7 Reasons All-White Kitchens are Timeless

An all-white kitchen can become a calming backdrop, or a stunning showstopper

The dependable all-white kitchen color palette remains popular for the wide-ranging looks it brings to the kitchen. The clean slate of a single white hue brings visual calm when on its own. Add to that tile shape, pattern, and texture and you’ll start to see a personality emerge. It works as a supportive background when paired with gold hardware or dark wood for contrast. This classic neutral compliments modern, industrial, and every style in-between. Here, seven Sweeten kitchens show why white is the perennial choice.

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A fresh start in an all-white kitchen


As new parents-to-be, homeowners Tara and Brian were looking for something more modern. They wanted to ditch their dated kitchen with a faulty layout. After finalizing the floor plan, the homeowners chose a simple white subway tile backsplash to ground the room. The clean tile became a cohesive backdrop for an exotic live edge walnut island countertopa must-have for Tara. The dark shelves stand out and provide a pleasant contrast.

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A traditional kitchen goes modern

Sweeten kitchen with Semihandmade cabinets

After seven months of living in their first home, Marc and Steve decided it was time to renovate their crowded, outdated kitchen, which was once dark and claustrophobic. The homeowners wanted their kitchen to feel open and bright. To achieve this, the duo installed sleek white cabinets and countertops. The window above the sink was swapped out for a larger window letting in more natural light. A black-and-white patterned floor added a graphic urban look.

A warm, minimalist all-white kitchen

Manhattan homeowners Elie and Matt wanted to remodel their washed-out gallery kitchen. Custom-made white cabinets, along with a white quartz countertop and backsplash moved them in a direction that was more in line with their taste. The pop of gold hardware and large-format gray tile flooring made the kitchen feel luxurious, yet crisp and simple. Their new all-white kitchen makes Elie and Matt feel at home in the open, welcoming space.

A simple and current all-white kitchen

brick wall

With a kitchen that had gone through “a hodgepodge” of renovations, Sarah and Eddy decided they needed a complete change and a unifying design. Their kitchen was dark and dated. The goal was to achieve the opposite. The subway tile backsplash, grouted with dark gray, contrasted well with the open wood shelves. Keeping within the clean white look, an arabesque-patterned tile behind the stove was a nice design surprise. A neutral-toned banquette also stands out against a newly-discovered brick wall.

Let there be light

Two newlyweds in Manhattan knew their kitchen was in need of an update before moving in. The kitchen had been worn, with dark clunky cabinets, while the dining room table made the kitchen feel cramped. After adding white cabinets with black knobs and a white quartz countertop, the space was revived. Extending the countertop underneath a window expanded the kitchen’s reach. The natural light shines through the new counter-to-ceiling windows, making the all-white kitchen gleam.

Using architecture to add texture

Tara and Ryan found their kitchen to be functional, yet dark and musty. There was definitely room for improvement! Working around a column in the middle of the room, the couple was able to find a layout they liked. They achieved this by moving the kitchen island slightly to create more room. The show-stopping feature of the room is its now dazzling white appearance. A once dated and crowded kitchen was now open and bright.

All-white, with floor-to-ceiling storage

kitchen, kitchen island, Brooklyn kitchenNadia and Stephen planned to be avid home chefs in their multigenerational townhome. But with their L-shaped kitchen, counter-space and storage were lacking, they needed some updates. The kitchen was moved to one side which made space to include an island, wraparound pantry, and dining room table. The all-white cabinets with no hardware added to the modern and streamlined look of the new bright and spacious family kitchen.

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