A versatile colour that reflects light beautifully, white can be used throughout the home without being clinical or bleak.
We show you how to work with white.
White Works Because It:
- makes a room look larger
- creates a calm atmosphere
- adds a sense of romance
- is elegant, peaceful and serene
- is always chic
Generally, many people shy away from white because they consider it a nightmare to keep clean. But nowadays many white fabrics are stain-resistant, and in instances where slip covered furniture creates the focal point, it’s extremely practical as they can simply be laundered when dirty.
Different shapes, textures and styles of furniture pieces work well in a white setting. Don’t be scared to mix up items and accessories made up of different styles and fabrics; this adds interest to a room. And as there would be no colour competition between elements, each item would get the attention it deserves.
A Different Feel
textures creates an inviting and interesting atmosphere. White bull-denim fabric, wood and cement all complement each other, which is a strong example of how to create harmony while keeping the look simple and understated.
Lighting comes easy in a neutral-coloured space, so opt for lots of natural light to enhance its serene look.
A white room offers a feeling of ultimate serenity and relaxation. Enhance the light and airy atmosphere with good ventilation. The addition of an air conditioner or a ceiling fan, will keep a room cool.
In the Kitchen
A white kitchen can still be a warm and welcoming space. All it needs is a few splashes of colour like sunny yellow and natural wooden features for charm and some contrast.
If you’re not that confident about using white, introduce the colour subtly into your décor: a wooden cabinet filled with a selection of white pieces is a good starting point. Ceramics and glassware in different textures add a certain charm, preventing a room from becoming impersonal. Antique ceramics work especially well as the off white, shiny glaze looks great against natural wood.
In the Dining Room
Natural fabrics and colours work well together to create a harmonious, peaceful environment. The use of a natural colour scheme also enhances the architecture of a room.
In the Bathroom
The use of different paint finishes and textures on surfaces creates interest in a white room. The way in which these different shades and textures of white are combined ultimately determines the success of the décor composition.
In the Bedroom
When it comes to accessories, there is some truth in the saying that you can’t go wrong with white, so opt for pure white bed linen and cushions; these are old favourites and will create an inviting, crisp look.
A natural, all neutral white space can easily be brightened up. Make a bold statement by accessorising with a strong colour: try a daring artwork, rug or cushion that will really stand out; a vase of colourful flowers or an extravagant lighting accessory could also become an interesting focal point. Any of these colourful touches give you room to play as they can easily be changed.