There’s something very right about using white in the kitchen. Clean and crisp, it lends itself perfectly to a cooking environment. It’s also a timeless look that works equally well in traditional and modern interiors. ‘There’s an appetite in the market for the contemporary feel,’ explains Alex Beaugeard, design director at McCarron & Co. ‘This is fused with the flexibility and adaptability of bespoke furniture.’ Simple and serene, white transforms a chaotic or cluttered space into an area of calm. ‘White kitchens have been an essential complementary component to the changes in home living’, adds Bernard Otulakowski, managing director at SieMatic UK. ‘As kitchens have generally become larger to accommodate entertaining and family lifestyles, this quite often means architectural changes to encompass must-haves such as island units. White kitchens remain popular as they create a feeling of capaciousness and add light to a large living area.’ White works because it’s a neutral palette that can either stand proud as a singular scheme or provide the perfect backdrop for pops of bold bright accessories, patterned flooring, statement walls, contrasting worktops and oversized lighting. Its clean and uncluttered effect is ideal for open-plan spaces as well as smaller rooms with limited natural light and it offers longevity that never goes out of style.



‘Today there are many shades of white,’ says Ben Chestnutt of Leicht Battersea and Sevenoaks. ‘It is no longer one colour but has many different shades. We’ve recently introduced a Merino white, which has a hint of grey to it, as well as a new concrete finish, and a textured white that offers added depth.’ Some of the most interesting designs combine a variety of materials; think marble, glass, wood, porcelain and metallics in the form of lighting, taps, worktops, splashbacks, tabletops, handles and even panels and feature doors. Add texture and interest by honing it down to one or two elements such as a marble island, a wenge breakfast bar or mirrored splashback. ‘Whether it’s creating a Nordic feel with the use of wood or offering an industrial look with brass tapware, warmed rusted walls and metal accessories, white keeps a contemporary base in the home,’ concludes Daniel Brutto, co-founder of Hub Kitchens ‘It can be used to move with the trends and changing nature of today’s modern architecture. It’s timeless.’ 



Shown from top to bottom and left to right:

Matrix kitchen by CR&S Varenna, from £50,000, Poliform

Frosty Carrina, from £1,200 per sq. m, Caesarstone 

Vipp kitchen, from £26,000

British Standard cupboards, kitchens start from £7,000


Article by: Hayley Gilbert