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Fun Alternatives to the All-White Kitchen

The all-white kitchen has been trendy in recent years, and for good reason — the aesthetic of clean, sleek white in the kitchen can give off a bright and airy feeling. Whether you’re in the market to remodel your whole kitchen or you’re simply looking to make a few small changes in your home, there are plenty of fresh options you can try out. Here are just a few of them.

1.  Retro Vintage

Retro vintage style is a great way to bring a bit of intention into your kitchen. While many modern kitchen designs involve lots of contemporary pieces, going retro is a great way to express your style and show off a more unique style.

This can include appliances with a vintage flair, decorative tiling, the use of primary colors and bold colored cabinets. This goes in the opposite direction of the floor-to-ceiling white that’s popular at the moment.

2.  Mixing Metals

Although it’s trendy to keep a consistent, clean and polished aesthetic within your kitchen, it can also feel eclectic and spontaneous to mix materials. It can feel like a bohemian, intentional touch to an otherwise modern space.

This can add much more depth and variation to your kitchen, especially if you tend to have a slightly more eclectic look throughout the rest of your home.

3.  Mixed Neutral Tones

If you like the idea of subtle, neutral tones in the kitchen, mixed neutrals might be the perfect style for you. Although it takes some of the inspiration the all-white kitchen does, it isn’t nearly as bright and light. Instead, beige and tan colors can introduce an airy subtlety into the space — perfect for a relaxed dining experience.

4.  Monochrome

If you love the put-together quality of the all-white kitchen but would rather go for a brighter or more vibrant color, remember that you can go for a monochrome look in any color, not just white. If you love another neutral or a stronger color like red or yellow, try out a monochromatic look to come across as uniquely you?

5.  Dark Neutrals

There is something to be said for the darker neutral shades that can tie a room together. If you know white kitchens are absolutely not your thing, you can swing to the other side of the spectrum and still keep things relatively neutral.

Consider going for a black or navy blue on your cabinets and features throughout the kitchen. It could bring a completely modern yet cozy look.

6.  Rustic Chic

If the thing that doesn’t vibe with you about a white kitchen is the clean and sterile look, why not go for a more rustic take on the kitchen? Think placemats, checkered curtains, monogrammed towels and creative signs that express your personality!

You can maintain a neutral palette, especially if you tend to lean towards muted earth tones. Even if it swings a bit more vintage, you can go for more texture and pattern in your space for a slightly more homey look.

7.  Black and White

Some of the best spaces are all about balance, and nothing says balance quite like a bit of black and white. If you’d like to inject a little interest, you can always add a few black accents for a bit more variety.

Think about painting your cabinets black if your countertops are white, or adding a white tile backsplash to a black counter space. Even a slight balance can come off as sleek and intentional.

Alternatives to the All-White Kitchen Trend

There are design elements you can take away from the all-white kitchen and apply to new spaces and design choices. There are so many ways you can explore your style and find what works for you and your home.


Evelyn Long is a Baltimore-based writer and the editor-in-chief of Renovated. She publishes home decor advice and product roundups for readers in spaces both big and small.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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