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

My 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. Source: 609 South Grove.

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.

Warm European farmhouse kitchen. Come be inspired by 11 White Kitchen Design Ideas Adding Warmth! #kitchendesign #whitekitchen #kitchenideas #interiordesignideas #whitekitcheninspiration

Design:Solis Betancourt & Sherrill. Source: Dering Hall.

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.

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In a Chicago (Roscoe Village) home designed by Inspired Interiors. White Kitchen Design Ideas Adding Warmth.

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.

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White Kitchen Design Ideas Adding Warmth. Inspired Interiors

White Kitchen Design Idea No. 4: Adding 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.

Breathtaking modern yet traditional kitchen with bold blue painted 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 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. Source: Dering Hall.

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.

Bespoke cook's kitchen in oak with Italian black basalt. Designed and made by Artichoke www.artichoke-ltd.com

Artichoke. Design.

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.

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Design & Source: deVOL

da Vinci quote. Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.

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Design & Source: deVOL

Come be inspired by 11 White Kitchen Design Ideas Adding Warmth! #kitchendesign #whitekitchen #kitchenideas #interiordesignideas #whitekitcheninspiration

Design & Source: deVOL

Come be inspired by 11 White Kitchen Design Ideas Adding Warmth! #kitchendesign #whitekitchen #kitchenideas #interiordesignideas #whitekitcheninspiration

Design & Source: 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.

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 Image source: Dering Hall. 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 Image source: Dering Hall. See more of this home!

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.

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Design & Source: deVOL

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. Source: Dering Hall.

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.

Come be inspired by 11 White Kitchen Design Ideas Adding Warmth! #kitchendesign #whitekitchen #kitchenideas #interiordesignideas #whitekitcheninspiration

Design & Source: deVOL

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

Rustic French Country Cabinet
Rustic French Farmhouse Table
French Country Sideboard
French Country Headboard
French Country Stencil With Bee
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Linen & Oak Settee
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
French Grey Side Table
French Blue Antiqued 4-Drawer Cabinet
Weathered 4-Door French Cabinet – 71″
French Linen Accent Chair
French Country Wing Chair
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Teak 3 Leg Stool
French Linen Upholstered Dining Chair
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Country Sofa
Pamela Arm Chair
Weathered Arm Chair
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
30″ Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Antiqued French Lamp
Light Grey Rattan Chair
French Country Altar Candlestick
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Linen Curved Loveseat
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Oak Accent Stool
Rustic Ring 12-Light Chandelier
French Upholstered Gray Bench
Jute ARea Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Swedish Writing Desk
French Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Parisian Glass Bottle Vase
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Tufted Headboard
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Aged White Writing Desk
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Grainsack Stripe Armchair
Fireclay Farm Sink
Striped Dress Form
Elm rustic stool
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Grey Bistro Set
60″ Round Pedestal Dining Table
Scrubbed Look Wood Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
French Country Chandelier
Rustic Rectangle 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.

-michele

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9 Comments

  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
      Author
      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. 🙂

  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.
    Anne

    • michele
      Author
      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. 🙂

  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
      Author
      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
      Author
      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! 🙂

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