11 White Kitchen Design Ideas to Add Cozy Factor Now

The topic du jour: 11 White Kitchen Design Ideas to Add Cozy Factor, is an important one to fans of white decor who are after a welcoming space in which to linger. If you are designing a kitchen from scratch or renovating, make sure you follow my Pinterest Kitchens Board!

11 White Kitchen Design Ideas to Add Cozy Factor

I shared how a sweet little industrial cart or work table or mobile island can add function AND cozy right here, and I cannot imagine my own kitchen functioning without ours!

Hello Lovely's European country kitchen with white cabinets, white oak hardwoods, and industrial steel cart. #europeancountry #kitchendesign

In addition to adding much needed work space, it provided character, age, and a surface that can be decorated for the season.

Serene white Shaker kitchen with fireclay farm sink and vintage work cart. Viatera Minuet quartz on counters. #hellolovelystudio #kitchendesign #serenedecor #viatera #minuet #farmsink #reinhard

Too much brand new can feel artificial. A vintage piece or an antique is often just what is needed to add warmth.

So many times it is those small design details and additions that help a slightly cool space filled with new to emote a more comfortable, interesting, and inviting vibe.

Traditional and elegant white farmhouse kitchen with grey and brass accents - The Fox Group. #kitchendesign #modernfarmhouse #traditionalstyle #classickitchens #thefoxgroup #beadboard #greykitchens
The Fox Group (Photo: Lindsay Salazar)

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

Get the look - add cozy factor to a white kitchen. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchens #kitchendesign #designinspiration #kitchendecor #kitchendecoratingideas

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

Even when there is low-contrast…for example, in this kitchen by Lisa Furey where she painted the island a light grey (BM Pashmina) and the cabinets a bright white (BM White OC-151), it’s a soothing shift for the eye and less formal.

Kitchen. Board and batten coastal cottage in Palmetto Bluff with modern farmhouse interior design by Lisa Furey.
Lisa Furey Interiors
Modern farmhouse white kitchen with beautiful wood ceiling detail and breathtaking architectural design - The Fox Group. #modernfarmhouse #thefoxgroup #kitchendesign #woodceiling #traditionalkitchens #twotonekitchen #zinchood #whitekitchens
The Fox Group (Photo: Scott Davis Photo)
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.

Breathtaking classic country kitchen with farm sink, wood tone pocket doors, steel windows, and putty cabinets - Rachel Halvorson. #countrykitchens #pocketdoors #kitchenarchitecture
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. (Obviously it hasn’t been styled with decor – just imagine what plants, pots, and pretty things could live here!)

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: Add a Bold Pattern or Geometric

Green kitchen with French country style by Amy Chalmers (MaisonDecor) featured in Nora Murphy's Country House Book! #frenchcountrykitchen #greenkitchen
Design: Amy Chalmers – featured in Nora Murphy’s Country House reviewed HERE

In the kitchen below, the herringbone brick pattern brings movement and keeps the range hood from being lost or cold.

French country farmhouse kitchen with rustic lanterns, farm table, wing chairs, reclaimed Chicago brick, and Sherwin Williams Alabaster white paint on walls. Brit Jones Design. See more Gorgeous European Country Interior Design Inspiration on Hello Lovely. #europeancountry #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign
Design: Brit Jones
Kelly Hoppen quote about design.

Natural stone imparts pattern as well as does the veining in quartz. Busier veining in countertop materials like the quartz in my own kitchen is often less formal and less modern. Does that make it cozier?

My simple white Shaker kitchen with white oak floors, marble subway backsplash, Viatera quartz "Minuet" counters, and a window seat. #hellolovelystudio #whiteshakerkitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #classickitchen #viateraquartz #minuet
Hello Lovely Studio; countertop: Viatera Minuet; Backsplash: Polished Venatino Marble Mosaic

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.

This new French country kitchen only looks old! The Enchanted Home.
The Enchanted Home

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.
Luxurious Old World green kitchen with large island and pot rack - designed by Shannon Bowers for Milieu Showhouse 2020. #oldworldstyle #shannonbowers #europeancountry #kitchendesign #potrack
Milieu Showhouse 2020; Design: Shannon Bowers…subscribe to the mag HERE.
 Come be inspired by 11 White Kitchen Design Ideas Adding Warmth! #kitchendesign #whitekitchen #kitchenideas #interiordesignideas #whitekitcheninspiration
via Top Knobs…lovely indeed.

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 90s.

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.

While that color and pattern can often look smart for a backsplash, it’s not ideal for adding interest to a kitchen floor. I mean. Unless you’re keen on daily cleaning of unforgiving, cold white square tiles.

Kelly Wearstler quote about rawness and refinement.

Warm wood, painted encaustic tiles, and rugged stone add character and warmth.

Sometimes, just taking a more casual attitude about mixing tones and colors in the kitchen (avoiding strict matchy-matchy factor) can result in a warmer outcome.

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.”

Rustic wood beams and antique street lights from Barcelona in Pale and serene French interiors in a luxurious Houston home built with authentic European materials and bespoke finishes. #timelessdesign #interiordesign #frenchcountry #europeancountry #antiques #oldworldstyle #modernfrench #frenchkitchen
Countertop: Segreto Stone; Antiques: Chateau Domingue. See this Houston home on the market HERE
The home should be the treasure chest of living. Quote by Le Corbusier.
Luxurious and refined yet rustic kitchen in Country French Old World style in a newly built custom cottage home in Utah - Decor de Provence. #countryfrench #interiordesign #oldworldstyle #europeancountry
Decor de Provence
Light green accents in a rustic French farmhouse kitchen by Desiree Ashworth Design. #frenchkitchen #frenchfarmhouse #openshelves #subwaytile
Decor de Provence

White Kitchen Design No. 7: Classic or 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.
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
Simple yet sophisticated white modern farmhouse kitchen with wood topped island and rattan stools - Park and Oak. #kitchendesign #classickitchen #whitekitchen #coastalkitchen #whiteoak #modernfarmhouse
Park & Oak – see more of their work HERE.

White Kitchen Idea No. 9: 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
Archtiect/Design: Jeffrey Dungan Architects

White Kitchen Design Idea No. 10: Farm Sink

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

While the kitchen above has pale, not white cabinets, I’m including it since the idea of bringing a warm hued farm sink (metallic or stone) can spell warmth.

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
Patina Farm kitchen by Giannetti Home and Brooke Giannetti - OKL. #patinafarm #frenchfarmhouse #farmhousekitchen #whiteoakcabinets #farmsink #lanternpendant #brookegiannetti
Giannetti Home (Patina Farm)

White Kitchen Design Idea No. 11: Unexpected Accessories

I love seeing vintage treasures, sculpture, art and framed painted portraits brought into a white kitchen to add personality because when it feels personal and even quirky, it feels warmer.

Farm sink, subway tile backsplash, and open shelving in a modern farmhouse kitchen by Leanne Ford. #restoredbythefords #leanneford #modernfarmhousekitchen #farmsink #modernrustic #interiordesign
Leanne Ford (Photo: Alexandra Ribar)

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

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
Slipcoverd Dining Chair
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 Mosaic Tile (My Backsplash)
French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
French Country Wall Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
Shaw Daybed
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
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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17 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. 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.
    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. 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
      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! πŸ™‚

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

    Could you please share the size of the island?

    • michele
      Author
      December 31, 2018 / 10:38 am

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

  7. www.fencingcompanyokc.com/
    April 30, 2020 / 3:20 am

    Great! I am planning and thinking what designs should I do in my kitchen for past few days, then I see this site now this is a good sign huh! Thank you for sharing your ideas and designs, I will try it.

    • Michele
      Author
      April 30, 2020 / 8:51 pm

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

  8. www.fencingcompanyokc.com/
    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
      Author
      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
      Author
      July 4, 2020 / 6:05 pm

      Thanks 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
Slipcoverd Dining Chair
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 Mosaic Tile (My Backsplash)
French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
French Country Wall Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
Shaw Daybed
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
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