6 ways to add colour to an all white kitchen

An all white kitchen can feel fresh and bright but has the tendancy to look a little sterile, take the edge off with simple, colour updates

1. Add a pop of black

Update an all white kitchen with a monochrome scheme. This timeless duo of black and white doesn’t have to belong to a modern space alone; it’s just as much at home in a classic or country kitchen. Matt black finishes rather than anything too glossy works with this look, so go for ceramics with an artisan feel, traditional spindle-back chairs or a simple pendant light.

Wall tiles, Lustrum Electra Panna tiles in ivory, £85.33 per m2, Topps Tiles

2. Use window treatments

Blind fabric, Summer Strawberries, £49 per m, Vintage Prints collection, Sanderson at Jane Clayton

Add a vibrant splash of colour with your window treatments. Go for a country look with a vintage style print or add some fresh Scandi tones of blue and yellow. Pick out the accent colours in the fabric for kitchen accessories and ceramics.

For stylish Roman blinds, take a look at the selection available at John Lewis

3. Add bright units

More suited to a modern kitchen; a section of bright, gloss units in the mix of all white adds an unexpected blast of colour. Try bold, primary colours for a contemporay finish and striking contrast against existing white units.

Jarsta kitchen, from £40, Ikea

4. Use natural tones

Supreme table in white, £965; Heritage Turner bench in white, £935, both Lilly Loray

Fresh green plants and herbs bring to life an all white scheme. Furniture, accessories and lighting in either dark wood for a rustic or country finish; or pale, blonde wood for a sleeker, Scandi style warm up a cool, white kitchen.

Marsta kitchen units, from £40, Ikea

Eco dining set, £1,435; Gaucho pendant, £69, both Furniture Village

5. Invest in colourful appliances

Smeg TR4110 Range Cooker, from £1,999, John Lewis

With appliances being such a big investment, you want to be sure you love the coloured appliance you choose, but don’t let that put you off! For a country style, pastel tones are perfect for a subtle injection of colour; go with bold brights for a contemporary or retro style kitchen and strong heritage tones for a traditional kitchen.

6. Mix and match chairs

Whether you like eclectic, painted wooden chairs; colourful industrial metal chairs or bright designer-style seats, this idea works for any style of kitchen and with a blank white canvas you can go for a whole array of colours.

For a range of colourful dining chairs, try Habitat.

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