The Perfect White

“Creativity is Contagious, pass it on.”
– Albert Einstein

The kitchen is the heart of the home. Where memories are made and traditions are passed on. Kitchens are becoming larger and often include an island or peninsula with stools, as well as a table for everyday meals. The latest trend is eliminating the dining room altogether and creating a large open kitchen perfect for entertaining. Cabinetry and wall colors are key when designing your kitchen and creating the atmosphere perfect for your lifestyle. Over the years, white kitchens have become increasingly more popular because of their timeless simplicity. When you add pops of color to white, it can be very warm and inviting.

This month we sat down with Wendi Smith, Interior Designer and owner of Leftover Luxuries and asked her about white as a color and how it works in kitchen design.

Here’s what she had to say.
“White is truly a color; white isn’t just simply white anymore! But whites can be tricky; so many of them have an undertone, and if the paint is not mixed correctly, the end result may not be what you were looking for.

I LOVE layering white in a room. White really does need more white! On the walls, ceiling and floors, it is important to layer the room with more touches of white through accessories, mirrors, upholstery, lighting and furniture then add splashes of color through pillows, lamps, throws, and even the warmth of rich woods. I also love using gold in a white room. And whites should definitely be used in rooms with lots of light.

I love to use white on architectural features, moldings and textured ceilings. Normally a flat finish is preferable on ceilings—imperfections do not stand out as much—but a ceiling with a great design like coffers, trays or even something as simple as beadboard or planks of wood definitely calls for a semi-gloss finish. And semi-gloss should always be used on trim; I prefer the oil-base option for this application.

As far as specific whites, you can never go wrong with Benjamin Moore’s White Dove (OC-17). It is a very soft, warm white with just a hint of gray. I also love doing a fifty-fifty mix of two whites—White Dove and Decorators White. It truly makes a lovely, splendid creamy white.”

Now that you have some information on how overlaying whites and adding color to a white kitchen would work for your design, we encourage you to visit websites like Houzz, Pinterest, and Google Images for some ideas to help you create your own “perfect white kitchen”.

A warm thank you to Wendi Smith, Interior Designer and owner of Leftover Luxuries for her design expertise and addition to our newsletter this month. For more information about creating a custom design look for your home, visit Wendi’s website at

“Less is More”
– Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
We at PDRdesigns are committed to treating everyone with respect and honesty. We would be honored to help you design your dream space! Please contact us with any questions you may have or to schedule a meeting to go over your next home project!

Paul D. Rugarber, owner of PDRdesigns LLC, is an architect specializing in home renovations and additions with extensive expertise in waterfront designs. You can reach our office by calling (732) 830-3366 or visit us on the web at


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