There’s one kitchen design trend that has withstood the test of time: white. The white kitchen has enduring value, and is truly a timeless trend. It reflects light and makes even the smallest of kitchens feel more spacious. It gives off fresh and positive vibes. The thing is, without the right balance, your bright white space can feel icy and austere. In order for your all-white kitchen to feel comfortable and welcoming, you must introduce color, contrast and balance.

Looking to shake things up and add some character to that icy lair? Here are 3 of the best ways to balance your all white kitchen.

1. Grab a paint brush.

The smallest punch of paint can have a major impact in design.

  • Add a splash of color to the sea of white by just painting the trim. It’s a tiny touch that goes a long way. Since trim has a relatively small surface area compared to the rest of the kitchen, picking a fun hue adds the pop of color you need to balance everything out without too much drama.
  • Remember, the sky’s the limit! Get creative and paint the “fifth wall,” a.k.a., the ceiling, a vibrant hue. Pick something cheerful and sunny to maintain the light and keep things feeling spacious.
  • Paint the lower cabinets a distinct color. This anchors the room and balances out the brightness of the rest of the room.
  • Choose a fun tone for the kitchen island to add a big block of color to your space. It acts as a focal point and keeps your eyes from being overwhelmed by white.

2. Bring in colorful accessories or appliances.

If you’ve written off the idea of painting, why not opt for colorful accessories?

  • The easiest, least-permanent way to bring in color is to place an assortment of multicolored items on countertops or open shelving—think cups, plates, cookbooks, etc. You can switch them out whenever you wish, but they still have the ability to balance out the starkness of your white kitchen.
  • Appliances now come in a rainbow assortment of colors. Simply swapping out your white refrigerator, dishwasher or range for a more colorful alternative can make your kitchen feel like a brand new space.
  • If you’re not in the market for new appliances, try switching out your light fixture for one of a more vibrant variety.


3. Bring in contrasting materials.

Incorporate some contrasting materials to bring some balance to the frosty feel and add some contrast.

  • Introducing some new materials into the mix can shake things up and bring your kitchen to life. Try a butchers block countertop, a wooden vent hood, upholstered bar stools or a brick veneer backsplash. The options are endless.
  • Contrasting materials bring more than balance to your all-white kitchen—they bring character and charm as well.

The clean, classic feel of an all-white kitchen can start to feel cold and unwelcoming after a while. Spice it up with some color, contrast and warmth and you’ll be shocked to see how quickly the harshness dissipates.

To remodel your kitchen or get started on your brand new abode, contact the builders at Sandy Spring today. Our keen eye for color will guide you on the way to your perfect paradise. Call now and tell us about your project.