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11 White Kitchen Design Ideas to Add Cozy Factor
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.
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.
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.
Here is another example of the warmth natural wood flooring can create in an all-white pristine kitchen with brass hardware.
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.
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.
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.
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 aspire to daily cleaning of unforgiving, cold white square tiles. Warm wood, painted encaustic tiles, and rugged stone add character and warmth.
White Kitchen Design Idea No. 6: Warm it With Rustic Wood
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.”
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.
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.
White Kitchen Idea No. 9: Banquettes
They are cozy and a place to cozy on down with pillows or upholstered cushions for added warmth.
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.
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!
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