Photo Gallery: White Rooms
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With the ethos that less is more when designing her own modern kitchen, designer Julie Charbonneau stepped back many times to judiciously examine each item. “I usually put stuff all over, but this space looks much better if it stays empty,” she says. The large, dark-wood dining table takes centre stage under a showstopping light fixture.
Charbonneau broke up her white kitchen by dramatically framing the door to the loft’s bedroom — and the window beyond — with extra-wide wood trim. A concrete ceiling layers texture into the clean-lined space.
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In designer Julie Charbonneau’s loft, low furnishings keep the focus on the space’s unique architectural features such as the arched windows and raw cement ceiling. Hits of black and dark wood break up the monochromatic scheme.
Charbonneau’s principal bedroom feels luxurious with its floor-to-ceiling drapes, cosy chaise and soft upholstered bed with a wall-to-wall headboard.
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A traditional New England-style kitchen is always in fashion. Glass doors lighten up the expanse of Shaker cabinets. For the countertops, the designer chose honed Nero Assoluto black granite, and honed and waxed Statuario marble for the island.
Designer Emma Kenley created an informal family dining space with an array of furniture: vintage-style metal dining chairs, a high back sofa, an eagle-motif mirror and a contemporary chandelier. The floor tiles were sourced at two different stores in order to get the right colours, and for a look that can’t be found in any other home.
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Designer and popular blogger Emma Reddington chose a pale colour for the walls in her south-facing living room “to make it feel even brighter and to offset the artwork.” The dramatic mirror, found at a neighbourhood thrift store, plays up the high ceilings, while the 20-arm black chandelier and sheepskin throws invoke a sense of drama.
This sculptural yet charming living room staircase allows access to a widow’s walk. The room is filled with details typical of Nantucket interiors, from the white walls and vintage campaign chest with brass pulls to the bobbin chairs and sisal rug.
A headboard slipcover and bedskirt in watery blue and white stripes bring a touch of colour and pattern to this room. Dark floors, nightstand and blinds also help to break up the white.
Despite the absence of colour, jewelry designer Maryam Keyhani’s principal bedroom still radiates plenty of elegance and drama, thanks to the classic shapes of the bow-front dresser, paper chandelier and fashion motifs that give it a Parisian-apartment feel.
A dark schoolhouse-style sconce and soft green countertop contrast with the white walls. A bank of windows lets in plenty of natural light, keeping the room airy and bright.