White kitchens — homeowners love them while some designers have grown tired of them and are ready to move on

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That said, they are still wildly popular just about everywhere. There are lots of reasons why white kitchens have endured and will continue to be popular — from their design versatility and marketability to their association with cleanliness. We found a stunning collection of examples designed by Showcase Kitchens of Long Island in Manhasset and Massapequa. All are white, beautiful and far from boring.

Totally Contemporary

White kitchens are all the rage now and have been for some time. Of course, they were super popular in the 1990s and then fell out of favor for a while before their current heydey. What makes them so enduring and popular?  We asked John Starck, owner of Showcase Kitchens. “The not-so-recent trending of transitional design, after the popularity of the more ornate traditional design, offers a sophisticated and chic alternative to a primarily wood-based kitchen.  White kitchens give a sense of spaciousness as well as being a perfect palette for decorative augmentation, which homeowners seem to enjoy,” Starck says.

This particular combines a number of contemporary elements into a one-of-a-kind design, from the natural wood beams to the dark-colored countertop along the wall. The soaring ceiling sets off the globe pendants and the velvet upholstery on the bar seats adds a touch of softness. It’s a great example of how to meld different materials to spice up a white kitchen.

Elegant with a Touch of Glam

Transitional kitchen designs with clean lines and a fresh vibe are ideal for using a white color palette. These are the types of decorating styles that themselves more naturally to an all-white kitchen, Says Starck. This white kitchen is a bit glamorous thanks to the pendants above the island and the chandelier over the table. The feeling is emphasized by other elements, such as the elegant accents on the cabinet glass. The way the quilting on the bar chairs picks up on the pattern of the backsplash. The dark wood floor and chair legs add depth and warmth to the space.

Updated Traditional Style

With farmhouse, industrial and modern style trending, many homeowners prefer a more classic traditional look. That said, today’s traditional kitchen designs are not your mother traditional kitchen style. This kitchen has plenty of traditional elements from the coffered ceiling to the moldings and overall classic look, but it still has lots of fresh flair. The dramatic and rich looking marble backsplash behind the cooktop and the updated classic lighting fixtures are just a couple. These homeowners extended their white kitchen style into the dining area where there is a handy and comfortable bench as well as plenty of closed storage.

Neutral and Natural

Even among people who love a mainly white palette in the kitchen, not everyone wants absolutely everything to be white. When spicing up white kitchens, certain elements will provide more bang for your buck, says Starck. “When it’s a white kitchen, it’s easy to introduce contrast.  Usually, center islands or backsplashes behind the range are a great place to highlight the clean look of white and can act as a focal point as well,” he explains. This particular kitchen has a large island whose base is a different color. This type of contrast is a bit softer because the color of the wood is more muted, which fits with the more laid-back, natural style of this home.

Super Family Friendly

Unlike white carpeting and upholstery, white kitchens are totally family-friendly. In fact, their clean look makes it easier to spot areas that need cleaning. Here, the kitchen incorporates a bench seat on one side, which eliminates the need for a much larger table that can accommodate family with more children. The separate table is also easily replaced, as the family grows and changes. The set-up is also perfect for children to homework or other activities while meals are being prepared and still be close to mom or dad.

Sophisticated Style

At the other end of the formality spectrum, white kitchens can be quite sophisticated as this one is. While the basic cabinetry is similar to other kitchens, the difference emerges in the detail that are included. Stylish sink hardware, an elegant tray ceiling and dual chandeliers take it to the next level of refinement. Additions such as the chairs help determine the vibe, and these upholstered stools with studs and hardware add a lot of style.

Cheery and Eclectic

Starck says that a limited budget need not define how great the kitchen looks. “Appliance choices can help set the tone of a kitchen.  Many appliance brands have a high-performance, luxury aesthetic with a more modest price point. This would be a great way to maintain a high-end look while watching the budget,” he says. This particular kitchen upgraded its stove with a high-end brand that elevates the entire design. Together with the updated lighting fixtures, the entire space has a luxe but casual vibe.

Marvelously Modern

In a demonstration of how a white kitchen is always a good idea, this design is modern and a little eclectic. “There is no occasion where a white kitchen will not work unless the client prefers something different. Ultimately, taste is very personal, which includes color preference.”  This kitchen has a white background blended with some dark wood on the island and wall unit. The lighting is where the personality of the homeowners really shines, with two fixtures highlighted in neon yellow and a third over the table an artful, unexpected style.

An Old-School Feel

An all-white is the perfect backdrop for a more old-school kitchen like this one. Elegant crown moldings and a curved cornice above the cooktop are ideal highlights for a more traditional design. Note the gorgeous marble countertops, especially on the island which is a different color. The serene palette is punctuated not just by the island top but by the industrial light fixtures above the island and the sink.

Today’s Style of Transitional

Plenty of people aren’t really ready to commit to a more modern kitchen but they still want a space that feels fresh and up-to-date, so transitional design is a perfect compromise. This space combines traditional elements with fresher parts like the updated lighting, bar stools and materials used for the backsplash and countertops.

Casual Serenity

White kitchens lend themselves to creating a more serene space. This kitchen combines white and gray elements and the result is stunning yet with a very Zen feeling. In addition to the tile backsplash, the gray barstools and dining chairs add contrast without introducing a more vibrant or contrasting color.

Contemporary With Some Shine

White kitchens have been popular on and off for quite some time, certain elements can make them feel dated. “Shaker door styles tend to be overdone,” Starck says. We’ve been doing more crafted doors by adding detail to the door profile. We’re increasingly adding more metal into projects in trims, door profiles and molding.

A Focus on Accents

Of course, there are those people who think that all-white equals boring. “There are probably unlimited ways of adding visual interest,” Starck says. “For example, by introducing metal into the door style. Homeowners can be creative with lighting, hardware, flooring and other decorative elements that personalize a white space,” he adds.

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Brooklyn Brownstone
Kimberly Neuhaus
Neuhaus Design Architecture, PC
Brooklyn, NY


At 63 square feet, the footprint of the kitchen in this Brooklyn, NY brownstone was the main challenge for designer Kimberly Neuhaus of Neuhaus Design Architecture, PC. The clients desired a kitchen with a design and finishes more in keeping with their taste, and a large range to keep up with cooking and entertaining.

Neuhaus needed to maximize storage within the tiny kitchen, as well as increase the sense of light and openness to make the space appear larger. As part of a larger renovation of the brownstone, the designer also wanted to improve the connection and integration between the kitchen and the adjacent room.

Large vertical cabinetry and a soffit that previously closed off a portion of the kitchen from the adjacent dining area were removed, allowing for both a visual and physical connection. The cooktop was also removed from the peninsula so that the barrier of a hot stove no longer stopped guests who wanted to visit across the counter with the person cooking. Instead, a Wolf range and hood were installed along the back wall, providing proper kitchen ventilation via a concealed duct running to the rear wall of the row house.

The back wall also featured a Wolf drawer microwave to the right of the range, and paneled Sub-Zero refrigerator to the left. European-style, full-overlay custom cabinets in a soft blue provide a clean and colorful element, finished with Bass knobs, cup pulls and spindle appliance pulls from Emtek. The Ceramic Davenport White Gloss tile from Ann Sacks adds a classic touch, while keeping the space bright.

Across from the range, the new island now incorporates the prep area, complete with Blanco Cerana Apron Front Sink and Fairfield Satin Brass faucet from Newport Brass. The Miele dishwasher and double pull-out garbage bin from Rev-A-Shelf simplify clean-up.

Countertops throughout the kitchen are Olympian White Danby Fleuri Honed. The flooring – Balsatina Honed from Stone Source – also projects a non-shiny finish, keeping the space from looking too modern.

California Dream Kitchen
Sarah Robertson
Studio Dearborn
Mamaroneck, NY

Not only did this once dark, cramped kitchen need to be brightened up to go with its California location, it needed to meet the needs of various members of the family. The client is only 5′ tall, so accommodations were made to help her reach storage areas and work at the countertop. The client’s daughter, meanwhile, needed sufficient counter space and top-of-the-line appliances for her small baking business.

Sarah Robertson not only had space constraints in the 148-sq.-ft. kitchen, she had a tight budget and the challenge of working remotely from the opposite coast. In fact, while design sessions were held weekly via Skype and FaceTime, the designer only visited the site upon completion of the project.

Custom cabinets from Studio Dearborn by Schrock’s of Walnut Creek feature Shaker inset doors in white along the perimeter, with a custom island in turquoise for a distinctive California vibe. The perimeter backsplash, an arabesque mini tile from Pratt and Larson, features a coordinating shade of turquoise. A clean white Carrara stone countertop from Pental Quartz adds brightness, as does the brushed nickel hardware from Top Knobs. The custom island features a solid wood countertop, providing ample workspace.

Along the perimeter, cabinet storage abounds – including a custom compost bin, spice drawer, Docking Drawer charging station and Kesseböhmer LeMans corner pull-out. In the toe kicks, pull-out steps were provided to allow the homeowner to gain 4″ of height to reach into wall cabinets and use the island more comfortably.

The back wall includes an integrated refrigerator/freezer, induction cooktop, chimney-style hood and 30″ oven, all from JennAir. Around the turn, a 30″ Kraus sink and Brizo pull-down spray faucet sit below the relocated window, along with a panel-ready JennAir dishwasher.


Mediterranean Marvel 
Krista Agapito
S&W Kitchens
Longwood, FL


Though the client first approached designer Krista Agapito of S&W Kitchens about a master bath remodel, that project quickly changed to a kitchen renovation when a tree came crashing through the house. In keeping with the client’s request, the designer got to work creating a kitchen that would be light and bright and offer lots of storage, yet work with the Mediterranean style of the home and its Saltillo floor tile and wood accents.

Agapito notes that the original kitchen ceiling was high and vaulted, with lots of angles. A decision was made to straighten out the walls and flatten the over-angled ceiling to simplify the space and provide a cleaner design with intentional lines. The designer removed high transom windows and oversized archways, as well as a large drywall pantry to make room for a bar area with a full-height Sub-Zero wine column with wood panel, white and glass-front cabinetry and hand-painted Italian tile that tie into the Mediterranean style of the home.

Around the room, Omega Cabinetry stacked cabinets in white with the Blair door style reach to the ceiling and showcase closed mullion doors. Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer columns are completely integrated, with oversized wood panels to align seamlessly with the tall adjacent cabinetry. An extra-deep appliance garage in the corner can house many counter appliances. Wolf double ovens are located here as well, while around the turn, a Wolf cooktop is paired with a custom range hood. White subway tile and a Silestone Calacatta quartz countertop from Cosentino help brighten the space.

The large island that provides an ample seating area and prep space also features the Blair door style, this time in Meteor, a complementary gray finish. A desk area in this gray shade was also incorporated into the space, and can be tucked away behind large barn doors when not in use.

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