Because, every once in a while, a lack of color can be a good thing.
By: Anna Kocharian
Published on June 21, 2017
Every once in a while, we find ourselves craving a palette cleanser, of course in the form of a clean interior. While color and pattern may instill a dynamic element to a space, we can’t deny the ethereal beauty and effortless simplicity of an all-white space. With kitchen designs in mind, we set out to uncover the stunning spaces, which prove that a lack in color doesn’t mean a compromise on style. Here’s what we learned.
Leanne Ford’s spacious farmhouse kitchen proves that a handful of chic, brass accents can elevate even the most monochromatic spaces. Potted herbs and a concrete countertop provide a textured element to the palette, all the while remaining sublimely understated.
When working with a whitewashed kitchen, you let the exteriors do the talking. This spot features an extravagant display of palms and greens, directly outside the kitchen window, lending the interior with a faux outdoor feel. Note how the matte black pendants complement the fixture on the sink as well as the fence situated outside. Lessons learned? When implementing an all-white color scheme, borrow hues from neighboring accents (the outdoors count!) and bring them in in the form of lighting or linens.
This jaw-dropping farmhouse came with slew of contrasting details – wooden shelves and matte black fixtures – transferring the focus from the whitewashed backdrop onto the decorative accessories themselves. For those who feel intimidated by going strictly monochrome, don’t be afraid to utilize decorative elements such as art, plants, and kitchenware to instill a pop of color to the space.
In efforts to avoid the sterility that can often result from an exclusively whitewashed and contemporary space, the designer of this light-filled kitchen opted for the ever-so-slightest pop of color, in the form of a trio of island pendants. Featuring cathedral ceilings, skylights, and calacatta marble elements, this kitchen manages to pack in plenty of style and character, even with the absence of color.
Contemporary minimalism never looked so good. Designed by Marta Badiola, this San Sebastián-based residence boasts streamlined architectural details, further elevated by the exclusively all-white palette. A fold-down table on the left, doubles as an impromptu kitchen table, cleverly folded and stowed for when not in use. Small-space dwellers, take note.
Here’s proof that opting for a whitewashed kitchen shouldn’t have to entail a total loss of color. Experiment with subtle variations in color and tone, mixing and matching with creams and smooth grays. The result will be a timeless space with a dynamic array of tones and textural details.
Leave it to the Scandinavians to design a kitchen as dreamy as this. Fully equipped with a complementary slew of furnishings and decorative accents, this streamlined space boasts all the makings of a Pinterest-perfect space. Soft wooden accents, in the form of seats and counterspace, provide an element of pigmentation that further elevates the overall scheme.
Scandinavian design meets Parisian elegance in this whitewashed flat, where the kitchen comes fully furnished with built-in shelves and an impeccably-styled aesthetic. Because, if an all-white kitchen weren’t enough, your dishware would have to match as well.