Some things will always look wonderful in white, bone china, piles of fluffy towels, crisp cotton sheets, and we suggest, kitchens. A perennial favourite, white is a classic statement for this most important of zones: clean, pure and simple, and with a few modern twists, not remotely boring. Here’s our top six ways to get it right…
1 Contrast White looks especially pristine and perfect against the texture and grain of natural wood.
2 Work your worktops Just because you’ve picked white units, it doesn’t mean the worktop has to be the same. Using wood here is especially effective if the walls are going to be white too, injecting instant warmth and extra tactility.
3 Monochrome Or accentuate pale units even more by teaming them with black worktops. This makes a feature of the room’s main horizontal surface and is a great move if the floor is going to be light too. You don’t want an all-white box.
4 Details White is a wonderful foil for metallics, acting as the perfect backdrop, so think carefully about the hardware. It doesn’t always have to be stainless steel in a kitchen.
5 Texture If your units are going to be smooth and glossy, then consider what you can do with the surrounding infrastructure. Boldly patterned or parquet floors are a sure fire hit, and don’t forget the ceiling! It’s perfectly possible to add al manner of mouldings and faux panelling there too if this surface is not naturally blessed already.
6 Mix and match Of course the perfect kitchen is probably a glorious combination of all of the above replete with classic white units set in a space of architectural interest, with an original parquet floor, a contrasting worktop and some extra added natural wood for good measure. A bit like the example below, perhaps.
And for extra added inspiration on all things kitchens why don’t you download ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 1 our first 100-page Kitchens book, available as a digital edition for just £2.99 via the ELLE Decoration app. And there’s also ELLE Decoration Bathrooms Volume 1, downloadable via the same app.
But ELLE Decoration Kitchens Volume 2 is available absolutely FREE this month only with the current April “Decorating” edition of ELLE Decoration, on sale now at all good newsagents until 5 April 2017.