A white kitchen doesn’t have to be boring - just add splashes of color and designer light fixtures

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Contemporary white kitchen with rail and stile doors, subway tiles, modern lighting.

White kitchens are always popular - but they don’t have to be stark and clinical.

Interior designer Renae Keller talks to Trends editorial director Paul Taylor.

White kitchens help to create a crisp, clean look for a family living area. But that’s often where any similarity between white kitchens ends. And the reason is simple – white is the perfect backdrop for a variety of color accents that may be introduced through materials, products or accessories. For example, this family kitchen by designer Renae Keller avoids a sterile, all-white look through the innovative use of color and form. Keller says the kitchen, which is in a new house, needed to have a modern, clean-lined look to complement the contemporary architecture. “An all-white kitchen would have been too stark, however,” the designer says. “So we introduced a subway tile backsplash in a warm putty color, with a crackle glaze. This has a little more of a traditional feel, yet it works with the classic, square-edged design of the cabinetry.” Keller says rail and stile doors on the cabinets also help to soften the look, so it is neither too clinical nor too ornate. But it is the finishing touches that really raise the kitchen out of the ordinary. Two sculptural LZF light fixtures featuring a ribbon-like wood veneer pigmented in a gray shade are suspended above the island. The dining table is also highlighted – by a Bocci pendant light comprising 14 borosilicate glass globes.

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