Alicia Silverstone's kitchen is proof that this color scheme is far from dated or overdone, say experts

Choose this popular color scheme for its versatility, and enduring appeal

Alicia Silverstone
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If you're in the midst of a kitchen remodel and are considering color options for your kitchen cabinets, you may be wondering if a white color scheme is still in style. American actress, Alicia Silverstone, is a fan of using white in the heart of the home, and experts agree.

White is the most popular kitchen cabinet color bar none. If your goal is to create a 'wow' kitchen, but you want to maintain a classic and timeless style in your home, then white kitchen cabinets are an extremely calm and liveable option.

With matte or gloss finishes on offer, white kitchen ideas can look wonderfully different, and there’s a tremendous variety in its shades from the crispest of pure whites to those with subtle warm or cool undertones. Decorating with white is also the perfect partner for other kitchen color ideas and materials, whether used as major elements or accents.

Elegant and timeless in their simplicity, white kitchen color schemes are here to stay. White is one of the most versatile shades when it comes to kitchen design – it instantly brightens while evoking a sense of calm, cleanliness, and flawlessness.

Using a white or natural palette is all about adding depth and contrast in different layers and textures, says Jane Landino, creative head of studio at Taylor Howes. ‘To make a white palette feel designed and considered it’s important to mix and match patterns, albeit neutral ones, and occasional accent colors

However, just because your kitchen cabinetry is white doesn’t mean your whole kitchen needs to be minimal or plain: think about adding texture and pattern elsewhere – timber kitchen shelving or stone kitchen countertops, for example. 

White kitchen with island and wooden flooring

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‘As expected, a white color scheme will be very beneficial for smaller kitchen spaces, particularly combined with light countertops,’ says Tom Howley, design director at Tom Howley bespoke kitchens.

Similar to Alicia Silverstone's kitchen, beautiful craftsmanship and simple lines are the hallmarks of a traditional white kitchen. 

‘White has become a popular choice for classical designs. It makes cabinetry look very crisp and sophisticated and the space feels instantly brighter yet also very calming,’ says Stephanie Dedes, design and marketing manager at Charles Yorke’s Pirbright showroom. 

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Elegant and timeless in their simplicity, white kitchen cabinets are here to stay. White is one of the most versatile shades when it comes to kitchen design – it instantly brightens while evoking a sense of calm, cleanliness, and flawlessness.

Using a white or natural palette is all about adding depth and contrast in different layers and textures, says Jane Landino, creative head of studio at Taylor Howes. ‘To make a white palette feel designed and considered it’s important to mix and match patterns, albeit neutral ones and occasional accents of color. Just because your kitchen cabinetry is white doesn’t mean your whole kitchen needs to be minimal or plain: think about adding texture and pattern elsewhere – timber kitchen flooring or marble kitchen countertops, as an example. 

Elegant and timeless in their simplicity, white kitchen cabinets are here to stay. White is one of the most versatile shades when it comes to kitchen design – it instantly brightens while evoking a sense of calm, cleanliness, and flawlessness.

Using a white or natural palette is all about adding depth and contrast in different layers and textures, says Jane Landino, creative head of studio at Taylor Howes. ‘To make a white palette feel designed and considered it’s important to mix and match patterns, albeit neutral ones and occasional accents of color. Just because your kitchen cabinetry is white doesn’t mean your whole kitchen needs to be minimal or plain: think about adding texture and pattern elsewhere – timber kitchen flooring or marble kitchen countertops, as an example. 

Jennifer Ebert
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Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.