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White kitchen cabinets being white will make the kitchen look a bright and opened up space. However, too much of white color in your kitchen can make it look sterile and hospital-like.
Though, going with a light monochromatic color scheme is a good idea if you have a small kitchen design. Still, no matter what the size of kitchen is, one needs to add some elements in the kitchen, that give a hint of color.
To balance out or complement the white kitchen cabinets, use these kitchen ideas with white colored cabinets.
Decorating Kitchen with White Cabinets
After you have selected your white kitchen cabinets hardware, the first step is to paint the walls. Considering the white kitchen cabinets, the interior paint colors that will look great are aqua blue, light Persian blue, light shade of lavender, gray and medium bright red, or dark maroon shade. These wall colors will help to balance the white colored cabinets, and complement them nicely. If you want your white cabinets not to look eye-catching, then go with bright or dark shades of wall paint colors. You can also go with soft light shades of colors like blue, yellow or green, if you wish the cabinets to blend but still look attractive.
Wall Art Ideas:
Square Design Wall
You can also consider adding few wall art designs, to create visual accents. You can use stencils or brush to paint some elegant and small patches of design on the walls. For example, on aqua blue walls, white colored floral stencil and on the white cabinets, aqua colored floral stencil art will create a nice contrast kitchen design and color combination. You can also use wallpaper for a single wall if you want to introduce some interest on the kitchen walls. Check out the pictures above to see how they have used wall colors and wallpaper to match the white cabinets to create a bright room.
Wooden Floor and Countertop
This is an important element when using the white kitchen design ideas, whether it comes to remodeling or designing a new kitchen. Go with wooden flooring for your kitchen, but the shade of the wooden flooring should be a medium shade and not very catchy. If you want to go for a dark-colored wooden flooring, then make sure other elements like wall colors are also bright or very dark in shade.
Small Dotted Wall Art
Kitchen backsplash provides good visual effects on walls which are of light shade. You can also have a small backsplash behind the kitchen sink. It can be a simple tiled pattern or a little mosaic. Take a look at the four pictures above to get a better idea on how to match the flooring and backsplash with white kitchen cabinets.
This is another element of the kitchen, that should be selected well. If you are designing a kitchen with contemporary kitchen ideas, then go with steel or chrome kitchen sink and other metal fixtures. However, for rustic kitchen with white cabinets decor, go with metal fixtures which are painted with dark light coppery shades. You can also hang brass vessels in a French country kitchen theme.
Countertop and Cabinet
Though the countertops take a little amount of kitchen space, they can be used creatively to create visual accents. You can go with a black colored kitchen countertop, and gray wall colors. Or you can go with beige walls, limestone countertop, a dark yellow wooden flooring and accompany it with small colorful decorative items to add the touch of colors. You can observe in the above four pictures the different types of countertops and the fixtures used in the kitchen.
Small Decorative Accents:
Adding small decorative items can greatly help to bring visual attention to a kitchen, that has a light monochromatic scheme. These items can also be added to match the kitchen decor and used to enhance the kitchen decoration. You can add items like houseplants, vases, light fixtures, a bowl of fruits, paintings, etc. in your kitchen. As you can see in the above four pictures various accessories like plants, bowls, vase, etc. have been used to add more beauty to the kitchen.
The key to decorating a kitchen with white cabinets is to just use 2-3 colors and balance out the white shade of the cabinets. So, use some of the above mentioned ideas and create a great looking kitchen space, that complements your cabinets nicely.
Measure your room, and chalk out the basic plan on a graph paper, assuming every square on the paper is equal to one foot. Account for all the openings, i.e, doors and windows in the room, and write down the measurements beside each wall and opening on the diagram. Ensure that the diagram you have made is neat. Make several copies. You may also try to do this online with the different websites available for this purpose.
While deciding the layout, first account for all the furniture you want to place in it. Beds and nightstands are basic to a master bedroom. You may want to place a television with a cabinet at a viewing distance from the bed. Perhaps a love seat could be accommodated. It all depends on your personal requirements. If it is a teenager’s room, perhaps a single bed with one nightstand would be basic. Then a desk for the computer may be required. If the teenager plays a musical instrument such as the keyboard, space may be required to place it. If the teenager is an avid reader, a unit to store all his/her books will be needed. The bottom line is that you have to first make space for the basics. Enlist these requirements before you start placing the furniture.
Start Placing the Furniture
Measure all the furniture items, and then in the blank layout, start placing the furniture in different positions, as per the 1 square = 1 foot ratio. This is why you require several copies of the blank layout, so you can make different placement options that will help you decide on one that is most suitable for you. However, always keep these basics in mind:
Leave a minimum of 30 inches around any furniture item for clear passage.
Do not place any furniture item too close to any door opening, as this will hinder the passage and opening of the door.
Ensure there is adequate lighting in every part of the room. There shouldn’t be any dim and dark corners anywhere.
Avoid cluttering up spaces. You may want to have everything in your room, but clutter contributes to severe confusion, even of the mind, so keep it minimal.
You can get as creative as you like, and try out new and unique positions for different furniture requirements, keeping the above mentioned rules in mind.
Add in the Accessories
Once you have decided on the final plan, and placed in all the basic necessities, start decorating by adding in all the accessories to enhance the appearance of the room. While there is always place on cabinets and on walls for picture frames and the likes, perhaps you’d like to place a bean bag in an empty corner, or liven up a corner by placing in it, a beautiful lamp or a tall, floor-mounted candle stand. Some of you may want to place a water feature, such as a fountain in an empty space that will not hinder passage. The kind of accessories you place are the ultimate reflection of your personality.
As a rule of good interior design, room layouts should be kept uncluttered yet include as many of your personal requirements as possible. You don’t have to hire a professional interior designer. Bring out the designer in you. It is a space that is personal, and one that only you are going to live in. Don’t give designing trends preference over personal comfort, and create your own slice of paradise.
Flowers are essential components of a garden. They are considered as the centerpiece of any garden. In fact, a yard with a lawn, trees, and fountain, looks incomplete until one incorporates flowering plants to its borders and beds. While flowers look great in any kind of landscape design, proper planning enhances the aesthetic value of the yard. So, instead of growing them randomly like flowers in the wild, why not plan the garden layout first and design it neatly?
How to Plan a Flower Garden
Laying a flower garden requires some forethought, your creativity, and basic gardening skills. But, you don’t need a degree in landscape designing to proceed with the same. While planning a flower garden layout, certain criteria should be considered like location, yard space, adding flower beds, finalizing flowering plants, and design tips. Consider these aspects and you will be glad with the after results. And to make your project simpler, make a rough sketch of the layout including the plant placement and color pattern.
Decide on the Location
The actual garden layout and the flower varieties to be planted depend on where the area is located. A sunny yard with fertile and well-drained soil is excellent for maintaining a garden. While any piece of land can be made into a beautiful flower garden with some effort, it is better to grow flowers in a suitable area. If possible, try to avoid a shady and damp location. For a shaded garden, the flower options are limited. In fact, colorful blooms look more vibrant in a sunlit garden.
Garden layout plan
It’s All about Space
Layout of a flower garden largely depends on how big is the area. So, yard space and total area of the flower beds should be considered first. Later, you can decide the plant types and their position in the garden, based on their height, flowering time, and color. Also, you can think of adding trellis, stone paths, and alike garden components. What about including a garden pond with colorful fish and water lilies? Depending upon your personal preferences, finalize the color scheme and flower cultivars.
Designs for Flower Beds
The flower beds should be wide enough (about 5-7 feet) so that you can have better planting options. Each bed can be demarcated from the other by straight or curved lines (as per your choice). A formal garden looks elegant with straight lines. But, if you want something out of the box, select five types of varied colored flowers that bloom at the same time. Plant them in a five-petalled flower shape, with each flower variety representing a petal. Believe me, this pattern looks awesome in a home garden.
Choose Flowering Plants
Once you complete preparing the layout of the garden, you can proceed to the next step of selecting flowering plants. You can consider growing all types, including annuals, biennials, perennials, and climbing vines. While selecting native flower species, make sure you consider the amount of care for each plant type along with the desired traits of the blooms. Like for instance, exotic plants surely add a unique touch to the yard. But, most of the species call for special care and are not suited for novice gardeners.
Why Choose Annual Flowers?
Annuals complete their life cycle in one season, i.e., they grow, flower, bear seeds, and die in the same season. They are most preferred for planting in bedding schemes, rather than growing at the borders. You can create a different flower bed in each season by planting annuals. Another advantage of selecting annual flowers is that they are available in a wide range of colors. Some of the best choices are geraniums, spider flowers, Brazilian verbena, and daisies. You can design a color scheme by planting different annual flowers in the same bed. While doing so, make sure that the plants in one flower bed bloom at the same time. Annual flowers also serve as great space fillers before the perennials start blooming.
Biennial and Perennial Plants
Biennials develop their leaves in the first season and bloom in the next season. Then they shed their seeds and die. They are best planted at the borders and the hedges along with perennials. The most preferred biennials for flower gardens are foxgloves and hollyhocks. Perennial flowers are long-living plants, which bloom for a short duration (about 3-4 weeks) in each season. You can select perennials that flower at different times, so as to make the flower garden look lively. This way, there will be blooms in the garden throughout the year, irrespective of the season.
Bulbous Plants and Vines
Other flowering plants include bulbs and climbing vines. Bulbs are very easy to grow and maintain in the garden. They flower in one season, remain dormant for a while, and again flower in the next season. Some of the stunning bulbous plants are tulips, daffodils, amaryllis, and snowdrops. If there are trellises, you can give a different look to your garden by growing climbing vines. Flowering vines like morning glory and hyacinth bean can be planted based on the color scheme of the surrounding area.
Garden with a Lawn
This idea is for a large sized garden, where you have sufficient room to incorporate a green patch. For lawns, ornamental grasses are maintained for enjoying greenery in all seasons. Once planted, they continue to grow for many years, provided that proper care tips are adopted. In short, a lawn requires less maintenance than a flower bed. For people who have limited time for garden care, a lawn garden adorned with ground cover and flower beds is a perfect option. You can also include evergreen shrubs on the lawn boundary.
In addition to these factors, you may consider using containers and/or raised beds in the center of the lawn or in the borders. Fill the empty space with potted plants and your garden will definitely look complete. If interested, try experimenting theme-based flower garden design ideas. You can focus on a particular theme, like a butterfly garden, rose garden, summer garden, and proceed accordingly.