All-white kitchens have remained popular for decades because they invoke a feeling of openness, cleanliness, and they never go out of style. But for homeowners who feel like their bright, white kitchen is leaving them a little washed out, a much-needed jolt of relatively inexpensive – and changeable – color could be in order.


Use brightly colored towels and dish cloths; display a rainbow of decorative plates, vases, and other cookery; and hang colorfully framed prints on the walls.

Paint pick-up

Choose a favorite hue and paint the pantry door(s) or the back door. If there’s an island, maybe adding a punch of color there is the answer; either by painting the entire base or even just the door and/or drawer fronts. If there are glass-front cabinets, painting the inside can provide just enough of a break from all the white.

Painted ceilings and the trim around windows can also add personality and color in an all-white space.

Fabulous fabrics

Up the wow in an all-white kitchen by changing window treatments and recovering counter stools and chairs. Solid colors, patterns, mix-and-match; the choices are really only limited by an individual’s imagination.

Or, purchase bar stools already painted a bright shade of the same color being used for other accents in the room.

Light it up

Spice up kitchen lighting by choosing fixtures with a daring dash of color. Pendants in pink, chartreuse chandeliers, or cerulean ceiling lights can change the entire personality of the kitchen from a little stand-off-ish to ready to party.

Punch up appliances

Bright green, radical red and retro pastels are creeping back into the kitchen through thoroughly modern appliances. Making the choice to go with a royal blue range definitely makes a statement and breaks up a white-on-white kitchen to make the space feel brand new.

Bold backsplash

Ceramic tile isn’t the only material available for a backsplash that takes a kitchen from blah to bold. Back-painted glass can be a good option because it’s relatively easy to install without the permanence of tile. Having said that, though, using tile strategically – just behind the range, for example – can add just the right amount of zing to bring an all-white kitchen up to date and carry it forward for years to come.