White is a great colour of choice for many people who want to bring a big sense of character to their kitchen. Its light reflective qualities can help make a space seem bigger than it is, so no wonder it’s such a popular choice in kitchens where space is at a premium.
But, of course, it can be a challenge finding exactly the right way to implement it. For example, you might be asking yourself – how can I make the most out of my space? Can I have an island? And, what sort of lighting do I need to consider?
That’s where we can help – we’re here to help guide you on your journey to the perfect white designer kitchen here at Kitchen Design Centre. Our award winning designers pride themselves on our creativity and attention to detail, which is how we consistently produce stunning spaces for our customers in a huge variety of styles. That means you can trust us to know exactly how to take your white kitchen to the next level. Here are some of our top tips!
As we touched on above, white is a fantastic colour for making a small space feel a lot larger than it is. That’s not to say you can’t use other colours though! Injecting another colour throughout your kitchen can be a brilliant way of adding another layer of character to your space. Just be sure to do it carefully – choose a single colour to complement your white shade, and be very selective about where you apply it. As a general rule, any designer kitchen should contain no more than two or three key colours in its design scheme.
For example, you could try out some charcoal grey injections in your appliances, or even play with some of the materials by adding lighter wood finishes to a few of your surfaces. This can really invoke an inviting contrast to your white backdrop, without sacrificing the spacious feel. If you’re working with a small kitchen space, you’ll obviously be conscious of adding too much vibrant colour to it – but don’t let that prohibit you entirely! The trick with vibrant colour is to keep it sparing initially, and work your way up until you’re happy. With neutrals and cooler colours, you’ll probably find you can afford to be a bit more liberal with them right from the off.
So, we’ve established that white is one of the best colours for making a small space appear larger. That’s largely because cooler and brighter colours tend to have fantastic light-reflecting qualities, which is great for helping natural light bounce around your space, and making it feel brighter and more spacious. The flipside, of course, is that because it’s so reflective, it’s important to keep in mind the sort of lighting you use in your kitchen.
If your lighting is too cool, you might run the risk of creating a cold, sterile atmosphere. This is why it’s so important that you think about the type of artificial lighting you use in your kitchen, as the aim is to create a warm, inviting space that you’re happy to spend time in. A warm white light tends to be a pretty universally popular option, as you’ll see from the soft, recessed lighting used in so many of our real customer kitchens.
A smaller kitchen requires careful thought and consideration to give the impression of a larger space. Obviously, colour is a big factor, but size matters too. But by carefully considering the size of your floor tiles, you can completely change the dynamic of your kitchen. Quite simply, if you want your kitchen to give the impression of more space, go big on your kitchen tiles. Larger tiles reduce the amount of visible grout joints, and are therefore much better at creating the larger than life atmosphere that we’re looking for.
It’a not just colour and lighting that can have an effect on the overall feel of your designer kitchen. As we’ve just discussed, certain kitchen fixtures are worth considering to make the most out of your space. Tiles are one, but we’ve got some recommendations on other aspects you can take into account as well.
Get creative with your kitchen cabinet ideas and think outside the box when it comes to your door fixtures. Bi-fold doors are an attractive alternative to outward-opening doors. They’re an incredibly useful design feature for any kind of kitchen, as they can open without taking up too much work space, and they’re far less invasive when compared to other types of door fixtures.
In a kitchen where space is at a premium, clever storage solutions like this are brilliant for keeping your kitchen as spacious as possible. As well as these, we’d recommend you consider a pull-out pantry for all your dried goods and sauces, as these are great for making the most out of your storage space, as well as providing easy access to your goods.
When it comes to smaller kitchens, you’ll need to be smart with space – which is where a kitchen island can come in handy. Sure, it takes up its own share of space, but it more than earns its keep by ensuring more storage, prep space and a place to gather and socialise. An island is a great feature to incorporate into any kitchen, no matter the style. It provides a great centrepiece, and does wonders for creating a buzzy, social atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy.
Those are just a few of our ideas – you might already be buzzing with some of your own! Whatever your vision for your dream kitchen, rest assured that we can make it a reality here at Kitchen Design Centre. Our designers have years of experience creating beautiful, bespoke designer kitchens to suit any style. So if you’re looking to take your kitchen to new heights with a new look, we’re here to help. Pop down to one of our showrooms in Blackburn, Liverpool or Manchester where a member of our design team will be happy to start you on your journey to your dream kitchen.