Aside from your living and dining rooms, the kitchen might be the best place for you and your guests to gather and enjoy quality time together. However, many kitchens have dark-colored cabinets and a lack of natural light, making the space feel cramped and unwelcoming.
White kitchens don’t share these problems. They look clean and, even without natural light, feel bright and welcoming.
However, if you’re not careful, an all-white kitchen can feel pretty sterile and flat. So, here are five ways you can bring life into the room, so you and your guests can appreciate each other without the distraction of an overly dark or boring kitchen space.
1. Layer Shades of White
You might not know this, but there are many different shades of white. If you go to your local paint shop, you’ll find white paint in two primary categories: warm and cool.
Warm shades of white have a slight hint of yellow or red, while cool shades of white have a slight tint of blue or purple.
When you’re painting your all-white kitchen, be sure never to mix cool whites and warm whites. If you ask for white paint at a hardware store, they won’t even show them to you grouped together — they’ll only bring out one or the other.
Using one shade of white throughout your entire kitchen will result in a flat and sterile look that you probably want to avoid. But, using different shades from the same warm or cool family will give you the chance to add depth and contrast while maintaining your all-white look.
Some popular warm white colors include White Sand, Mascarpone, and China White. While each is slightly different, they’ll come together to give your kitchen the life it needs!
2. Switch Things Up
Having an all-white kitchen doesn’t mean that you have to keep things all white all the time, especially if you’re unable to paint in different shades of white right away.
Keep things fresh by changing up your greenery in the kitchen. A simple vase of flowers can bring a new feeling of liveliness to your cooking space. Change these flowers out regularly to keep them seasonal, and you’ll have extra life in your all-white kitchen — literally!
The right lighting can transform your kitchen from a hospital-like room to a cozy cooking space. Bright lights in an all-white kitchen can feel cold.
Instead of using standard kitchen light fixtures with plain white bulbs, try using yellow incandescent bulbs or add lampshades to your light fixtures.
Try using a table or floor lamp to introduce more warmth into the room. Varying the height of your warm lighting will also play with shadows and accents throughout your kitchen, giving it a greater sense of warmth and welcome.
3. Add Colorful Accents
We’ve touched on this a bit already, but literally bringing life (greenery) into your kitchen is a quick and easy way to liven up the space. Take your lively kitchen to the next level by adding colorful accents like bowls, plates, or trays of fresh fruit.
Avoid the sterile look even further by purchasing colorful cookware and storing it on open shelves or hanging it on storage racks above your island or stove.
Not only does high-quality colorful cookware bring life into your once-plain kitchen, but it also makes cooking more enjoyable. Imagine how much you’ll save on takeout when you actually want to cook!
Upholstered chairs are another great colorful accent to use in your all-white kitchen. When surrounded with white, some nicely colored or patterned upholstered chairs will go a long way to make your kitchen feel warm.
They might just be the first thing that catches your guests’ eyes!
4. Install a Backsplash
Installing a backsplash is a great way to cover up plain walls and protect them from potential splatters or moisture.
Plus, a backsplash can break up the monotony of white throughout the room while serving as a natural complement to your floors and appliances.
They don’t have to be expensive, either. Check your local hardware store for backsplash kits, and you just might be able to put one in yourself.
There are even removable ones you can install temporarily if your apartment lease prevents you from doing any permanent projects!
5. Liven Up the Floor
The floor might not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering how to liven up your white kitchen, but it can make the biggest difference.
Consider replacing your floors with a nice dark wood to bring new color and warmth.
If that’s not a viable option for you, adding a rug is a simple and easy way to bring more color, pattern, and texture without breaking the bank.
The floor takes up more space than you may realize, and livening that up might just be the change your all-white kitchen needs!
All-white kitchens are sleek, stylish, and can be a lot of fun.
Whether you’re planning to switch to all-white or are trying to make your existing all-white kitchen come to life, these five tips are sure to get you there!
Adam Marshall is a freelance writer specializing in all things apartment organization, real estate, and college advice. He currently works with Copper Beech Grand Duke to help them with their online marketing.