Warm up an All-White Kitchen

by Rustic Charm

The heart of any home, is a beautiful kitchen.

White kitchen's are THE most popular choice for their longevity and wide appeal, but can be cold and uninviting. A white kitchen can be welcoming and full of personality. We've put together our top Designer Tips to transform any white kitchen, making it more warm & inviting.

Rug Runner: Runners are a great way to introduce colour & pattern into a kitchen space. Consider adding a vintage or stripped runner by the sink or prep area for an extra soft layer underfoot. Our stripped rugs are machine-washable, making them a practical option, browse our collection here.


Textures & Timbers: Adding texture throughout the kitchen helps balance all the smooth surfaces found in countertops and cabinetry. Texture is easy to incorporate and can be achieved through window treatments - think textured roman blinds, practical accessories (woven trays or fruit bowls, stacked vintage bread boards or waffle tea towels) and pendant lighting.

Timber accents add warmth and help soften an all-white surroundings. We love to introduce timber accents which are practical such as, a large butcher block to prepare food and display fresh produce. Wooden cooking utensils make a nice addition when stored in a large crock pot by the stove. A vintage dough bowl used as fruit bowl on an island bench looks organic and effortless. Another favourite way to style everyday condiments, such as salt, pepper & oils is to store them on timber stands or trays.


Warm Metal: Choose Hardware which has a warm undertone. Brass; antique or unlacquered add a beautiful patina. Copper and Nickle have a warm undertones and mix well when combined with other metals. Pendants or sconces are another alternative to warm up an all white kitchen and serves as feature lighting within the space. 


Add Art: Art continues to be one of our favourite ways to add style and personality to any home, no room is off limits when it comes to Art! We love to layer smaller pieces on open shelves or upper glass cabinets. Leaning Art can be easily updated with the seasons. Vintage art, especially in oversized frames add a well-worn patina to white walls. An effortless choice in a kitchen space are; landscapes, animals (particularly fond of cows, goats and chickens), fruit and florals. We also love the idea of a collection of plates, trays or wooden spoons. 


Elevate the everyday and make simple moments, like preparing meals for yourself or loved ones more special with our Designer Styling Tips:

  • Lean a collection of timber breadboards against your backsplash. Choose various sizes and shapes for added interest
  • Love blue & white? A pot or ginger jar by the stove to hold utensils adds colour & character 
  • Gather bunches of freshly cut herbs and display in glasses or mini pots on your island bench for easy access, plus a boost of greenery
  • A simple white jug filled with garden flowers adds a welcoming touch to any counterspace. We also love a trio of topiaries or herbs by the sink if you have space by a window 
  • Ground your island display (vase of flowers or potted greenery, candle etc) with an oversized timber board or metal tray
  • Use larger pottery pieces as bookends for your favourite cook books; displaying on the counter will ensure they get more use
  • A small marble dish by the sink to house washing liquid is a practical way to elevate the everyday
  • Timber cakes stands add height and make a practical way to display (and use) fresh produce
  • A table-top lamp is a great source for additional lighting and makes the most charming way to prepare food
  • Copper jam pots become a pretty cannister to hold everyday oils and bottles of dressing 
  • Wire baskets store eggs, dish towels or cookbooks for a cosy country or modern farmhouse look



We hope this post has inspired you to add more warmth to your kitchen. Any of these ideas can be easily incorporated into your kitchen, even if its not white!

Here's to a beautiful home!

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