Tag: white kitchens

Steps When Planning a Kitchen Renovation 101

July 28, 2018

This summer I have been working with a local couple on their complete vacation home makeover. They decided to start with the kitchen and wanted me to discuss the right steps to follow when planning a complete redo of their kitchen. My first suggestion to them was to find a contractor to work with. That is not easy I know! The contractor will be able to hire the sub-contractors needed for demolition, electrical work, plumbing, permits, etc. Meanwhile, you will have to chose the components that are going into the new space and if you want to avoid stress later, these steps will help guide you in the overall process.

They are redesigning the kitchen area top to bottom. Here is a before photo:

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Step One for the Kitchen:

As I tell all of my clients, their first big decision should be the countertop. (the most expensive item in the room and least amount of selections.) Right now both quartz and granite are still the most popular choices. My biggest tip when buying a new countertop is to GO to where the stone is whole. You can look at the little samples and online to get an idea of what you like, but you must go to stone yard to choose your large piece for counters to see exactly which piece you are getting because every piece is unique:

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How To Warm Up an All White Kitchen

August 12, 2017

A reader recently wrote and asked,  “I have always wanted an all white kitchen and now that I have my dream white kitchen, it seems boring and uninteresting. Do you have any suggestions on how I can warm up my cold, sterile looking kitchen? ”

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I have come across this dilemma with clients before. We see all of these beautiful photos of all white kitchens and want to duplicate the look so everything brought into the room is white. I too love the look of white kitchens, but sometimes they can feel too plain and lack personality.

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My first suggestion is to bring fabric into the room. Using fabric can soften a space as well as bringing in color with items such as window treatments:

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Reader’s Questions Answered

April 2, 2017

Hey everyone! I thought I would share a few  questions from recent clients and readers with informative and useful answers:

*  I’m planning on painting our lake house great room Revere Pewter. It has a pitched ceiling with black walnut beam.  Stone fireplace in grayish tones.  I am following your advice to do casings in White Dove.  I would like to add some definition to windows/grids/sliding french doors by adding a darker version of Revere Pewter or something in same color family.  Any advice?

Your home sounds beautiful! If you are looking for a darker version of Revere Pewter, take a look at Ben Moore Thunder AF-685:

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Thunder is another soft, warm neutral paint color that is very popular today. Read More

Benjamin Moore 2016 Color Of The Year

October 7, 2015

If you have not already heard on social media, Benjamin Moore has chosen the color Simply White OC-117 as the color for 2016.

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Simply White is a warm white without all of those pesky undertones to worry about contrasting with. It is a very constant color and does not change in various lighting sources. A beautiful neutral that I am excited about!:

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I read an interesting article from Architectural Digest today featuring Ellen O’Neill who is the creative director at Benjamin Moore and the mastermind of choosing the colors of the year, here. She stated when asked, how did white become a color of interest?:

We were in Paris at Maison et Objet in January, and we had just come off of a photoshoot all about whites. Then it was the summer of the white shirtdress. Even last week with the pope—another gift from the universe—you’re looking at millions of people lining the streets and you can find him. It’s strong. It’s directing your eye. It’s a beacon.”

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Did you notice all the white on the fashion runway this past summer? A color always seems to appear in the fashion industry first, then it is brought into our homes.

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Simply White OC-117 is cleansing and fresh. Why do you think so many people love white kitchens? I think it is because they not only love the clean, fresh, uncluttered look but also because a white room is never trendy or dated.

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What do you think of Simply White with wood finishes?:

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So what do you think of the the new color of the year, Simply White? I think it is a beautiful and sophisticated color that will not go out of style. I’m in! Why not white? Let me know what you think!

Acadia White

August 13, 2014

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Hi Kelly,

Have just been reading your blog post about choosing the right white paint here. It was very helpful and I was pleased to see a photo of Acadia White which I’m planning on using.

We’re remodeling our home in California and I’m looking for a white paint to use for the trim. I’m going with BM Acadia White for the kitchen cabinets (we have brown/beige granite). Is it OK to paint the walls Acadia White too?  I’m going with a shell/linen color subway tile splash back to help lighten up the room as it’s a little on the dark side. The kitchen opens into our new dining & living room which I’m painting (walls) Acadia White.

With so many whites to choose from, I’m not sure which to use for the trim. And should the ceiling be another different white or same as the trim just in a different finish?

Any help would be appreciated 🙂

Many thanks,

Jennifer.

Hi Jennifer,

I would use Acadia White for the trim also. The cabinets and trim look best in a semi gloss finish and the walls in an eggshell finish. That way they work perfect together and the contrast of the semi gloss against the eggshell works well.

As far as the ceiling, have you thought about painting it a light blue? Or another color?

Hope this helps!

Hi Kelly,

Thanks very much for getting back to me so promptly. I have found choosing a paint color the hardest part of our remodeling thus far 🙁

I have a love of all things white (I built my business Whiteport in Australia based on it) but the number of whites to choose from here in the US is overwhelming.

Re ceilings, we only have 8ft ceilings and I’m trying everything I can to visually make them appear higher. I haven’t heard of using light blue – what is your thinking behind that?

I love Acadia White – it’s very creamy and soft without being yellow and works well with our granite. I saw an entire house exterior painted in it on our recent trip to Carmel CA. It was gorgeous so I knocked on the door and asked the owner what color it was !

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So I wrote back to Jennifer and shared this link showing her photos of rooms with blue ceilings on Houzz.

Thanks for letting me share this email letter Jennifer. She said, “Hopefully it might help someone else in my position!”

If you need help selecting colors in your home, contact me today.

Stained Or Painted Kitchen Island?

April 1, 2014

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I am working with a client in her new home which is being built. The homeowner, Sara, asked if I could help her with some of the major purchases so that she would get it right the first time, without all the stress. We are starting in the kitchen, which is the central room to all of the first floor.

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She has already chosen white for her cabinets and a medium wood stained floor. She wanted to pick a wall color next, but I told her she needed to pick the granite out first, then the wall color.

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I am so glad I could help her with that decision. It is much easier to pick a wall color around the granite, rather than have to choose a granite color around your wall color. Agreed, right?

While she is looking at granite, I am gathering information and photos to help her decide what look she loves best for her kitchen island. Painted or stained wood?:

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So many beautiful choices. Which would you prefer, a stained or painted island with your white cabinets? Hard decision!

If you need help making major purchasing decisions in your home, contact me today.