27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend

by Faith Provencher
27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Studio McGee

Sure, all-white kitchens are neutral and easy, but they also tend to lack personality. Why not infuse your space with a bit of extra color to add some character? Here are 27 gorgeous kitchens that aren't all white to get your creative juices flowing.   

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Good House

1. Blue-gray cabinets and a colorful rug add some serious personality to a kitchen with white walls and countertops. [Photo: Good House]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Domino

2. Lots of natural wood gives this space a rustic vibe that it wouldn't otherwise have if it were all white. [Photo: Domino]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: BeckiOwens.com

3. Pale blue lower cabinets add color and vibrancy to this lovely kitchen. [Photo: BeckiOwens.com]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Nonagon

4. This kitchen's backsplash is a complete and utter showstopper! [Photo: Nonagon]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Dans Le Lakehouse

5. Electric blue cabinets, stools and dishes give this kitchen a memorable look. [Photo: Dans Le Lakehouse]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: BHG

6. Black lower cabinets and a dramatic runner give this white-walled kitchen a glamorous look. [Photo: BHG]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Leuchtend Grau

7. Grey walls and wooden cabinets and floors give this kitchen a thoroughly unique style. [Photo: Leuchtend Grau]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Historias De Casa

8. Take a cue from the view from your window as these homeowners have done, matching their cabinets with their greenery. [Photo: Historias De Casa]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Historias De Casa

9. A rich orange color lends this kitchen a deliciously retro vibe. [Photo: Historias De Casa]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: The DIY Mommy

10. Black cabinets give this kitchen an unexpectedly bold look. [Photo: The DIY Mommy]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Onekindesign

11. Celery green subway tile creates a lovely backdrop for glassware in this kitchen. [Photo: Onekindesign]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: The Effortless Chic

12. A bold backsplash and coordinating cabinets give this kitchen nook a unique look. [Photo: The Effortless Chic]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Apartment Therapy

13. This mostly white kitchen gets a strong dose of color in the form of kelly green cabinets. [Photo: Apartment Therapy]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Historias De Casa

14. Mint green, copper and black are used here to freshen up a white backsplash. [Photo: Historias De Casa]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Homedit

15. Light wooden cabinets and colorful wall tiles lend a super chic vibe to this kitchen. [Photo: Homedit

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Jacquelyn Clark

16. Here, white subway tile is balanced with dark blue lower cabinets and a beautiful red and beige rug. [Photo: Jacquelyn Clark]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Decoholic

17. If you like the lighter look but don't want to go all white, you might consider light grey with wooden accents like the kitchen above. [Photo: Decoholic]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Studio McGee

18. Bold tiling and dark green cabinets give weight and substance to this lovely Tudor style home. [Photo: Studio McGee]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Addison's Wonderland

19. Pale blue cabinets offset the marble countertops perfectly in this tall, airy kitchen. [Photo: Addison's Wonderland]

  

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: HZ Interiors

20. Dark green tiling and wooden elements make this kitchen feel like a nod to the great outdoors. [Photo: HZ Interiors]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Style By Emily Henderson

21. Patterned tile and blue cabinets for the win, yet again! [Photo: Style By Emily Henderson]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: A Beautiful Mess

22. Why not add a bold pop of yellow to an old set of cabinets? [Photo: A Beautiful Mess]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Greige Design

23. A medium gray is just as neutral as white... but way less boring! [Photo: Greige Design]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: My Scandinavian Home

24. Minty fresh cabinets feel very inviting in this simply-designed kitchen. [Photo: My Scandinavian Home]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: The Kitchn

25. Natural elements lend a unique sensibility to this sun-filled space. [Photo: The Kitchn]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Elle Decor

26. Distressed green lower cabinets add lots of pizzazz to this large kitchen. [Photo: Elle Decor

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Brit + Co.

27. And if you're feeling really daring... why not try using every color of the rainbow?! [Photo: Brit + Co.]

  

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
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The 100 Best IKEA Hacks of All Time

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I never thought I would say this, but "when I was their age..." I did chores around our house all. the. time. I started helping to clean at six, babysitting when I was 12, and was expected to cook for the whole family as a teenager. (I began working at a fast food restaurant when I was 14 and I'm still alive to talk about it!)

I'm proud of those experiences, and they taught me a deep sense of gratitude and a positive attitude. I think those are all experiences we want to give our children.  So! This is a super simple DIY to help your kids visualize their responsibilities and celebrate their little achievements along the way.   

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Make This: Simple Swiss-Cross Patterend Stamped Tablecloth

Make This: Scandinavian Tablecloth

I can't get enough of Scandinavian design, and I'm on the hunt for ways to bring this style into my home. The decor in my house hasn't had a theme until very recently (unless you consider furniture inherited from past roommates a theme). Now that I'm almost 30 (panicked bells ringing as I type that), the items in my home are brought in with more intention. I love all things monochromatic, so the Scandinavian look fits my mostly-gray furniture perfectly. This dining table needed a new tablecloth, and the Scandinavian-inspried Swiss cross pattern seemed the perfect fit.      

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Make This: Simple Swiss-Cross Patterend Stamped Tablecloth

Make This: Scandinavian Tablecloth

I can't get enough of Scandinavian design, and I'm on the hunt for ways to bring this style into my home. The decor in my house hasn't had a theme until very recently (unless you consider furniture inherited from past roommates a theme). Now that I'm almost 30 (panicked bells ringing as I type that), the items in my home are brought in with more intention. I love all things monochromatic, so the Scandinavian look fits my mostly-gray furniture perfectly. This dining table needed a new tablecloth, and the Scandinavian-inspried Swiss cross pattern seemed the perfect fit.      

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DIY Modern Wire Plant Hanger

Our basement family room was recently given a much needed makeover! The space was totally out of date, dark and uninviting. I started with giving the walls a fresh coat of white paint and brought in some new pieces for the room. Still, the space was asking for something a little more modern and one-of-a-kind.  Since I love plants SO much and I try to have one in every room possible, I created a fun this super simple plant wall to show off my little green collection and add some serious life to the space! 

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If your initial reaction to the term "coastal decor" is negative, it's probably from witnessing too many cutesy and heavy-handed thematic rooms.  We are not advocating buying and displaying any and all items that have a sailboat or seahorse on them. Good decorating never grows out of an overly simplistic theme, and, "Put an anchor on it" is not a valid design philosophy!           

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Fireplace Garland Christmas Mantel Makeover: No Mantle, No Worries.

Whenever I look at Christmas fireplace décor ideas, I always see mantels adorned with beautiful fireplace garlands and a few oversized stockings. They look amazing!

But what if — like me — you don’t have a mantel to work with?

A fireplace is the focal point of any room. Knowing how to decorate a fireplace without a mantel for Christmas will help you create the perfect festive design for the heart of your home!

Looking for mantel-less Christmas décor ideas? Here’s our take on fireplace decoration. We went with a natural, simple and Scandi feel. And focused on creating the warmth and comfort that Christmas is all about.

Follow these steps and adapt them to your own Christmas décor style for your own unique fireplace design.

 

 

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When the holidays roll around, I usually break out my glue gun and come up with a few easy winter projects to tackle. Today though, I'm branching out from the materials I almost always use and picking up a hand saw instead. With a bit of careful measuring and a handful of cuts, I made this hanging wood Christmas tree shelf perfect for storing small gifts and holiday odds and ends.   

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How To: Modern Mountain Clay Ornaments

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This year, I am really leaning toward simple and minimal Christmas decor. I purposely went through our boxes and boxes of decorations and intentionally brought out a few select pieces we loved and had a purpose for. Our home has glimpses of Christmas in every room, without the overhaul. Likewise, when it comes to Christmas ornaments I want something that's neat and fresh. It's not always easy to find, which is why these modern mountain clay ornaments are the perfect solution! They take no time at all and are certainly fun to make.

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DIY Leather Monogram Stocking
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If you've never embroidered, don't worry -- you only need to one stitch, the blanket stitch. Keep reading to see how to make your own!       

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Show off your Holiday Cards in Style with this DIY Branch Holiday Card Display

by Marlene Sauer

 

DIY Branch Holiday Card Display
Images by Marlene Sauer

Every winter, it's the same story. I get a handful of thoughtfully selected, lovingly written cards for the holidays...and, I have nowhere to put them.

Tacked on the fridge with the grocery lists and unpaid parking tickets? Jammed on a shelf between the dusty knick-knacks and piles of unopened mail? Ok, my house isn't THAT disorganized (most of the time), but I'm sure you feel the pain of receiving beautiful mail and having nowhere to display it.

This year, I decided to take matters into my craft-loving hands and make a simple, pretty DIY branch holiday card display. It only requires a few basic supplies to make, can be made as small or as large as you want, and will make your home smell like a pine tree, which is obviously the best reason to make your own. Keep reading to see how to make a DIY branch holiday card display!

DIY branch holiday card display

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Tired of Red and Green? Try A Fresh Christmas Color Scheme This Year

by Rachel Jacks

Tired of green and red? Check out this inspiration for decorating with a non-traditional Christmas color scheme.

If someone mentions Christmas colors, red and green probably instantly come to mind. But though they're the default,  they're far from the only choice for a Christmas color scheme. If you're not a fan of the color combination, or it just doesn't look good with your existing regular decor, why not get creative with your Christmas colors? Check out these ideas for alternative Christmas color palettes for decorating your home.          

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How to Upcycle an Old Sweater into a Cozy Knit Pillow

by Rachel Jacks
Upcycled sweater pillow
Photo: Rachel Jacks

Now that the weather is getting cooler in most places, you may be pulling your sweaters from last year out of the back of your closet. And maybe there are a few that you decide won't be making it into your wardrobe rotation. Before you get rid of an unwanted sweater, consider whether it could have a new life as a sweater pillow. Here's how to add a bit of knit texture to your decor by sewing your own sweater pillow.    

 

There are lots of reasons why you might not want to wear an old sweater any more. Maybe the fit, color, or style is off, or perhaps there are stains or holes that developed while it was sitting around unworn (thanks, moths!). Especially if the stains or holes are on the sleeves, you may be able to salvage the rest of the sweater by turning it into a pillow. And if you don't already have a suitable sweater, you should be able to find one at a thrift store. 

I loved the stitch pattern on this dusty pink sweater, but the color and fit just didn't suit me. When I realized that it would look much better in my living room than on me, I started figuring out how to turn it into a sweater pillow. Here's how I did it:

Materials

Materials for making a sweater pillow
Photo: Rachel Jacks

 

  • Knit sweater - You want one with a fairly dense knit stitch. 
  • Pillow form
  • Sewing machine
  • Machine sewing needle
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
If you have a specific sweater you plan to use, be sure to take it with you when you buy the pillow form so that you can make sure you get one that will fit. If you're buying the pillow form online, carefully measure the sweater to make sure that the arm holes, neckline, or any other obstacles will leave you with enough material to cover the pillow.

Step

Sweater pillow step 1
Photo: Rachel Jacks

Turn the sweater inside-out, and place the pillow form inside it. Pin around the form so that the sweater fits it snugly, but don't stretch it out.

 

Step

Sweater pillow step 2
Photo: Rachel Jacks

Cut the sweater outside the lines you pinned, leaving about a 1/2-inch seam allowance. 

 

Step

Sweater pillow step 3
Photo: Rachel Jacks

Sew around the perimeter of the sweater on the lines you pinned. Be careful not to stretch the sweater as you sew, or you'll end up with wavy seams. I like to round off the corners and trim them, so that my finished pillow won't have pointy, empty corners. Be sure to leave an opening for inserting the pillow form! The exact size of the opening depends on your pillow size, but the one here would have been easier to deal with if it had been an inch or two larger. 

 

Step

Sweater pillow step 4
Photo: Rachel Jacks

 Hand sew the opening closed using an invisible stitch/ladder stitch/blind stitch/slip stitch.

Yes, those are all names for the same simple, incredibly useful stitch. If you don't know how to do it, here's a short video that will teach you how.
Finished sweater pillow
Photo: Rachel Jacks

Upcycled sweater pillow
Photo: Rachel Jacks
Upcycled sweater pillow
Photo: Rachel Jacks

Sewing a sweater pillow is much faster than knitting a pillow cover from scratch! Do you  have any old sweaters that would make good throw pillows?

Upcycle an unworn sweater into a knit sweater pillow
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DIY Wood and Cement Coat Rack
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

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by Faith Provencher
Fall Refresh: 10 Ways To Add Texture To Your Living Room #decor
Photo: New Darlings

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