White-on-White Done Right

Adding texture is the way to keep an all-white kitchen from falling flat.

Building a kitchen is a significant investment. Unlike purchasing new living room furniture or updating window treatments, which most homeowners will likely do every 10 years, a complete kitchen renovation may only happen once or twice in a person’s lifetime, in part because of the financial investment. And when building a new home, the kitchen represents a substantial portion – as much as 10% – of the overall budget.

While embracing the latest trend in your home’s décor, such as incorporating Pantone’s color of the year, can be a fun way to make a bold statement, it may be best to reserve statement-make status to something that can be easily switched out, like the color of your front door. When deciding on the overall look for your kitchen, timeless may be a wiser choice than trendy and nothing is more timeless than white-on-white. When done right, a white-on-white kitchen can also be a home’s ultimate ‘wow’ factor.

How to ‘get it right’? Layer on the texture.

In the kitchen of this custom-built home in North Attleboro, which was completed in 2016, our design team created an inviting space with a look that is uncluttered yet includes a lot of visual interest, much of which comes from the texture in the millwork. From the crown moulding to the striking hood fan, to the cabinet doors and intricate detailing on the base of the center island, each piece has multifaceted appeal. Additional texture is subtly revealed in the ogee edge of island’s countertop, the basket-weave pattern and frame effect in the backsplash behind the range, and the slight contrast between the brushed nickel cabinets pulls and polished nickel fixtures.

This homeowner opted to add a touch of color by including items – such as the backsplash, island countertop and ceiling paint – in a subtle gray hue. Glass doors in the uppermost cabinets allow the homeowner to display her collection of antique glassware in saturated shades of blue which adds an unexpected pop of color.

If she wants to make a quick change, all she’ll need to do is swap out the glassware with something in a different color. Who knows? Maybe she’ll choose items in Pantone’s color of the year. BTW: For 2017, it’s Greenery (Pantone 15-0343).

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