We at Homepolish love clean and pristine kitchens, but how do you make sure it doesn't read as white-washed and bland? Our designer Haley Weidenbaum gives us her tips, whether your style is stylish Scandinavian or comfy farmhouse.
Photos by Tessa Neustadt.
An all-white kitchen can sound cold or boring, but with a mix of materials, a splash of color, and clean lines, your kitchen can always look magazine ready. First and foremost, the key is “layering.” In a kitchen, this might sound confusing. After all, the key to any pro-status kitchen is cleanliness. In this case, when I say “layering,” I don’t mean clutter; I mean layering different textures. These textures and details are what will give the clean space character and charm, as opposed to being clinical and sterile. Adorning your countertops and wall space with a variety of textures gives an all-white kitchen warmth. Plus, it allows the white materials to be your clean palette in which the accessories shine. Below are a few of my favorite tricks to make your kitchen look world-class.
1. Incorporating natural elements
Natural elements and materials instantly warm up a space (naturally). The key in the kitchen is balancing the beauty of these sort of pieces with functionality. Wood cutting boards, marble serving plates, slate cheese platters… all of these look beautiful with white backgrounds. Leaning wood cutting boards against your backsplash add an organic element to the space and they don’t take up too much room. Extra bonus, they’re readily available for you to grab should you feel the urge to suddenly practice your dicing skills.
2. Display your ingredients
Let’s face it. There are some foods that should not be stored away in the fridge. Tomatoes, bananas, citrus, herbs. To top it off, all of these things are GORGEOUS, like natural plants that you can eat (ok, that’s exactly what they are). The key, however, is to display them tastefully. My favorite solution is wicker or jute baskets on the countertops. For herbs, use a glazed ceramic pot or a glass, arranging them as you would flowers. This allows you to display all of the beautiful things on your upcoming menu, but with a notable design flair. And when you don’t have any food to display, you can hang the baskets up on the wall. But only if they’re pretty enough.
3. Show off your unique kitchen pieces
Displaying three or four vintage, unique, or simply sentimental pieces will add a notable personal touch to your kitchen. This can be anything from a collection of antiqued wine glasses, a gorgeous copper tea kettle on the stovetop, or a beautifully glazed cake pedestal. Even a stack of plates can stay handy for a quick bite. Just make sure that they’re strategically placed on open shelving or a counter corner, so they don’t eat away at your workspace.
4. Splash in color with appliances
Who doesn’t love an unexpected pop of color, whether its a minty Smeg toaster, a yellow fridge, or a robin’s egg blue teapot? Your color scheme will be the biggest way to express yourself in the kitchen (besides the food you make). Just make sure that you stay consistent. This isn’t the Keebler treehouse, so there shouldn’t be any rainbows.
5. Don’t forget your linens
And lastly, splurge on a hand-crafted pair of hand towels. These are a MUST in any kitchen. As designersaid recently, “With a towel tucked into your apron strings or thrown over your shoulder, you’ll practically look like Bobby Flay or Ina Garten.” And who doesn’t want to look like that goddess Ina? And while we’re on textiles, don’t forget a good rug. I picked out a kilim for my kitchen. Rugs will add texture to the flooring (and also save your feet during those long cooking hours).
All of these elements are minor details, but mixed together make a big impact. Just treat your white kitchen like a blank canvas and have fun expressing yourself through it.