Textures and fine details make all the difference when achieving the look of classical-style white kitchens.

Iconic to this design are features such as shaker-style wainscoting panels and frames that add dimension. Complement the look with white wood finishes to add a rustic touch, or glossy tiles to brighten up the space. For additional decorative accents, use contemporary brass handles.

The white and wood pairing is a popular choice among homeowners, for its clean, warm and inviting look. Timber is a sound material of choice for dry kitchens, where light cooking is done.

“Primary surfaces – such as the countertop and backsplash – in white can be complemented with wood finishes on the cabinets,” advises William Ng from Studio Wills + Architects. “Keep adjacent materials pared down, so as not to distract the eye from the main focal point in the space.” Kitchen experts at Poggenpohl say that “variations in the structure or colour of wood are unique characteristics of the natural material that accentuate details in the overall kitchen design”.

Poggenpohl’s +Artesio range takes this one step further, by incorporating accessories like shelves and LED panels, which can be added to the wood backsplash for extra storage space.

Materials such as stainless steel tend to be more appropriate for wet kitchens, where homeowners engage in heavy cooking. When the material is used against a mostly white palette, the overall look exudes an understated, sophisticated vibe.

“Avoid mixing too many materials and colours as that may cause disharmony,” shares experts from Italian kitchen brand Valcucine.

Valcucine’s Riciclantica range combines white aluminium cabinetry with stainless steel worktops and backsplashes. There are various customisation possibilities, including adding light panels that make the surfaces gleam, for a luxurious appeal.