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If you haven't read through the first part of this series, check it out before you move on. It may not include the same colour combinations but I did talk about some tips and tricks for picking tiles and paint colours, as well as how to coordinate your hardware finishes.
Recently, I've been going for Benjamin Moore paints, and this palette is no different. I have picked my top 3 whites from their paint collection. When it comes to choosing white tones, there are so many undertones to pick from. I always like to go for off-whites and cooler colours, as yellow undertones often get more yellow with age. going with a blue undertone keeps the space cool and calming. Red undertones such as "Alabaster" below are also good if you're going for a more creamy-peach tone in the rest of your furniture. You want to make sure the undertones all match, even if they're different elements.
If you're going for a warm selection of uphostery, like I chose to do below (with the exception of the sofa) it's important to make sure your space is not flat and solid. The best way to give your interior some diversity is to layer as many textures as you can.
In my previous post which you hopefully read before this, I talked about the importance of collecting swatches. In most cases, all you need to do is email the company, or "request a swatch" on their website if they offer that option. Once your samples arrive, this makes layering and testing tones so much easier.
In this board, I followed the rules in the previous post, and I matched up the undertones and the leg finishes in the chairs. This insures that even if the dining chairs and the armchair are in different rooms, the similarities in their tones and finishes tie them all together and make your home look cohesive. Choosing a brass or gold finish in your lighting fixtures and other hardware elements in your home are just as important as well. Maybe you even bring that finish into your door hinges to subtly bring that brass tone back into all of your spaces.
Like I said just now, when it comes to picking colours which only slightly vary in tone and colour, texture, texture, texture is so important!
Even in the accessories the texture is important to give your space some 3-dimension. This may mean choosing pillows with tassels, choosing candles which have both the gold/brass/cream tones in the packaging, or going for textured upholstery with different tones like the sofa I chose, or by choosing a waffle textured pillow or throw. Not only does this give some life to your decor, but bringing the texture in with the rug is also a big component of layering.
It's again, you also always want to tie in your tones into your hardware.
For this series, I chose white hardware with gold and wood detailing to go with the chairs, furniture, paint and the wood surface in the coffee table.
I told you how much I love a textured subway tile, didn't I? In this blog post, I've decided to choose 3 tile options you may want to think about when going for all-white looks.
I love me any textured tile. Since working with white or cream tones is all about flat and similar tones, making sure you bring in texture is still so important when hand picking your tiles. What I suggest is even going to a local tile store and collecting 1 sample of the tiles you think you may want. Maybe even spend some time and collect combinations which you can place on top of one another in the store to view them in person if you don't want to purchase a tile or get a sample.
Marble is a great option for any white space because the imperfections in the tiles bring pattern and more monochromatic colour to the space. Texture in subway tiles, and shapes in porcelain penny tiles bring some dimension to any backsplash, but you always want to think about maintenance as well. You never want to choose these sorts of tiles for an all-white look on the floor. Going with a seamless tile with minimal grout spacing is the key in these instances. White penny tiles will start to get grey in the grout when dirt accumulates, and in spaces like the shower where bathroom products may build up as well, going for smaller spacing between tiles helps minimizes darkening in the grout over time.
I hope this post helped with your palette and material building, and if you have any questions, concerns, or would like to meet for a consultation about your own space, my inbox is always open! Just leave a message under the contact section on my website or send me an email!
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