Layer it on!


A white kitchen is like a stunning jewel, that just needs to be enhanced. The neutrals of warm wood soften and black helps to punctuate the style.

Question: “What can I add in terms of materials to warm up my sleek white kitchen?”

White is a versatile neutral that works well in a variety of color schemes and design styles, and it’s hardly sterile and boring. White done right is fresh, modern, timeless, warm and inviting!

Think of white as an excellent starting point for layering a rich range of materials and tones. Many designer’s in these room scenes have shared their recipes for creating neutral spaces that are cozy and inviting.


This was a winner at the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Kitchen of the Year. Stunning!

Layer it on

Mixing textures is key in a largely monochromatic room. Materials such as stone, ceramic, and glass can all be white, but each add a textural characteristic that creates visual interest in a room.


I love the dark, rough texture of wood against fresh, clean white. It’s hard to go wrong with this duo, as it easily fits with just about any style.

WOOD BRINGS A SENSE OF MASCULINITY TO THE ROOM. It brings a masculine element to a room – where there is plenty of feminine.


A mood board to show how metal lamp shades, gilded mirrors, rugs, stools, etc to tie together multiple styles. You may stick to a classic white couch for your anchor piece.


The dark tones warm up an otherwise cold space and bring a grounding element to the light and airy place.


A mix of metals, warm wood tones, and pristine white woodwork create cottage style in a family-friendly kitchen.

WOOD BRINGS CONTRAST TO LIGHT OR WHITE ROOMS. They just make the home so light and airy. And now I love the drama and contrast the dark wood brings to a light and bright space. It just pops.

A few neutral furnishings also break up the palette without interrupting the sense of airiness.


Welcome people to the warmth of your home with crisp white trim with off white walls. In this entryway by Bria Hammel, the light blush cool of the bench cushions and rug and armoire add and extra hint of warmth.

If you bring in wood tones, white can be fresh, crisp, and even infused with a warm glow.

To keep white decor interesting decorate with lots of textural items. I love a neutral jute rug for tons of texture. Baskets work too. So does any nubby material. We actually “feel” texture with our eyes as well as our hands.

“White + Wood is one of those magical combinations, like basil and tomatoes.
They just work.”


Balance different wood finishes throughout the room. Rougher grains look more rustic, and finer grains look more formal.

Add a little shine to a white room. Any reflective metallic will do! My favorite shiny surface to use with whites is mercury glass!

Beautiful plants or flowers have an amazing effect on white decor. It softens white and makes it feel alive and welcoming. We love living things and white is a gorgeous backdrop.


I’ve selected some favorite beautiful wood furniture that will look charming against white walls, all found at LJ Edwards. See below for links that lead you to our website for more info on each piece.

1, Wethersfield Estate Collection–894805332&kwd=(redirect)+wethersfield+estate

2. Casa D’Onore Collection

3. Charleston Regency Collection
Stanley Furniture

4. La Palma Portfolio Collection

5. Jessica Charles Collection

6. Avalon Heights Collection

7. Crestaire Collection


Natural wood floors ground this beautiful cottage living room.

Add softness

Use tall, flowing curtains to soften a white room, adding soft linen drapes keeps a white room from feeling harsh. Nubby textures—of a wall hanging, a sheepskin, or pillows, for instance—also achieve that goal.

Choosing pieces designed with clean lines, hard corners, and colder materials like metal will give a modern, contemporary, and gallery-like feel among all the white,


While we’ve never seen a white room we didn’t like, a bright pop goes a long way in any space adding much-needed depth and variation.A tad of color goes a long way in a white room. Almost any color will work with a room that is fresh and white. Look at this GORGEOUS home from BHG! The blue literally makes our eyes float from one blue thing to another. A pop of color only enhances the drama of white!

For a more inviting and cozy feel, layer in warm woods with weathered, whitewashed finishes with linen-covered sofas and armchairs. A more country rustic vibe will evolve and pair beautifully with the white palette.

A rug can really help to anchor all the elements of a white room and bring some much-needed cohesion. A rug is also a great way to add pattern and depth.

Warmth and crispness, natural wood and white are a beautiful study in contrast


A highly minimalist, stark room will become a paragon of style and sophistication if you add a full size gallery wall with eye catching pieces. Don’t worry if you can’t afford new art. Almost anything can have visual impact if you frame it – your kid’s drawings, magazine pages, pieces of fabric, etc.

And most designers will tell you that any room looks better with a touch of black.

The days of matching wood furniture sets are a thing of the past. When all of the wood surfaces in a single space share the same tone, nothing stands out and the room falls flat.   Allowing various wood finishes to coexist can result in a more eclectic, layered look that lends the right amount of texture and depth. The overall feel is more organic, as if individual pieces have been collected over time.


Create continuity with accent color. Repeat this same color at least 3 times.


There are literally thousands of shades of white! And sifting through all those paint chips to find the one perfect white for you is quite a task! It’s great to get a little professional help at the paint store to narrow down the choices!

Laurel Bern Interiors posts on her blog her best choices for Ben’s white paint for your home.

White Dove OC-17 – the universal donor of paints. It almost always looks great. It is a white with a touch of cream and a touch of gray without being dirty– usually.

Cloud White 967– a touch brighter with a very slight taupe undertone, this is a great non-yellow white, but still warm

Simply White OC-117 – a very clean white, but might be too bright for darker colors

Cotton Balls OC-122 – another universal donor. Very much like white dove but virtually no gray

Linen White 912 – It’s usually not my first choice for walls unless the space has good lighting. But this is often an excellent choice for deeper colors like browns and golds. Fair warning, I did recently see this looking peach which I had never seen before.

Ivory White 925 – Another lovely cream that’s a bit brighter than linen white

Are there other great colors? Yes, of course, but I’m trying to simplify your life.

The goal is to create a casual, welcoming space, so you might want to choose one with a hint of yellow or pink. Pairing glossy white moldings with flat-painted walls also helps adds depth.

Here’s some good news…choosing several whites when decorating keeps things interesting! All the same white is deadly! Too flat, too dull! You can and should mix whites! And adding other neutrals to white is magical! Don’t think neutrals are “light”. They can be warm browns and even grays! Neutrals instantly make whites warmer.

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