The Right Whites In Design Create Pure Beauty

living room whites

A lot is being said about white right now.

Sherwin-Williams has announced a white as its color of the year, while Benjamin Moore also has jumped onto the white bandwagon. And I can certainly see why.

I’m not new to using white in my design and have been creating spaces with lots of white — whether walls or accents or furniture — for several years. Many of my spaces, in fact, although they have pops and bits of color here and there, read “white,” overall. See the photos here for examples of some of my white works.

White evokes images of innocence, freedom, purity and definitely, upon entering a white space, homeowners tend to feel more relaxed and stress free.

I love working with white —it’s flawless, airy, pure and simplistic, but it can be powerful with another color. Take black, for example. If you pair it with black you get a classic, timeless look.

classic back and white

I look at white like a canvas for a painting. You can bring in bright greens, which truly stand out when used with white. In fact, white makes other elements in a room speak.

One thing to consider though (and do be careful!), white can be a frustrating color to work with. Here’s why: There are dozens upon dozens of shades of white, so for wall paint, for example, you’ll want to stay away from some bright whites, which can look yellow or creamy.

One of my all-time favorite ways to use white is to layer different tones of white throughout the room. The walls, for example, could be a medium white, while the trim a brighter white. Tone-on-tone is an absolutely beautiful way to orchestrate a great overall look.

I also love the way Scandinavian design focuses on white when it’s paired with warm woods, browns or grays.  In my own kitchen, shown here, you can see how softer textures and linens add to the overall appeal of a white look.

Have you used white in interior design? Please share!


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