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How to design a stylish all-white kitchen

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Although they might be plain, all-white kitchens are anything but boring. Simple and sophisticated, this timeless kitchen design works in all styles – from cottage to contemporary.

This guide explains why white doesn't have to be bland, with advice on creating a stylish all-white kitchen.

Incorporate colour with accessories

Incorporate colour with accessories

Keeping the design interesting – rather than simply stark white – is all in the detail.

You can transform the look instantly with colourful accessories – soft furnishings, appliances and utensils. But remember; keep their style clean and minimal. Too much colour could sacrifice the visual serenity. Read the full Wren Kitchens guide to adding colour with kitchen accessories for more ideas.

Have fun with furniture – adding texture and injecting just the right amount of colour and warmth.

As fashion trends change, soft furnishings are much easier to update or replace than kitchen cabinets. A safe and stylish option, an all-white kitchen will last for decades.

Create contrast with worktops

Create contrast with worktops

To break up white cabinetry, install a worktop in a contrasting colour.

Timeless natural wood worktops will bring warmth to the room and complement an all-white kitchen – particularly if the external door and flooring is made from the same wood.

Granite worktops will add a touch of luxury; glass worktops, although not the most functional, will work with a contemporary kitchen; while the chef's choice, stainless steel, will be most practical.

Add ambience with lighting

Add ambience with lighting

White kitchens have longevity – they suit most tastes, but can lack individual style. To put your own stamp on the room, install lighting that will make a fashion statement.

Always try to let in as much natural light into your kitchen as possible, but create drama with over-scaled or low-hanging pendant lights. Well placed lighting will add ambiance, especially for kitchens that include a dining area.

A chic finishing touch with white flooring

A chic finishing touch with white flooring

Kitchen flooring needs to be practical and hardwearing – but that doesn't mean it has to be dull.

White kitchen floor tiles will instantly brighten the room; and they come in different shapes and sizes to suit any style of kitchen. Plus, tiles are easy to clean and maintain no matter their colour.

A white, or very light, floor to match your all-white kitchen will give the room a chic finishing touch.

Complement an all-white kitchen with wall colour

Complement an all-white kitchen with wall colour

If you want to add colour to your all-white kitchen, paint an accent wall in a bold shade, or use tiles or a splashback in a markedly different colour. All you need is one striking shade to bring the room to life – from sultry black to sunshine yellow.

Feature walls aren't just for bedrooms and living rooms – it's a simple design choice to make colour stand out in any room – and it can be easy to change back should your love affair with the palette come to an end.

Let your personality shine through

Let your personality shine through

While an all-white kitchen embraces stripped-back simplicity; your personality should still shine through.

If you're an avid cook, incorporate shelves into your kitchen design to store your recipe books; think about where you'll locate your wine rack; and find a home for those everyday herbs and spices you'll need close to hand.

A kitchen's primary purpose is to be functional – it's the hub of the family home – so don't think you have to focus too much on style. You can keep it practical and personal.

While other colour schemes and styles certainly have their appeal, an all-white kitchen is one of the most popular choices. Thanks to its simplistic design, it's a timeless style that's here to stay.

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