White is almost a magic wand for interior spaces; it has the power to completely transform even the most uninspiring rooms. It also has the ability to smooth out imperfections in walls or cover up that annoying steam pipe or rough patch. This surprisingly versatile color — yes, I said color — expands and unifies any space it acquires by forcing the eyes to focus on the area within a room instead of its boundaries. However, this modern design trend can be difficult to perfect. Monochrome interiors, especially white ones, can easily look unfinished. Here are some tips for those of you looking to whitewash your living spaces.
To avoid looking flat, focus on contrasting textures. By mixing varying textures, the eye still has plenty to take in even if the color scheme is nothing but white. This makes the room seem just as rich as if it was drenched in florescent tie dye.
Notice that the walls are almost stark white and the furniture is minimal, but the textural element of the grass cloth brings everything together and gives the entire room a warm, inviting feel.
Go for bold with a dramatic 3-D wall panel. This ultra modern look is surprisingly easy to accomplish. Sculptural wall tiles are available at a variety of interior stores and installation is a breeze.
Brick walls are ideal for an all-white interior; not only is it super easy to paint over an aging brick wall, but it also provides all the texture you need without any additional effort (or cost).
If you’re looking to make the bedroom an ultra inviting retreat, all white simply whispers calm and relaxed. Use textiles to your advantage — choose a lace or ruched bedspread and an array of frilled pillows (Learn how to make your own here.) Feel free to go overboard! Throw-blankets and quilts only add to the romance of a space like this.
To add visual interest to your space, mix different styles of furniture and accents together. Place a couch in durable fabric adjacent to an ultra modern chaise lounge or French provincial chairs for an appealing contrast.
The largest misgiving homeowners have with all-white interiors is that there is only one kind of white: stark, blinding white. In fact, white comes in just as many varying shades as any other color. By infusing tonal whites together in a space, you’re provided with lightness and variation without risking a one-note abode.
There is no need to fear, white can be even more versatile than a traditional color scheme. Go space-age chic or romance novel rustic with your monochrome palette. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be “white” on track.
Have you made the dive into redecorating with this humbly hued trend or are you scared to take the plunge? Let us know how it went, or let us know what you think!