13 Clever Ideas for White Kitchens: How to Add Warmth

13 Clever Ideas for White Kitchens: How to Add Warmth is a story of pretty kitchens with inspiring design elements to influence spaces in which we’d like to live and linger.

Gorgeous modern European country design style in this Houston home by Southampton. #europeancountry #interiordesign #whitedecor #modernfrench
Ideas for White Kitchens: How to Add Warmth – see more white French country inspiration HERE

13 Clever Ideas for White Kitchens: How to Add Warmth

Beautiful white coastal cottage kitchen with design by Lisa Furey and Benjamin Moore WHITE paint color. #benjaminmoorewhite #kitchendesign #coastalcottage #interiordesign
Lisa Furey Interiors – see this story for more of this home.

1. Bring in Natural Elements Like Branches

I shared the story of how the sweet little industrial cart below came to live in our kitchen right here and improved the function of our kitchen. Additionally, it gave me another surface for decor and warm touches like the urn with branches from outside.

Shaker style white cabinets in simple serene kitchen with white oak floors and Viatera Minuet quartz countertops - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio – also find more urns HERE
Trianon Urn with Handles…hello charming indeed.
Aged Terracotta Urn
Terracotta Urn…hello lovely indeed.

2. Break Up the White With Unexpected Color

A friend’s modern farmhouse kitchen below was kept intentionally minimal with industrial touches, and all the steel is rather cool. Ebony stain on wood floors keeps things from feeling too precious, pistachio green on some base cabinetry adds age, and 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
Exposed brick in an urban farmhouse kitchen design with rustic beams, island, and metal stools. #hellolovelystudio #urbanfarmhouse #farmhousekitchen #modernfarmhousekitchen
See this house tour inc case you love an urban farmhouse look.
Barbara Barry quote.

3. Create Contrast with Warm Natural Wood

There’s just nothing like the combination of 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.

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 – the kitchen below reiterates the point about the warmth that natural, rustic wood can bring while also proving beautiful kitchens need not be grand in scale.

French country farmhouse kitchen with design by Pamela Pierce, architecture by Reagan Andre, and constructtion by MDD. Come score ideas for a Timeless and Tranquil European Country Inspired Look. #europeancountry #interiordesign #frenchcountry
Interior Design: Pamela Pierce; Architecture: Reagan Andre; Construction MDD; Photo: Peter Vitale for Veranda.
Dorothy Draper quote.

4. Add Interest With Pattern

In the kitchen below, it’s the buffalo check pattern that plays a starring role and contributes to a less formal, cozy vibe.

Farrow & Ball Light Blue painted cabinetry in a stunning traditional kitchen in the Southeastern Farrow & Ball Light Blue paint color on cabinets in kitchen. Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2017 - Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. #farrowandballlightblue #lightbluepaint
Design: Lauren DeLoach – see THIS STORY for more details

Repeating patterns and materials prevents the space from feeling too busy or sensually overwhelming.

5. The Warmth of Copper

Kelly Hoppen quote about design.

6. 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.

7. Flooring With Movement

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.

There are so many ways to add interest to a kitchen floor! This tile below is the same one chosen for the renovation of our son’s bath – see that project here.

8. Vintage Ironstone

Rustic French farmhouse European country cottage with pale blues and green interiors - Decor de Provence. #frenchcountry #europeancountry #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #cottages
Decor de Provence

9. 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.
Christmas decorated luxurious French kitchen with bespoke range and cabinets - L'Atelier Paris. #frenchkitchen #christmaskitchen #dreamkitchen #bespoke
Courtesy of L’Atelier Paris Haute Design – see more of their kitchen designs HERE.
Serene kitchen with timeless architecture and design by Atlanta-based Jeffrey Dungan who mixes rustic with elegant in luxury home design. #architecture #luxuryhome #jeffreydungan #timelessdesign #kitchen
Jeffrey Dungan

10. Vintage Style Cabinets

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

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
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.
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.
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

11. Introduce Texture With Counter 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
Luxurious white French country kitchen with lantern pendants and white cabinets in a Houston manse by TOH. #frenchcountry #kitchendesign #whitekitchens #elegantdecor
See this home HERE
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

12. Built-Ins & Banquettes

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

Timeless kitchen design and architecture (look at that nook!) by Atlanta-based Jeffrey Dungan who mixes rustic with elegant in luxury home design. #architecture #luxuryhome #jeffreydungan #timelessdesign #sophisticateddesign
Architect/Design: Jeffrey Dungan Architects
Farrow & Ball Light Blue painted cabinetry in a stunning traditional kitchen in the Southeastern Farrow & Ball Light Blue paint color on cabinets in kitchen. Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2017 - Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. #farrowandballlightblue #lightbluepaint
Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2017 Kitchen

13. Add a Farm Sink

They add warmth with their nod to the past and instantly bring informality and cozy factor to a white kitchen.

Beautiful country kitchen with farm sink in Nora Murphy's Country House book.
Nora Murphy – also see more from the stylemaker HERE
White Shaker cabinetry and apron front fireclay sink in my serene white kitchen with Viatera quartz (Minuet) and polished marble subway tile backsplash. #hellolovelystudio #kitchendesign #farmsink #shakerkitchen #whitekitchen #frenchcountry #subwaytile #serenekitchen
Hello Lovely Studio
Rustic French farmhouse European country cottage with pale blues and green interiors - Decor de Provence. #frenchcountry #europeancountry #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #cottages
Decor de Provence

Your farm sink need not be white!

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

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Country Kubu Basket Set
Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
French Country Settee
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Linen Slipcovered Chairs
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black or Bronze Accent Table
30″ French Storage Basket
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
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
French Country Wall Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
French Panel Mirror
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Distressed White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved 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
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & 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
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston 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
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

p.s. Say what you will about the past year, but I realized today I have perhaps never prayed more in any other year.

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

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Country Kubu Basket Set
Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
French Country Settee
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Linen Slipcovered Chairs
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black or Bronze Accent Table
30″ French Storage Basket
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
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
French Country Wall Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
French Panel Mirror
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Distressed White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved 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
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & 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
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston 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
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing
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2 Comments

  1. Mumbai
    January 16, 2020 / 10:05 am

    Betancourt design…….my dream kitchen and so meaningful quotes. Agree with Putman, da Vinci and v.d.Rohe

    • Michele
      Author
      January 16, 2020 / 6:46 pm

      It’s one of my all-time favorite kitchens of all the time – so timeless, exquisite, and lovely! I appreciate your support – thank you for reading. 🙂

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Country Kubu Basket Set
Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
French Country Settee
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Linen Slipcovered Chairs
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black or Bronze Accent Table
30″ French Storage Basket
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
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
French Country Wall Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
French Panel Mirror
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Distressed White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved 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
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & 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
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston 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
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing