bulthaup and the timelessness of white kitchens

A functional, light-filled kitchen where ergonomics is the guiding principle and surfaces are easy to clean: these are only some of the advantages of a white kitchen. This ideal, which the bulthaup brand implements to perfection, continues to hold true over time, creating a sleek atmosphere where cooking becomes a true pleasure.

The color of light


White is the achromatic color of maximum lightness; the color of objects that reflect nearly all light of all visible wavelengths. The word “white” comes from the Old Saxon, in which its use was first documented in the year 950.

Traditionally, in Western culture white symbolized purity, innocence, and perfection, although it can also suggest freshness, serenity and cleanliness.

White is often used in spaces that require excellent hygiene, like kitchens, bathrooms, and hospitals. It’s also the color of housecoats, smocks and the gowns and uniforms people wear in environments that have to be germ-free, like doctors, nurses, lab technicians and cooks.

In the past it was also the color of sheets, towels, tablecloths and undergarments, so that stains would be easier to spot and items could be washed more frequently (often with a bit of bleach) without fading. Thus expressions such as “white sales”, still used to refer to house linen sales, even now that the goods are actually available in a full range of colors.


White is a color with great symbolic weight, whose presence in a room tends to convey a sense of serenity, relief, or safety.

The kitchen and its function

The kitchen and its function

In recent years, kitchens have gone back to being the heart of our homes –just as they had been in traditional farmhouses, where a fire was always burning, the center point around which life revolved, a source of heat and light and the place where food was cooked. It was the place where the family came together, gathering around its warm glow; the place were people ate, but also discussed the latest news about the village or the neighborhood; the place where children were taught and women from several generations cooked, made preserves, spun, sewed and exchanged advice and recipes. In the kitchens of a large part of Spain, kitchen walls were whitewashed every year: for centuries, this colorless hue provided cleanliness and light.

However, the industrial age put an end to that gathering place. The kitchen in the new urban single-family dwellings was reduced to a small space; the dining table was cast out and women were isolated in the room where cooking food was just another one of their chores. Kitchens became more ergonomical and functional, but lost their status as the heart of the home.

Today, kitchens have recovered that central role. Although clearly they are conceived for cooking, they are also places for sharing, working together, and keeping each other company. That’s why now we want our kitchen to be more than just functional and ergonomic: we want it to be open to the living area, filled with light, tidy, comfortable, easy to clean, large, and accessible. We want an open-plan space where our appliances live alongside the pots where we grow herbs and a sausage hanging from a hook; a place for collaborative work, where everyone helps out, even if it’s just by chatting with us while sipping a glass of wine.

Reasons for choosing a white kitchen

As we’ve seen, white is an essentially neutral color, so we never get tired of it. Kitchens aren’t like the upholstery we choose for a couch, which we can change without giving it much thought. A kitchen is meant to last a long time, keeping us company for a considerable part of our lives.

Let’s explore some of the reasons why bulthaup customers choose white kitchens:


White helps enhance light, be it natural or artificial, providing a more luminous overall impression. This is particularly important in a place devoted to working with food, where it’s critical to have a clear view of what you’re doing and how you’re doing it.


This luminous atmosphere makes spaces seem larger and airier, leading to a pleasurable sense of comfort. Nothing is more unpleasant than cooking in a small, cramped space.


Since white is the sum total of all primary colors, it sets the perfect stage for counterpoints in a broad chromatic range. Natural materials such as stone or wood, synthetic finishes in a wide range of colors, metal surfaces such as stainless steel on extractor hoods, ovens and cooking ranges, contrasting floor finishes, or fresh items we like to have within reach –all are perfectly compatible white kitchen cabinets.


White surfaces show dirt more than any others, making it easier to clean them thoroughly. This is particularly important in an area where we handle fresh ingredients. Besides, we know that food makes for a large amount of organic waste that has to be disposed of, and white allows us to spot the slightest trace right away.

Timelessness and elegance

Another one of the advantages is that it’s impervious to passing trends. Other colors have a shorter life span, swaying with the whims of changing markets or creating a dominant presence that can be overwhelming in the long run. White is a safe bet due to its inherent neutrality, giving the kitchen a longer lifetime ahead.

White is the paradigm of understated elegance, devoid of overbearing decoration. The subtlety and clarity of its lines provides purity and balance in a space.

bulthaup hits the white

With bulthaup, durability is one of the major reasons why so many customers choose a white kitchen: the brand’s quality guarantees a long service life, which in turn leads its future users to select a timeless finish, one that isn’t subjected to changing trends. Given these considerations, white is one of the safest options.

White doesn’t necessarily have to be cold. The range of bulthaup materials allows for combining an overall kitchen design in white with accents in top-quality natural wood to create a warmer atmosphere in the heart of the home.

bulthaup enhances natural light

Our bulthaup partners’ planning teams always create a close connection with each customer in order to gain a thorough knowledge of his or her needs and preferences, while conducting a detailed analysis of the specific conditions in the space where the kitchen will be installed. Whenever they perceive a risk of the area being somewhat dark, the option of a white kitchen becomes a strong candidate for making the most of whatever natural light is available.

As part of bulthaup’s mission of connecting the kitchen with the entire home, once again, white surfaces offer an obvious advantage. Their aesthetic neutrality allows them to venture out into the dining and living areas without breaking up the overall aesthetic character. In addition to contributing smooth transitions and light, white hues can be dressed up with all sorts of different chromatic elements and textures, providing an enormously versatile base.

The perfect backdrop for bulthaup b Solitaire

This ability for connecting different spaces is enhanced to the utmost degree by the new bulthaup b Solitaires. The range of free-standing units that combine top-quality solid oak with a matte black aluminum frame provide warm transitions between the cooking, dining, and living areas, in which white-finished surfaces create an excellent backdrop. A luminous white atmosphere also heightens the alluring elegance of the b Solitaire table and benches, the place where all the joint activities are instinctively drawn together.

La gama de materiales de bulthaup

Kitchens with laminate finishes

White is one of the most frequently-chosen colors among the outstanding-quality bulthaup laminates, for worktops in systems b3 and b1 and also for fronts in b3.

Kitchens with lacquered finishes

Lacquered finishes are another option currently in high demand for white kitchen fronts. At bulthaup, the b3 system offers both a matte and a high-gloss finish in white; b1 is available in matte white.

Kitchens with white wood finishes

Aside from pure white surfaces, bulthaup also offers a natural material within a similar color range: a particular version of b3 oak veneer treated to glow with an appealing light hue. This finish, known as rough sawn oak, gives a unique character to the kitchen as a whole.

Four projects with white kitchens

It wasn’t easy to choose among our bulthaup partners’ many projects to select the ones we found most appealing for their striking aesthetics and their excellent functional solutions, but we wanted to offer you a few examples which, in our view, are a faithful reflection of the brand’s criteria and values.

Reform of a farmhouse in La Garrotxa

White design kitchen in a house in Barcelona

Kitchen on the coast

White kitchen in Seville

For more information to plan your white kitchen and experience the available options and finishes first-hand, please contact the bulthaup partner closest to you.

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