It can be very easy to skip over white and go right to a color when decorating a room, since white can often be done wrong! Boring white wall comes to mind, right? But decorating with white can be beautiful, refreshing, crisp and stylish when done correctly. Here are a few ways to use white in your home.
White walls can provide a perfect backdrop for bright, bold accent pieces or a dark or striking statement wall.
Though many consider white an “anti-color,” it’s infinitely versatile. Did you know that in Benjamin Moore paint colors alone, there are 200 shades of white? You have to look at the undertones and see how each one looks in the lighting of your home to see how it will truly look. Perhaps because it is so versatile, many people start there but then get lost in trying to add color and maximize white’s ability to work with other colors. When paired with soft neutrals or subtle shades, the effect is sophisticated.
In the kitchen, white cabinets are very trendy and open up the space visually.
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In the bedroom, there’s nothing so clean and sumptuous as white on white linens, especially when they’re invitingly super-fluffy! And there’s nothing sharper than the contrast of black and white!
White can also be a strong unifying force. Consider how white trim and moldings throughout a home can help create flow from one space to the next. Using white in a room that has interesting architecture can highlight the natural beauty of unusual lines. Another nice thing about white is that it’s so easy to change out decor seasonally. By changing your accent pieces or colors, a room that feels fresh and springy can easily convert to one with a cozy fall feel.
It’s time to let go of the idea that white is sterile or boring, or restricted to that magazine family with the perfect house! While I wouldn’t recommend white on a sofa or rug for a house with kids, it’s perfectly fine to have a beautiful white drape, especially if you add color banding to the bottom.
Here are few other resources to get you thinking about doing white RIGHT!
The Insider’s Guide to Decorating with White (Country Living)
The Power of White (Elle Decor)
Decorating with White (BHG.com)
9 Ways to Decorate with White (Houzz)
Do you have some white walls in your house that need some love? I’d love to help you do white right and create a space that you adore!
Melanie, CT Interior Designer, All About Interiors