Solutions: white kitchens

February 27, 2017 / DECORATING, Solutions / 0 Comments
Designed by Numero 5 Interiors, this London kitchen features a stainless-steel worktop with lacquered white Poliform units and a bespoke solid wood bar feature. The stools are the "Spoon" stools by Antonio Citterio for Kartell.

How to… pull off a classic white kitchen

 

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.

An island can become a practical kitchen designed in one compact unit if it includes an integrated sink, oven and worktop. Place it in the centre of a room to preserve original features in a classic home. This island is aligned with the dining table in the room beyond, so that it’s easily accessible; both are finished in white to create a cohesive scheme throughout. Photography: Sisters Agency

An island can become a practical kitchen designed in one compact unit if it includes an integrated sink, oven and worktop. Place it in the centre of a room to preserve original features in a classic home. This island is aligned with the dining table in the room beyond, so that it’s easily accessible; both are finished in white to create a cohesive scheme throughout.
Photography: Sisters Agency

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.

Wooden worktops are a practical choice for the kitchen and inject warmth into simple white schemes. The worktop in this Copenhagen home is made from herringbone parquet that used to be part of the floorPhotography: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen Photography: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

Wooden worktops are a practical choice for the kitchen and inject warmth into simple white schemes. The worktop in this Copenhagen home is made from herringbone parquet that used to be part of the floor. Photography: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

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.

The ‘U’ shape of this galley kitchen provides extra counter space at each end, freeing up wall space for a dining table and open storagePhotography: Michael Paul/Living Inside Photography: Michael Paul/Living Inside

The ‘U’ shape of this galley kitchen provides extra counter space at each end, freeing up wall space for a dining table and open storage Photography: Michael Paul/Living Inside

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.

This "Unit" kitchen by Cesar is sleek and sophisticated and anything but boring thanks to brass handles and slimline legs which give it a light and lofty feel. Great too for smaller rooms as being able to see as much floor as possible makes any room feel larger. Prices from £13,276. Cesar.it

This “Unit” kitchen by Cesar is sleek and sophisticated and anything but boring thanks to brass handles and slimline legs which give it a light and lofty feel. Great too for smaller rooms as being able to see as much floor as possible makes any room feel larger. Prices from £13,276. Cesar.it

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.

Designed by interior designer Michele Throssell, this Cape Town kitchen features an "Artematica" kitchen by Valcucine. Straight-forward and boxy with handleless cupboards, it's elevated into luxe by open glass display shelves and an intricate hand-carved wooden marquetry floor.

Designed by interior designer Michele Throssell, this Cape Town kitchen features an “Artematica” kitchen by Valcucine. Straight-forward and boxy with handleless cupboards, it’s elevated into luxe by open glass display shelves, a glass work surface and an intricate hand-carved wooden marquetry floor.

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.

Designed by Numero 5 Interiors, this London kitchen features a stainless-steel worktop with lacquered white Poliform units and a bespoke solid wood bar feature. The stools are the "Spoon" stools by Antonio Citterio for Kartell.

Designed by Numero 5 Interiors, this London kitchen features a stainless-steel worktop with lacquered white Poliform units and a bespoke solid wood bar feature. The stools are the “Spoon” stools by Antonio Citterio for Kartell.

 

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.

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