You Can’t Call These 8 White Kitchen Cabinet Ideas Vanilla
Texture and sculptural shapes are the flavors of the month.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 6:44 AM
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You don’t often hear the words white kitchen cabinets followed by a bevy of lively adjectives. While most of us would never object to a bright, neutral space—in fact, the look is still very much trending on Pinterest—the idea doesn’t exactly get our hearts racing. So on the seldom occasion that the Domino editors come across a white kitchen that gets us excited, we don’t forget it.
Choosing the right shade is only step number one in the process. It’s the little things that separate stereotypical white kitchen cabinets from dynamic ones, like edgy hardware, veiny marble countertops, and reclaimed-wood hoods. The run-of-the-mill has met its match: These eight spaces nail the classic color.
The IKEA One
The One With Bold Marble
Dramatic is the best way to describe Paonazzo marble, the stone that architect Elizabeth Roberts used for the countertops in this NYC townhouse. The wavy blue-gray lines call for subtle detailing on the white cabinetry, hence knobs that fade into the background.
The One That’s Rich With Character
When history is on your side (as it was for designer Jessica Helgerson when she refurbished this 1885 Victorian home), use it to your advantage. A white tin ceiling and antique-looking island bring a timeless feel to the millwork.
The One With a Rustic Touch
White is a far-from-boring choice when there are unexpected textures to spice things up. Note the reclaimed-wood hood and crisp brick backsplash in this Studio McGee–designed space.
The One That Gets Specific
Another trick we’re stealing from Studio McGee: Glass fronts on upper cabinets, which add welcome visual interest (especially when there are intricate doorframes involved).
The Sleek One
To achieve that coveted Scandinavian vibe, skip the hardware altogether. Instead of doing plain slab fronts, Brooklyn-based designer Crystal Sinclair opted for a Shaker-like design, adding depth and making the cupboards easier to grip.
The One That’s All About the Hardware
The first time we saw London designer Jo Sampson’s golden indoor-outdoor kitchen, it sent shock waves through our system. Fitting, since her drawer pulls are shaped like lightning bolts, which happen to be a low-commitment way to embrace trends in a white kitchen (Sampson can just swap out the fixtures when she tires of them).
The Beachy One
Simple cabinetry is an easy decision for a Colonial house at the New Jersey shore, but seafoam mosaic tiles and a terrazzo dining table are equally obvious choices—they scream summer in the Mediterranean, not monotony.
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