Bringing Color into Your Modern White Kitchen

Bright. Timeless. Versatile. The white kitchen is a style staple, and the pure and simple absence of color allows for a great variety of materials, textures, and accents. White is a canvas on which to paint a masterpiece. White cabinets, white backsplash, white ceilings and walls, white countertops, white appliances. When everything is white, color has twenty times the impact. So let’s explore how you can bring strategic hits of color into that divine white kitchen of yours.


Punch Up Your Counter Stools

We’ve featured colorful kitchen stools in another post, but here we’re focusing on stools where the color is just featured on the stool seat. Above you can see the Aloft Counter Stool, with the white framing setting up a strong contrast in the bright tropical boatwood. The effect is a bit subtle—you won’t see the colored seats from every angle, so they surprise the visitor with their playful vibe.

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Here’s another example with the Alluring Counter Stool. We’ve mixed some coordinating patterns in this shot, and the black iron framing gives a more grounded moody effect.


Highlight Your Lower Cabinets

Color on the lower cabinets provides an anchor point for the space. The green chosen for this stunning kitchen is at once calming and joyous, emphasizing the rectangular cabinet detail and the rounded ends of the island. We can’t take our eyes off it.

Source: Three Birds Renovations


Have Fun with a Step Stool

Don’t be afraid to think small when it comes to color accents. The Rock-a-Bye Stool has myriad uses, but here we’re picturing it in a white kitchen, ready for duty when you need to fetch something from a high cupboard.

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Here’s another inspiration shot, this time with bright patterned linens that play off the cool pastel of the stool, which matches the cheeky line of tile under the window.

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Pop Goes the Flooring

You could go many different ways with color on the floor—a throw rug, a patterned mosaic tile, a painted wood. Here we’re showing you a wildly bold option on the far modern end of the spectrum. Vinyl floor installations allow for a lot of creativity and variety.

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Choose an Electric Bistro Set

And back to furnishings as a functional focal point. We can easily picture the Teak for Two Bistro Set drawing admiring attention in an all-white kitchen, where there’s nothing to compete with its multicolored riot of pattern and paint.

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The floor in this shot is a bit busy, so the sleek turquoise metal chairs are a good choice for giving the eye somewhere to rest while also creating a festive vibe.

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While the built elements of your white kitchen don’t change, there are so many possibilities, small and large, for bringing in the excitement and personality of color. Furnishings, dishes, linens, rugs, artwork … a little goes a long way.

Megan Risdon

CEO EcoChic

Megan Risdon is the CEO of EcoChic Lifestyles. She was inspired to found the company when she discovered the possibilities for crafting art furniture from colorful fishing boat wood.