17 Kitchens That Prove White Appliances Can Be Chic and Modern

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For a while now, stainless steel appliances have been the premier design choice for modern kitchens. They're shiny, sleek, and match with basically everything. But they do have their downsides as well (fingerprint marks, anyone?). That's why we're thrilled that there's a new rising trend that gives stainless steel a break from the throne. Yes, we're talking about white appliances.

These appliances are anything but old-fashioned. They no longer look like what you might have found in your mom's old suburban home. These white appliances are giving kitchens modern upgrades: from clean, all-white everything interiors, to cafe-inspired brass detailing, and, of course, a hint of retro (but so completely mod) Smeg appliances.

In an effort to get inspired for a kitchen makeover of our own, we went to Instagram to search through all the #kitchenideas and #kitchensofinstagram. Ahead, we've gathered up 17 of our favorite kitchens bearing white appliances.

Scroll through to get inspired for your own kitchen upgrade, and trust us, these white appliances will make you want to immediately toss out that old stainless steel.

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Neutral & Natural

Unlike bedrooms or living rooms, kitchens are easiest kept neutral. This color palette keeps the white fridge looking fresh with complimentary black, cream, brass, and beige. Plus, the wood cabinets bring in an element of nature that would otherwise be amiss in such a modern design.

French Door Refrigerator with Hot Water Dispenser in Matte White
Cafe French Door Refrigerator with Hot Water Dispenser in Matte White $3,628
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Squeaky Clean

White appliances exude an appearance of cleanliness (even if you haven't wiped down the surfaces in few weeks). This kitchen does exactly that with all-white cupboards, a pristine white Smeg fridge, and a simple (but oh-so-chic) copper storage rod instead of upper cabinets. Is it clean, is it dirty? We'll never know for sure.

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Embrace the Bohemian

In an increasingly modernized world of interior design, sometimes it’s difficult to strike the right balance between trendy and handmade. This kitchen somehow pulls it off. The all-white interior is incredibly modern, but the statement lights, vintage windows, wood-patterned flooring, and woven bar stools somehow reel it in—making it much cozier and home-like.

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Minimalistic Modern

Anytime we head around the corner to grab a fresh-pressed juice before work, there’s always something about the store that draws us in: it’s somehow completely minimalistic but also oozing with life. (And it remains true for literally any juice shop we’ve been in). Consider this kitchen juice shop inspired. The hanging plants are lively and green without drawing any attention away from the sleek white design.

Roadhouse Black Leather Chair
CB2 Roadhouse Black Leather Chair $249
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Classic Tiling

A few years ago, it felt like we couldn’t go anywhere without being bombarded with subway tiling. Now, it’s considered an absolute classic. Here, the white fridge and smaller countertop appliances seamlessly blend with the white tiling in a way that feels completely modernized.

smeg toaster
Smeg 2-Slice Toaster $150-230
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Accentuate With Backsplash

Speaking of tiling, white isn’t the only way to go. Here, we love the idea of coordinating a busy graphic-printed backsplash with white accents: from the larger cooktop to the small teapot and kettle. The flow of energy feels fresh, not overwhelming like some graphic tiles might seem. 

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Dose of Color

Sometimes, it’s hard to imagine kitchen color palettes as anything but neutral—especially when you’re working with white appliances. But bright colors, especially on cabinetry and walls, can be just as great. This soft sage green color is perfect for mimicking what you might find in a countryside cottage.  

Farrow & Ball - Green Smoke No.47
Farrow & Ball Green Smoke $110-137
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Mixed Appliances

There seems to be an unwritten rule stating that all appliances have to be the same color. But we say: break the rules. Why not mix white appliances with black and stainless steel? This kitchen wouldn’t have the same ambiance if it wasn’t for the contrast between the white fridge and black stove.

Smeg Two-Door Fridge in White
Smeg Two-Door Fridge in White $2,999
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What's Old Is New

It’s true what they say: wait a few years and trends will be in style yet again. This blast from the past looks like something straight from That 70s Show. But it’s also completely trendy with anything you might find today. We love the mix of pastel colors, vibrant wallpapering, and the white fridge against the white wood paneling.

Retro 1950'S Upholstered Diner Chair
Richardson Seating Retro 1950'S Upholstered Diner Chair $126
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White Out

When in doubt, white it all out. Every touch in this kitchen is placed with such intentionality: from the zigzag tiling to the massive kitchen island to (our personal favorite) the oversized white range hood.

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Hidden Fridge

We completely understand that finding an attractive-looking white appliance is easier said than done. That’s why we love the simplicity of this hidden fridge: the french-doored appliance is hidden behind white paneled cabinets. A very cool party trick, if you ask us.

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Brass Details

There’s something about white that pairs flawlessly with brass and gold details. That’s why this kitchen works so well. All of the appliance pulls, drawer pulls, and knobs have been replaced with brass in a variety of styles. The upgrade looks expensive without trying too hard.

polished brass pull
Baldwin Polished Brass Pull $15
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Black & White

Ahh, black and white. The best color pairing for any modern interior. Here, the sleek glossy white appliances coordinate perfectly with the matte black barstools and black sink faucet. It's simplistic and stylish without being overtly trendy.

Bertoia Barstool
Knoll Bertoia Barstool $1,375
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Marble Marvel

Granite countertops no longer reign king. Now, it’s all about butcher block and marble. We tend to go for the latter—especially against polished white cabinets, white french-door fridges, and natural hardwood flooring.

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All About Wood

It’s easy to automatically associate maple or oak cabinets and white appliances with the early 2000s. But in a kitchen with mixed woods, a heavy serving of leafy plants, and copper accents, it’s anything but. We like to consider this one the kind of kitchen we would find in an artsy neighborhood in Brooklyn.

Monticello Folding Teak Steps
Monticello Folding Teak Steps $298
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Ocean Fresh

One look at this kitchen, and we’re transported to a lounge chair on the sands of a California beach. It’s all about the idyllic environment created between the seafoam-washed cabinetry, the purposefully-cluttered open shelving, clean white appliances, and beachy striped runner.

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Cozy Farmhouse

Not all white appliances have to be new and modern in order to have a chic appeal. Here it’s all about accenting the white with cozy, farmhouse details—like the hanging wooden ladder and eclectic picnic basket.

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