Design Details: White Kitchens

A kitchen island with plenty of room for wine storage is at the center of a duplex apartment kitchen designed for clutter-free living and easy entertaining. Location: New York, N.Y. Architect: Deborah Berke & Partners. Builder: Sweeney Conroy.

Sleek hardware and stainless steel countertops are softened and warmed by butcher block in this all-white kitchen. Location: Austin, Tex. Architect: Stewart Davis. Builder: CG&S Design-Build.

Within easy reach of the kitchen island, narrow bookcases and cabinets make the most of tricky spaces. Location: Austin, Tex. Architect: Stewart Davis. Builder: CG&S Design-Build.

In this white kitchen, a backsplash of travertine adds texture. Location: Dallas, Tex. Designer/Builder: Greenbrook Homes.

In a twist on the expected classic, the wood on this kitchen’s island is on the base, not the surface. It’s Plyboo, a bamboo plywood (the island top is Ice Stone). Location: West Orange, N.J. Architect: Deborah Berke & Partners. Builder: Sweeney Conroy.

The clean and classic kitchen in this beachside house takes its cues from the natural and man-made elements of its shoreline location. Location: Silver Beach, N.J. Architect: Richard Bubnowski. Interior Designer: Elizabeth Gillin. Builder: Brian Furey, Falcon Industries.

In this all-white kitchen, the cooktop’s backsplash is a simple sheet of glass painted white that’s easy to clean (the painted side faces the wall). Location: Austin Texas, Architect: Alterstudio Architects. Builder: Melde Specialty Construction.

Paints and finishes in this kitchen are low- or no-VOC, and the house is LEED Gold. Location: Dallas, Tex. Designer/Builder: Greenbrook Homes

With an artful combination of finishes, textures, and materials, an all-white kitchen has the chance to be even more visually engaging and easy to live in than one with color. Location: Chicago, Ill. Architect: Paul Konstant. Kitchen Designer: Mick DeGiulio. Interior Designer: Frank Ponterio. General Contractor: Thomas Eick Construction.

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