Sunday, January 29, 2012

White Kitchens


White Cabinet Kitchens
7 reasons to choose white 
I love white kitchens. Fresh, clean and bright, they are timeless. Depending on how you design your kitchen and the choices  your pick for the counter top, flooring, lighting, wall color or tile, you can create an energizing and uplifting  white kitchen or a warm and calming one.
  • Clean and bright – white reflects light, and the kitchen is where ample lighting is needed: for cooking, cleaning, eating, even reading or writing. 
  • Timeless - white kitchens have been in style for a long time and will continue to be. Unlike oak (80’s) or espresso (90’s) cabinets, white cabinets are classic and ageless. 
  • You are least likely to get tired of white cabinets - let’s face it: kitchen remodeling is expensive, and involves making choices you’ll most likely have to live with for a VERY long time. Every time you walk into your newly renovated kitchen, you will either love it, hate it or get used to it. So don’t take big aesthetic risks with this kind of a project, and go with the “tried and true.” You can still give a personal touch to any kitchen (I will discuss this topic in a separate post). 
  • White complements wood flooring beautifully – white (or even gray) painted cabinets work beautifully with wood flooring. In contrast, pairing stained wood cabinets with wood flooring often lacks contrast, spark and interest. Simply put, it’s too much of the same. A note about flooring: a continuous “single flooring type” look (preferably wood) creates a sense of spaciousness and positive flow, especially in small spaces. Installing two different types of flooring in and outside of the kitchen may look “choppy”.
  • White makes the other choices easier– White works extremely well with white, black and gray, but if your cabinets are custom built, you can pick a creamier shade to match a granite or quartz counter top with warmer undertones. 
  • Versatile in terms of style - white kitchens can be modern, country, sleek or traditional, depending on the style of the cabinets, and the other visual components in your kitchen (lighting, counter top, tile and accessories). 
  • White is a great background for color – if you like vivid colors, you can easily introduce them in a white kitchen with paint, furniture, tile, lighting, window treatments or open shelf displays. Introducing color in an all white kitchen creates depth and definition. 

image from apartment therapy

One last note: white kitchens may be a great choice for many people, but might not appeal to you personally. If you’re planning on renovating your kitchen, but aren’t.sure what your style is ,I would suggest flipping through magazines, collecting pictures of kitchens that you love (and others that you don’t). Make a mental note of your friends’ kitchens you love. 



Once you’ve collected enough pictures, look for trends – do you prefer stained wood or painted (white/gray)? Look for color preferences and style (traditional, contemporary, rustic, country etc.). Sometimes elimination works best to narrow down choices, so don’t forget to flip through the “hate those kitchens” pile.

As with any major renovating project, getting help from a professional can save you money, time and a lot of stress. 

have a colorful day,


Not a cookie cutter white kitchen

additional reading:

How to light up your kitchen
Lighting can fix a design glitch
how to create atmosphere in a room
8 Elements of Classic Kitchen Style
kitchen photos
gray is the new brown

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

When you just can't find the right color

When you just can’t find the right color

When you just can’t find the right paint color that will help tie that room together, ask yourself why? 

You might need to step back a little, and play a little game I call  “what’s the odd object?”. Is it that mauve carpet that doesn’t match anything in that room? Or the dark green sofa that doesn’t “talk” to any color unless it’s green or white?

If you find yourself thinking something like: "if some way, somehow, this ONE odd item would somehow disappear... it would be SO much easier for me to find a paint color that would tie this room together", 

you are probably right. 

In one of my visits to Home Depot to get color samples (Home Depot will match any paint color sample from any company for about $3), I noticed a woman looking extremely stressed and frustrated standing in front of the color chip wall, a rainbow of color chips in her hand. It was clear that she was having a hard time finding the right color, so I decided to help her out. 

As we started discussing her living room situation, I asked her what else was in it aside from that lovely bright apple green contemporary sofa (she brought in one of the pillow seats). When she showed me a picture of her living room, I instantly saw what was causing her such anguish and distress.

It was a gloomy looking, oversized chair, upholstered with a dark and depressing multicolored fabric, placed right next to the sofa. That chair had absolutely NOTHING in common with that cheerful green sofa, nor with anything else in that room - color or style wise. This sad looking chair looked ever gloomier next to the cheerful bright modern sofa! One of them had to go. It was clear to me, anyways, which one it would be.

The funny thing is that when I told her my diagnosis, and why I thought it would be impossible to find a color that would be able to tie it all together, her face suddenly lit up. She was clearly relieved: “now I understand why it was so hard for me to find the right color. It’s not me, it’s that awful chair! I never liked it anyway”. Now, armed with a professional diagnosis she knew what to do: that chair was on its way out, and going. far…FAR...away! 

If you seem to get  "color chip vertigo" every time you are trying to choose a paint color, 
or simply wish you could get it right the first time, contact me,

have a colorful wonderful day,


Friday, January 20, 2012

Gray is the New Beige

Gray is the New Beige

and how do trends work their magic on us

In case you haven't noticed, gray is the new brown.

The “brown era” of the last ten years, which featured espresso wood finish, shades of tans and beiges is slowly coming to an end, while grays are clearly making their way into our homes.

You may frown at the thought a “gray era”. But, as can happen with many fashionable styles, you may very well change your mind, possibly without even noticing.  

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Why? How do trends work their magic on us? It’s all a matter of context.

I will explain this through some of my own personal experiences.

I grew up in Israel, where the architectural and interior styles are for the most part contemporary, so I was used to seeing (and liking) clean lines, not much detail and lots of bright colors. 
Moving to Boston was a culture shock in many ways.

In Boston, I immediately noticed how different the houses looked here, from the inside out. I fell in love with the variety of colorful exteriors, but many of the interiors seemed way too detailed and fussy to my taste. I kept asking myself: how could anyone feel comfortable living in houses I had previously that seem so dated, and reminded me of stuffy old European hotels? 

Slowly but surely, though, I warmed to the traditional look, and began to see the beauty and warmth of it. I visited beautiful homes, and met wonderful people within them, and my perception of the local traditional style shifted from “old fashioned and fussy” to rich and warm. 

My point - you can easily fall in love with a fashionable color or style when it comes alive in a delightful home featured in a magazine, or that your friend recently renovated. 
Inspiration can come from beautifully designed store displays that highlight a trendy color attractively.
The right combination of color, pattern, lighting, music and even scent can quickly shift how you feel about a color you used to hate. 

Suddenly you see this color with fresh eyes, and you begin to see the beauty of it.
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Back to Grays.

Neutral rich grays are NOT simply a mix of black and white, but are, in fact a blend of the three primary colors (plus white to adjust the value). This explains the large variety of grays and why some feel warm and others cool. 

Grays work extremely well with many of the bright and cheerful hues that are trendy right now and hopefully will uplift our mood from the depressing economic times we’re experiencing nowadays. 

My two cents about gray - do not over use this color, and mix it with other, brighter colors, because unlike white and other neutrals, gray works only in the company of other colors.  
Gray is not a soloist, but can make other colors "sing". 

If you would like your home to make you smile every time you walk in, contact me

Have a wonderful & colorful day,


related reading:

Gray kitchen by Tobi Fairly


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Monday, January 16, 2012

Welcome to my Blog

Dear friends,
This is where I will be sharing my ideas and thoughts about interior design with you. I will discuss issues that may interest any of you who wish to improve the way your home feels and functions. I hope you'll find my suggestions interesting and helpful.
If you would like your home to feel fresh, warm and welcoming, contact me