dreaming of a white kitchen

Good Monday to y’all!  I’m thrilled to start the week, as I’ve dubbed this one my “slow week for the summer.”  Ha!

We’ll see what I can do to change that, as I know I probably will.  On to business today…

If there’s one room in our house, that I would possibly gut and start completely over (if time & budget allowed), it would be our kitchen.  I’m big on living in the now, though, so I don’t really think about it that often, as the time may be right one day to do just that.  But when the folks at Wilsonart asked if I would pull together some inspiration and design ideas, I decided dreaming up a few favorites couldn’t hurt!

I feel like kitchen design can be daunting when starting from scratch, forgetting all the space planning that has to take place to create a truly efficient space.  Honestly, if we ever did a full kitchen remodel, I might have to call on outside help just to get all the nooks and cubbies to fit (that I would want to fill it with)!

And if I’m really honest, my ideas aren’t brand new–but these images and inspiration are what make me tick.  You know when you’re on Pinterest and you see an image and your fingers move independently from your hands and you almost break nails to pin them quickly enough?  That’s me and these spaces…

White Kitchen Inspiration & Decorating Ideas | perfectly imperfect


As far as the design, the first things I know I’d plan the kitchen around: white furniture style cabinetry that reaches ceiling height, white counters, white backsplash, white walls…yep.  It’s funny, I’ll probably never do white again on my slipcovers (at least for a while), but in the kitchen…oh yeah.  We built with white cabinets & while they’re looking a little dingy now, that was 11 years ago!  I don’t know any painted finish that won’t need some sprucing after that time frame, so I’d go with white again.

There’s something about it–clean, fresh, minimal.  The food and family take all the glory in a white kitchen.

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This is another favorite…I love the warmth of the wood topped island & tongue and groove ceiling–I’m all about adding planked surfaces everywhere, you know!  As far as my personal style, I’m mostly a traditional gal with hints of cottage & farmhouse elements.  Here’s some inspiration I came up with dreaming of white kitchens…

White Kitchen Inspiration & Decorating Ideas | perfectly imperfect

Starting with the cabinets, I went from there.  I know we’d lean towards light to medium tone floors, and I do love this washed and warm wood flooring by Shaw Floors.  I’d bring in a little texture with a simple seagrass rug, durable enough for any location in my kid-friendly house.  Glass front cabinets on top are a must for me, helping break apart the white and giving me a chance to show a little personality and style.

White Kitchen Inspiration & Decorating Ideas | perfectly imperfect

I selected the countertops from the new Wilsonart HD line in Carrara Santorini.

White Kitchen Inspiration & Decorating Ideas | perfectly imperfect

I was a little skeptical of laminate countertops, as I’m not a total fan of ours currently, but you know what?  I’ve seen these in person, and they are fantastic!  I’m pretty blown away with the sheen, and how much they look like granite and marble, for a fraction of the cost.

White Kitchen Inspiration & Decorating Ideas | perfectly imperfect

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I loved this one, too…Perla Piazza.  Sooo pretty!  We’ve been saving for some kitchen updates, and these countertops would certainly help cut some costs for us & look beautiful, too.  Pretty amazing if you ask me.

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As much as I love all white kitchens, I can see pulling in a bit of color either on an island, or another part of cabinetry.  I’d go for a muted duck egg/gray/green/blue.  I’m nothing if not specific.

White Kitchen Inspiration & Decorating Ideas | perfectly imperfect

source–can’t find the original, so let me know if you run across it!

Some form of eat-in dining is a must for us.  Whether it’s a bar, or at the island, or a full dining table, I love a place for the kids to spread out and work on school projects or have snacks right there in the kitchen.  I’d bring in some texture with a reclaimed or natural washed table and dining chairs.

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A farmhouse sink is a must for me, too,  as I’m a dish piler.  And nothing drives me crazier than trying to wash a huge stock pot in a tiny sink side.  I’d probably save some bucks here and go with the farmhouse sink from Ikea.  It’s beautiful!

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Back to mixing…I adore how Edie’s kitchen mixes different color cabinetry and metallic finishes.  Gorgeous!  If you haven’t toured her highness, get over there and check it out now!

White Kitchen Inspiration & Decorating Ideas | perfectly imperfect


Now that I’ve lived with open shelving, I’d at least want a nook of open space…it keeps dishes handy and has kept my cabinets more organized and tidy.

In addition to the major design choices, I’d totally go for some fun and efficient amenities….I’d love a small butler’s pantry (a.k.a. place i could leave a mess), a range hood with a pour spout sink nearby, spice drawers, and radiant heat cooktops.

We’re still dreaming, right?

White Kitchen Inspiration & Decorating Ideas | perfectly imperfect


White Kitchen Inspiration & Decorating Ideas | perfectly imperfect


In all seriousness, I hope this post has given you some fun kitchen inspiration…who knows?

White Kitchen Inspiration & Decorating Ideas | perfectly imperfect

Maybe we’ll work on the kitchen someday soon!

P.S.  Come back tomorrow for a fun giveaway brought to you by our friends at Wilsonart!!

P.S.S.  You can follow our Kitchen Board on Pinterest, too!

Other resources:

Chrome Pendant: Bellacor

Brentwood Dining Chair: Perfectly Imperfect

Classic Victorian Faucet: Delta Faucets at lows

Subway Tile Backsplash: Overstock.Com

Paint: Snowbound by Sherwin Williams

Refrigerator Drawers: Houzz

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9 Responses to dreaming of a white kitchen

  1. Stephanie Halliday July 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    I love the silverware drawer! It would be so easy for kids to put them away too! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Angie July 15, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    I want that island! Beautiful…..

  3. Tori July 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

    Shaunna, I’m fairly certain I could share a kitchen with you! Everything you picked, I loved! I’m a white kitchen girl too, with maybe a bit of duck egg on an island or in the table or chairs. Can’t believe the laminate countertops! They look great. These are all gorgeous. You nailed it. :)

  4. Matt@Finsa July 16, 2013 at 7:13 am #

    You’re right about the effect of a white kitchen. It looks glorious. Although, I’d just be so paranoid that I’d dirty it!

  5. Jenifer July 16, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    I have a yellowish oak kitchen now and want to change it up so terribly bad!
    I love different color cabinets, like black bottom, white top, and white subway tile….I just have to get the courage to get it started myself and not conk out on the project halfway through.
    I like the set up in my kitchen so would not be a total redo, just a lot of painting!

  6. Johnson July 16, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

    Wow! its look fantastic. I loved this white decorative kitchen.

  7. Ashlee July 26, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    I love all your kitchen inspiration! I just finished renovating mine early this year and I used the Ikea farmhouse sink. I actually used it in my last house too. This time around I had my contractor see if he could undermount it and he did!! It looks just like the high end farmhouse sinks, but sssoooo much cheaper and it holds up great! Plus, it is super deep for those piled up dishes. We can have tons in there and you can’t even see them if you are just walking by. :) If you’re interested, you can see pics on my instagram @ashleenpeters.

  8. Gary Clyne September 15, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    So many beautiful ideas to ponder! Thank you.

  9. Ray October 24, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    Hi, was just reading your article and noticed the image, 2nd from the bottom shows a great way of utilising a small area of space and concealing the opening with a pilaster! Genius! I’m just thinking of the best way to attach that though to the kitchen unit. Do you know how it was done?

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