13 Clever Ideas for Warm White Kitchens

Let’s face it. White kitchens can read chilly or lifeless. Don’t let that stop you from proceeding with an airy bright and white kitchen design though! 13 Clever Ideas for Warm White Kitchens are inspired by pretty white kitchens we’ll deconstruct. What design elements make them cozy? Why don’t they feel stark and hands off? How did they become spaces where you’d like to live and linger?

Warm white kitchen with brass hardware, checker tile floor and farm sink - Holly Bell Design. #whitekitchens #warmwhitekitchen
Design: Holly Bell Design – Ideas for Warm White Kitchens: How to Add Warmth – see more white French country inspiration HERE

Pssst. This ethereal and lovely bespoke kitchen (above) from Holly Bell is all the inspiring encouragement I need to choose a white kitchen design for our new place!

13 Clever Ideas for Warm White Kitchens

Luxurious kitchen with rustic wood cabinetry. Stunning interior design and Timeless Architecture Inspiration: Jeffrey Dungan. Photo: William Abranowicz. #classicdesign #traditional #architecture #jeffreydungan #sophisticateddesign #architect
Jeffrey Dungan – see more of his work HERE

1. Bring Natural Elements Like Branches to Warm a White Kitchen

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.

Warm white kitchen with industrial steel cart, farm sink, and Minuet (Viatera) white quartz counters - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Additionally, it gave me another surface for decor and warm touches like the urn with branches from outside.

Aged Terracotta Urn
Terracotta Urn…hello lovely indeed.

White stone or marble is another natural material that just might bring warmth. Wanna add white marble to your kitchen without investing in new countertops or a backsplash?

I’ve got you…

Neutral kitchen vignette with black and white and Zellige tile backsplash - Scout & Nimble.
Find the white marble mortar and pestle HERE

Another way to warm up a white kitchen? A warm white tile like this:

2. Break Up the White With Unexpected Color

Even a subtle contrasting color on an island can be beautiful. The kitchen island below was painted BM Pashmina – find more light grey options ideas HERE.

Kitchen. Board and batten coastal cottage in Palmetto Bluff with modern farmhouse interior design by Lisa Furey.
Lisa Furey Interiors – see this story for more of this home.

A friend’s modern farmhouse kitchen below was kept intentionally minimal with industrial touches, and all the steel is rather cool. Pistachio green provides a break from all the white.

Industrial Chic Farmhouse Kitchen Inspiration with green cabinets, custom stainless island, and black stained flooring. #modernfarmhouse #kitchendesign #industrialfarmhouse #farmhousekitchen #benjaminmoorestoningtongray
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In this greyed-white kitchen, a contrasting dark grey is repeated on a door and island.

Funny quote from Simon Holland on Hello Lovely Studio about potato masher. #kitchenhumor #foodhumor
Elegant, timeless, traditional kitchen with white and light grey tranquil mood - The Fox Group.
The Fox Group – Photo: @giseleparraphotography

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 can bring to an Old World style kitchen with collected antique treasures.

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.

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4. Add Interest With Pattern

Even tile and collections can bring subtle geometric pattern and interest if you’re not ready to commit to wallpaper or patterned backsplash tile.

French country farmhouse kitchen with design by Pamela Pierce, architecture by Reagan Andre, and construction 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.

Not that patterned backsplash tile is a bad idea; remember Lily Aldridge’s kitchen I showed you:

And even veining in marble or the pattern of subway tile on the wall counts as a pattern:

5. Paint Cabinets a Warm White

Think beyond the usual suspects (BM White Dove, SW Alabaster) for a white paint color for cabinetry. But which color? I write about white paint here. And I discovered a super convenient way to try and buy paint!

With CLARE…here’s a putty-like light beige color with warm undertones called No Filter:

And in case you’re wondering, there are a wide range of beiges out there, mama.

Benjamin Moore Natural Linen 966 paint color (from the 2022 color collection) - Hello Lovely. #naturallinen #paintcolors

In most cases you won’t even find “beige” in the paint color name:

5 Neutral Farrow & Ball Paint Colors for California Cool. #paintcolors #neutralpaintcolors
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6. Warm Metals Like Copper & Brass

This idea comes with a price tag if you’ll be investing in copper cookware or custom brass range hood.

Luxurious and bespoke French kitchen by L'Atelier Paris and The Fox Group. #frenchkitchens #frenchrange
The Fox Group & L’Atelier Paris; Photo: Shelby Bourne

However, changing cabinet hardware doesn’t have to break the bank, and even cozying up a corner on the counter with vintage brass candlesticks may get rid of chill factor.

Timeless, tranquil, bespoke traditional style kitchen by The Fox Group. #timelessdesign #kitchendesign #bespokekitchens
The Fox Group
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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.

Rustic French farmhouse kitchen with beams, terracotta hex tile floor, putty cabinets, and traditional charm - Vivi et Margot. #frenchfarmhouse #kitchens

Warm wood rich in character, encaustic tiles, checkered ceramic or stone tiles, and terracotta hex patterns can add so much warmth.

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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 Accessories & Ironstone

Mixing vintage and antiques with new is a great way to bring warmth to any space including kitchens.

9. Boarded Walls, Panels & 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.”

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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.

10. Vintage Style

While new kitchens with fresh new cabinets can feel timeless, a vintage kitchen with simplistic storage can impart a romantic, nostalgic, home-y warmth that is hard to beat in a white kitchen.

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
Leanne Ford designed kitchen with dusty rose range in her Pittsburgh guest cottage - photo by Erin Kelly for Pittsburgh Post Gazette. #modernrustic #vintagestyle
Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette; Photo: Erin Kelly; Design: Leanne Ford – see more of Leanne’s designs HERE
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
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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

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.

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.
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 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
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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

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
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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
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Rustic Farmhouse Stool
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French Stripe Basket Set
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Seagrass Basket Set
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Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
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Tree Mural Wallpaper
Faux Potted French Lavender
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Distressed White French Country Chandelier
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
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Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slipcovered Linen Chair
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
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Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
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French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
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4 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. 🙂

  2. Tracy
    January 20, 2021 / 6:17 pm

    What a great post! I’ll be back again in the morning with an extra big cup of coffee to go through it all again. Beautiful, beautiful kitchens ♥ Thanks for sharing Ü

    • Michele
      Author
      January 21, 2021 / 5:18 pm

      Thanks so much for reading – I know my posts are long, exhaustive volumes! Break it up if you have to…hahahahaha 🙂

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