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It’s been quite a summer, color-wise. We started things off with wild and crazy Neon, then we toned it down with beachy Driftwood Grey. Now here we are in August, and the temperatures are climbing. After weeks of blue skies and candy colored sundresses, my eyes are craving a break. Something cool and crisp that feels effortlessly classic and perfectly modern all at once. That’s right, for August we are all about the color white.

Color of the Month - White (Alvhem Interiors)

photo: Alvhem Interiors

After an intense debate, Grant was voted this month’s winner among the color team with his clever “White: Yes, it’s happening.” Pinterest board. Grant came in ready to defend this colorless color, but in the end we didn’t take much convincing. White is everywhere right now, from floors to furniture. White works with traditional styles, as seen in the lovely Scandinavian breakfast nook above, and with super modern styles like the pod chairs and lacquered floor below.

Color of the Month - White (Richard Powers)

photo: Richard Powers

So what say you, eagle-eyed Design Happens readers? Do you dare to decorate with white?

18 Responses

  1. Rachel says:

    I love using the color white. It's the cleanest look there is.

  2. Heather says:

    I have always hated moving into a new apartment because all of the walls are white and I love some colour on walls. After seeing so much white demonstrated this year I am quite interested in what my new apartment will look like as I move to Guatemala. I have to buy some furniture so maybe I will go with some white pieces. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Lili@HGTV says:

    I dream of living alone (no messy kids or husband!) in a white, white, white apartment. Maybe with black floors. I love it so much but don't know how people truly live in a space this white without immediately ruining it. And don't say slipcovers! I've tried. They stain too.

  4. Sherrie H. says:

    I've seen in magazines rooms done in all white combined with a cream color. Sounds bland and boring but it is a beautiful look. Can look very elegant or can be very simple.

  5. Barbara says:

    I love white everywhere but it makes you anxious when it's all in the kitchen, like the fabric on the chairs. One good splash of spaghetti sauce and it's all over.

  6. Pat says:

    White decor is my most favorite look.

  7. Rosemary Bellinger says:

    THE COURAGE OF COLOR

    ROSEMARY BELLINGER INTERIORS
    <a href="http://www.rosemarybellingerinteriors.com” target=”_blank”>www.rosemarybellingerinteriors.com

    Probably the most dominant feature of interior space…the element that stirs you first and foremost is COLOR or the lack thereof. As monochromatic beige hues usually incite a sense of peacefulness, the infusion of many colors can excite and create an unsettling ambience which some might even be regarded as chaotic. Herein lies the challenge for the Interior Designer… the true test of her expertise and sense of responsibility to take the time necessary to delve into the uniqueness of each client.

    * Continuation is in next commentary *

  8. rosemary bellinger says:

    * Continuation of the last commentary * The Courage of Color

    My project at Trump Towers in Palm Beach had a breakfast nook capable of accepting a minimal amount of trimmings. Small yet adequate, it was bland and quite uneventful before I arrived. Looking to excite this cozy eating area and give it a personality compatible with the rest of the living space, the client wanted more than my original presentation. The design of the teak egg crate suspended ceiling was fabulous as it gave the room the architectural detail that it was screaming for. Suspended about 4 " from the apartment's ceiling… with 4" borders from the walls…how effective and unique ! The mini recessed lighting fits so perfectly in the ceiling squares ( ' egg crates ' ) as it discretely splays and diffuses just enough light in the room.

    * Continued is in next commentary *

  9. rosemary bellinger says:

    * Continuation of last 2 comments * The Courage of Color – Rosemary Bellinger

    The table, ( Black & Linet ), aptly accompanied by 4 leather director-like chairs on stainless legs ( Black & Linet ), echoes the stainless appliances and cabinet " pulls ".

    Everything looked fabulous, but the area was needy. The space needed the WOW factor. Why not use the accent color ( terracotta ) that I carried through the entire apartment…why not apply a venetian plaster texture to the breakfast nook wall in a shade of terracotta ?

    Clearly, it was the vibrancy of the brick / terracotta venetian plaster that gave the room the kick that it needed. The poreless sheen of the Venetian Plaster, the texture of the teak ceiling, the leather chairs, and the grass covered walls mixed and mingled well, but it was the courage of COLOR that stole the show.

    Rosemary Bellinger

    ROSEMARY BELLINGER INTERIORS

    Timeless in age, Classic by style….
    Room Designs that ALWAYS endure !

    ( <a href="http://www.rosemarybellingerinteriors.com” target=”_blank”>www.rosemarybellingerinteriors.com )
    info@rosemarybellingerinteriors.com

  10. rosemary bellinger says:

    THE COURAGE OF COLOR
    ROSEMARY BELLINGER INTERIORS
    <a href="http://www.rosemarybellingerinteriors.com” target=”_blank”>www.rosemarybellingerinteriors.com

    Probably the most dominant feature of interior space…the element that stirs you first and foremost is COLOR or the lack thereof. As monochromatic beige hues usually incite a sense of peacefulness, the infusion of many colors can excite and create an unsettling ambience which some might even be regarded as chaotic. Herein lies the challenge for the Interior Designer… the true test of her expertise and sense of responsibility to take the time necessary to delve into the uniqueness of each client.

    Continued in the few next commentaries

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