Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we’ve no place to go,
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
At this time of year, we can’t help but think in festive colours; our minds are swayed by green, red, and gold schemes; by the cool complement of crimson holly berries against their glossy green leaves; and let’s not forget snow…
Ah, yes. A white, pure, dazzling blanket of snow has to be one of the most seasonal sights possible (though sadly it is a rarity around December 25th, at least in the UK!)
But still, if you cannot revel in a snowy exterior, there’s no reason why a hint of ice-cool brightness cannot be brought into your oak kitchen. White is one of the most enduring and versatile colours around, and is perfect for this flexible space: whether you are cooking, preparing or entertaining, the clean lines of real wood kitchen cabinets hand finished in white are sure to bring pleasure.
There are many shades of white but one of our favourites – and this month’s pick – has to be Farrow & Ball’s All White. New York designer Brad Ford affectionately describes the shade as ‘like a good friend’, adding that it is ‘easy to be around, dependable […] it makes you and all the things around you look terrific. It stays consistent in any light, but in the afternoon, it can really make a room feel like it’s glowing.’
We can think of little that is more appealing than a glowingly light kitchen during these short days and long nights. Better still, if you fancy a change and white is the dominant colour, the smallest of tweaks can completely revamp the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. Simply change your accessories, splashback or even your door handles and you can enjoy a vastly different look that still retains All White’s crisp, subtle serenity. A magnificently understated colour with surprising depth.