WRITTEN BY BLANCHE EVANS
White kitchens never seem to go out of style, but there’s a fine line between white that’s beautiful and white’s that clinical. If you love white and grey, but don’t want your kitchen to resemble a hospital room, try these tips from Dallas’ top interior designers and kitchen planners.
Often called the New Chicago, Dallas is coming into its own as an interior design capital thanks to nationally recognized names such as Charlotte Comer, ASID RID.
“White and grey are eternal,” said Comer. “You never get tired of the combination, but there are ways of using them that make the look successful.”
Comer believes a monochromatic color palette works best if the client wants their interiors to stand the test of time, but monochromatic doesn’t mean all the same hue. For this contemporary kitchen, Comer used Decorator’s White and Ozark Shadows by Benjamin Moore (cut by 75%.) palest grey anchored by whispered natural hardwoods to achieve a pristine harmony. The waterfall island countertop in Bianca Quartzite by Aria Stone Gallery is the only pattern.
The picture window was greatly enlarged to bring the outdoors into the kitchen. “With white and grey, suggests Comer, “edited use of color becomes more important. So choose statement paintings, accessories and sculptures wisely. And a beautiful view can be all the vibrant color you need.”
Whites and greys have to be chosen in the home and the home has to have good light. “That way, you can see the undertones,” advises Rosene. “Do the whites and greys go too pink, too yellow or too blue? The right tone makes a room appear warm while the wrong tone makes it feel cold and drab.”
Remember what you want from white. Look for colors that are calming, clean as opposed to muddy, and use paint with a matte finish or soft eggshell finish to avoid hot spots and reduce glare.