How to Decorate a Kitchen with White Appliances & Oak Cabinets


Kitchens that are outfitted with white appliances and oak cabinetry can look a bit washed out unless they are thoughtfully accented with contrasting colors. When decorating a kitchen with such a light color base, you can be more daring with hues and patterns than you would normally. There are very few colors that don't coordinate with white and beige, so choose a lively color scheme that sets off the pale wood and creates a welcoming area for the whole family to enjoy.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • Fabric
  • Decorative hardware
  • Cover the walls with a deep, saturated paint color or an interestingly patterned wallpaper. Bold walls contrast nicely with pale wood and appliances.

  • Hang curtains made of a luxurious bold fabric on any windows in the room. There are few opportunities to incorporate fabric into a kitchen, so take full advantage of the window area.

  • Coordinate your kitchen accessories with the color of your walls. Incorporate hand towels, jars and other accessories in colors and patterns that will contrast with the pale tone of your appliances and cabinets into your kitchen's decor.

  • Replace standard cabinet fixtures, such as handles and hinges, with darker, more distinctive pieces that better match your kitchen decor.

  • Swap out pale flooring for marbled tiling or darker vinyl materials.

  • Lay a colorful runner in front of the sink area to add a dash of color to the floor. An interesting kitchen rug is an unexpected accent, and can spice up a bland kitchen while providing a bit of cushion underfoot.

  • Install a tile splash guard behind the stove and above the countertops in a color that contrasts with your white appliances and complements the color of the wall.

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