For you color-lovers out there, you are probably laughing reading this post title. Mixing off-white and white seems about as dull as can be, but those details matter!
The first time I mixed white and cream was in our guest room. The headboard and end-of-the-bed quilt are creamier, while the coverlet and sheets are stark white. I sat there for a second after I put it all together thinking, “these don’t match, I shouldn’t like this,” but indeed, I liked it. It felt natural, and I’ve enjoyed the combination ever since.
Fast forward to this past week of me painting our kitchen Benjamin Moore White Dove, when the paint turned out to look a little creamier in the kitchen than it does in our upstairs hallway (always do a test sample, Briana!) At first I was annoyed at myself for not being more careful, but then it grew on me. I actually like the contrast it has with the white trim!
It seems that there are all kinds of spaces that bring about a casual, natural vibe by employing a mixture of white and off-white elements:
It’s especially important to me to master the color combo now that our kitchen floor material changed. My last post talked about doing painted floor boards which I was SO excited about, but unfortunately, we decided it’s not the best option time-wise for us. Between the smell of oil-based paint and the drying time of multiple coats, our cats will not be able to be kept out of the kitchen for that long. It would take weeks for us to have floors dry and set enough to roll our fridge back in, and I am not waiting that long.
Instead, we are using faux-marble LVT (luxury vinyl tile) from Home Depot as a pretty, inexpensive, and well-timed option. I’m a little sad it won’t be rustic and painted, yes, but this will be a practical option. If you watch my instagram stories you will know that I was worried about the cool tones of the tiles fighting with the creaminess of the rest of our home, but I’m not so worried anymore.
I did quite a bit of searching to find examples of stark white mixed with warmer tones for you:
The plan is to eventually paint our lower cabinets in a muted green, use brass hardware, and get butcher block counters. I think with all of that in place, the warmth of the paint color is going to be perfect. For now just say a little prayer that we might be able to finish these darn floors before holiday entertaining starts! 😉