White Makes Bright

We were excited to be a part of the September – October 2018 edition of New England Home…………

It’s no mystery why white has become a perennial favorite for kitchens.  White projects a pleasing sense of order and cleanliness, it adapts to just about every style from classic to modern, and it won’t clash with the palette of nearby rooms. 

That said, a wise design team knows all that pale loveliness runs the risk of feeling cold and sterile. For the kitchen in this new home in Needham, Massachusetts, Jessica Chabot and Ryan McDonnell of Hawthorn Builders cozied things up nicely with just a few clever elements.  Wood accents carry warmth throughout the open kitchen and dining area, from the pantry’s alder cabinets to the range hood to the rustic dining table to the doors leading to the porch.

Wood—in this case, walnut—makes an appearance, too, on the prep side of the kitchen’s large center island. Oil-rubbed-bronze light fixtures and cabinet hardware add more warmth, while blue leather island chairs whose backs sport a perimeter of nailhead trim lend a modern touch. “It has a classic feel, but it’s all updated a bit.” says Chabot.