View from the Master Bedroom
Barbara said "Yes that sounds great, and why don't you stay in my Mom's 6 million dollar house while you're here. She's in Palm Springs and won't mind".
Hmmmm. . . . well if you insist, okay!
I'm sharing her Mom's house with you here because it fits into this question I received about how to create flow in a house with a white kitchen.
"I decided to go with the white kitchen, now what?? How do I carry the design into my dining room and living room which is fairly open concept? I would like to go with a blue/green/grayish wall colour (not sure which one yet), white trim, and will be doing medium brown hardwood floors. How do I coordinate everything else so that it flows nicely from the kitchen? Do I go with all white window treatments? What colour of sofa and area rug would work best? I want to keep the light, fresh, feeling that one gets from the classic white kitchen and carry it into the rest of my home. Any thoughts would be much appreciated."
This question is great because it's true that not every single house in the world is a candidate for the white kitchen I'm always harping about. But if you are that person and you want to make sure your kitchen flows with the rest of your house, here are 13 guidelines to consider:
1. Lots of white trim and woodwork which connects to your white kitchen is a great way to create flow.
2. If you install white tile, in this case, the entry, halls and kitchen are Carrara, make sure you choose a white that coordinates with it. That will become the fixed white element that dictates which white you choose.
It does look like the white here is a little too creamy for the Carrara but because there's so much of it, I didn't notice that until I looked at the photos. I always find it interesting how designers and homeowners can break the rules when serious attention is paid to the decorating like in this home.
3. Make sure adjoining rooms relate. This is the glamorous powder room attached to the entry. I love that the black and green marble countertop coordinates with the entry and the bejewelled accessories on the vanity.
4. Eliminate beige carpet which just looks dirty with clean and fresh colours and consider a colour instead.
5. Unless you have a totally contemporary home where the focus is all on the art and therefore, does not need to coordinate with the decor, keep your artwork fresh as well.
6. White furniture definitely helps to repeat the white theme. If white is completely unworkable for you, make sure the sofa colours you choose will work with the addition of white pillows or incorporating white into the drapery.
7. Keeping your colour choices clean instead of muted or dirty, keeps the feeling of flow consistent throughout the house.
8. Blue on the ceiling always feels like the sky. You can see the blue ceiling in the master bedroom at the end of this light-filled hallway.
9. If you're going to have an accent wall, paint it behind the headboard which is usually the most obvious place in a bedroom.
It's better if there are no windows or doorways creating an awkward T with the paint colour.
10. Normally I tell my clients not to leave a random room white if you have colour everywhere else but I didn't notice that the hallway on the lower floor was basically white until right now. My eye was distracted with noticing the artwork and how it related to the fabric on the chairs in this pretty vignette.
I really appreciated the attention to detail every where in this house.
This was my guest room. Look closely or you'll miss the individual bows on the duvet cover.
11. Keep the white in the bathrooms the same as the fixed white in the main rooms for perfect flow. If you don't have that luxury, make sure your trim matches the tile in the bathroom. It looks odd if your trim is creamy everywhere else and then you take it through your white-on-white bathroom.
12. Notice that the soft pink tile does not read like the normal, muddy pink beige that would suddenly make the yellow look wrong. I like how the artwork ties it into the space.
I swam in this lap pool two mornings and felt very luxurious indeed.
13. Notice that the colour palette for this house, greens, yellows, pinks, blues and lavenders were alternated throughout. This house feels happy, everywhere you go.
The kitchen in this house is not white but the floors are Carrara and the countertops are Blue Pearl. I did not get a great photo so I haven't included it here.
And here I am with Barbara (right) and her son Trevor having dinner at a fondue restaurant in downtown Portland.
We had a fabulous time and thanks Barbara and her Mom for having me!
PS. I don't have any colour details because I took these images just before I left the house on Saturday sorry.
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