White kitchens — homeowners love them while some designers have grown tired of them and are ready to move on. That said, they are still wildly popular just about everywhere. There are lots of reasons why white kitchens have endured and will continue to be popular — from their design versatility and marketability to their association with cleanliness. No matter what style of all-white kitchen you choose, it’s important to keep in mind that the kitchen design layout is still the critical feature.
At a basic level, any kitchen will fall into one of these five kitchen design layouts: u-shaped, galley style, L-shaped, double L-shaped or a one-wall kitchen. Most of the time, the choice of a kitchen layout design is driven by the space that is available for the kitchen and how it can be arranged to meet the needs of the family while providing all the important kitchen elements that are required.
We found a stunning collection of examples designed by Showcase Kitchens of Long Island in Manhasset and Massapequa. All are white, beautiful and have a kitchen design layout that is far from boring.
White kitchen design layout ideas
Totally White Contemporary Kitchen Layout
White kitchens are all the rage now and have been for some time. Of course, they were super popular in the 1990s and then fell out of favor for a while before their current heydey. What makes them so enduring and popular? We asked John Starck, owner of Showcase Kitchens. “The not-so-recent trending of transitional design, after the popularity of the more ornate traditional design, offers a sophisticated and chic alternative to a primarily wood-based kitchen. White kitchens give a sense of spaciousness as well as being a perfect palette for decorative augmentation, which homeowners seem to enjoy,” Starck says.
This particular combines a number of contemporary elements into a one-of-a-kind design, from the natural wood beams to the dark-colored countertop along the wall. The soaring ceiling sets off the globe pendants and the velvet upholstery on the bar seats adds a touch of softness. It’s a great example of how to meld different materials to spice up a white kitchen.
Elegant with a Touch of Glam
Transitional kitchen designs with clean lines and a fresh vibe are ideal for using a white color palette. These are the types of decorating styles that themselves more naturally to an all-white kitchen, Says Starck. This white kitchen is a bit glamorous thanks to the pendants above the island and the chandelier over the table. The feeling is emphasized by other elements, such as the elegant accents on the cabinet glass. The way the quilting on the bar chairs picks up on the pattern of the backsplash. The dark wood floor and chair legs add depth and warmth to the space.
Updated Traditional Style
With farmhouse, industrial and modern style trending, many homeowners prefer a more classic traditional look. That said, today’s traditional kitchen designs are not your mother traditional kitchen style. This kitchen has plenty of traditional elements from the coffered ceiling to the moldings and overall classic look, but it still has lots of fresh flair. The dramatic and rich looking marble backsplash behind the cooktop and the updated classic lighting fixtures are just a couple. These homeowners extended their white kitchen style into the dining area where there is a handy and comfortable bench as well as plenty of closed storage.
Kitchen Neutral and Natural
Even among people who love a mainly white palette in the kitchen, not everyone wants absolutely everything to be white. When spicing up white kitchens, certain elements will provide more bang for your buck, says Starck. “When it’s a white kitchen, it’s easy to introduce contrast. Usually, center islands or backsplashes behind the range are a great place to highlight the clean look of white and can act as a focal point as well,” he explains. This particular kitchen has a large island whose base is a different color. This type of contrast is a bit softer because the color of the wood is more muted, which fits with the more laid-back, natural style of this home.
Super Family Friendly
Unlike white carpeting and upholstery, white kitchens are totally family-friendly. In fact, their clean look makes it easier to spot areas that need cleaning. Here, the kitchen incorporates a bench seat on one side, which eliminates the need for a much larger table that can accommodate family with more children. The separate table is also easily replaced, as the family grows and changes. The set-up is also perfect for children to homework or other activities while meals are being prepared and still be close to mom or dad.
At the other end of the formality spectrum, white kitchens can be quite sophisticated as this one is. While the basic cabinetry is similar to other kitchens, the difference emerges in the detail that are included. Stylish sink hardware, an elegant tray ceiling and dual chandeliers take it to the next level of refinement. Additions such as the chairs help determine the vibe, and these upholstered stools with studs and hardware add a lot of style.
Cheery and Eclectic
Starck says that a limited budget need not define how great the kitchen looks. “Appliance choices can help set the tone of a kitchen. Many appliance brands have a high-performance, luxury aesthetic with a more modest price point. This would be a great way to maintain a high-end look while watching the budget,” he says. This particular kitchen upgraded its stove with a high-end brand that elevates the entire design. Together with the updated lighting fixtures, the entire space has a luxe but casual vibe.
In a demonstration of how a white kitchen is always a good idea, this design is modern and a little eclectic. “There is no occasion where a white kitchen will not work unless the client prefers something different. Ultimately, taste is very personal, which includes color preference.” This kitchen has a white background blended with some dark wood on the island and wall unit. The lighting is where the personality of the homeowners really shines, with two fixtures highlighted in neon yellow and a third over the table an artful, unexpected style.
An Old-School Feel
An all-white is the perfect backdrop for a more old-school kitchen like this one. Elegant crown moldings and a curved cornice above the cooktop are ideal highlights for a more traditional design. Note the gorgeous marble countertops, especially on the island which is a different color. The serene palette is punctuated not just by the island top but by the industrial light fixtures above the island and the sink.
Today’s Style of Transitional
Plenty of people aren’t really ready to commit to a more modern kitchen but they still want a space that feels fresh and up-to-date, so transitional design is a perfect compromise. This space combines traditional elements with fresher parts like the updated lighting, bar stools and materials used for the backsplash and countertops.
White kitchens lend themselves to creating a more serene space. This kitchen combines white and gray elements and the result is stunning yet with a very Zen feeling. In addition to the tile backsplash, the gray barstools and dining chairs add contrast without introducing a more vibrant or contrasting color.
Contemporary With Some Shine
White kitchens have been popular on and off for quite some time, certain elements can make them feel dated. “Shaker door styles tend to be overdone,” Starck says. We’ve been doing more crafted doors by adding detail to the door profile. We’re increasingly adding more metal into projects in trims, door profiles and molding.
A Focus on Accents
Of course, there are those people who think that all-white equals boring. “There are probably unlimited ways of adding visual interest,” Starck says. “For example, by introducing metal into the door style. Homeowners can be creative with lighting, hardware, flooring and other decorative elements that personalize a white space,” he adds.
Here are more examples of fabulous white kitchens from a variety of other designers that illustrate the different types of kitchen design layouts that you can choose.
Traditionally styled with a bit of glam, this kitchen uses details and accents to create a distinctive look. From the hardware and metal strip along the edge of the countertop to the curved wooden accents, this design is all about the details. The neutral patterned interior of the glass-fronted cabinets keeps them from looking too stark. Something like this is great inspiration for a section of any larger kitchen.
When it comes to minimalist white kitchens, they can be streamlined and sleek without being boring. Bauformat’s kitchen layout design manages to hide most of the critical functional elements and appliances behind the cabinetry, which has no hardware to spoil the look. The appliance cubbyholes keep often-used items handy while the backlit, honeycomb-design backsplash adds interest without adding color or disturbing the serene vibe.
Depending on the size of the space, many of the kitchen design layout options can be customized to add even more workspace. This large all-white kitchen is L-shaped in basic layout, but the extra space allowed for the addition of a second island with a prep sink and loads of countertop space. Being able to stand between the two and cook provides more than enough workspace around the cooktop. We love the minimal addition of color from the greenish stone island tops.
Small spaces can present kitchen design layout challenges but one way to make them feel more open is to go with an all-white design. Skewing toward minimalism can also help things feel less cramped. Shenton Architects designed this small kitchen with enough sleek closed cabinetry to hide most everything but incorporated some open shelving for display and frequently used items like glassware. This also keeps the kitchen from feeling too boxy.
While this transitional kitchen has a very standard layout, it is a good example of how details are super important in an all-white kitchen. Elements like the paneled columns and the glass sections on the upper cabinets add interest and still keep with the all-white theme. Adding some textural elements like the natural wood in the stools and the flooring warm up the space and the pendants help emphasize that.
Both farmhouse and industrial elements can be found in this transitional all-white kitchen. Working from a classic u-shaped kitchen design layout, the space has a number of elements that have made farmhouse style so popular: white subway tile, open shelving flanking the sink and some shiplap-style detail on some of the cabinetry. On the industrial side, the range hood and pendants lend some edge to the space.
Hands down, a white kitchen is a fabulous option when it comes to creating a modern, minimalist kitchen. Working from a basic l-shaped kitchen design layout, this example has enough elements that add interest and warmth that it does not at all feel stark or uninviting. Firs, the natural wood flooring goes a long way in making the space feel warmer. A couple of black elements like the oversized range hood and the bar cabinet break up the long expanse. Super wide drawers and the architectural window add some fresh differences to this all-white kitchen.
If you really love an all-white kitchen, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have one. You can find countless great examples of white kitchens that are still fresh and relevant that not only will you love living with yours, but down the road, future buyers will likely love it too!