The Best Guide On How To Design A Luxurious White & Gold Kitchen
Do you want to design your kitchen, but you’re not sure where to begin?
It's hard to know where to start when it comes to designing your kitchen. There are so many choices and options it can be overwhelming.
This article will take you step-by-step through the process, from choosing the right materials and finishes to deciding what accents to add. We'll share our best tips for creating a luxurious white and gold kitchen that will be the envy of your friends and family.
1. Paint The Walls White
What's more timeless than a white kitchen? These kitchens can never date, and they provide you with an incredibly versatile backdrop for your added decorative elements. The fresh feel will make them perfect in the modern era when design trends change so quickly!
They're also great if space is tight because the contrast between shades like gold helps open up cramped spaces while maintaining clean lines that give that soothing effect. Whether you're going for a light and airy feel or a warm and cozy one, it all comes down to your preferences.
6 White Paint Colors that Work Great in Kitchens
White paint palette - Image by House Beautiful
White paint can be used for many different situations. Whether you're looking to cool off or warm-up, there's a color that will work perfectly!
1. Super White, Benjamin Moore
"I see a trend towards lacquered cabinets. For these, Super White is the only non-alky white that doesn't have significant amounts of blue in it and also finishes beautifully with some gray tones."
— Eric Cohler, an architect/designer.
2. DKC-67, Donald Kaufman Color
"I love how Kaufman's whites look in a kitchen. They're my favorite choice, and I think the lighting really makes them pop."— Sarah Blank, founder of Sarah Blank Design Studio. "If you want your white kitchen looking its absolute best, then be sure to use Philips' Warm White LED.
3. Silky White, Behr
"This white has depth to it, with the ability to be both warm and classic. With neutrals moving more into gray or taupe families (instead of khaki), this is a great color for cool palettes."
— Sarah Fishburne, Director of Trend.
4. White Tie, Farrow & Ball
"It's a subtle off-white with a touch of cream, yet not too yellow. A white look has everything to do with the amount and type of natural light. This would warm up rooms with a cool northern exposure."
— Susan Serra, Susan Serra Associates.
5. Swiss Coffee, Valspar
"This color is one of our favorites since it has a sense of history to it. It's more of an antique white, perfect for giving your kitchen a vintage air."
— Jule Eller, Lowe's Director of Trend & Style.
6. Big Chill, Sherwin-Williams
"This color pairs perfectly with SieMatic BeauxArts cabinets in Sterling Gray matte lacquer. They're both subtle grays in a range I call 'almost white.' When paired together, they read as white but give the kitchen a softer sensibility."
— Mark Williams, Mark Williams Design Associates
2. Add Gold Accents
The color of your kitchen is something you should carefully consider before deciding on the right accents. There are many variations and undertones for gold, from traditional yellow to copper-based alloys such as brass or bronze.
Bronze or brass hardware finishes can add exceptional luxury to your bright white kitchen design. This popular metallic element comes in different forms, such as cabinet knobs for storage units near pendant lighting fixtures, in many creative ways!
Different Gold Hues
- Rose Gold
Gold hardware accents are placed to complement bright white finishes in the kitchen. Instead of the typical yellow-gold coloration in most kitchens today. This design uses a more rose-colored tone for its precious metal trimming elements such as door handles and faucet controls—creating an elegant look without being too flashy or overbearing!
The soothing combination also works well with other warm-toned appliances like cabinets stained oak finish, seamlessly paired together.
- Traditional Gold
The kitchen features a modern design with traditional touches. The yellow-gold brass hardware and matching faucet, overhead ring light, and cabinet pull give it that extra special touch of elegance you've been looking for!
The stainless steel stove knobs are also designed in this exact shade, so your cooking equipment will match each other perfectly throughout all four corners. And lastly, there's no better way to finish off any space than by choosing some great cookware finishes.
- Antique Brass
The antique brass kitchen hardware is perfect for homeowners who want to add an old-fashioned vibe without sacrificing modernity.
Antique brass gold can be incorporated into your kitchen in various ways, depending on your taste, with white cabinets, marble countertops, a dark brown island, kitchen faucet, or a butcher-block countertop.
- Toned down Color Scheme
This kitchen is all about balance. The white walls and black appliances are softened by the rustic, natural wood accents that give it just enough color without being overwhelming or flashy in any way. At the same time, brass faucets add a touch of elegant gold to complete this calm yet composed space's overall aesthetic seamlessly.
3. Install a Gold Kitchen Sink
Golden kitchen sink - Image by Alitools
But, if you've never seen a gold sink basin, you're missing out. The contrast between the white marble countertops and backsplash and the matte gold under mount sink is stunning. It is without a doubt a sink worthy of a king or queen.
Most gold sinks are made of stainless steel and then topped with a gold coating. For a stainless steel sink, this is out of the ordinary. Does the idea of a golden sink excite you?
4. Use Gold Bar Stools / Chairs
The gold bar stool seating is a great way to incorporate gold into your white kitchen. These modern, sleek, and straightforward stools add enough shine to give the space some beautiful contrast against its light wood floors or powdery countertops.
5. Install Marble Countertops For a High-end Look
Marble remains the top choice for many homeowners when selecting kitchen countertops. The reason? Well, there's always been something about this material that attracts fans and lovers alike—from ancient Greece all the way into modern-day society!
Luxury and timelessness go hand in hand when it comes to marble. It brings to mind classical sculptures and architecture. It's also a classy option for kitchen countertops, and it's less expensive than you might expect.
How Much Do Marble Countertops Cost?
A marble countertop varies depending on the type of marble used, but on average, it costs $60 per square foot. With a lighter vein pattern like Carrara, per square foot is $40. A square foot of rare Calacatta marble can cost as much as $200 per square foot.
Marble Countertop Installation
While it is possible to install marble countertops on your own, it is still best to leave it to the professionals. They can remove your old countertop, transfer large slabs of marble safely, and level your cabinets before installing them. These professional installers will also have the necessary equipment to cut marble slabs to the exact size and shape that you require.
For labor, you should budget around $40 per hour. The installation will take several hours to several days, depending on the size and complexity of the project.
How to Install Marble Countertops?
Wondering how to install a marble countertop? Here are the steps:
- Eliminate the old countertops and check the cabinets for levelness.
- Create a template out of wood to use as a reference when cutting marble.
- Place the marble in place to test the cuts.
- Apply a thick silicone layer to the plywood and place the marble.
- Wrap up with trim or a backsplash.
6. Choose Stainless Steel Appliances
When it comes to colors, white is a color that can go with just about any other color scheme. It's versatile enough to work in a traditional look, a contemporary kitchen, or a more conventional one.
Appliances are, of course, necessary in a kitchen. Stainless steel comes in handy here! Adding a few stainless-steel accents to a white kitchen will make it pop.
The Advantages of Stainless Steel Appliances:
- Modern, sleek, and stylish. Stainless steel is the best option if you want your kitchen to look glamorous and elegant.
- Durable and easy to clean. Bacteria in these types of appliances can’t survive. You can also easily wipe out the worst stains without any hassle.
- Rust- and fire-resistant. This makes stainless steel an excellent choice for those looking for a long-lasting appliance that will not show signs of wear and tear.
The Disadvantages of Stainless Steel Appliances:
- Reveals all of the streaks. It's common knowledge that stainless steel appliances leave fingerprint evidence as if they're preparing to testify in court.
- Expensive. If you're going with white or black appliances, expect to spend more money. Stainless steel is frequently the most extravagant option.
- Non-magnetic. Some stainless steel appliances are not magnetic, which can be inconvenient if you like to display art projects, lists, or awkward holiday family photos on the fridge.
7. Add a Backsplash in White or Gold.
When it comes to the kitchen, you may not think that a small backsplash will have any significant impact, but appearances can be deceiving.
A sleek and stylish gold or white tile installation has become one of the most popular features for homes looking into updating their outdated kitchens with something new and exciting!
8. Include a Mirror in Your Kitchen
Your kitchen will look better and function better with the addition of an elegantly designed, well-placed mirror. Brightness and depth are enhanced when light is reflected off the flat mirror.
Additionally, it's a quick and easy way to give the impression that your room is larger. The cost of a new kitchen mirror varies widely, so shop around before making a final decision.
Ways to Incorporate Mirror Into Your Kitchen
- Behind Your Stove
If you place a mirrored backsplash behind the cooktop, you can keep an eye on small children or chat with friends while cooking. The combination of the mirror with the glass ceiling and large windows enhances this light- and space-enhancing effect.
- Behind the Sink
What a great way to bring some natural light and make your space feel like it's not just an inside job! The mirror behind the sink has such amazing design features. It reflects back into itself, which helps open up the area around us by reflecting what we can see from behind, like trees, sunsets, flowers, grassy fields, etc.
- Place as Cabinet Doors.
If you have trouble keeping your cabinets organized, consider using mirrors instead of plain glass.
A finish such as an antiqued mirrored glass will hide fingerprints and smudges while also adding character if you're concerned about keeping the shiny surface clean.
- Mirrored light fixtures
When you want to add mirrors to your kitchen but want them to look more modern, mirrored pendant lights can be a great way to do it.
Pendant lights aren't only going to make your kitchen look bigger, but they also make it brighter. If your kitchen is adequately lit, it should have both ambient and task lighting, as well as accent lighting.
- Mirrored Ceiling
Whether or not you have a low ceiling, this design option is a great one to go with, no matter what. You can create the sense of additional height in a room with a low ceiling by using mirrors. Some creative designs can be made out of it, as well.
9. Complement & Contrast Colors With Your Dining Area
Dining areas are commonly designed close or next to the kitchen space to make serving food easier. This is also why you must also consider your dining room’s color—the color schemes of both areas should complement each other.
You can keep it simple by sticking with the white and gold color scheme. Or you can mix and match palettes that go with white and gold.
For instance, a chic kitchen dining space features four black velour chairs with gold frames to contrast with the bright white cabinets and white backsplash. A black dining table can distinguish the white and gold finishes for a more modern look.
So, are you ready to design the kitchen of your dreams? It's definitely a lot of work, but it's so worth it in the end.
We hope this article has helped you get started and given you some ideas for what you want your new kitchen to look like. Remember, every home is different, so don't be afraid to mix and match different styles until you find something that feels truly "you."
And if you have any questions along the way, don't hesitate to reach out to us! We're always happy to help.
What’s your dream kitchen? We’d love to know!