White is more than just a neutral. White is the light, so when in double go for white.
Here I am on this lovely morning sitting here on my patio listening to the birds and seeing how well my plants are doing after the overhaul I did a couple of weeks ago.
Yes, an overhaul of plants and plant pots. Over our many moves and as much as my taste in color & style changes from season to season, we had an array of plant pots, accessories, and patio furniture colors that were just not tying together the way I would like. So, when in doubt spray paint something you already have and breath some new life by just changing or enhancing the color.
I did splurge a bit on some new plants and some new pots and tied it all together with a couple of weekends of work. Now, things are starting to look a bit more cohesive but still a work in progress; as is my living room, my dining area, my master bedroom & bath.
My home is the last on the list but that is about to change.
Ok, that is it for the deviating introduction…. Blah, blah, blah….
WHY DO I LIKE TO USE WHITE WHEN STYLING?
Well, here is the deal if you have a lot of neutrals or dark colors or several different colors White always comes to the rescue. The shade I am talking about could be off-white, could be a white with a tint or my no-fail ceiling/interior trim color bright white.
So here is an example, say you a brown sofa, brown dining table, brown chairs and a few brown/tan accessories. (This was pretty common during my Arizona years)…your room or space may be looking a bit heavy in some areas vs others. OR if you don’t have a lot of natural light the dark large pieces will draw away the little light in the space.
SO HOW ABOUT YOU BRING BACK IN SOME LIGHT?
Add off-white pillows and throws may be an Ecru Poof, add flowy linen or cotton drapes (hung high), add a few large accessories that make a statement in white. These whites and softer shades will create contrast and balance at the same time.
If you noticed that one side of your room is feeling heavier than the other it is because you probably have more dark pieces (furniture or accessories) on one side than the other. Balance it out, move pieces around, create visual balance by adding a piece that appears the same volume to the other side and then introduce different shades of white and textures (limit it to 3 shades max).
TAKE THIS ROOM
Walls are tan, the sofa is brown and although there is a bit of white on the pattern of the pillows, most of the pillows are also brown. The artwork is framed in brown and the art itself is pretty dark. The drapes are almost the same color as the walls, the coffee table a shade that blends and the lamp a shade of yellow. (wrong undertone for this colorway)
Sorry, I really hope none of you suffer from this mostly brown/beige/tan syndrome… it sucks the light out of the room and you may as well paint the room black and have black pieces with dark gray decor.
FEAR NOT, WHITE AND LIGHT TO THE RESCUE
Now, look at the windows and the window frames. Doesn’t that white pop?
What if the drapes/or panels were white too? What if those same pillows on the sofa were also paired with ones that were mostly white & off-white, perhaps different textures.
The frames of the artwork in white too, if the art itself was of significance to you.
I would even go as far as painting at least the top of the coffee table white. OR Add a white tray and a white pretty substantial vessel and a couple of light accessories. I would add 2 side tables perhaps white round tables and a throw.
I may add a pretty large piece on the wall to the right in white. Then, a touch of a pop color.
With a few touches of white, off-white and light this room would go from blah to pretty cool room. The great thing about white and off-whites is that the will go all other colorways; a gray colorway, a green, a blue… most colors are only enhanced by white. White is your friend.
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY I LOVE WHITE LINENS, TOWELS, SHEETS ETC..(totally unrelated)?
Because I can wash with scalding hot water, bleach and they always look bright and beautiful. I am sure I have said it before, what is better than white crisp linens. If you need color you can always add it as an accessory that way you won’t be limited.
Ok Peeps, that is my 2 cents for today. Feel free to write in, send your pics and ask questions, always love to connect.
Go have your way with white!