Just like any other space, a neutral kitchen calls for a statement piece. In this space, it comes in the form of a backsplash featuring Cle Tile’s glimmering glazed terracotta in Weathered White. The beloved antidote to white subway tile comes in a range of color and textural variations for results that range from super simple and cohesive to wildly varied.
Varying cool with warmer whites in a kitchen can also help create depth. To warm up the cool tile, we used Farrow and Ball’s new classic School House White paint for its comforting cream finish, which also pairs perfectly with two other hallmarks of a style-forward neutral kitchen: natural wood and brass.
If your neutral space calls for an understated dose of texture, lime washed walls are a widely under-tapped solution. The eco-friendly wash–popularized in Europe–is subtle, semi-transparent, and varies as light passes through the room. In this kitchen, the walls are brushed with four coats of Domingue’s Neige for a subtle finish. (Tip: The darker the color, the deeper the texture will appear.)
Dinnerware offers up another opportunity to add interest you your space. Even if your taste veers neutral, you can mix up the palette with whites and off whites, beige, pale grays, and speckled patterns. This collection includes vintage Dasnk and Heath Ceramics, mixed among pretty pieces by Sarah Kersten.
Corral soap dispensers, sponges, and cleaning brushes in one spot with a stylish tray. For added character, use small secondhand crocks to stash sponges and brushes. An old French latte bowl makes a great soap dish, too.
The floor is another opportunity to build on the neutral color scheme. Keep in mind you need a rug that will also stand up to foot traffic and can disguise the occasional spill. For all of the above reasons, we say layer on a natural fiber, such as jute.
Sustainably made in San Francisco with water-based inks, Jenny Pennywood tea towels are some of our favorites. Graphic and durable, the arty cotton towels are a simple way to incorporate another neutral or a pop of color.
Milton and Goose’s Essential Play Kitchen is the ultimate clash-free splurge for little chefs (and their Montessori-loving parents). The heirloom worthy mini kitchens–each handmade in Pennsylvania–come in white or a soft shade of blue. This version is decked out with vintage enamelware accessories purchased from the flea market.
If the secret to a happy family is a clean home, the Dyson Cyclone is a family’s best friend. We love it for two reasons: The copper finish looks great, and its handheld mode makes for efficient vacuuming around the house.
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