6 Tips to Make Your White Kitchen Less Clinical

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White kitchens are a classic. White is clean and bright and fresh, which are all good qualities to have in a kitchen space. That being said, many people find that cold kitchens can come across as being quite cold and clinical on occasion.

If you love having a white kitchen, but you want the heart of your home to feel a little less clinical and a lot warmer than it is now, here are a few things you can do:

  1. Use multiple shades

If you have your heart set on a white kitchen, but you want the space to feel warm, the best thing you can do is to use lots of different shades of white in the spade, So, you should choose a bright white dishwasher from the appliance store along with an off-white table and chairs, and so on. Layer the white for a warmer feel.

  1. Add more texture

If there is one thing that is going to make your kitchen feel warmer, it is using lots of different textures. The kitchen can feel cold and clinical when it’s all stone and tiling, but if you add a rug (plus a rug pad for your safety), a wicker lampshade, a few cushions, and….well you get the idea, it will immediately start to feel a lot cozier.

  1. Bring in the plants

Plants and flowers are great because they automatically bring color and warmth to any room they are placed in, and the kitchen is no exception. If you want to avoid the clinical feel, place an orchid in the center of your table and a large houseplant in the corner of the room and it will immediately come to life.

  1. Hide the appliances

Some appliances can be just too white and bright and cold to ever feel comfy, and if that is the case, one thing you can do is hide them behind drawers and cupboards which you can paint in a subtler shade of off-white, which will not be so harsh or cold on the eyes.

  1. Add some pops of color

If your appliances, your counters, and your cupboards are white, then there is no reason why you cannot add a few pops of color into the kitchen space in the form of glassware, by displaying your patterned dishes, by painting your table legs with a bright shade of pink or yellow, or something like that, which will just help to break up the wall to wall light a bit and add more warmth and personality to the space.

  1. Light a candle

If you’re looking to have a cozy dinner in your whiter-than-white kitchen, then lighting candles instead of ceiling lights and lamps, will help to create a cozier and more intimate atmosphere, and if you chose the right scent, it could enhance your dining experience significantly too. Try to choose candles that are made of colored, rather than white wax and that will add an extra little design touch to the space too.

As you can see, a white kitchen does not have to mean a cold ax clinical kitchen!



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  1. Good tips! Thank you for sharing

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  3. As someone who loves the clean and bright look of a white kitchen, I can relate to the struggle of wanting to avoid a cold and clinical atmosphere. These are some fantastic tips for adding warmth and texture to the space. Using multiple shades of white is a great idea, and incorporating different textures through items like rugs, cushions, and lampshades can make a huge difference. I especially love the idea of bringing in plants to add color and life to the room. And of course, adding pops of color through dishware or table legs is a fun way to break up the white. Finally, lighting candles for a cozy dinner is a perfect finishing touch.

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