5 White Kitchens, 5 Different Looks: Got a Favorite?

by hookedonhouses on August 23, 2012

I have a white kitchen (inspired by Something’s Gotta Give, natch), so I’m always adding pics of pretty ones to Pinterest. Here are 5 I like, each with their own style and vibe. Which would you most like to cook (or at least eat) in?

1. This nautical-looking kitchen is a perfect fit for the lake house it’s in. The blue porcelain stove steals the show. (New England Home.)

2. With the white tile, white cabinets, marble counters, and tall ceilings, this kitchen looks calm, cool, and collected. But I feel like I need to squint a little. (BHG)

3. This one has vintage charm with open shelves, painted floors, a fab farm sink, and flea market finds. (Flea Market Trixie)

4. The bright green tile, black wall, and black counters make a bold statement in this eco-friendly kitchen. (Apartment Therapy)

5. This traditional kitchen mixes marble with beadboard and warm wood floors to create a room that my dog Maizie and I would feel right at home in. (For the Love of a House)

If you have a white kitchen, how do you decorate yours? Is it cool and classy with Carerra? Colorful and bright with Fiestaware? Warm and neutral?

I like how easy it is to change the look of a white kitchen. Mine used to be pretty neutral, but I’ve been adding more color lately–lots of turquoise, yellow, and green for summer. I even added an orange and white-striped rug in front of the sink.

I’ll swap those out for fall colors soon, and in December I’ll replace it all with red. White kitchens are great for “decorating commitmentphobes” like me. Ha.

I keep hearing that people are tired of white kitchens and their popularity may be waning. I still love them, though. Do you?

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Dean August 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm

You’re not making this easy. :-) I really like the last three, but I would choose #5 as my favorite, but #4 is a close second. I like the white with dark counters in both and really like the floors in #5. The overall effect in #5 is warm and clean. …but, i do like the tile in #4. I have white cabinets with black counters, stainless appliances, but my floor is off white (tile). Pretty neutral all around. I would have wood floors if I owned.

Sherry August 23, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Tough question! There are details in each one that I love: the lights over the bar in 1, the size & high ceilings in 2, the sink & hardware in 3, the green subway tiles in 4, and the beadboard ceiliing & wood floor in 5. Can I make up a kitchen with all that? :)

Wendy August 23, 2012 at 11:46 pm


hookedonhouses August 24, 2012 at 6:47 am

Go for it! :-)

CottageGirl August 23, 2012 at 10:15 pm

The last one is the kitchen that speaks to me. Love the bead on the ceiling and the glass front cabinets.
Love, love, love white kitchens!!!
Thanks for letting me dream a bit after a rather hectic day!

Squeak August 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm

I love #2 and #5! I love white kitchens! But my kitchen, dining room and library are all open to one another and I don’t want them all to be painted white. So when I remodel my kitchen, I’m going to paint it (and the other two rooms) and the cupboards a colour I call “pale Dijon mustard cream sauce”. My kitchen will have hardwood floors and marble counter tops.

lindsay August 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm

number one. NUMBER ONE!!!! easy.

Mrs. Pear Tree August 23, 2012 at 10:44 pm

You had me at “blue porcelain stove.” That said, it’s really hard to choose just one! Each of them has something I deeply covet. Luckily, I can’t afford any of them anyway, so I don’t have to commit!

BJ August 23, 2012 at 10:48 pm

I feel like I have been sentenced to medium or dark-toned wood kitchens for a long time. I did have a painted kitchen for about a year and a half, but it wasn’t my favourite. I have been absolutely longing to find the perfect shade of white, and make my kitchen (wherever it was I lived) bright and cheerful for years. I love aspects of each of the kitchens you’ve shown: the punch of cobalt (#1), the high ceilings, lots of windows, and gorgeous light fixtures (#2), the sink/faucet, open shelving, hits of aqua (#3), the green and the range (#4), again the windows, the sink, the island (#5). I think I like the last one the best though. I do not really like the fridge – I never keep mine clean or tidy enough to have it exposed like that. Thanks for such a fun post!

Christina from Dallas August 23, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I had a totally white kitchen before but, we recently redid the countertops from laminate to silestone. We did them gray and put white subway tile in for the backsplash with darker gray grout to make the tile stand out Also changed the floor tiles from white to gray. Our cabinets are still white and appliances and curtains.. It still seems like a light kitchen but with a touch of neutral color. I like number two best. I wanted wood floors but my husband said “No way, what if the dishwasher floods?”

Laura August 23, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I would probably pick the last one, only I would change out the light fixtures because they look too industrial for my taste. The second kitchen is a close second favorite. This was fun to decide! I would love it if you featured this kind of activity more often.

Jaynee August 23, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I think white kitchens are timeless – I don’t see them ever truly going out of style. We’re in the middle of a kitchen remodel – stripping it down, blowing it out, changing the whole feel. And yes, we’re going for a white kitchen!

We’ll have white shaker-style cabinets, black appliances, New Venetian Gold counters, a sparkly black backsplash only behind the stovetop and wall-mounted range hood, and a pale gold yellow on the walls. The only thing we can decide upon is the flooring. Hope to have that nailed down soon!

Donna August 24, 2012 at 9:03 am

Jaynee, you just described our kitchen, with the exception of the hood, we did a mantle over range and so far no back splash. We used a Armstrong vinyl wood look on the floor! Beautiful and easy on the legs for hours spent in the kitchen.
Enjoy your new kitchen!

Kelly @ Talk of the House August 23, 2012 at 11:13 pm

I LOVE a white kitchen. I started with white, changed it to a taupe-ish gray years ago, tired of the darkness of that, and it is now back to white. http://www.talkofthehouse.com/phases-in-the-life-of-my-kitchen-part-2/ Your choices are ALL gorgeous, and I really can’t decide between 1 and 5, but I guess I will go with Joan’s in number 5 simply because it looks like a room I would actually live in…and that glass front refrigerator is to die for!

hookedonhouses August 24, 2012 at 6:22 am

Your kitchen is lovely, Kelly. Thanks for the link!

Tracie August 23, 2012 at 11:21 pm

I adore all of them. …have some reservations about number 4, but I’d take it! We have a white kitchen and I love it. I would consider it “casual cool”… We have pennant lights (copperish) and white appliances, aside from our dishwasher, which is stainless. I’d love new appliances, but since our work, we can’t really justify changing them just for the “pretty” factor. We still have standard white tile, but I sure would love white Carrera or black marble.

Kristen @ More Than Mulberries August 23, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Ohhh….number 5 for sure! It’s just perfect!

caroline August 23, 2012 at 11:57 pm

I love a white kitchen & my favorite has to be #2. I pretty much liked all of them (the first one not so much), but like a more modern fixture and accessories and #2 fits it best although I would change it up. a white kitchen to me is so refreshing and open. I feel like I would have such a happy time cooking.

Janet August 24, 2012 at 1:17 am

I like #5 the best. I have white cabinets in my kitchen, and have the walls painted in Sarah Richardson Sapphire (SR70). It looks great! There’s not a whole lot of wall space, so the deep blue works really well. Our backsplash is white subway tile, and counters are grey.

Patti August 27, 2012 at 3:32 pm

This sounds like just what I want for our Florida condo reno! Could you please share with us your counter details? Many thanks, Patti

Kim August 24, 2012 at 1:23 am

It’s a tie between 2 and 5. The other three were nice, but there were things I didn’t like about them.

Nita {ModVintageLife} August 24, 2012 at 1:52 am

I adore white kitchens. I’d go for any of these but number five is my favorite of these. I love to use silver and white in my white kitchen. I have black countertops which I would never choose myself but I don’t mind them too much till I can have marble someday. Give me a big vintage stove in a white kitchen and I’m happy.

Shannon August 24, 2012 at 2:02 am

Kitchen #2 had me at “big tall windows”. I love all that light and the open seating area right there, so friends can sit at the table and drink all the wine while you arrange whatever snacks they brought over and holler at them to quit hogging the wine.
You could also cook dinner for the family while your kids sit at the table and do their homework. Preferably not both scenarios at the same time.
I’m all vintage, all the time, and I think kitchen #2 looks more vintage inspired than the “vintage charm” kitchen, which looked more trendy to me. And I could never have a sink that faced a wall.

Linda@limeinthe coconut August 24, 2012 at 2:13 am

Oh my, well…Joan’s kitchen (#5) is as warm and wonderful as SHE is! So that is a fave….but loving #2 as well, give me windows and light and tall ceilings. Pretty please, cherry on top!

Xenia August 24, 2012 at 2:32 am

All of them are beautiful but number 2 is my favorite because of the tall windows letting in so much light. I also love the large open space and high ceilings.

I don’t think that white kitchens will ever go out of style. It will always be a top favorite for many because of it is crisp clean look. Additionally, as you pointed out having a white kitchen makes it so easy to add other colors as accents when you want to.
Here is a link to my own white shabby chic kitchen:

hookedonhouses August 24, 2012 at 6:28 am

Your kitchen is so bright and cheery, Xenia. Thanks for the link! Also have to say I love that you have Captain Wentworth in your header. That’s one of my favorite Jane Austen movies. :-)

Leo Windham August 24, 2012 at 3:05 am

I like number 5. We can only dream until I hit the Loto.

e. george August 24, 2012 at 4:40 am

I think they are all beautiful but if I was to choose it would be kitchen 1 or 4. I’m dreaming again. Julia thank you for sharing as always you give us something to dream about ….. oh well you never know your luck in the big city. Regards Esther from Sydney. PS my kitchen is about the same size as no. 1 it sure would be nice if it looked like that.

Lisa August 24, 2012 at 4:51 am

3,4,2,1,5 :)

65andcounting August 24, 2012 at 5:44 am

#2 hands-down for me but what I think I find more alluring than the white is the high ceilings. We’ve always lived in old houses where low ceilings are the norm. So #2 could be purple and orange and I’d probably still like it! We just went from an all white kitchen to yellow cabinets, keeping the white granite counters – a gorgeous smooth yellow, not a bright yellow, and it matches my personality more. Martha Stewart’s TV kitchen went yellow right after we did, so for the first time ever, I felt like a trend setter! The white was pretty but didn’t seem as happy as the rest of our house, color-wise. I’m sure when (if) we sell the house, the first thing someone will do is rip out the yellow cabinets and put in…..white!

hookedonhouses August 24, 2012 at 6:38 am

Ooh, that sounds beautiful! I love yellow, so I could get excited about a yellow kitchen.

...laney August 24, 2012 at 5:46 am

…i too love that first kitchen with the wonderful stove…but…no one does beautiful better than joan…i would have to choose her perfect kitchen (the for the love of the house)…especially since i know it leads to so many other perfectly beautiful rooms!…blessings laney

hookedonhouses August 24, 2012 at 6:35 am

I agree–I love her house. You guys all need to click that link and visit Joan’s blog to see the rest of the kitchen (For the Love of a House). I go over there and stare at it now and then. It’s just so beautiful!

bermudaonion(Kathy) August 24, 2012 at 5:52 am

They’re all nice, but 2 and 5 are my favorites. I don’t have a white kitchen.

Parnassus August 24, 2012 at 5:54 am

I love white kitchens, and these are all nice, although none is perfect. I like #4, with the green tiles which add a splash of color, but I am not a fan of grout in kitchens, especially such wide grout lines.

I notice that all of these kitchens have open shelves and glass-fronted cabinets, which I think is great for a pantry, but not so good for a kitchen, when everything is always on display. I also notice that those commercial stoves have all their controls in a row, instead of grouped logically, which would make for continual confusion and inconvenience, and perhaps even danger.

What I do admire is the spacious look made even bigger by the white color, and at least a few windows, especially over the sink. I guess what I would really like is to take elements from each of this, but then still design my own.
–Road to Parnassus

65andcounting August 24, 2012 at 9:14 am

Parnassus: Easy solution for glass-front cabinets, one we employed in our house. All of our upper cabinets came with a clear glass so we went to our local glass dealer and picked out a pattern glass. There are a million choices so we chose one that was simple so as not to take away from the cabinets, but one that had enough of a pattern to mottle the view of the bag of Almond Joys sitting next to the box of Double Stuff Oreos!!

hookedonhouses August 24, 2012 at 9:20 am

Great tip!

65andcounting August 24, 2012 at 9:56 am

Here’s the link to the brand of glass we used. A million patterns to choose from.

hookedonhouses August 24, 2012 at 9:59 am


Anne Boykin August 24, 2012 at 6:01 am

I like #5 the best. I redid my last kitchen in ivory & black and loved it. I now have cherry cabinets and my husband hates the idea of painting them. My wood cabinets are easier to clean because they don’t show every little smudge, I must say. Love the dog bed in #5 too.

Trish @TheOldPostRoad August 24, 2012 at 6:04 am

Number 5 is my favorite – but I will ‘take’ any of them! The first one is different – I like that look – not a blue fan, but I’ll bet I could change the color combo. Going to pin it, now!
I have a mostly white kitchen. You asked how I decorate it – I use dog hair, dirty dishes, and homework to decorate my kitchen! (at least, today, I do!)

hookedonhouses August 24, 2012 at 6:33 am

Ha! I love it. I can say I’ve decorated with those things, too. My kids have a playroom with a big table for homework, and my son has a desk in his room, but they always end up working on the kitchen table instead.

Lisa@TheDecorGirl August 24, 2012 at 6:35 am

So hard to choose! #1 has me at the blue range and #2 is so warm and welcoming. White kitchens are the best. They are a timeless classic which never gets stale. White allows the food to be the star of the show. White makes it easy to showcase colorful dishes or china. Love, love, love!

G August 24, 2012 at 7:07 am

I have a white kitchen and my absolute favorite kitchen is the one from Something’s gotta Give too! I love #5 kitchen from the list – it’s the perfect combination of light and dark that can make a white kitchen welcoming instead of cold and sterile.

Stephanie August 24, 2012 at 7:46 am

I still love a white kitchen!!! Wish I had one! #5 is definitely my favorite with those warm wood floors… love it!

MelanieL August 24, 2012 at 7:50 am

#5 is my favorite…traditional, warm, so inviting and you don’t need your sunglasses!

Jeanette August 24, 2012 at 8:03 am

I love them all but #1 is my favorite. Probably because it looks a lot like my own kitchen which I love. White cabinets, black countertop and wood floor. The walls are painted light grey to pick up the light grey speckles in the countertop. Everything else in there is some sort of pastel color! Kind of just went with what I had from my previous beige kitchen, and it works for the most part. Love this post for getting new decorating ideas, though!

Lisa August 24, 2012 at 8:21 am

I love white kitchens too. We remodeled ours about a 2 years ago with white cabinets, blue glass subway tile backsplash, sand-colored granite, wood floors, and some bead board. Love it every day! I like all 5 of these and different elements in each one.

Carolyn August 24, 2012 at 8:21 am

Joan’s kitchen, #5, is my favorite. Love everything about it. It’s white, but still warm. The first one is my second favorite because I adore that blue stove, and I also like the compactness of this kitchen (I’ve always lived in small houses). I have a creamy white kitchen and I accent it with blue. I’ve always loved blue and white, and it’s classic. I need to replace my countertops and would love marble, but don’t think we can afford it. Our house is from the 20′s and I want something in keeping.

Katie August 24, 2012 at 8:26 am

I’m really into green right now, so #4 is the one for me! Love the green subway tiles! If it were truly mine, I’d want to change the counters to either white or stainless steel.

Jane August 24, 2012 at 8:44 am

I love #5, but I love the hardware in #3. I have a very small white kitchen that was inspired by all those old 40s movies “New England farmhouse style”. Hand wrought HL hinges and those black wrought iron pulls that were popular back then. Probably won’t win any awards but I love it.

Maryellen August 24, 2012 at 8:49 am

LOL! I must be a “decorating commitmentphobe” too, since I love changing my decorating with the seasons! I love my white kitchen & all of the kitchens you posted are fabulous! I think #3 & #5 are my favorites. I have pops of aqua in my kitchen like #3 along with green. I like how warm & inviting the last kitchen looks.
Julia, I absolutely love your blog! My sister, Liz, turned me on to your site a year or so ago & not a day goes by that I don’t check to see if you’ve posted something new. Thanks for satisfying my love of houses! I am truly “hooked on houses!”

Renée August 24, 2012 at 8:53 am

That’s no contest. Number 4. Love those green tiles. Yeap, 4 it is.

Leanna Comer August 24, 2012 at 9:05 am

I prefer #5 the best. I just finished a kitchen remodel this spring and now I have my dream, WHITE kitchen. Love it. I, too , have heard that white is not as popular, but everytime I’d see a white kitchen in a magazine or on a website, my heart would skip a beat. I knew it had to be white. We have black appliances, a honed granite counter in a color called “soapstone green” (and yes, it looks just like soapstone), a ming green marble backsplash (also honed), and distressed hickory floors. The walls are pale green and I have decorated with jadite pieces and other green decor with a few splashes of cobalt. Just being in it makes me happy (*sigh*).

Donna August 24, 2012 at 9:05 am

Number 5 for me. Love a white kitchen. Timeless!

Luciane at HomeBunch.com August 24, 2012 at 9:14 am

White kitchens are classic.

Love every one you choose here, but I have to say my style is more the last one. Warm and cozy. :-)


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Margaret August 24, 2012 at 9:18 am

I like #5 the best. But where’s the seating?

I might have to give up cooking if I had a white kitchen. Lots of maintenance, no?

hookedonhouses August 24, 2012 at 9:22 am

Click the link to her blog and you’ll see the rest of the kitchen and seating area.

I haven’t found my white kitchen to be high maintenance at all. I have to wipe things down once in a while, I guess, but it hasn’t seemed like much more work than when I had oak cabinets in my last house (that I hated, ugh).

Lisa Smith August 24, 2012 at 9:23 am

Theses are ALL lovely! I think my favorites are # 3 and #5. They remind me of my kitchen on Sea Island. White kitchens are definitely my favorite!

Stephanie Durdan August 24, 2012 at 9:31 am

My favorite is #5. I could be very happy in that kitchen. :-)

Janet August 24, 2012 at 9:33 am

Omgosh, the green tile, to die for. ;)

liz cunningham August 24, 2012 at 9:37 am

I have a white kitchen, with a wood countertop but I have a grey composite sink as i can’t bear butler sinks – they’re too likely to result in broken plates and cups in my house as things get crashed into the sink! I have been adding colour through some Le Creuset pieces and coloured glass. So, for me, no 3 is closest to my own and familiar and comfortable but I do like the blue oven in no 1 and those stools are really lovely. However, i’d love to cook in No 4 with all that space and green tiles, fab!

Sharon Kelly August 24, 2012 at 9:59 am

Love, love, love #5. Very warm and cozy. Has all the essentials, the wine cooler, beautiful countertops and flooring. Could probably do without the glass front fridge though. Would have to keep very clean, presentable.

Linda Evans August 24, 2012 at 10:53 am

#5 LOVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rick S August 24, 2012 at 10:53 am

I pick #5, because it would fit right into my house. I have birch cabinets right now in same color as the #5 floor. The maple doors and trim throughout the house and beamed ceiling in family room would blend right in. I love the glass doors and beadboard walls. It is a white kitchen without the glare and coldness. I feels like it always was instead of brand new. My 4 Shih-Tzu pups would each be nudging their way into the wicker bed. Hope Maizie is doing great.

Shabby Chick August 24, 2012 at 11:30 am

Oh Julia. I WAS going to say #3. Until I saw Joan’s house (#5). I die for her kitchen. I visit her blog often just to sit. and stare. and wish. and dream. I had never in my life beheld such culinary perfection until I wandered into Joan’s kitchen one wintry January day a couple of years ago. I’m in a long line of admirers waiting for an invitation…..Joan, you just say the word and this lil Southern Mississippi girl will be right over! ;)

Jo Batzer August 24, 2012 at 11:41 am

White kitchens have been around for so long because they are CLASSIC and here to last! Especially in period homes, they usually had white to help make things look cleaner, etc..
Have had a white kitchen myself for over 16 years now and yes, we are needing to update a few things, but I will still create the new kitchen with white cabinets. It’s so easy to just add any color or colors to a white kitchen to make it look in season or up to date with the current color trends. If they are too cold for you, just warm them up with wood floors and color accents.
Now as for the stainless steel appliance trend, I can’t wait to see them go!

Spring August 24, 2012 at 11:44 am

Too tough to choose just one. Can’t I have five fabulous houses in five fabulous locations with five fabulous kitchens?

That’s not too much to ask is it? :)

Jared August 24, 2012 at 11:48 am

I’m between 4. and 5. I know they’re totally different but I love the contemporary-ness of 4. and the southern charm feeling of 5. All gorgeous though!

Lilypad August 24, 2012 at 11:50 am

I had a white kitchen with blue accents which I LOVED and miss so much. Unfortunately, we sold the house in 2006. If I ever get to design a kitchen again, it will definitely be white. It’s just so fresh and light. Last year, we lived in a place with dark wood cabinets and dark granite counters. It was like cooking in a cave.

Bettsi August 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I love #3- homey, adorable, quirky! Just makes me feel cozy!

Terry August 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm

We seem to be in the minority here. I’ll have to go back and take a good look at #5. Actually, I loved all of them. I am CRAZY about white kitchens. Mine is (just recently white – having had light maple cabinets). Couldn’t stand it another minute and had them painted. And the walls are now a very soft yellow. This room now feels not-gloomy even on a gloomy morning and cheery the rest of the time. Kitchen #3 is exactly as you describe it, cozy. It feels like a white terry-cloth robe and really comfy slippers. Just what I want in the morning. And in the afternoon. And in the evening.

Casey August 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Amen. Kitchen #3 just feels like home. It’s my fave, for sure!

Katie August 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I love number 2. I would take the colors and decorations from 3 and put it in 2 and that would be perfect!

Rebecca C. August 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I cannot choose which one I like the best. They all have their great features. I really love that green tile backsplash. I also love the fact that you can change out accessories either with the seasons, or when you just want a change. I don’t have a white kitchen though. When we did paint our cabinets white, it always looked a mess. I guess with our teenagers, it just didn’t work. Also, cat hair everywhere no matter how much I cleaned. We went with wood stained cabinets instead (very light stain). It hid whatever they spilled down the cabinet and didn’t clean up. For bathrooms, I love white cabinets! The marble countertops are my favorite. Soapstone looks great with white cabinets.

Julianne August 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm

5 is pretty much perfect. The thing that takes it totally to the top and makes it TOTALLY perfect is the in-kitchen fireplace and big windows/doors by her dining table. Beautiful, she has such an eye for that stuff!

Andrea August 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Trixie’s kitchen is my favorite, although I would love for the love of a house’s kitchen also…..it’s a toss up. I love white kitchens….I particularly love marble ocuntertops….classic! How can that go out of style?

Maria August 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I’m a white kitchen person, which is confirmed by all the tear sheets over the past bazillion years of kitchens – they’re all white ones! I like #1 because that is the closest to my kitchen and I could duplicate the look. I love #5 because I already know it and swoon over the fireplace/seating area. However, non have what I’d really love and that’s a layout with a big island w/seating where the cook faces them. I want people to interact with me while cooking, but I don’t want them getting up/standing/walking in my way to try to come face/make eye contact when talking. So a large island with seating that has a chopping/cooking area facing seated people is my ideal. That and dishwasher on the left b/c I’m right-handed. Yes…I know. I’m all about function AND the pretty! Well a girl can dream can’t she?

Miss E August 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm

While I must say I lust after that blue stove in the 1st one, the 4th one wins my heart. I actually have a VERY similar plan for the kitchen in the home I just purchased last week! The butcher block mobile unit, black countertops… gorgeous!

Kathleen August 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Number one is my favorite, because of the dark counters and the stools at the counter. I’m a messy eater and clumsy cooker; there would be no rest for me, constantly wiping up in those other all-white kitchens!

Norma August 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I do have a white kitchen,and I love it.It’s a galley style kitchen.I do want to update our back splash to a subway tile,which I love the look of,and also redo the floor to a hardwood. We have a dark green granite which looks great with the white cabinets,also my husband wanted to put in an extra smaller sink , a on the other side of the counter which really comes in handy.I also want to update our Butlers Pantry that is attached to the kitchen .I really like #1 kitchen

Erin August 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm

These are gorgeous kitchens, all of them.. I have been a kitchen designer for the past 24 years and I have seen the pendulum swing back and forth from white to wood and back again to white. White is timeless and classic with endless options on the details. I designed a white kitchen for our tiny lake cottage and I love it. Here is a link if you have a moment to look….
I do not see any signs of white kitchens having peaked. I think they are here to stay.

hookedonhouses August 24, 2012 at 3:08 pm

It’s lovely! Thanks, Erin!

amanda August 24, 2012 at 2:12 pm

#2-love the white cabinets, marble counters and tons of sunlight. #4 is my second fave, with the green tile and black wall, it’s cozy and green is my fave color.

Casey August 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I am a sucker for kitchen #3. Love how clean and simplistic- yet rustic it looks. I could live in that kitchen!

diana August 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Number 5 is my fave… love Joan’s work

Jessica August 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I like the 3rd and 5th best. And yes, I still love white kitchens, although I do like our medium/dark wood cabinets, too. They came with our new house, I didn’t pick them myself. ;-)

Erin August 24, 2012 at 4:43 pm

#5 is beautiful and warm, but I love #2… those windows, that banquet, & those ceilings…although it’s obviously huge , and I’m not sure about the layout ( I might have to wear roller skates to get from that sink to wherever the stove and fridge are), I like the classic elements anyway. I have lived in many homes, with both dark and light kitchens, and my favorite kitchens have been white. I loved white kitchens long before they were “it” and painted mine white when the Tuscan-style dark was all the rage (I live in AZ). My real estate agent neighbor walked in years ago and said, “Oh no, you painted your cabinets. Your house will never sell,” but I didn’t care. I still live here, and I still love them (and two more neighbors painted theirs white this past year, so I feel vindicated)! haha White kitchens feel “clean” to me and, I’m like you, I love that I can add pops of citrus colors in the summer, warm colors and textures in the fall, and lots of festive colors during the holidays! White might not always be on-trend, but I agree with others that they are “classic” and will never go out-of-style!

Rebecca Thornton August 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I too have a white kitchen and I love how I can change out colors for Spring (pastels), Summer (green, orange, and yellow) , Fall (orange and black), and of course, Christmas in green and red. I just think white kitchens are classic and will never go out of style. My favorites are 3, 4, and 5 because I do like some color instead of all white!

stephanie August 24, 2012 at 11:49 pm

I totally agree – you can change them to fit the seasons easily – good point!

Laura August 24, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I love things about each one, but couldn’t pick one as being perfect for my taste. White kitchens can be very nice if they’ve got some warmth from accessories or a nice wood floor or counters. Number 2 seems kind of sterile white to me. Our kitchen is “unfitted”, which I really like, has a fireplace, and has cream colored walls and red and blue-green trim with a wood floor. It would be okay in white but not as fun.

Julie B. [Holland] August 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I liked # 2 and # 5 . ( all were beautiful ) I have cream colored cabinets and Beligan bluestone countertops the look is very similar . I agree with other posters the look is timeless. I also loved everyone who posted pics of their kitchens also. Very pretty!

Margaret August 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm

i have a galley kitchen with oak?? cabinets. They were sprayed with lacquer and it is flaking off. I want to paint it white. I have read that there is a paint that you use instead of sanding and then painting. Has anyone used it and does it work? I would like to do as little work as possible since I’ll be doing it myself.

hookedonhouses August 25, 2012 at 8:36 am

That’s interesting. I don’t know what the paint is, but I bet if you went to Lowe’s or Home Depot and asked someone in the paint department, they would. Good luck!

for the love of a house August 24, 2012 at 6:49 pm

While I love all the kitchens and absolutely adore kitchen #2 I must confess to be very happy with #5 ;)! I am so honored to be included in this post Julia, thank you so much. It’s funny about the the glass front refrigerator- people always think you have to keep it clean, but because the glass has a slight tint to it I swear you can never see whether is is messy or clean! It almost becomes a non-player visually. I have always had white kitchens, even before the trend, and expect I always will; they just seem happy and clean to me. I think they are a true classic. I imagine people who follow “trends “will see it as out one day as I just saw an article in the WSJ that stated marble was out for “trends” too…. someone might want to inform the French who have been using it so beautifully for centuries!! I vote they are classics!
all my best,

hookedonhouses August 25, 2012 at 8:35 am

If clicks are votes, then yours wins. More people clicked the link to see more of your kitchen than any of the others. Can’t say I’m surprised–it’s beautiful! :-)

Brandy August 24, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Number 2 is my dream kitchen, hands down, no holds barred, though I do prefer a tile or stone floor whenever possible in a kitchen as one of my uncle’s family is in the tile business, so I’ve been well educated on the benefits over hardwood in wet spaces.

One day I will have my dream: Walls in a pale watery grey-blue (something akin to PB’s porcelain blue fabrics) and ceiling in a slightly paler shade, vintage inspired cabinets in BM White Dove and glass, Hampton Carrara white marble subway tile backsplash and counters (I regularly drool over the Tile Shop offerings), polished nickel hardware w/glass accents, stainless high-end appliances OR true vintage ones in black or white and chrome, black and chrome small appliances, and a black and white marble checkerboard tile floor. And a big window w/white roman shades over my apron front sink OR one of those vintage sink cabinet thingies (what are they called?). A bar-height gathering table w/butcher block top & backless barstools in wicker or rattan in lieu of an island. Black chalkboard paint on the fridge doors. Crown moulding and a coffered or vaulted ceiling. Archway into a cozy breakfast room that has built-ins, a window, a pedestal table w/4 chairs, a pocket door into the dining room, and the same marble tile floor. A screened porch laundry room off the kitchen w/the same level of finishing, a long counter for folding, a chest freezer, and Bosch washer and dryer. One day when I win the lottery :-)

Audrey August 24, 2012 at 7:32 pm

#2! I feel like I’m watching Project Runway or House Hunters and I’m trying to yell at the TV to tell them the right answer. #2 I say, #2!!

(They’re all lovely – I’d be happy to have any of them- but there is something sooooo nice about the bright, natural light and the traditional marble counters.)

Sharon August 24, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Funny you mention it! I just posted our kitchen re-do….in white! :)!

hookedonhouses August 25, 2012 at 8:38 am

It looks great, Sharon!

Cindy August 24, 2012 at 9:20 pm

#5 because it is also usable space. I love white kitchens…timeless, in my opinion. I have one myself.

lucinda August 24, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I remember the first time I stumbled onto For the Love of a House blog, I went through every single post. I covet her kitchen. So number 5 is true love and so is the entire house!

stephanie August 24, 2012 at 11:48 pm

#1 and #2. That blue stove in #1 is STUNNING.

#2 is beautiful – but something is “off” – why are the 2 chairs in the middle of the kitchen like that? Since I’m back and forth to the sink 100 times a day, I feel like I’d knock into them. Also – the little sink on the island has the facet sideways which is annoying me!

LOVE a white kitchen and I don’t know anyone who has one anymore. My kitchen is white and I’ll never change.

What I love so much about your blog is that I can start to see what I’m draw to. In #1 and #2 both use white subway tiles on the walls… so maybe that is a good choice for me!

Shannon August 25, 2012 at 1:33 am

I picked kitchen #2 and thought the exact thing: “I’d have to turn that faucet the correct way, and get rid of those two random chairs.”

hookedonhouses August 25, 2012 at 8:37 am

That’s funny–I hadn’t even noticed the faucet until you mentioned it, Stephanie!

snaggy August 25, 2012 at 1:42 am

1 and 5 I like the best ….but there all nice

paula soares August 25, 2012 at 2:46 am

Oh, dear it’s difficult to choose..after imagine myself” living there” my favourite is number…3!!! It has all: a kitchen island, a window over the sink, a very nice and cosy nook

Shirley@Housepitality Designs August 25, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Love the second one!!! Great kitchens!

Jane August 25, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I love parts of each kitchen. Since we have a kitchen with black counters and white cabinets, I am partial to contrasting colors or tones but we also have mixed in some brown and black in the back splash, have a wood floor, dark bamboo shades, etc. I think the wood tones warm up the black and white a bit . Each of the kitchens you’ve shown are lovely, though!

Nathan August 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I definitely am one to prefer natural wood finish with the cabinetry, I still think white is nice. I find it overkill when everything is white though; I love the use of the green tile in the one kitchen. I do, however, prefer a skinnier tile. I quite like kitchen #5 though.

I love the floors in #2.

GeorgiaPeachez August 26, 2012 at 6:18 am

I love a white kitchen and I think it’s a timeless look. I’m so put off by the brown/black decor that you see all over the displays at the big box stores. That “tuscan” look, ugh. I’ve been doing a bit of reno to my white kitchen too. Added a new penisula with turquoise cabinets to add a punch of color to my white kitchen. Check out my progress pics here: http://georgiapeachez.typepad.com/georgiapeachez/2012/08/kitchen-reno-winds-up.html
Love, love, love you blog. It’s in my Must Read category. xo, suzy

hookedonhouses August 26, 2012 at 7:23 am

It’s lovely! Thanks for the link!

Sally Bauman August 26, 2012 at 8:45 am

#5 is my favorite and my second choice would be #4. I already have the white cabinets and dark laminate floors and really like the choice of blinds over the sink and the dark counters. It has a warmth to it that I find the all white doesnt. As far as #4 I love the punch of green tiles, it makes it a statement. The all white feel cold to me and I believe a kitchen should feel welcoming, and I dont think I would be able to spend the time to keep it so spotless!

melita August 26, 2012 at 9:35 am

i like #2 but i love#5 – the dog bed.

Dee August 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I love #5! I agree with Joan’s comment. White is happy and classic. I have always had white kitchens and never tire of them. We just purchased a white four oven AGA and I am designing my kitchen remodel around it! Cant wait!!

Beth B. August 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Wow..I like them all but I give credit to the one with the bold green subway tiles as that took some guts! I recently did an all white kitchen and love it. I disagree about it being high maintenance. Now I can actually SEE the smudges on the cabinets and can easily wipe them off. With my wood cabinets, not so…goodness knows how dirty they probably were after all those years!

Susan August 26, 2012 at 10:25 pm

No Contest–#5!

Joleen August 27, 2012 at 7:51 am

#5, It’s the most inviting kitchen out of the five, I think. I love love love the old style sink, and the floors! The ceiling and beadboard back splash are also things that sold me on this kitchen! ?

Jessica McGloin August 27, 2012 at 11:45 am

My favourite would have to be Kitchen Number 5… Oh I adore white kitchens! I live in a cottage in London with a tiny kitchen, that I have decorated white with oak counter tops, so it’s fresh, classic but with warmth!

Threadbndr August 28, 2012 at 9:35 am

Number 5 (except for the fridge). I have an A&C bungalow and I’m seriously wanting a white kitchen. Mine is galley style and visible from the dining room; I think that the contrast with the natural woodwork in the rest of the house would be lovely. I also like the idea of the single contrast color in #3. I love that aqua, or a ‘thirties green’ might be fun…. So many good ideas – pining some of them.

Illuminations Lighting Concepts August 28, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Love love this post! I am looking for inspiration as I am wanting to remodel my kitchen!!! :D

Temple August 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Always a fan of green subway tiles and splashes of color. NUMBER 4 all the way

Signe August 30, 2012 at 12:04 am

I like #5 and #4…. for what it’s worth.

acmealvista September 1, 2012 at 5:28 am

These designs are awesome I like the 3, 5. I am really impressed by your post . Thanks for sharing…..

Rod September 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I’m usually for modern and futuristic designs when it comes to kitchens, but I love the fifth one. The wood with the black accents are a great contrast with the white cabinets.

Yuli September 11, 2012 at 12:51 pm

For some reason, I like the one with the green tiles. Green is not used as much in kitchens, so that’s probably why I’m more attracted to it.

Meri September 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm

2!!! They are all gorgeous and I love the blue stove in #1 but all white kitchens look so beatiful.

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