all white kitchen? yes or no?

(53 Posts)
ImTooHecsyForYourParty Thu 04-Apr-13 15:44:26

my new kitchen (nearly finished YAY!!!) is white units and white tiles and currently white walls and ceiling. The worktop is a sort of mottled thing sort of a bit like that, handles are chrome. floor will match worktops. all woodwork is bright white gloss.

Would you keep the walls white or paint them a different colour?

I really love how white it looks, but I'm wondering if it's a little soulless, and also how practical white walls will be long term! grin

pipsqueakz Thu 04-Apr-13 17:58:15

I'd go for a sage color on walls give it a bit of warmth I'm currently looking at upgrading my kitchen and googled some ideas hope this helps.

Bonsoir Thu 04-Apr-13 18:05:16

Oh sage is a very good idea! I need to repaint my kitchen next, and have all white floor and wall tiles and white units and a mixture of white and steel appliances with wood/wicker bits and bobs....

pipsqueakz Thu 04-Apr-13 18:19:12

It seems to work really well with white clean calm colour but modern and homely at the same time I think

DorisIsWaiting Thu 04-Apr-13 18:22:16

If you wanted to keep them white you could add some colour with art?

I saw this recently which might give you some ideas?

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Thu 04-Apr-13 18:39:32

sage. sounds nice. I've always gone for either yellow or teracotta in my kitchen. Wouldn't have thought of a green. Do you think it would go with that worktop though?

I would have some art but all the walls have cupboards, so nowhere to hang anything.

I wonder if maybe some decorative tiles might work. I think you can get tile transfers, can't you?

Bonsoir Thu 04-Apr-13 18:42:38

Sage sounds better and better and I want to change the handles on my units to something more traditional...

pipsqueakz Thu 04-Apr-13 20:11:24

Try an inconspicuous place for colour. I have all white cupboards slate floor and black slate effect worktop. Brushed steel accessories and sage green wall although only wall exposed really is above cooker and black roller blind. It looks nice.

pipsqueakz Thu 04-Apr-13 20:20:55

Meant colour test

Bonsoir Thu 04-Apr-13 20:23:25

I have one wall I think I am going to paint with blackboard paint as we need somewhere big to write messages/shopping lists etc. Then green on the other walls (two of them really).

pipsqueakz Thu 04-Apr-13 20:30:09

That's a really good idea bonsoir I got some of that chalkboard paint.

pipsqueakz Thu 04-Apr-13 20:41:01

Deluxe expression delight or muddy puddle would work with your worktops also imtoohecsyforyourparty.

vez123 Thu 04-Apr-13 20:50:01

We have the Farrow and Ball Living with Colour book and there is one example of an all white kitchen and it looks great!
This is quoted from the book: "The kitchen is deliberately designed to provide a plain, unified background to the clutter that inevitably accumulates in any well-used space, and has units painted in 'Off-White' and walls and ceiling in 'Lime White'. The floor is a pale lino, the surfaces pale Corian and the splashbacks are transparent glass.

legalalien Thu 04-Apr-13 20:53:46

We repainted our cupboards from duck egg to a sort of sage colour last year with sort of silver/ pewterish handles. Will see if i can find a pic of something similar

legalalien Thu 04-Apr-13 21:01:03
blueshoes Thu 04-Apr-13 21:30:08

I have a new shaker style kitchen in cream with sage splashback and tiles. Tis soothing. I have framed botanical prints on the walls which pick out the sage nicely and a giant ship's clock, also in a greeny colour.

White is a great idea but was afraid it would be too high maintenance in a large kitchen.

chartreuse Fri 05-Apr-13 17:44:26

I have an all white kitchen, white worktops and white floor, the walls are very pale pink. It is my absolute favourite room. We have a large velux and given that the sky is so often grey I wanted some warmth, but I hate yellowy creams, hence the pink. It is beautiful. We are moving soon and I'm going to recreate it in our new house

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Fri 05-Apr-13 21:39:15

I have decided. grin I am going to leave it all white and have my bits and bobs in chrome, to match the handles. My kettle and toaster already are, so I have to get a new bin, bread bin and possibly microwave, although my husband thinks that one should remain white.

It just looks so bright and clean and clear and lovely!

I think too much white can look a bit like a morgue... Especially with metal. grin
But I'm sure yours doesn't!

Tee2072 Sat 06-Apr-13 16:21:08

Yes, but what kind of knobs?


ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sat 06-Apr-13 18:03:04

grin Tee. Big chunky long ones.

The best kind.

Jazz - after the argument I have just had with my husband over dishwasher cycles grin that might be for the best...

I can't really imagine a purely white kitchen - no colour anywhere?!

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sat 06-Apr-13 20:13:39

the handles are chrome. Some of the appliances are too. And the worktop is a bit like this

I'll put a pic up actually. Hang on.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sat 06-Apr-13 20:25:43

I don't know how to do multiple pics.

Now, I am aware that this will not be to everyone's liking! But remember that I do like it! <hard stare> grin

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sat 06-Apr-13 20:26:08

2nd angle

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sat 06-Apr-13 20:26:32

3rd angle

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sat 06-Apr-13 20:27:47

First angle didn't seem to post.

here it is again.

Ok, now the wooden bread bin is going to be chrome. and maybe the microwave. and I know the utensil thing on the window doesn't match, but it belonged to my beloved late grandparents so it's staying. grin

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sat 06-Apr-13 20:28:40

I'm going to need a wider freezer for that space. hmm

Fluffy1234 Sat 06-Apr-13 20:36:59

Another idea is keep the walls white and add bit of colour or pattern with some blinds and tea towels etc.
You have a lovely kitchen.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sat 06-Apr-13 20:37:58

Good idea.
It's not a posh expensive kitchen by any means, but I'm proud of it. grin

Tee2072 Sat 06-Apr-13 22:22:52

It's very white. You need some colourful accessories like tea towels.

Nice knobs.


ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sat 06-Apr-13 22:28:33

They are. I can't stop stroking them. grin

I wonder if a really bright coloured blind in an all white kitchen would look good, striking or ridiculous.

Tee2072 Sat 06-Apr-13 22:34:39

How about some bowls or vases in bright colours on top of the cupboards? My MIL did that to great effect in her kitchen. Just quirky stuff she found in charity shops.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sat 06-Apr-13 22:36:18

ooh, charity shop hunting. My favourite pastime. grin Bright glass. That would look nice on all white, wouldn't it?

Fluffy1234 Sat 06-Apr-13 22:43:55

Soft colours such as duck egg blue may also work well and go with your worktops. I think some pattern would be nice.

Tee2072 Sat 06-Apr-13 22:48:22

Anything would look great against all that white.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sat 06-Apr-13 22:59:49

I'm sensing you're thinking it's too much white, Tee? grin

Yes, fluffy, I think accessories are the way to go.

cocolepew Sat 06-Apr-13 23:10:12

Ohhh I'm very jealous, I'd love a new kitchen. I think its a bit too white (sorry). Dulux Wellbeing goes lovely with white. It's a fresh green colour. I have it all over my house blush.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sat 06-Apr-13 23:12:42

ooh, I LOVE that! I am going to have that in my hallway. I've got a dark green carpet there and it would match beautifully.

cocolepew Sat 06-Apr-13 23:15:55

We have wonderful taste Hec grin

Jessepinkman Sat 06-Apr-13 23:22:08

I have a pretty white kitchen too. I like it because when its clean I know its clean and I find it quite relaxing just to have the one colour. I just have a kettle, toaster, scales and a vase sometimes filled with white flowers on the worktops. I guess to some people it would look cold and horrible. If I have friends round for drinks I put fairy lights out.

Tee2072 Sun 07-Apr-13 06:58:31

Yes, I do Hec. grin

Um I think it's quite white...

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sun 07-Apr-13 10:27:29

We do, coco.

Yes, you hid it well, Tee wink

grin yeah, it is, Jazz. But it does look so clean, as Jesse says! When I go in it, it's just so bright and fresh and clear. A lot of people will hate it, but it's really striking and I like that.

Tee2072 Sun 07-Apr-13 10:46:36

It does look very clean, I'll give you that.

I'm quite good at hiding my feelings, yes Hec? wink

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sun 07-Apr-13 10:50:57

Oh dear. Not too good, I hope. [paranoid]

forevergreek Sun 07-Apr-13 11:07:05

Ours has all white cupboards/ walls. But have a dark oak floor and work top so is balanced ( I think). All appliances on show are chrome but most are hidden ( built in fridge/ washing machine/ dishwasher/ microwave) as I hate clutter! smile any accessories are bamboo wood or glass, hand towels etc are white also.

So I would say stick to 3/4 colours max. So ATM you have white and chrome, with a grey work top. In your kitchen I would maybe add some light colour on the wall. Could you add some tiles?

It does look clean but also a tad um lifeless
(Like the bodies you're storing?) grin

SanityClause Sun 07-Apr-13 12:06:37

Actually, lots of different coloured accessories (vases, glasses, bowls etc.) would work really well. Some sort of "retro" things, that would sort of clash with the really modern look you have.

But that sort of thing tends to find you, rather than you needing to go out and find it. Maybe you'll be out one day and see something in a little junk shop, and then something else when you go to the seaside for the day, that sort of thing.

As its so neutral, there's lots of things you can do. If it was, say, red and grey, you would have to be far more concerned about whether things would clash.

(too many "sorts" in this post.)

Summer115 Wed 10-Apr-13 09:05:38

I love purely white but I will use some items to decorate it. You can use beads to make some beautiful articles then put them on the hall.

spaghettina Sun 12-May-13 18:28:47

I think it would look lovely with some plants - great way to add some colour and movement against the white.
How about pots of herbs along the window sill?

benlinus Mon 13-May-13 12:12:25

I actually love white kitchens! But I thought a combination of white and dark suited remodel our best. Very pleased with style. Love the kitchen too dark!

spaghettina Wed 15-May-13 10:50:22

Very nice Benlinus!

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