New Neutrals

White trim, white kitchen…
When it comes to design white is a classic, make no mistake about it, but let us not discount the power of a good neutral.  Benjamin Moore has deemed Metropolitan AF-690 its color of the year. 

There is something really dynamic about substituting a soft tone for white when it comes to trim and cabinetry.  The appeal of the change is dramatic and can add layers of depth to a project whether contemporary or new traditional.  In the Visbeens’ personal kitchen we used a very soft grey for the cabinetry and then punched the tone a few shades deeper for contrast on the ceiling and shutters.  Accents in un-lacquered bronze and a rich walnut tie the space in a warm and inviting way, bridging the gap between sleek and warm. 


 Using the same soft neutral for walls and trim is another way to add instant design drama.  The key is to use a flat or eggshell on the walls and a satin or even semi- gloss on the woodwork.  The effect is subtle but spectacular.  Then, punch up the look with layers of more of the same – try using a range of colors in the same family for a sophisticated final reveal.  By contrast, try this same concept with deeper colors as well – this will really turn up the drama!  The master bedroom, also a feature in the Visbeen residence has been turned into an instant favorite with the layers of deep browns and warm neutrals.  Grass cloth-lined walls accompanied by luscious, glossy trim and shutters in mocha make this deep and even moody room surprisingly inviting.

 Pro-tip: Pick a few shades of paint and trim and use them throughout your home.  It instantly gives the overall space a cohesive and designer-y feel.  Try a perfect neutral and use the same color for the trim – make it the entire first floor. . . and then have fun!  Add art, accessories, pillows, and throws that can be transitioned out over time.  The classic and timeless underpinnings you give your home will never go out of style!