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Versatile and timeless, white is the kitchen and bathroom colour of choice for many homeowners. While a pared-back palette offers elegant simplicity, however, it can lack visual interest without the right finishing touches. Lara Bailey discovers the ways you can create points of difference in a white space.

The benefits of having a white colour scheme in a kitchen or bathroom are undeniable. White holds broad appeal and will put you in good stead if you ever wish to sell your house; it invites and reflects natural light; it can be paired with any colour for visual impact, and its enduring popularity means it will never date. Due to its understated nature, however, white can leave a room lacklustre if it is not punctuated with colour or textural differences, and can have a cold ambience without personal touches.

If you’re considering a white kitchen or bathroom but aren’t sure how to imbue it with individuality, read on for Western Australia Kitchen + Bathroom Design’s guide to creating white rooms with character.


The most obvious way to break up a dominantly white space is with splashes of colour. A coloured glass splashback (or an illustration or photograph) will provide a focal point in a predominantly white kitchen and is the perfect way to add personal flair to the space. Another easy way to incorporate colour is with bright- coloured mixers, kettles or toasters on display. Thinking bigger, you could opt for a coloured oven or fridge in an otherwise white kitchen. Benchtops also offer a great opportunity for incorporating colour, and can afford to be in stark contrast to the predominant palette if the rest of the room is modestly-coloured by comparison.

In a bathroom with white tiles, paint and flooring, it’s simple to add colour without committing to anything major. Soap dispensers and towels can be co-ordinated to create a colour scheme (and since everything teams well with white, you can be as bold and creative as you wish). Additionally, potted plants or a vase with fresh flowers will enhance the colour in a bathroom, or if you want something a little more permanent, consider coloured feature tiling along each wall or above the vanity.

Selecting tapware in gold or copper tones is a way to discreetly introduce colour into the bathroom, but represents a bigger commitment than some of the previous suggestions, so deserves some thought.


Incorporating different textures, too, can add visual interest to a white space. In a kitchen, texture can be represented in the form of a pressed-metal splashback, a natural stone benchtop, or an exposed brick wall, to name just a few options.

Whether you want tactile elements of the kitchen to actually be touched (e.g. intricate detailing on cabinet doors), or merely observed (for example, timber beams along the ceiling), having varied textures in a white kitchen will add visual impact. A mix of materials, from stone to timber and glass to brick, will ensure there is plenty of distinction in the space, even if it is all white! If you would prefer an entirely white kitchen, incorporating different textures is a great way to boost visual variation.

Varied textures also have a role to play in white bathrooms. An irregularly-shaped stone sink will boost the room’s appeal both visually and in a tactile manner, while marble flooring, a copper bathtub or intricate wall and floor tiling will provide a visual textural feast.

Leadlight windows are as beautiful as they are practical, and add a distinct style to a kitchen or bathroom. Custom windows are the perfect opportunity to let your personality (and the sun!) shine through.


If you’re opting for a white palette for your kitchen, you can still update your look from time to time with accessories, products and appliances. While permanent fixtures like ovens, rangehoods and fridges can be either coloured or stainless steel to add impact and difference in a white kitchen, smaller everyday items like teapots, bar stools and tea towels can be changed and renewed,

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