How to create the perfect white kitchen

10 June 2016 - 5 min read

The white kitchen is a timeless design that appeals to a wide range of people. Not only does it allow you to accessorise with colour and make the space truly your own, but it also makes smaller spaces look larger, creating a brighter, more open kitchen area.

Read on to discover how you can create the perfect white kitchen in our Classic, Contemporary, Resort or Designer styles.

Classic White Kitchen

  • Profiled doors are a staple of the Classic White Kitchen. We find the shaker look works best – it features great detail without being too ‘detail heavy’.
  • The benchtop should have a small granulation in it or a soft marble look. Go with grey tones in the marble or granulation for some extra warmth, as white cabinetry can dominate the space. We love Silestone’s Lagoon colour.
  • Handles are integral to the look. Opt for a knob on cupboard doors and handles on large drawers using a polished nickel look where possible. You can also choose black handles and knobs for a new take on a classic favourite.
  • White brick tiles are a must – lay them in either a brickbond or herringbone pattern. For a subtle layer, add a warm grey grout to the tile, or even charcoal if you’re game. This will really pop among all the white space.

Contemporary White Kitchen

  • Our most popular Contemporary style is Scandinavia, and a white kitchen fits perfectly with this style.
  • Simple satin cupboards and drawers with a square edge work beautifully.
  • Add a pop of colour by edging the doors in a timber hue. For a retro finish, choose a laminate benchtop in white and use the same timber look on its edge.
  • Shadowline detail could also be done in timber rather than white, but make sure to only pick one detail. Contemporary white kitchens are all about the simplicity.
  • A white brick tile is a great addition to a splashback in either a stack or brickbond lay.
  • Go for timber shelves rather overheads to again introduce the mid century element and colour contrast, so your kitchen isn’t too stark.

Resort White Kitchen

  • In Resort kitchens, the cabinetry needs to be simple and streamlined. We like a square edge profile in satin or gloss.
  • For contrast, use a timber colour in either laminate, impressions or veneer in the island bench cabinetry or in a tower with your cooking appliances, like the Dunedin 29 at Aston estate in Craigieburn.
  • Choose simple handles in organic shapes, or go for a shadowline finish with no handles on your cupboard doors.
  • If possible, opt for a glass window splashback to introduce the feel of the outdoors and to let in more natural light. We also love a natural-coloured tiled splashback to add warmth to the kitchen.

Designer White Kitchen

  • Integrated kitchen appliances are perfect for Designer white kitchens. The idea is to create a continuous space where everything works perfectly and is extremely streamlined.
  • Choose your cupboards doors and drawers in a clear fresh gloss or satin finish.
  • Create contrast by choosing a shadowline in black.
  • We love a white Designer kitchen with no handle detail for a minimalistic look.
  • Opt for a concrete or marble look benchtop for a look that is right on trend.
Hoffman Villa 37 Kitchen and dining

Each white kitchen in the Classic, Contemporary, Resort and Designer styles has its own unique design aspects.

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