Furniture is a great way to inject a little color into an otherwise all-white kitchen. For her own kitchen, designer and homeowner Bailey McCarthy chose 1950s diner-style barstools upholstered with bright blue vinyl to add just the right amount of pop. Take a tour of her colorful home.
Rustic + Reclaimed
Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines is a genius when it comes to finding creative uses for found materials. Here, she upcycles the timeworn wood flooring from an old rail car to create a durable wood-slab countertop for this kitchen's massive island. See more photos of this charming home's transformation.
Just a Twist of Citrus
A trio of pendants, clad in kicky orange silk, brighten up this kitchen's 10-foot-long marble-topped island. More pops of orange come courtesy of dishware displayed in the glass-front cabinets and a playful Osborne & Little Roman shade in the adjacent breakfast nook. Learn more about this cheery chef's kitchen.
Cottage + Contemporary = Lots of Charm
Designer Sarah Richardson gives this compact, open-concept kitchen a cheery feeling with pops of turquoise on the upper cabinets and island. White quartz countertops clad the island waterfall-style to modernize the look while a diamond-patterned Carrara marble backsplash adds timeless style.
Tile-Riffic Accent Wall
Hand-poured cement tiles cover the back wall of this cheery open-concept cook space, that was featured in HGTV Magazine. At around $35/square foot, covering an entire wall with the durable, handmade tiles can be a bit pricey. To get a similar look for less, opt for a large-scale graphic wallpaper.
Freshen Up With Fabric
Graphic tile isn't the only way to add color and pattern; fabric is a budget-friendly solution that can be easily switched out to update your kitchen's look on the fly. Here, a custom, arched Roman shade adds privacy and light control to this chef's kitchen.
Counting on Contrasts
Custom features like handblown spherical glass pendants and a rough-hewn rosewood table act as counterpoint to this sleek kitchen's otherwise Modern aesthetic. The colors are also in high contrast with white base cabinets and countertop paired with dark European-inspired melamine uppers. Learn more about this kitchen featured in HGTV Magazine.
A Tropical Island
While the saturated turquoise shade that homeowner Michelle Bader chose for her kitchen island may be a little too intense for some, it's pitch-perfect in her open-concept cook space. Painting just your kitchen island in a bright color is a great trick for adding interest to an all-white kitchen — and it's easy to repaint if your design tastes change. Tour the rest of Michelle's colorful home.
White: Historically On-Trend
White's dominance as the preferred kitchen color is nothing new, as this 1930s Magic Chef stove can attest. Not just a trending color for kitchen cabinets, countertops and backsplashes, white appliances are also surging in popularity with homeowners wishing to add a vintage vibe via throwback appliance brands like Smeg and Big Chill. See more of this home, that was feature in HGTV Magazine.
Pop In Some Color
If your existing white kitchen just needs a little pick-me-up, take a cue from designer Katie Ridder and turn to budget-friendly paint for the fix. She painted just the mullions, but not the window frame, in a cheery apple green then put a few matching pieces of green dishware on display in the glass-front cabinets. Get 9 more budget-savvy kitchen update ideas.
Ground It With Gray
To break up the banks of white cabinetry in their remodeled kitchen, the Boettiger family painted the base cabinets a steely gray: Cityscape by Sherwin Williams. Switching up the cabinet colors gives even the most traditional kitchen a more contemporary look. If painting all the base cabinets feels overwhelming, start with just the island; you can always paint the remaining cabinets later if you like the look. Get more of the Boettiger's tips for remodeling your kitchen.
Vintage Meets Modern
A white kitchen doesn't have to be all white. Here, designer Andrea Schumacher swapped upper cabinets for just two small shelves so the fanciful floral wallpaper is the star. For contrast, she chose an emerald green tone from the wallpaper to paint the kitchen's island.
The kitchen is much more than just a place to prep food, it's the hub of family activity and a place where memories are made. This charming kitchen featured in HGTV Magazine proves that a bright, white color scheme and the right layout can make even a small kitchen feel more spacious. Browse photos and learn more about this small-but-mighty kitchen.
Vern's Happy Family Hub
Orange accents, in the curtains and accessories, add a spicy kick to the otherwise gray and white kitchen in Vern's family getaway. By sticking with just one saturated shade as an accent, Vern added a lot of interest to the small, open-concept kitchen without making the space feel too busy or crowded.
Candice's Take on a White Kitchen
Known for her super luxe, traditional spaces, design diva Candice Olson focused on function as well as form when designing this long galley-style kitchen for a busy family of four. She chose white wall cabinets to keep the space bright but decided on a dark stain for the island to break things up. Gray, gold and black linoleum floor tiles add a playful touch and echo the colors found in the glass tile backsplash.
Small but Mighty
Dark gray stone floors ground this white open-concept kitchen that gets a happy pop of color via sunny yellow draperies and accessories. Design by Sarah Richardson.
Pinterest Has Spoken: Your Fave White Kitchen
By far, the most popular kitchen on our Pinterest board, this cottage-style charmer has HGTV fans dreaming of installing a farmhouse sink, Calacatta marble countertops and traditional white cabinets in their own kitchens.
Rustic + Industrial
Another Pinterest fan fave, this charming kitchen by Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines blends her signature rustic, farmhouse style with industrial accents in the pendant lighting and Tolix barstools. See more of this once-derelict home's transformation, featured in HGTV Magazine.