Let's cool it with the color talk. Here, designer Ware M. Porter shows you how to master the art of monochrome in the dining room.
"I rarely use pure white—unless it's for eye-popping trim," Ware says. "People are often afraid of whites with pink, yellow, or green undertones, but they are actually the whites I love. Everyone looks better in warmer colors!"
Layer Tone on Tone
A mix of textiles and objects is the key to Ware's tailored approach. Tactile trims, rattan stools, and a plush Moroccan rug create visual contrast with the white-lacquered Chippendale chairs and sleek ceramics.
Taking the tones up a notch, Ware layered a gilt mirror atop a monochromatic mural by artist Jan Roberts.