White is sometimes underplayed as the default choice of colorphobes, but some of the boldest and most sophisticated rooms in the world have white walls. Maxwell loves decorating with white walls – as long as it's the right kind of white. According to Maxwell, the best whites aren't just a "blank canvas." He says, "I like the ones with a bit of depth and color." A good white wall never looks unfinished, "it looks intentional."
In honor of Simply White, Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year for 2016, we've combed through our House Tour archives and found three wildly different rooms that offer beautiful evidence in support of white's timeless elegance.
We purchased our townhouse about 4 years ago. We wanted to purchase a home that needed a kitchen remodel because we didn't like what we saw when we toured houses with remodeled kitchens.
Also, we wanted to get used to our place before we embarked on a remodel so we knew what we wanted as far as layout, finishes, and appliances. We were glad we waited because we made many decisions that were different from our initial thoughts on what we wanted.
Back in 2011, Annie and her husband had a little difference of opinion when it came to the oak cabinets in the kitchen of their new home. She hated them, and he loved them. Since she had carte blanche everywhere else in the house, she wrote into Apartment Therapy asking how they should redecorate and still respect his wishes. Fast forward to 2015, and they finally remodeled their kitchen...
This past winter I fell on ice and broke my wrist. As you can imagine, this made many things more difficult, including housekeeping. My husband and I (and now our two kids) have lived in the same rental apartment sans dishwasher for eight years. My husband had been campaigning for one for years, but I had resisted for two reasons: 1) why invest money in a rental apartment and 2) why give up valuable cabinet space in our already small kitchen. But falling on the ice didn't just break my wrist, it broke the camel's back and pushed us over the edge to finally purchase a dishwasher. Was it worth it?
Marina and her husband Sebastiano bought a 100-year-old home in Houston about a year ago. The overall condition of the house was near-perfect, but Marina wanted to transform the traditional home into a more modern, open space.
You've got the fixer-upper home of your dreams, and you're taking on a big remodel to totally make it your own. You're living the dream, so why does it feel like you're living in a disaster zone? The truth is, living in a home during a big remodel is actually a really hectic process. Here are a few ways to stay sane.
When we purchased our 1954 ranch home earlier this year, nothing had been renovated or updated since it was built which was awesome (we get to update it in our own style! we can keep some of the awesome original design elements!) and also not awesome (the electrical was pulling in barely the legal minimum! some of the pipes were corroded and had leaks!). The biggest element that needed updating right off the bat was the kitchen.
White paint doesn't always get the respect it deserves. Too often it's considered a default, or a color for people who can't pick a color.
But white is consistently voted the 'most popular' and 'most likely to succeed' member of the color spectrum. And in so many cases, it's white that allows other colors to pop. As Maxwell says, "A good white wall is like a nice formal dress shirt – it's the perfect foundation. It holds the space of the room while directing attention to the art and the furnishings." Here are five beautiful rooms that show that white paint is the hero we've been waiting for.
I have see the future of tile and it makes me want to renovate my bathroom or kitchen…again. At Cersaie last month, which is *the* bath and tile show, I had a chance to see lots and lots and lots of examples of what's next in that world. Here are some of the trends I saw: