11 White Kitchen Design Ideas Adding Warmth

The topic du jour of 11 White Kitchen Design Ideas Adding Warmth is an important one for fans of white decor who want to create a peaceful space that is welcoming to work in and where folks will want to linger.

In our Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen is a mix of modern and vintage design elements. An industrial steel cart (painted Annie Sloan Paris Grey), Shaker cabinetry, marble subway tile backsplash, stainless pro appliances, fireclay farm sink, white oak hardwood flooring, and Viatera Minuet quartz on counters. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #serenedecor #timelessdesign #modernfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #industrialcart #marblesubwaytile #whiteoak #viateraquartz #minuet #anniesloanparisgrey #steelcart
Hello Lovely Studio – 11 White Kitchen Design Ideas Adding Warmth.

I shared the story of how the sweet little industrial cart above recently came to live in our kitchen right here, and now I can’t imagine my kitchen functioning without it! In addition to adding much needed work space, it added cozy factor. Too much new can feel artificial. A vintage piece or antique is often effective for facilitating such added warmth. So many times it is those small design details and additions which help a slightly cool space filled with new to become more comfortable, interesting, and inviting.

11 White Kitchen Design Ideas Adding Warmth

Today we’ll explore decorating ideas for adding warmth to white kitchens by reviewing lovely examples that inspire.

White Kitchen Design Idea No. 1: Two-tone Cabinetry & Contrast

A friend’s modern farmhouse kitchen below is intentionally minimal with industrial touches, and all the steel is rather cool. The ebony stain on wood floors keeps things from feeling too precious, the pistachio green on some of the base cabinetry adds age, and the dark honed black granite contrasts nicely with all the white and lightness.

Industrial Chic Farmhouse Kitchen Inspiration with green cabinets, custom stainless island, and black stained flooring. #modernfarmhouse #kitchendesign #industrialfarmhouse #farmhousekitchen #benjaminmoorestoningtongray
Photo: Hello Lovely Studio.
Barbara Barry quote.

White Kitchen Idea No. 2: Natural Wood

There’s just nothing like the combination of a beautiful, natural, character-enhanced wood and a simple white kitchen. This breathtaking kitchen design below is a lesson in just how much warmth wood pocket doors and a knotty hardwood floor can bring.

Beautiful kitchen design by Rachel Halvorson. Come be inspired by 11 White Kitchen Design Ideas Adding Warmth! #kitchendesign #whitekitchen #kitchenideas #interiordesignideas #whitekitcheninspiration
Rachel Halvorson – 11 White Kitchen Design Ideas Adding Warmth.

Here is another example of the warmth natural wood flooring can create in an all-white pristine kitchen with brass hardware.

White kitchen with herringbone wood floor by The Fox Group. Come be inspired by 11 White Kitchen Design Ideas Adding Warmth! #kitchendesign #whitekitchen #kitchenideas #interiordesignideas #whitekitcheninspiration
Builder: The Fox Group; Lighting: Visual Comfort; Cabinet paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Simply White. Floor: 2 1/4″ white oak/natural matte Bona finish; Countertop: super white quartzite.

Perhaps my favorite kitchen of all time – reiterating the point about what warm beauty natural, rustic wood can bring and also proving beautiful kitchens need not be grand in scale.

Dorothy Draper quote.

White Kitchen Design Idea No. 3: Mix Multiple Patterns

In the kitchen below, the movement of the granite’s natural stone pattern, the geometry of the backsplash tile, and the sparkle of the mosaic tile statement wall contribute to the cozy vibe. Keeping the patterns and materials neutral prevents the space from feeling too busy or sensually overwhelming.

Classic white kitchen with blue dining chairs around central island. Design by The Fox Group. #classickitchen #whitekitchen #blueandwhite #interiordesigninspiration
The Fox Group. See the rest of this timeless home HERE.
Kelly Hoppen quote about design.

White Kitchen Design Idea No. 4: Add Color to Island

Here’s an idea I am toying with for adding more warmth to our kitchen, mainly because it would not be difficult to experiment with the change. Painting or staining the entire island/peninsula/breakfast bar or part of it a warmer hue is an option which may be just the right choice in a white kitchen lacking depth.

Andree Putman quote about design.
Traditional style white kitchen with wood toned island. Blue and White Classic Decor Inspiration: Ella Scott Design. #blueandwhite #classicdecor #interiordesignideas #interiordesigninspiration #traditionalstyle
Ella Scott Design. See more of their work HERE. White Kitchen Design Ideas Adding Warmth.

White Kitchen Idea No. 5: Flooring With Movement or Interest

In my neck of the woods, it seems every homeowner was adding white square ceramic tile to their kitchen floor in the 1990’s. While that color and pattern can look smart for a backsplash, it’s not ideal for adding interest to a kitchen floor. I mean. Unless you find it interesting to become a slave to cleaning unforgiving, cold white square tiles. Warm wood, painted encaustic tiles, and rugged stone can add so much warmth.

Herringbone wood floor in white kitchen by The Fox Group. Come be inspired by 11 White Kitchen Design Ideas Adding Warmth! #kitchendesign #whitekitchen #kitchenideas #interiordesignideas #whitekitcheninspiration
Builder: The Fox Group. Lighting: Visual Comfort. Cabinet paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Simply White. Pantry/Mud Room Cabinet paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Trout Gray. Floor: 2 1/4″ white oak/natural matte Bona finish. Countertop: super white quartzite.
Kelly Wearstler quote about rawness and refinement.

White Kitchen Design Idea No. 6: Wood Planking

Whether it’s shiplap on the walls, beadboard on a backsplash, or wood planks on a ceiling, adding warmth with such texture is a smart way to turn up the casual and cozy factor while dialing down the “precious.”

The home should be the treasure chest of living. Quote by Le Corbusier.
Come be inspired by 11 White Kitchen Design Ideas Adding Warmth! #kitchendesign #whitekitchen #kitchenideas #interiordesignideas #whitekitcheninspiration
Design: Solis Betancourt & Sherrill.

White Kitchen Design No. 7: Vintage Style Cabinets

When new kitchen cabinets feel old, they impart a romantic, nostalgic, home-y warmth that is hard to beat in a white kitchen.

Kitchen in a Tuscany villa by Artichoke Design. Luxurious Bespoke Kitchen Design!
A kitchen in a Tuscan villa by Artichoke – See more of this kitchen HERE.
da Vinci quote. Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.
10 Amazing English Country Kitchens by deVOL. deVOL kitchen's South Wing Kitchen. You can't go wrong with Trinity Blue cupboards, especially when they're paired with smooth pale worktops, walls and floors - what a beautifully simple and peaceful combination. Notice these cupboards are fitted away from the walls too, this created the bespoke and freestanding feel to the room that the customers really wanted but it was all done using standard sized cupboards from our Shaker range. #deVOLKitchens
Design & Source: deVOL
No. 3. This deVOL kitchen project (Cotswold Barn) was designed by wonderful interior designer @susie_atkinson. Flooring: polishd concrete. 10 Amazing English Country Kitchens by deVOL.
The Scullery is one of the three rooms that make up the downstairs of the Millhouse showrooms at Cotes Mill, itâs a very simply furnished room and of all the spots to see this Classic English range, itâs the most humble. You see the piece of furniture, solid hardwood, handmade and hand-painted, itâs not a modular kitchen cupboard that needs another one next to it, itâs a whole cupboard all-encompassing. 10 Amazing English Country Kitchens by deVOL. #deVOLKitchens
Design: deVOL

White Kitchen Idea No. 8: Counter & Bar Stools

If the white kitchen design involves a breakfast bar or island, turn up the warm factor with counter stools or bar stools to add color, texture, and form.

 Come be inspired by 11 White Kitchen Design Ideas Adding Warmth! #kitchendesign #whitekitchen #kitchenideas #interiordesignideas #whitekitcheninspiration
via Becki Owens
Mies van der Rohe. Less is more. #design #quote
White kitchen with serene, timeless, European inspired decor by Hello Lovely Studio. Come be inspired by 11 White Kitchen Design Ideas Adding Warmth! #kitchendesign #whitekitchen #kitchenideas #interiordesignideas #whitekitcheninspiration
Hello Lovely Studio – See more of my kitchen HERE.
Nothing ages more quickly than newness. Quote by Marcel Wanders. #design #quote
Classic white kitchen by Jeffrey Dungan. Villa at Shoal Creek. Come tour more Jeffrey Dungan's Timeless Design & Architecture. #kitchendesign #classickitchen #jeffreydungan #whitekitchen
Archtiect/Design: Jeffrey Dungan Architects – Go here to See more of this home!

White Kitchen Idea No. 9: Banquettes

They are cozy and a place to cozy on down with pillows or upholstered cushions for added warmth.

Magnificent kitchen by Jeffrey Dungan Architects with built-in banquette in breakfast nook. Black framed windows, tone on tone, and rustic details. #jeffreydungan #classickitchen #breakfastnook #banquette
Archtiect/Design: Jeffrey Dungan Architects.

White Kitchen Design Idea No. 10: Farm Sink

They add warmth with their nod to the past and instantly cause a white kitchen to feel less formal.

While this next kitchen isn’t white (sorry!) I’m including it since the idea of bringing a warm hued farm sink (metallic or stone) can bring warmth.

A kitchen that evokes the south of France. Designed by Solis Betancourt & Sherrill. #provence
Design: Solis Betancourt & Sherrill
Inspiring quote about design from William Morris. Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. #design #quote #williammorris

White Kitchen Design Idea No. 11: Unexpected Accessories

I love seeing vintage treasures and paintings brought into a white kitchen to add personality because when it feels personal, it feels warmer.

Have an opinion about ways to add warmth to white kitchens? Do add to the discussion!

White Slipcovered Sofa
French Basket
Courtney Lamp Base
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Rustic Reclaimed Elm Cabinet
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Linen Slipcovered Chair Set
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black Metal Accent Table
Galvanized Console Table
Gabriel Chevron Quilt Set
Metal Martini Table
Marble Subway Backsplash in My Kitchen
French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Handmade Sunburst Mirror
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp
Venetian Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
French Panel Mirror
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Antique Chinese Weathered Bench
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Accent Chair
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Cedar & Blossom Candle
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Ruffle Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool

I have re-read the following quote about prayer several times this week, luxuriating in each reading and discovering a fresh perspective. Maybe you’ll find something in it as well.

Quote about prayer from Phyllis Tickle on Hello Lovely Studio. #quote #encouragement #prayer #faith #christianity #spirituality

Peace to you right where you are.


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  1. Joanna
    July 22, 2018 / 10:32 am

    I still enjoy viewing kitchens even though I did mine in 2010. I choice to go with creamy white cabinets, run the hardwood throughout , and paint my island a contrasting color, which at the time I feared might be a passing trend. Here we are in 2018 and still seeing a contrasting island everywhere. I also ran my countertops right up to the three windows that look out on my gardens. With no bottom trim, the gardens feel as though they are part of my kitchen. I must admit, I am in love with my kitchen.
    Have a wonderful Sunday, Michele!

    • michele
      July 22, 2018 / 1:02 pm

      And you describe it so perfectly that I’m in love with it too! Thank you for adding lovely here, friend. Happy Sunday. πŸ™‚

  2. Anne
    July 22, 2018 / 10:47 am

    Thank you so much for your inspiration thru not only photos but words as well.
    I look forward to you daily in that it gives me time to stop and think.
    Many thank you’s!!
    May you find peace and comfort as you give to others.

    • michele
      July 22, 2018 / 1:01 pm

      I’m so honored to be a part of your day, and so happy it’s a time of stillness and contemplation for you. Thank you for the peace and comfort – you are so kind, Anne. πŸ™‚

  3. July 22, 2018 / 1:38 pm

    So many beauties here Michele! I think the Mindy Gayor kitchen is speaking to me the loudest though. It seems to have just the right balance of quiet and energy. Have a great day!

    • michele
      July 22, 2018 / 2:25 pm

      That kitchen IS A standout! Enjoy the day and summer lovely, friend. xox

  4. July 24, 2018 / 1:43 am

    love these ideas! Kitchen design is one of the most important activities. Here I got some great ideas for designing my new kitchen. Thanks for sharing the great article.

  5. Lisa B.
    July 24, 2018 / 8:09 am

    I love all these kitchen photos. We are building a home and I am at a loss for color combinations between cabinets and islands. At first I thought I wanted stained cabinets and a mustard island. But it just started to look so blah for me. Would you be able to post some photos of nice contrasting cabinets and islands in your blog. I do love the farmhouse look, but not sure I want an all-white kitchen. Thank you. Love following your blog.

    • michele
      July 24, 2018 / 8:15 am

      Great post idea! Maybe it is just because I paint everything as a DIYer, but don’t forget painting an accent color on the island is the easiest thing to change out if you tire of it or are tweaking it to get it just right. So making the right decision about cabinets (stain or paint) is the kicker! πŸ™‚

  6. JVL
    December 31, 2018 / 1:54 am

    Could you please share the size of the island?

    • michele
      December 31, 2018 / 10:38 am

      Hi. Which island are you referring to? There are many in this post.

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    • Michele
      April 30, 2020 / 8:51 pm

      Thanks so much for reading! It IS a good sign! πŸ™‚

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    May 1, 2020 / 6:28 am

    Layer Shades of White. Avoid a sterile look by mixing whites.
    Use a Statement-Making Material. A well-designed white kitchen will depend on the finish materials used in the space.
    Bring On Texture.
    Add Accent Colors.
    Take Advantage of Natural Light.
    Provide Softness.
    Top the Island.
    Bring Texture to the Backsplash.

    • Michele
      May 1, 2020 / 12:12 pm

      Beautiful ideas – thank you for sharing them.

  9. Adeline Moore
    July 4, 2020 / 1:17 am

    It’s really a cool and helpful piece of information blog.

    • Michele
      July 4, 2020 / 6:05 pm

      Thanks for reading.

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