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10 Rules to Create the Perfect White Kitchen

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These 10 Rules to Create the Perfect White Kitchen are a must read before building or remodeling your kitchen. The time to build your dream kitchen is now!

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Have you noticed that white kitchens are covering the pages of Pinterest, Houzz.com and home magazines?  With my job as designer, a big part of it is helping my clients build their houses. I start from scratch helping them create their house plans and choosing every single detail in their house. Lately, almost every house that I have designed has had white kitchens! I love this look and I urge my clients to go this route. It gives your space such a clean, fresh and happy feeling. These white kitchen are classic and if you do it right, it will never go out of style. 

I designed this kitchen from scratch.I had a vision for it from day one and although we had a few hiccups, it turned out beautiful!

10 Rules to Create the Perfect White Kitchen

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1. These cabinets go all the way to the ceiling. I absolutely love this because you don’t have the awkward space above the cabinets. I don’t love decorating above the cabinets because it can look cluttered and always gets dusty and greasy. It will cost more to do this, but I think in the end it is 100% worth it!

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2.  I love to decorate with practical items – things that I actually use. For example, putting your cookbooks on display or fresh flowers (my favorite). I also always have fruit and veggies in bowls and on platters. I like to have everything BIG too. A huge bowl with fresh fruit makes such a beautiful statement. 

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3.  Lighting is KEY! Get large pendant lights for your kitchen island. They CANNOT be small. Spend your lighting budget in your kitchen, family room and entry way. The rest of your house is fine getting the inexpensive stuff.

The lighting does not need to be matching sets. You want different lights, but you must use the same color combinations within the lighting fixtures. For example, here we have used all of the wrought iron (black) on the fixtures. With the wrought iron, it is okay to mix with silver, but that is the only exception. If you are doing oil rubbed bronze, then it all must be oil rubbed bronze. Along with cabinet knobs, door handles, etc. I also love the vintage style bulbs shown here. It adds more character to the lights.

Lighting in your kitchen is KEY! Come read some of the lighting rules + other tips for creating a white kitchen! Find this great article at overthebigmoon.com!

Lighting in your kitchen is KEY! Come read some of the lighting rules + other tips for creating a white kitchen! Find this great article at overthebigmoon.com!

Lighting in your kitchen is KEY! Come read some of the lighting rules + other tips for creating a white kitchen! Find this great article at overthebigmoon.com!

4.  You want your faucets to match your lighting, cabinet knobs and door handle color. So, in this case, we did wrought iron. I recommend adding a pot filler faucet as well.  They are AWESOME and add character to your kitchen.  Also, choosing the right granite with your white cabinets is very important. This granite is called Steel Grey and it gives it a great contrast with the white cabinets. I also did a 5mm mitered edge on the granite to give it some thickness. 

Choosing lighting, cabinet knobs and faucets for the kitchen can be a lot of stress! Come check out these great tips and tricks to creating the perfect white kitchen! Find the article at overthebigmoon.com!

Choosing lighting, cabinet knobs and faucets for the kitchen can be a lot of stress! Come check out these great tips and tricks to creating the perfect white kitchen! Find the article at overthebigmoon.com!

5. I love that the gas range and hood is in the center of the cabinets and everything on each side is symmetrical. It makes the stove a focal point and you can make it stand out nicely with a great backsplash and detail on the hood. I wanted a large chunky hood and cabinets surrounding the range. It’s probably my favorite thing in my kitchen. 

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6.  When doing white cabinets, you must use a good wood that doesn’t ding easily. Most cabinet makers would suggest using Maple, which is what we did here. The cabinet fronts are called Shaker Style, which is a flat panel cabinet. I had my cabinet guy make them approximately and inch wider (all the way around) than the normal shaker cabinet style and I think it added a fun detail!

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7.  Do you see that tall skinny door in front of you? That is my swinging door to the pantry and I LOVE it!! It makes it so convenient for going in and out of your pantry with your hands full. 

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8.  I am a huge fan of big fridges and double ovens. You can’t have a gourmet kitchen without them! I know that big fridges can be incredibly pricey, but there are a few great alternatives out there. Kenmore and Frigidaire both have a 72″ fridge, freezer combo, that is about $2,500 versus $11,000 for the one pictured here. It’s not as good of quality as the more expensive brands, but it will give you a similar look. The appliances pictured are all Thermador, which is currently the best rated brand for upscale appliances.

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9.  When you are designing your cabinetry, keep this built in spice rack in mind. It is probably my favorite feature of these cabinets. It’s incredibly convenient when cooking and keeps you organized!

Spice Cabinet in the kitchen! I love this feature! This article has great information when designing the perfect kitchen! overthebigmoon.com

Spice Cabinet in the kitchen! I love this feature! This article has great information when designing the perfect kitchen! overthebigmoon.com

10.  When choosing cabinet knobs, go simple. The more detail you have on the knobs, the faster they will go out of style. Choosing a plain knob will make the overall look much better and last longer!

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Hope these tips were helpful! Good luck designing your perfect white kitchen!

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10 Rules to Create the Perfect White Kitchen - such a great detailed article! overthebigmoon.com


Lyndi Dunlavy from elliebeandesign.com

Owner of Ellie Bean Design Company and the writer of Ellie Bean Design blog. 5 years ago I found a love for graphic design and now I am passionately involved in interior design and new home building design. I am the mama of four perfect children. My kids are my life and they keep me very busy, but I still find time to be creative. I also enjoy cooking, organizing, planning parties, relaxing on a beach somewhere far away!

Comments (24)

  • Mary Elaine Szurszewski

    Absolutely beautiful! About a month away from starting demo on our kitchen renovation but still deciding on cabinet color. My father-in-law, a retired cabinet maker, tells me that I will hate a white kitchen after a few years. Two biggest reasons he gives me are:
    1. THe white will start to yellow after a couple of years (as well as white is hard to keep clean).
    2. Because of wood expansion with heat and humidity the wood joints will show that expansion with any painted cabinets vs stained cabinets.
    I really, really love white cabinets but I’m afraid of what they will look like 5 years down the road.
    Do you have any clients that have experienced these issues with their white kitchens?
    PLEASE ADVISE, its crunch time for me to decide on my color & kind of wood for my cabinets!
    Any comments/suggestions will be helpful.

  • I like what I see. Do you consult over the internet? What do you charge if so? Wife and I are currently remodeling one of our homes in the nest year.

  • Hahaha! I NEVER comment on these kind of posts, but was literally just going to say the same thing! WROUGHT IRON!!!! Where the heck did “rod” iron come from? Do some homework before you use a word if there’s a possibility you’re making up an incorrect version of it…

  • A beautiful kitchen, just stunning in every way. I will be renovating a kitchen in the coming year and I will certainly use a lot of the ideas you shared here!

  • Pam from Over the Big Moon

    This is a gorgeous kitchen Lyndi! Thanks for all the tips – I can’t wait to apply them in my new white kitchen!!

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