Styling and photos by Maria Killam
Recently my good friend Jan Romanuk told me she’d finished a renovation in downtown Vancouver and asked if I’d like to photograph it for the blog.
Since I can never get enough white kitchens on the blog, I happily said yes.
Jan’s client had ordered new white cabinets for her kitchen and was dismayed when they were installed and she saw that the white she had selected actually had a pink undertone (below).
This was when she realized that a professional interior designer was required, one mistake was already made and she did not want to make another.
Jan chose this mosaic tile from Ames tile. Jan’s client wanted some bling and since there were no under counter lights, Jan chose this mosaic to add sparkle. In case you’re wondering, the total cost was approximately $1200, including removal of the old tile and installation of this one.
She didn’t have a large area for a backsplash but if Jan had chosen a solid white or cream, you would have noticed the pink more.
Now you have this pearly, sparkly tile that changes colour constantly (below).
Wall colour, BM Silver Satin – Interior Design by Jan Romanuk – After
So if you have made a mistake with your whites, your cabinet white looks different from your trim for example. Unless it’s really in-your-face and glaring, I wouldn’t stress too much over it.
If you find yourself saying “my white kitchen feels cold, my whites don’t match, my white kitchen is boring”, what’s missing is styling.
Here’s what you have to understand about styling if you don’t have that gift. I have spent countless hours looking at styled images and styling myself. Yes I have a gift, but I have also gotten a lot better at it because I do it so often.
You live in your kitchen every. single. day. And you might not be interested in spending a gazillion hours looking at Pinterest images. So follow some tips I wrote about styling a white kitchen in this post instead.
I talk about this a lot in my Specify Colour with Confidence events. How colour mistakes can be hidden with the right styling because you’re distracting the eye.
And if you don’t want to make a mistake choosing whites, download my White is Complicated eBook here. There’s 150 pages of teaching with images to make sure you choose the right white for your walls, millwork, trim or ceilings. Way more than could ever fit into a blog post. Plus that includes a bonus chapter of whites in Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams.
And at the end of the day, once you style the kitchen, get a lamp for atmosphere at night, a bowl of fruit and some flowers, you can get over the pink and even forget that it’s there.
Is there such thing as a cordless lamp? Laurel Bern wrote about them here.
Every kitchen needs either sconces with fabric shades or a lamp. Way prettier at night than pendants or recessed lighting.
The wall sconces in my kitchen (above) are always on in the evening.
So listen up, if you have just finished a renovation or new build and are freaking out because you’ve decided that you made a mistake choosing whites, just start decorating and move on.
And forget about your white mistake already. I’m serious.
If you’re renovating and need help choosing finishes, check out our ‘Create a Classic Kitchen’ eDesign package here.