Classic white kitchens, they’re beautiful and timeless.  If you’re about to renovate, follow our five simple tips to achieve your dream classic white kitchen.

tips for a classic white kitchen

This kitchen from Pickle Architecture via Houzz has all the elements necessary to create a classic white kitchen.  It’s light, bright and white!  Let us break down the elements.

White Cabinets

tips to create classic white kitchen

Cynthia Carlson Design via Remodelista

I know it’s obvious, but the first thing you need to create a classic white kitchen is white cabinetry.  It doesn’t matter if they’re custom-made 2-pak, off the shelf IKEA, or old timber cupboards painted white.  They just need to be white.


tips to create classic white kitchen

 Left – Black bench tops via Decor Pad   |   Right – Marble benchtops via Style Me Pretty

Bench tops are black and white.  Benchtops can be a light coloured marble or stone, or they can be a black granite for contrast.  If you’re budget won’t stretch to stone bench tops, try Granite Transformations or a timber bench top.


tips for a classic white kitchen

Black hardware – via Queensland Homes Blog   |   Crystal hardware – Alison Harper Interior Design via Decor Pad   |   Chrome hardware – Kathy Tracey Design via Homebunch

Hardware is one of my favourite choices in kitchens.  There are so many beautiful drawer pulls and handles available.  It’s like jewellery for your kitchen.  Popular hardware choices for classic white kitchens would be chrome, crystal or black.


tips for classic white kitchen

Marble splashback – Style at Home   |   Subway tile splashback – via Dream Brook Design   |   Mini-subway tiles – Orrick & Company

A classic white kitchen would normally have the bench top material continue up the walls as the splash back, or would have a tiled splash back.  Commonly subway tiles are laid in a brick pattern but we are now seeing them laid in a chevron pattern and mini-subway tiles being used.  Penny rounds and Moroccan style trellis tiles are also popular.  Use a grey coloured grout between the tiles to break up the all-white and add some contrast and definition.

 Kitchen Sink & Tap

classic white kitchen sink

Left – Recessed sink via Home Beautiful   |   Right – Farmhouse sink via Savvy Home Blog

Finally a classic white kitchen is characterised by large farmhouse style or recessed sinks and decorative traditional tapware.