The color white in interiors is both beautiful and graceful. It’s also undergoing a renaissance, and for good reason; its simple, clean effect offers a touch of calm sophistication in a harried world.
The anti-color: Color styles come and go (remember olive green appliances?), and hues of late have been bold, bright, and deep. But all that color can become tiresome. When our rooms become too visually over-the-top, a tonic is called for. White isn’t just for beach houses or contemporary interiors anymore. Regardless of your decorating style, white lends a feeling of order and spotlessness. White also visually expands a space.
Right now, one-color fashion and decor is timely, but decorating with white is also timeless. As color fads come and go, it’s easy to add color to white decor to reflect current trends. Of course, colors that naturally pair with white, such as pastels, blue, black and gold, are classically elegant and ageless. So whether you want a changing or timeless effect, white makes the perfect backdrop.
Energizing white: Some say white is relaxing, calming and has a Zen quality. In feng shui, white is a yang, or energizing color. Unlike its yang cousin, red, white has a thoughtful quality about it because white represents the mind and higher pursuits, while red indicates physical energy and action. So if you like to select colors based on their qualities, white will help you engage your higher mind. After all, doesn’t a white interior have a certain intellectual quality about it, almost as if the lack of color enables the occupants to think more clearly?
Using more white: If your white walls are tiring, maybe it’s time to take away even more color from your interiors rather than put color on the wall. Bleach out your decor even further by adding white throws on the furniture or painting chairs and tables white.
In the bedroom, bathe the bed in white comforters, sheets and throws; it will look like you’re sleeping on a cloud. Flowing, billowy white curtains will bathe the room in light and create an airy feeling.
For a more formal look, add a crystal chandelier, crystal lamps and mirrored accessories. Lucite furniture is another gorgeous choice for a white room.
Be sure to add texture with fabrics, artwork or throws.
Layering shades of white is another way to add dimension to a white room, so look for hues from frosty white with a gray hint, to ivory with its pale richness. White-patterned wallpaper is another way to extend the white theme and create dimensional interest.