Decorating with White
January 2, 2014
Hello everyone and Happy New Year to you! It’s been a rough few days with an entire family down with the flu, ugh! Luckily I’ve escaped contagion. #fingerscrossed
I thought I’d ease back into blogging with some winter white inspiration today, continuing the color series started last year. When I refer to color I do consider gray, black, and white as part of the decorating mix, they play a powerful role.
White spaces have been popular for years and instead of being trendy are proving to have staying power as we’re influenced more and more by contemporary looks and Scandinavian design. I’m a huge fan of spaces decorated with a white backdrop or furnishings, the palette is uplifting and soothing at the same time. Here’s a peek at a few favorite looks and why they’re so successful.
White is grounded when partnered with wood, and we’ve all fallen in love with rustic surfaces in the past few years, from floors to cabinets to countertops. Go ahead and mix wood tones, no matching required. Take a cue from these spaces that pull it off well.
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Contrast adds drama to a mostly white space, whether it’s black floors, accessories, picture frames, layers of dark brown or black add a sophisticated touch and break up the brightness.
White backdrops work with all styles from cottage to contemporary to transitional, slipcovers are fresh and easy to launder, clean lines in a bathroom give it modern appeal, and wainscoting adds a timeless look to an elegant traditional living room.
Add interest to any white space by mixing metallic sheens such as brass, chrome, pewter, or gold leaf. Mirrored surfaces add glamour and reflect more light around the space.
One simple way to decorate with white is to include texture in its various forms from hide and skin rugs to faux fur and organic materials like woven jute or whitewashed wood.
White spaces form a perfect backdrop for textiles or furniture in vibrant hues or for displaying colorful decor – they allow for changing accessories when the mood strikes.
I wrote about four more inspiring winter white spaces earlier this week, read the article on Lamps Plus blog.