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.
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.
WOOD BRINGS A SENSE OF MASCULINITY TO THE ROOM. It brings a masculine element to a room – where there is plenty of feminine.
IT WARMS AND GROUNDS THE SPACE.
The dark tones warm up an otherwise cold space and bring a grounding element to the light and airy place.
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.
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.”
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.
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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,
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
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.
THE WHITE YOU CHOOSE MATTERS
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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