It’s Day 3 of Red, White and Blue week here on the blog, and today’s color is white!
Unlike the warm red hues that we talked about in Tuesday’s post, white is light, fresh and clean. It’s neutrality makes it a versatile tool and many designers gravitate to it for at least some portion of their designs.
Here are some thoughts on how to incorporate it into your decorating:
Ground It and Mix It.
Using a mixture of whites, from cool to warmer, makes a space interesting and gives it dimension. That, along with varying the textures, also keeps it from feeling too stark.
Adding darker furniture pieces or using dark flooring can help ground the space.
As you can see in the space below, white sofas can look great, but whether you should use white really depends on what room you’re putting it in and the type of use it will get. If it’s in a heavily used family room with small children and pets, probably not.
If that’s your situation and you love white, consider adding it instead with rustic white painted tables, a white+color/pattern accent chair, and accessories.
Add Architectural Interest:
White walls are currently trending in all kinds of spaces, and one of my favorite ways to see white on walls is with wall treatments like board and batten or wainscoting.
It takes plain walls up a notch and adds architectural interest.
If you love decorating with warmer colors and dark woods, it may seem that white wouldn’t be a good fit for your space.
Actually the opposite is true. Contrasting white against darker, warmer colors is a great way to highlight them.
Whether you’re painting white directly on the walls or adding wainscoting, always consider the undertone when choosing paint to avoid ending up with light pink or pale blue walls, for example, rather than white.
White provides a nice neutral canvas for changing out furniture and accessories whenever you please, and it really really makes the colors pop!
So where are you at with white? Use it and love it, unsure, or absolutely not?