When House & Home came out with their Special Edition magazine, Decorating with White, I felt like they were speaking directly to me. In fact, there is a running joke with some of our friends that whenever I bring up something interior design related, they immediately say “let me guess, it’ll probably just be white, right?” And 9 times out of 10, that’s true! I admit, I absolutely love neutral design schemes – the more white, the better. And it seems like a lot of people are agreeing with me. Doesn’t it seem like Pinterest is just a constant flurry of beautiful, white interiors? Well, I’m not complaining because it constantly inspires me and reinforces the reasons why I personally love decorating with white.
“There’s a reason why white is the #1 choice for our homes: white works.” House & Home
First thing’s first, white interiors can really withstand the test of time. Just look back at some old magazines and you will see what I mean. White is radiant, airy and fresh no matter what and that really helps with keeping a space looking up to date. But just because white is a safe bet, it doesn’t have to be boring. I love how Sarah Swanson chose to lay her simple white subway tile in a unique pattern. It made her kitchen fun and unique.
How much do you want to just cozy up in that beautiful bed? It’s because white is soothing and restful, especially when combined with the right textures. When we live the hectic lives we do, it’s so important to come back to a space that calms us. And the same concept applies to bathrooms. Clean, fresh, and calming? Yes, please.
Black and white can be dramatic and make a huge statement. But it can also be calm, timeless or even glamorous. I can’t see white matting and black frames ever going out of style! And a little black accessory here or there will always help bring a space into focus. My current obsession is an all white space with industrial style window frames in black. Beautiful!
Whether it’s a brick fireplace surround, wooden furniture, or even an outdated sofa, white can change an old piece you may have otherwise written off. I love how Holly from In the Fun Lane updated these side tables to create a modern looking solution to her living room. Without lots of white paint we never would have been able to make the panelling in the Forest Heights home look current…and clean, for that matter.
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Whether you love pastels or bright hues, setting colour against a white backdrop is sure to make the right statement without being overpowering. White is a blank canvas, ready for some creativity through colour! And the best part is, adding colour to accessories or artwork is a much quicker change down the road than say, repainting your entire space. Like in the photo above – a quick pillow and pouf change will reinvent the space.
Now, before you run to your nearest Home Depot to grab a gallon of white paint, make sure to do some research into the many options out there (and there are soooooo many!). I have used a few Benjamin Moore white paints that I loved and would recommend. Paper white is great if a bright, stark white is not your thing. It ends up looking like a very light grey. Great for a bathroom! I love Chantilly Lace, which we used in our basement and home office. It has a bit of a warmer base. And finally, Decorator’s White is a pretty tried and true option!
So go on…have some fun with white this summer season!