6 ways to add colour to an all white kitchen

An all white kitchen can feel fresh and bright but has the tendency to look a little sterile. Take the edge off with simple colour updates
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  • 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

    A sink area in a white kitchen with metro tiles and open shelving

    Update an all-white cooking and dining space with a monochrome kitchen colour 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.

    Matte 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.

    A tiled white wall with a table and black wooden chair in front

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

    2. Use window treatments

    A white kitchen with green strawberry plant blinds and a red gingham tea towel

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

    Add a vibrant splash of colour to a white kitchen 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.

    A dining area with metal chairs next to a blue and yellow floral blind

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

    3. Add bright units

    White internal bifold doors leading to a kitchen with green cabinets

    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 contemporary finish and striking contrast against existing white units.

    A white kitchen with sunshine yellow cabinets above the worktop

    Jarsta kitchen, from £40, Ikea

    4. Use natural tones

    A white dining table in front of a blank white wall surrounded by plants

    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 smart kitchen lighting ideas 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.

    A white kitchen with handleless cupboards and a wooden dining table

    Marsta kitchen units, from £40, Ikea

    A brick wall painted white next to a small window behind a wooden table

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

    5. Invest in colourful appliances

    A white kitchen with ceiling beams, a dining table and a pink range cooker

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

    Don’t be put off by brightly coloured appliances. Just ensure you’re happy with the colour you choose as they’re such a big investment! 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.

    A white kitchen with a mint green Smeg fridge

    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.

    A white kitchen with shutters on the windows and a table with colourful chairs

    For a range of colourful dining chairs, try Habitat.

    A white kitchen with colourful metal chairs and metal bar stools

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