eight-unit layout. 

If you still need some help picking out the best kitchen flooring, have a read through our guide for some tips. 

8. Accessorise regularly to keep it fresh 

white kitchen with lots of light thanks to huge windows leading onto a balcony by design space london

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If you’ve had a simple white scheme for some time and you just want to give it a swish new look, choose a selection of new accessories, gadgets, small appliances, seating or lighting to inject glamour or a pop of colour.

These polished copper pendants look stunning hung in a row of three over the island unit. The kitchen is Modulnova’s Twenty collection in satin lacquer, which is available at DesignSpace London where prices start from £25,000. 

9. Select seating in a bold colour 

kitchen with white scheme and teal blue chairs by martin moore

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Break up an expanse of white with a brightly coloured bespoke booth built around an angular island unit. 

This Martin Moore design shows the New Deco kitchen with framed inset panelled cabinets in porcelain cladding, marble splashbacks and an eye-catching turquoise bench. Prices start at £35,000. Alternative options include upcycling wooden dining chairs and benches with a fresh lick of paint – take a look at our guide to painting furniture for step-by-step instructions – or using seat pads and cushions with a colourful finish.

10. Go all out with white appliances

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White appliances are having something of a renaissance right now, with many manufacturers introducing just the right shade of white to their large and small appliance collections. 

This Genesi 90 range cooker from Steel has cast iron pan supports, electronic oven programmer and triple glazed door, with prices from £4,295.

11. Create a focal point with a colourful cooker

white kitchen with loww hanging lights and mint green/blue stove by smeg

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Add your own touch to a simple white scheme with splashes of your favourite colour.

This tongue-and-groove panelled kitchen design is cute and country in style but is given a modern update thanks to a pastel green induction range cooker from Smeg. Priced from £2,649, the main ovens each have seven functions while the induction top is energy efficient and ultra safe. Find out more in our range cooker buying guide.

12. Select tiles with texture 

white kitchen with textured tiled feature wall and wooden shelf by gemini tiles

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If you want to keep to an all-white kitchen scheme, there are some clever ways of adding interest without detracting from the clean, crisp look. Think of walls as a way to add texture with a ridged or surface patterned tile – our guide to choosing the best kitchen tiles provides plenty of inspiration.

Gemini Tiles’ porcelain Tiffany White tiles measure 61cm x 15cm and costs £49.99 per sq m.

13. Paint a feature wall

white spaciosu kitchen with large island and statement blue feature wall by roux kitchen

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Offset a seamless white scheme by covering an entire wall with a contrasting colour or patterned wallpaper design – our pick of the best kitchen wallpapers ideas is a great starting point for inspiration. This works especially well in open-plan kitchen diner and living spaces, where the change in décor can help create zones for cooking, dining and relaxing.

The Roux kitchen in Nouvel White from Moores costs from £30,000.

14. Swap marble for lookalike quartz

kitchen with white scheme and large quartz island with statement lighting hanging above by caesarstone

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Designing a stylish kitchen on a budget? For a luxe look for less, choose a quartz material for worktops, splashbacks or island cladding. Durable, hardwearing and seamless thanks to invisible joins, it’s a great way of getting the natural stone style without splashing out. Check out more kitchen worktop ideas and find out what material would work best for you in our guide.

Caesarstone quartz in Statuario Maximus is priced from £800 per sq m.

15. Choose a stylish off-white design 

white kitchen with white scheme and dark floors by LochAnna

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You can still have the clean lines of a contemporary space without the stark look of clinical white if you go a tone or two darker with a sleek grey like LochAnna’s Gloss Mussel, which is shown here on its Puro collection. 

Add contrast with a dark floor and keep the rest of the scheme light and bright with white metro tiles. Prices start from £5,000. 

16. Yes, all-white kitchens can be traditional too

white painted round table and chairs in breakfast room in 18th century home

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An all-white kitchen does seem to be synonymous with clean, modern design, but the kitchen in this renovated country farmhouse proves that white kitchens can work in a traditional home, too. The owners of this home updated a plain pine table with a coat of Annie Sloan's Paris Grey to match the cabinetry and filled the space with accessories to make the room look homely.

Love farmhouse kitchens? We have a load more ideas in our gallery. 

17. Break up an all white kitchen with a wooden island

White and light wood are basically a match made in Instagram heaven. Stop an all white kitchen from becoming too clinical by adding in elements of natural, textured wood. If you have got the space you could add an unfinished wooden island, but if you don't have copious amounts of room you could put up some open wooden shelves for a similar effect. 

18. A black and white kitchen = classic combo

kitchen with monochrome scheme, metro tiles, critall style doors and black stove by british standard

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The balance of white and black, Shaker style and industrial feel in this kitchen is masterful. The wooden worktops and table add texture and warmth that's much needed as a contrast to the smooth, pale grey floor. We're loving the wall panelling, too, which contributes yet more texture to the space. Kitchen by British Standard. Find more inspiration for wall panelling in our guide.

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