DESIGNER ROUND UP: Kitchen Cabinet Colours

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to design your own kitchen, you’ll know that there are a ton of decisions that need to be made from the colour of your cabinets to the counter top material, counter top colour, sink style, sink material, faucet, hardware, appliances, cabinet style, the list goes on… SO I thought I would provide my top favourite kitchen cabinet colours to help make at least some, or part of the decision process a little easier. Be sure to keep scrolling for pictures.


Vanessa Enns Interiors Designer Round Up Kitchen Cabinet Colours


Benjamin Moore Simply White

This white was the 2016 colour of year and there’s a good reason. Simply White is a soft, warm white that feels clean and is extremely versatile. It is a favourite of mine for baseboards, trim and ceilings. This colour also looks great in a kitchen making it feel bright, airy and crisp. The best part about this white is that it looks great in almost all lighting and with all colour palettes.


Benjamin Moore White Dove

Benjamin Moore White Dove is a warm white that appears creamier. I selected this colour for my own kitchen to provide more warmth to the space. While it might look similar to Simply white in the photos, it does have a slight yellow/grey undertone to provide that creamy colour and is less bright. This colour is  one of the more popular off-whites.


Image via Muti Kitchen and Bath


Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

This colour is a very crisp white. It looks very bright and modern. It is a great option for kitchen cabinetry because it immediately makes the kitchen feel bigger and brighter. It is also great if you have a contrasting colour island or countertop that you really want to make pop.

Image via Muti Kitchen and Bath
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Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter has been a long time favourite wall colour for me. However, it also looks great on cabinetry. I find it to be a really easy greige colour to use because the undertones aren’t too blue, green or purple like some greiges. As a cabinetry colour, it allows you to veer away from the more classic white kitchen while still keeping your space light and bright. I love the combination of white upper cabinets with Revere Pewter painted base cabinets.

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Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray

I love this colour. It is a beautiful, rich gray that isn’t too dark. It is considered a warm gray. It looks amazing when paired with a bright white like Simply White. As you can see in the pictures below, it also looks nice paired with either satin nickel or brass hardware and looks great with marble.

Image via Decorpad
Image via Decorpad


Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal

Kendall Charcoal is darker than Chelsea Gray if you are looking for a darker colour that is still on the warm side. This colour is also very versatile and pairs well with other shades of white. This shade in a kitchen provides drama and contrast. I would use this colour for base cabinets or for an island.

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Kendall Charcoal Island, White Dove Upper Cabinets and Pantry (Image via Muti Kitchen and Bath)
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Benjamin Moore Hale Navy

Hale Navy is having a moment. It is a very popular paint colour not only for cabinets but for walls as well. It is such a beautiful, rich shade of blue that looks amazing in almost all lighting. It is neither a cool nor warm shade making it an easy shade to work with. Hale Navy allows you to add colour to your space without being overwhelming or too out there. I think that this blue shade is classic enough for a kitchen and you won’t tire of it. It really is the perfect navy.



Benjamin Moore Gray 2121-10

I really love how dark shade of Benjamin Moore Gray 2121-10. If you are looking for drama, this paint colour will offer it. It is a true gray with black undertones so it feels more warm than a gray with blue undertones. I love how it was used in the picture below to add depth and warmth to the kitchen.

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Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray

Coventry Gray is a medium-gray that is more on the cool side. It is a light, fresh and bright gray colour. It has a slight green-ish/blue-ish undertone to it so make sure to test it out in your lighting.

Image via Decorpad




DESIGN CRUSH: Wendy Word Design

Today I thought I would feature a designer that I discovered through Instagram, Wendy Word Design. The picture that captured my attention was this one here:

Wendy Word - Dining Room

I just love the combination of lighting, chairs and the table. After checking out her site, I was hooked. Wendy Word Design does such a great job at combining both traditional and modern elements in her designs, making the spaces feel warm and welcoming but fresh and contemporary as well. I love her use of white on walls and accessories to add pops of colour.

Here’s some of my favourite spaces that she’s designed. Enjoy!




I was feeling extra girly today so thought I would share some of my favourite ultra-feminine decor pieces. Feminine pieces don’t have to be super frilly, floral and ornate. They can be bold, beautiful and modern as well. What I love so much about brass and rose gold being as popular as it is now is that it adds an edge to what could otherwise feel like overly traditional feminine pieces.

I hope you enjoy my picks!

Vanessa Enns Interiors Friday Favourites Feminine Touches
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DESIGN CRUSH: Kate Marker Interiors

I have a major design crush on Kate Marker Interiors, located in Barrington, IL. I find her style and aesthetic quite similar to my own. It is a mix of traditional and contemporary pieces to create a timeless space that feels polished and fresh. A lot of her spaces feature classic pieces with a surprise modern piece such as ghost chairs, bold wallpaper or bold patterned pillows.

Below is a collection of some of my favourite designs by Kate Marker. Prepare for some major eye candy and a lot of scrolling 🙂

(You can see more of Kate’s work here)



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Kate Marker Interiors: Client Spotlight: Kate Marker Interiors – Circa Lighting:

Client Spotlight: Kate Marker Interiors – Circa Lighting

Interior Design ideas:

Client Spotlight: Kate Marker Interiors – Circa Lighting:

Willow Residence | Kate Marker Interiors:

Laundry Room Countertop. Laundry Room Countertop Ideas. Countertop on top of machines in laundry room. #LaundryRoom #Countertop Kate Marker Interiors.:

Foyer runner. Foyer runner ideas. Foyer runner. The foyer lighting is the Restoration Hardware 19Th C. English Openwork Pendant - Gilded Iron. #Foyer #runner #FoyerRunner Kate Marker Interiors.:


FRIDAY FAVOURITES: Brass Decorative Objects

Happy Friday! We’ve made it through another week.This Friday I’ve rounded up a selection of some of my favourite brass decorative objects. Decorative objects are such an affordable way to update your space and look great on desks, book shelves and coffee table. I’ve included some inspiration as well! I hope you like my picks… and this has inspired me to work on a shelf styling post so stay tuned.


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  1. West Elm Symmetry Objects – These come in two sizes and in both gold or iron. The small and the large objects together would look great styled on a bookshelf.
  2. Indigo Brass Ampersand Object – Can either be used on a shelf on it’s own or can function as a book end.
  3. West Elm Brass Wishbone – This gold object looks great on a desk or on top of coffee table books for a perfectly styled coffee table.
  4. Elte Market Spike Wall Pod – Place the spike pod on top of a stack of books or magazines either on a coffee table or in a book case.
  5. CB2 3 Piece Brass Wire Cube Set – These are very affordable and you can 3 wire cubes all together which makes styling easy. These can easily be scattered within a book shelf.
  6. West Elm Hello Word Object – Looks great on a desk or a book shelf.
  7. Indigo Be Yourself Brass Object – I would use this brass object within a book shelf styling.
  8. Crate and Barrel Clarus Brass Display Boxes – These are so versatile and can be used empty or you can place keepsakes inside. They come in various sizes too so either use one or stack them.
  9. Anthropologie Quotation Marks Book Ends – Seriously, how cute are these?


How to Style The Perfect Shelfie:
This bookcase features both the wire cubes and a spike pod.
The dark hardware contrasts beautifully with the white built-ins. Color: Morning Dew OC-140 by Benjamin Moore:
This bookshelf features two different sized display cases on top of one another.
Friday Inspiration: Studio McGee's Top Pinned Images this Week:
This bookshelf features a structural object placed on top of books


Style It: Gold Urchins — Miss Molly Vintage:
Coffee table styling with a brass spike object
Coffee table styling. Wishbone from @thecrossdesign. #ellivenstudioathome #crossdesign #homegoodshappy #smploves #myoklstyle #myhousebeautiful #decor #styling #myhomesense:
Place a brass wishbone on some coffee table books for instant style.
Fabulous shelving:
Use a gold ampersand as a book en
The Best of The Makers: 20 Must Try DIYs For Your Home:
Place round brass structural objects on top of books or magazines for a more polished look. | Home Tour: Eiffel tower book ends, gold ampersand, Gold marble shelves, Gold morrocan pouf, Ikea gold shelves DIY hack, Linon Cora Roll Back Tufted Parson Chair, nuLOOM Rug Moroccan Trellis Shag Rug, Target Xhilaration Metallic Stripe Bow Decorative Pillow - click the photo for exact details!:
Simple use of a brass ampersand
Love these brass quotation mark book ends
Clear glass framed in warm brass boxes up collectibles, necessities, treasures and trinkets with room for a view. Fill with soil and small plants for an unusual hothouse terrarium.:
Brass display boxes with keepsakes inside

Featured Image via Sarah Sherman Samuel

DESIGN TIP: Room-by-Room Rug Sizing

Today I thought I would share some tips on rug sizing. Rugs are so important to making a room feel finished, grounded and polished and it is very important to ensure that they are the right size. A rug that is too small can make a room feel off balance and awkward.

I often find that there are a couple main reasons why people buy rugs that are too small:

  1. Cost. I feel that cost is a large factor is buying a rug that is too small. Most 8×10 and 9×12 rugs can be quite expensive and smaller rugs are often that much cheaper but trust me, it’s worth the investment!
  2. Commitment Issues. This can relate back to cost but purchasing a rug can be scary. A rug is often a purchase that will last for a number of years, unlike throw pillows, prints, and other accessories. Therefore, many people have the ‘I’ll just buy this cheap, small rug now and replace it later’. And as many of us know, ‘later’ can become years (or even never).
  3. Availability. Often times, larger rugs aren’t available in store and so it seems easier to purchase the 4×6 or 5×7 rug.
  4. Incorrect Sense of Space. When you’re in the store, the 5×7 rug may look like it’s going to be big enough, so you buy it, bring it home, realize it’s too small and then it just seems like way too big of a pain to return it (I am guilty of this)

Here’s an example of a rug that’s too small for the space:

SO, how do you avoid the dreaded too rug syndrome? Follow these simple ‘rules’:

Living Room:

Vanessa Enns Interiors Living Room Rug Sizing

  1. Furniture Overlap. Your rug should be big enough that either your furniture fits completely on the rug (i.e. all the legs on your sofa, chairs, coffee table fit on the rug) OR that at least the front two legs of your furniture fits on the rug.
  2. Be Consistent. If your sofa is completely on the rug, then the chairs should also be completely on the rug. If your sofa only has the front two legs on the carpet then the chairs should only have two legs on the carpet. This keeps things visually balanced.
  3. Be Conscious of Width. The width of your sofa should fit completely on the rug. If you plan on having end tables on either end of the sofa, you should aim to find a rug that’s wide enough to accommodate the side tables as well.

**Note: Most Living Rooms require an 8×10 or a 9×12 rug**


Vanessa Enns Interiors Bedroom Rug Sizing

  1. Length is key. You want the length of the rug to be long enough to have approximately 36″ of rug on either side of the bed.
  2. Width is secondary. Ideally all of your furniture fits on your rug. However, if you’ve opted for a smaller size rug, you can pull the rug down so that it sits just in front of your bedside tables.

**Note: A budget friendly option would be to purchase runners to place on either size of the bed**

Dining Room:

Vanessa Enns Interiors Dining Room Rug Sizing

  1. Consider your table size. A good rule of thumb is to measure the length and width of your table and add 24″ inches on either side. This allows for sufficient space for your chairs to sit on the rug.
  2. Avoid a rug that’s too big. Try to ensure that the only furniture on the rug is your dining table and chairs. This means that your sideboard, buffet or other furniture should not sit atop the rug.

I hope you found this post hopeful! If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out.

(For those interested, the featured rug can be found here)





Adding texture to a space is important because it adds depth. Velvet is the perfect texture to add to a space because it can easily add elegance and glamour, softness or a classic-touch to a more modern space. However, velvet should be used sparingly to avoid feeling dated. I would suggest keeping it’s use to one or two items.

Some easy ways to incorporate velvet:

  1. Sofa
  2. Chairs
  3. Curtains
  4. Throw pillows
  5. Ottoman
  6. Headboard/Bed Frame

Depending on how bold you’re willing to be, you can also play with some brighter colours of velvet. Right now I am loving the deep blue velvet chairs and sofas that are popping up everywhere.

Here are a couple of my favourite velvet pieces:

Vanessa Enns Interiors Friday Favourites Velvet
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  1. I love the shade of blue of this chair from Elte Market.
  2. This sofa is from Ikea (can you believe it?). Such a steal for only $1,199.
  3. This ottoman from Urban Barn would be great in front of a chair and can double as additional seating when you have guests over.
  4. I know, I’ve posted this one before, but I love it! I would have 2 of these chairs in a living room or put it in the corner of a bedroom for a pop of colour
  5. If you’re scared to go bold with a piece of furniture, these velvet pillows from Pottery Barn are an easy way to add colour without the commitment
  6. I love this retro looking sofa from Structube.
  7. The velvet curtains from West Elm are amazing. I have them in my own home. They add drama to a room and the added bonus is that they are thick so they block out a lot of light which is perfect for a bedroom
  8. This floor cushion from CB2 is a great way to have additional seating when entertaining.

And some inspiration…


Featured Image:  Design by Karla Dreyer. Photo by Tracey Ayton.


DESIGN TIPS: Mix and Match Throw Pillows

I love throw pillows because they are such a great way to play with colour and patterns. They are also great because switching them up is relatively inexpensive and can completely transform a space. I’ve put together a bunch of my favourite throw pillows which would be great to mix and match.

Mixing and matching is easier than you think!

How to Mix and Match Pillows:

Natural Pattern + Geometric Pattern + Varied Size + Texture = Amazing Pillow Combo

  1. Start with a natural patterned pillow that you love. There are so many great ones out there. This pillow should have an organic shape or pattern, something nature-inspired and curved lines (anything with straight lines is considered geometric)
  2. Add in a geometric patterned pillow. Like the ones below, these often feature straight lines, grids, etc.
  3. Add in a pillow with a different shape to give some contrast to the other two pillows. These can either be large square pillows, lumbar pillows, or small square pillows.
  4. Finally, add in some texture. The texture can be velvet, wool, cable knit, linen, fur etc. The choices are endless!

My personal favourite combo is the far right column. I love the pink and navy combination with that leopard print pillow.

**For those interested, a geometric pattern is a pattern formed by geometric shapes. A natural pattern is a pattern formed by spirals, curves, waves, and is inspired by nature.

Have a great weekend and enjoy.

Vanessa Enns Interiors Friday Favourites Throw Pillows
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Featured Image: Design by House of Jade Interiors. Photo by Becky Kimball

DESIGNER ROUND UP: Island Pendant Lights

Happy hump day!

Today I’ve pulled together some of my favourite island pendant lights that are commonly used by designers. These days designers aren’t only doing the three, small pendant lights over an island in a kitchen that you used to see a number of years ago. These days it’s all about the island pendant lights being a focal point and you can have two, three or even more lights over the island. In my own kitchen, I have 2 of the black iron medium Darlana pendants. I love them because they contrast against my all white kitchen and the black iron ties into other details in the house such as the iron hardware on my doors.

Tip for Hanging Lights Above Island:

2 Pendants: They should be spaced 30″ apart (15″ each way from the centre of the island) and the bottom of the light should be 30 – 36″ above the island.

3 Pendants: They should be spaced 28″ apart and 12″ in from the end of the island. The bottom of the light should be 30 – 36″ above the island.

Here’s my round up along with some inspiration. Enjoy!

Vanessa Enns Interiors Designer Round Up Island Pendant Lights
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  1. Hick’s Pendant

2. Darlana Lantern

3. Henry Industrial Pendant

4. Morris Lantern

5. Industrial Pendant

6. Caged Lantern with Paper Shade

7. Cone Pendant

8. Globe Pendant



I always love scrolling through pinterest and ogling over the amazing house designs that are featured on there. I find I am most drawn to kitchen designs because I personally believe that the kitchen is the most important room in the house. It is where family gathers, where you spend time cooking, where guests gather around the island with a drink, etc. I redid my kitchen last year and the last item on my list to finish off the kitchen are new bar stools. Looking at the images online there seems to be some designer favs that are used over and over so I thought I’d put together a little bar stool round up with sources.


The Round Up:

Vanessa Enns Interiors Designer Round Up Bar Stools
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Design Inspiration:

  1. Riviera Stool from Serena and Lily


2. Tig Bar Stools from Crate and Barrel


4. Smart and Sleek Stool from Wisteria