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The All-White Kitchen - 4 Ways to Add Personality

The all-white kitchen has been reigning supreme over the last several years. White cabinetry, white countertops, white backsplash – everyone seems to be after the clean, crisp look that a white kitchen exudes. However, with such a simple look, what will set your kitchen apart from the rest?


It’s important that your kitchen feel personalized and fit your style so you can receive maximum enjoyment out of the space. If you’re craving the simplistic look of all white, here are some design ideas to make your kitchen feel more individualized.

1. Contrasting Island

One of our favorite looks is a white kitchen perimeter with a contrasting, darker island. Crisp white cabinetry along the perimeter of the kitchen keeps the space feeling bright and open while a wood or dark painted island will add drama and anchor the space. A mix of dark and light countertops can aid in achieving this contrasting look as well.

A white perimeter and black painted island, as well as contrasting countertops are successful in this kitchen.

2. A Pop of Color

A blue island, a colorful range, countertops, or brightly painted walls are all ways in which you can add some life to a white kitchen. A pop of blue in the island, while continuing white Quartz countertops throughout this kitchen, ensures that the incorporation of color isn’t too bold.

The "Blue Ash" island in this kitchen breaks up all of the white.

3. Fun Backsplash

A fun backsplash with some texture, color, or pattern is a surefire way to make your white kitchen stand out. This backsplash is a mosaic sheet of 2 x 2 diamond tiles with a mix of glossy and sandblasted finishes adding subtle interest and sophistication.

The mosaic backsplash is the perfect backdrop to display colorful dishes in this white kitchen.

4. Accessories/Furnishings

If you’re not willing to take the risk of incorporating color into permanent elements of your kitchen, consider doing so through accessories and furnishings. Colorful kitchen chairs, stools and accessories will pop against the white and can be easily switched out as tastes and styles change.

This white kitchen features a pop of color through the chair cushions and throw pillows. The wood table also provides some warmth.

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