After last week’s wintry, pristine snowfall I guess I’ve got WHITE on the brain.
Although I cherished every moment of the relaxing “forced vacation”; reading
screaming children, baking 40 loads of laundry, crackling fire a freaking huge mess in every corner of the house I’m happy to see the last of the fluffy stuff melt into the ground as we all know in the end its really just a big fat PITA and relieve the thirsty winter grass. Plus I’m painstakingly aching for any glimmer of evidence that spring is around the corner….a sprig? … a bud? ….anything? anything???….. but until the pansies bloom, the current snowstorm has left me obsessing about snow white interiors.
ok… back to interiors… A monochromatic palette is truly my design eye’s happy place. It’s peaceful, it’s fresh, a beautiful canvas of purity. Many of my clients admire it as well but seem to be afraid of it — and surprisingly not from the practical standpoint of how easy it would be to dirty it — but more from fear they’ll end up with a surgical suite in lieu of a living room.
Be not afraid! Here are user friendly tips — avec images magnifique — to inspire us how to live beautifully in a world of white.
First and Foremost ….one must realize that all whites are not created equal. Whites fall into two camps: Warm (those with yellow or red undertones) and cool (with blue or black undertones). The warm whites instill comfort and the cooler are best for crisp, ultra modern, minimalist spaces. Use caution when mixing the two in the same room as the warmer white will start to look dingy in contrast to its sharper blue – toned counterpart.
To distinguish a “warm” from a “cool”: white, compare paint chips under natural light lying atop a piece of quality bright white copy paper ; the underlying tones will be apparent. When combining several shades of white in a single room, try varying sheens, (flat, matte, semi-gloss). It might seem in significant but those slight discrepancies will reflect light differently and create interest in the monochromatic room.
Vary textures to ward off any chill. In my own designs I generally prefer warm whites to cool and I achieve this feel by integrating a variety of fabrics and finishes. Linen in all shades of light (from white to cream to beige) is one of my all time favorite looks…. and introducing organic elements into the space is a design MUST for softening the edge and breathing life into the a neutral space. Examples; stone planters, driftwood accents, plants, a hand carved side table — all of the above will really transform the room into something special.
White can expand a space. In a world of white you’re not as conscious of walls and boundaries — a room that might otherwise seem small feels bigger and much more modern. I adore pale rooms where select pieces of furniture standout like sculpture.
White creates a unifying atmosphere. White lets you read the simplicity or the complexity of a space as you will pay more attention to the space instead of surfaces. A muted palette lets you see all the amazing things that you otherwise might have missed.