Back to white
By Linda Parker
Kitchens have been extremely colourful recently, and we have brought you all sorts of colour combinations, particularly greens and blues. So for September, we thought we had better have a look at simply white (or nearly white) kitchens. White will always be a good choice, it can be dressed up or down with painted walls, colourful tiles and dramatic work surfaces …
NEW BUILD KITCHEN FROM BRANDT WITH WHITE QUARTZ WORK SURFACE
This timeless white kitchen in a new-build project had to accommodate cooking, dining, relaxing an socialising. The island unit has a Platinum white Quartz top, and Basalt Grey Satin cabinets. High gloss white lacquer for the perimeter cabinets contrast perfectly with the grey oak flooring. There is masses of storage space, and because of the discreet handleless design, the furniture avoids becoming visually overbearing or looking excessive. Julia Steadman, Commercial Director at Brandt Design, says ‘Working in a luxury design studio, we find that a high-specification bespoke white kitchen can be incredibly sculptural as part of a client’s open-plan space so the quality of the materials really matters’. Urban Furniture all from Brandt Design, with showrooms in Hatch End and Hampstead.
VARD IN PEARL FROM SMILE KITCHENS IS A SIMPLE CONTEMPORARY LOOK
Smaller kitchens, perhaps with more than one window and various architectural details that need addressing, can benefit from a simple and clear-cut kitchen design. This is Vard cabinetry in the Pearl colourway from Smile Kitchens. If a splash of colour is required, the palette includes Onyx and Crimson, as well as several greys and greens.
UNO IN DUST AND PEARL FROM CROWN IMPERIAL
For an overall light, airy look there’s the option of going for white walls and ceiling, a very pale floor, plus subtle pale grey cabinets. A white work surfaces keeps the pale scheme grounded. Shown here, the Uno range from Crown Imperial, available in handle and handleless options, and various colours and textured finishes. Go paler with Alpine or add definition with Linen, Truffle or Lorenzo textured finishes.
WHITE AND GREY CAMDEN KITCHEN FURNITURE COLLECTION BY DAVAL
The Camden Kitchen Furniture Collection by Daval Furniture presents a mix of materials and styles. Seen here with tall Premium White wall units, Camden creates a sleek bank of appliances across a whole wall. Finished in UV gloss lacquer, Camden is available in Premium White along with three brand new finishes of Cashmere, Dove Grey and Dust Grey. With the ability to colour-match gloss cabinets, Camden can avoid using end panels for cladding which can not only look better, but more economical too. Simon Bodsworth, Managing Director at Daval says ‘Personally, I think the white kitchen is the design equivalent of a classic suit, it’s a timeless solution easily customised to suit all tastes and budgets. A limited palette pushes the designer to be highly creative with kitchen fittings as every detail stands out against a white backdrop, allowing a more tonal approach and play with light and shade’.
WHITE SILESTONE WORK SURFACES FROM KITCHENS INTERNATIONAL
This project from Leicht Kitchens International features Leicht Ceres-C cabinetry in a sand grey finish which gives a very stylish look and allows the accessories to provide colour and depth to the kitchen. Snowy Ibiza quartz Silestone work surfaces provide a clean white finish. With large dark-framed windows and doors there’s plenty of natural light and an outdoor vibe thanks to views of greenery.
ALTHIA MATT WHITE TAP FROM ABODE
Bring white to one of the most important corners of the kitchen with the Althia Matt White tap from Abode. The new Althia Colours collection caters to the latest interior trends and includes Terracotta, Nude, Scandi Grey and Matt White, which is the fastest emerging tap colour. Dan Biddle, Product Manager at Abode says the new Althia Finish Library now has ten options across the single lever, monobloc and pull-out designs.
CONTEMPORARY KITCHEN IN WHITE AND OAK BY ROTPUNKT
This kitchen showcases the new Loft Nature Oak and Snow Class cabinets with a new matt finish. The Oak doors and end panels are also available in Loft Brown Oak and Loft Black Oak finishes. The new matt acrylic finish of the Class cabinets are scratch resistant, anti-fingerprint and shatter resistant, with a touch finish like real glass. Matt Philips, Head of UK Operations at Rotpunkt says ‘Minimalism remains a hugely popular interior style’.
ELEGANT WHITE CABINETRY WITH OAK AND PALE GREEN BY KATE FEATHER
We featured this kitchen as one of our Case Studies back in April, but wanted to bring it to your attention again as a beautiful example of a predominantly white kitchen that has a couple of colourful and natural wood features. The work surfaces is 4023 Topus Concrete by ,Caesarstone and the cabinets are painted in Whitening and Aquamarine Deep by Little Greene. The feature handles are a great contrast against the Whitening paint finish, which allows the other contrasting features to stand out beautifully. Kitchen by Kate Feather Kitchen Design.
CLASSIC KITCHEN BY THE WHITE KITCHEN COMPANY IN FARROW & BALL SHADES
This kitchen, The Old Vicarage, has bespoke period-style cabinetry which has classic mouldings and a traditional beaded finish. Authentic ‘off white’ shades were chosen, the perimeter and main cabinetry are in Skimming Stone, the island is in Charleston Grey, both by Farrow & Ball. Mirrored splash backs and a white work surface in Cosentino Sensa White emphasise the white, light and airy look. Kitchen by The White Kitchen Company.
PRELOVED KITCHEN BY ALNO, AVAILABLE FROM REHOME
This sleek white kitchen is by Alno and it will be removed from it’s current home to a new location. It’s not just homeowners who can sell their ‘old’ kitchens via this site, it’s the perfect option for showrooms and retailers too. Retailers who are thinking about changing and replacing their current displays can send them onwards to a new destination via Rehome. The whole process is handled by the Rehome team of experts, for more information on the procedure for ex-display kitchens, click here to find out how it works.