A White and Navy Blue Inspired Kitchen and Dining Room
If you love the classic look of white and blue, you’re going to love this open layout kitchen and dining room! And this blog post actually started out MUCH bigger, as these spaces are part of a new build that I helped with. However, I took SO many friggin’ photos that I had to break things down into a more manageable size, starting with these 2 rooms. You’ll get some sneak-peeks at the living room below and I’ll be posting the WHOLE project soon!
This home belongs to 2 of my fave people – Sarah and Brett (and their 2 lil’ nuggets), who also happen to live 3 blocks from us AND are my brother and sister-in-law (lucky buggers). Sarah had been dreaming of a white-on-white home for YEARS and after living a somewhat transient life (okay, it wasn’t THAT bad), they finally found the lot and home plan that they loved. So, with a bit of blood, sweat and wine, I helped them create the home of their dreams and it all started with the open layout kitchen and dining room.
The kitchen, and in fact, almost the WHOLE home is painted in Sherwin Williams Pure White, one of the BEST whites for kitchen cabinets. It’s a white that is juuuuust shy of being crisp and clear as it has a wink of softness to it. I partnered it with Sherwin Williams Cyberspace on the island which is a subtle and striking navy blue.
The Lyla spindle back counter stools are from Wayfair and are great partners to the dining chairs which you’ll see shortly. Sarah wanted stools with backs on them for support for the little’s and the grandparents! With them in mind, she also didn’t want fabric stools – you know how messy those grandparents can be.
The Brenton pendant lights are also from Wayfair. When you live in Nanaimo, your shopping choices are (ahem) pretty limited and I usually have to shop online to find just the right piece. I’m pretty sure that once this project was done, Wayfair’s stock price went down.
And notice the gorgeous oak flooring. Oak is my FAVE wood for floors and for this project, I went with a more natural look with Goodfellow natural wood wire-brushed oak. I have MAAAAD love for this floor and we actually did the slightly darker version in our own home. This floor here would give a similar look, as would this one if you like to do some shopping around.
The L-shaped layout of the kitchen meant they could have a prep/bar area, with a wine fridge that was greatly depleted by the time I was done on this project. The full-height cabinets also give plenty of storage for things that aren’t used as often. I did the same full-height cabinets in our own kitchen and use them to store moderation and a filter…get it?
At the above prep station, the 3″ floating shelves were a good place for Sarah to display some of her sentimental dishware and decor. The bevelled white subway tile backdrop goes from the countertop to the ceiling, so that the area is more of a feature wall, while still tying into the kitchen.
And let’s take a closer look at the white bevel-edge subway tile. I love how the bevel adds some texture and interest to the white layers of this kitchen. The countertop is LG Viatera Minuet quartz, a gorgeous white countertop with soft gray veining. It’s also more affordable than many of the popular white quartz countertops.
Read more: How to Choose the Right Subway Tile Backsplash
LOVE how the blue Le Creuset dishware pops on all of the white!
Now, over to the dining room…
When I took the main photos, the dining room furniture hadn’t arrived yet, so I snuck over a few weeks later with my phone to grab a few shots, so they aren’t QUITE as clear, but will do the trick if you put your beer goggles on.
The gorgeous Bradding farmhouse dining table is from Pier 1 and is actually the SAME table that we had in our last home. It has leaves that extend out on the ends, making it super handy when me n’ the kids come over for one of Sarah’s epic meals and the rustic brushed top means you don’t need to wipe it after every meal – a trait I look for in every table I buy.
And did you notice how the dining chairs coordinate with the island stools? LOVE IT! Personal high-five. Those are the Roudebush white spindle back chairs from Wayfair (and they come in other colours too!)
And seriously, look at those friggin captain’s chairs from Pier 1 – I covet them. One day they will be mine, oh yes, they will be mine.
So, there you have it! And I have a WHOLE lot more to show you, but that will have to wait for another day!
Need help with your own home?
Check out my E-design Colour Consulting packages!