Photo Gallery: White Kitchens

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Board walls, inset cabinets, beadboard accents, and freestanding kitchen furniture are historical details in the old house. Carrara marble countertops and subway-tile backsplash are practical and timeless.

Red accents and a blue hutch pop against the background of a new white kitchen designed for a ca.-1900 cottage. (Photo: Susan Gilmore)

Salvaged casement windows, butcher-block countertops, and an antique sink lend a sunny air to the tiny kitchen.

Salvaged casement windows, butcher-block countertops, and an antique sink returned light to this once-dark kitchen in a 1905 Colonial Revival. (Photo: Noah Wolf)

Salvaged and restored, the wall of cabinets and 6' sink are the centerpiece of the room. The owners prefer a versatile farm table rather than an island.

Salvaged cabinets and a 6' sink are the centerpiece of this lovingly restored 1920s bungalow kitchen. (Photo: Mark W. Welch)

Opposite the galley kitchen, a small corner acts as additional prep space.

Honed granite countertops, beige tile, and a Mackintosh-print valance and tea towel add subtle layers of color to a Colonial Revival kitchen. (Photo: Gridley + Graves)

Frankly modern in function, the new kitchen has a traditional look: a stove “hearth,” beautiful millwork, and a furniture-like island.

Soapstone countertops provide a classic contrast to the creamy white cabinets and ceiling in this new kitchen in an 1844 Cape Cod Federal. (Photo: Dan Cutrona)

Illuminated display cabinets create a warm frieze under the soaring ceiling.

A subway-tile backsplash, marble countertops, and illuminated display cabinets help to ground this modern Foursquare kitchen in tradition. (Photo: Thom Greene)

The crisp new kitchen has cabinets finished with 'Buttermilk' from Benjamin Moore; originial wainscot was reused in building the upholstered banquette. Photo: William Wright.

Stainless steel countertops, white-painted cabinets, and a new banquette enliven an expanded kitchen in a 1911 Foursquare. (Photo: William Wright)

Cabinets and a sink dating to the 1918–22 renovation are now part of the back-hall pantry. The newer kitchen is through the doorway on the right.

Cabinets and a massive double-drainboard sink dating to the 1920s are the focal point of the pantry in a 1799 farmhouse restored in Colonial Revival style. (Photo: Carolyn Bates)

The home's original kitchen was a series of small, inefficient rooms, but great care was taken to update the space in an organized yet historically sensitive manner.

Custom-built white cabinets are complemented by a soft green wall and an upholstered window seat in the kitchen of a 1915 Colonial Revival. (Photo: Eric Roth)

Black glass hardware punctuates white-painted cabinets. The under-counter brackets on the island were modeled on originals in the hallway.

In this 1904 kitchen, the white cabinets, subway tile, and Carrara marble countertops are punctuated by black glass hardware and colorful accessories. (Photo: William Wright)

The sleek 1940s kitchen is remarkably intact, with a curved leather banquette. Vintage pieces include the Sunbeam chrome coffee brewer and streamlined vase.

White cabinets (with scalloped trim) and the built-in curved banquette are original to the kitchen of this 1948 ranch. (Photo: Blackstone Edge Studios)