Dream Spaces: 12 Beautiful White Kitchens
Snowy cabinets and walls speak to a certain elegance, while marble counters whisper of luxury
Crisp, clean white kitchens with gleaming marble counters and backsplashes are everywhere you look these days. It’s easy to see why: White makes a space look bigger and airier, and enhances other design elements. Wood floors look richer against white, pendant lights stand out as sculptural elements, and stainless steel appliances sparkle. Adding marble to the mix introduces a luxurious touch.
That said, there are drawbacks to this kind of simple elegance. A white kitchen demands upkeep; all that white isn’t going to stay clean without maintenance. And marble is definitely not for everyone. It’s soft and porous, so it scratches and stains easily, and acidic foods can cause surface etching. Marble aficionados learn to love the patina (or live with the patina) that time brings. If you can’t abide the inevitable signs of wear and tear, consider alternative materials, such as quartz.
But if you’re ready to take on the challenge, or just want to do a little daydreaming, check out the collection assembled here. You won’t be disappointed.
This petite, light-filled brownstone kitchen in Boston almost has a feminine feel, with its silvery Bertazzoni range hood and its filmy pendant drum shades. White Calacatta marble wraps around the island and is used on the counters, while Calacatta subway tiles adorn the backsplash. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the space with sunlight.
Who needs custom cabinetry? These glossy white beauties are from Ikea (Akurum Abstrakt) and are accented with angular dark bronze pulls from Rocky Mountain Hardware. The showstopping herringbone marble backsplash is fashioned out of 2- by 8-inch Calacatta Michelangelo tiles. HanStone quartz (Aurora Snow) covers the countertops.
The lesson here? It’s OK to splurge in some areas and save in others.
Marble rules in this modern kitchen — Calacatta Oro runs along the counters and up the backsplash; the island is Thassos. The “whitewashed” floor (stained with Rubio Monocoat) picks up the gray striations in the stone.
There’s a quartet of three-legged swivel stools (available from Arteriors) at the island, and oversize pendants from Visual Comfort.