I didn’t always love white decor. I actually disliked it immensely! Almost ten years ago white started to be all the rage and it was also so flat and lifeless! To me, white decor looked like someone went into a home with a sprayer full of house grade white paint and went crazy. Way too dead… way too blah! Today I love love love white. And it is a here-to-stay classic. White done right is fresh and warm and inviting! There are a few tips and tricks for living with, warming up and doing white decor the right way.t! Let’s look at them…
Did you know that Benjamin Moore’s color of the year is…. SIMPLY WHITE? And no wonder! What many thought would be a fad a few years back is still going strong! I’ve been on the white bandwagon changing my bright tuscan colors from 10 years back to gorgeous whites and neutrals. White-done-right is so easy to live with and is quite a chameleon. It can change the mood and feel of a room. If you are a lover of white there are a few things you can do to guarantee that your room looks light and inviting.
THE WHITE YOU CHOOSE MATTERS
There are literally thousands of shades of white! And sifting through all those paint chips to find the one perfect white for you is quite a task! Not only are there oodles of white paint but tons of white fabrics too. Some whites are warm, some are cool, but they are all different! Make sure you choose a white, especially if you are using white on your walls, that will work with the other whites, neutrals and colors in your room. It’s great to get a little professional help at the paint store to narrow down the choices!
I think I’ll be using this gorgeous white paint on my master bedroom and sitting room. Benjamin moore is fabulous paint.
USE DIFFERENT SHADES AND HUES OF WHITE AND NEUTRALS
Here’s some good news…choosing several whites when decorating keeps things interesting! All the same white is deadly! Too flat, too dull! You can and should mix whites! And adding other neutrals to white is magical! Don’t think neutrals are “light”. They can be warm browns and even grays!
Neutrals instantly make whites warmer. These colors are in my wheelhouse!
KEEP IT CLASSIC
I’m a classic furniture girl. White looks amazing and upscale when done in classically styled furniture. Choose at least one piece of furniture in your white room that has a classic feel.
To keep white decor interesting decorate with lots of textural items. I love a neutral jute rug for tons of texture. Baskets work too. So does any nubby material. We actually “feel” texture with our eyes as well as our hands.
ORGANICS ARE A MUST
Beautiful plants or flowers have an amazing effect on white decor. It softens white and makes it feel alive and welcoming. We love living things and white is a gorgeous backdrop for Mother Nature’s decorations!
DON’T BE AFRAID TO ADD A POP OF COLOR
A tad of color goes a long way in a white room. Almost any color will work with a room that is fresh and white. Look at this GORGEOUS home from BHG! The blue literally makes our eyes float from one blue thing to another. A pop of color only enhances the drama a white! And don’t you love love love the white planked walls.
More saturated color works best with white. Pastels and soft colors get lost in all the white.
WHITE LOVES NATURAL LIGHT
Let the light in. Light bounces off of gorgeous whites! Keep window coverings to a minimum and enjoy the beauty luminous white!
MAKE ROOM FOR WOOD
Wood creates a beautiful contrast for white. Every white room should have some natural wood. It make the room go from cold and stark to friendly and warm.
WHITES AND METALLIC ARE BEST FRIENDS
Add a little shine to a white room. Any reflective metallic will do! My favorite shiny surface to use with whites is mercury glass! Sigh!
HOWEVER YOU DECORATE DO WHAT YOU LOVE!
I always want to remind you that you are decorating YOUR home. Make it a place you love! White can be classy, relaxed, upscale, soft, light, fun, dramatic and so much more. But most of all it needs to be a representation of YOU!
Here’s a few amazing finds that came from the web. These are great decor pieces to add to a white room! Please check out the sources under the image.
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