Decorating With White

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” ~Coco Chanel

White, the absence of color, symbolizes cleanliness and purity, innocence and perfection.  White is the color of new beginnings.  The color white opens up the smallest spaces because it is light and airy.  It brings unity to large furniture filled rooms.  But decorating with white is not as easy as it looks. The key to decorating with white is to vary tones, textures and patterns. It's a great color scheme is you love flea market finds, cottage, or shabby chic. Here are a few more helpful tips:

  • Use a variety of textures and patterns to create depth. Layer your furniture with throws and pillows to bring interest to the space.
  • Add a touch of black to help break up the space.  Use black for picture frames and small accessories.
  • Choose whites that are the same temperature.  For example, warm whites yellow based and cool whites are blue based.  Keep your whites all in the family.
  • Use organic materials such as natural woods and plants to add warmth.

I hope you noticed the mix of textures and materials that make each space successful.  If you are afraid to go all white, why not create a white vignette.  It's easy to do, especially with found objects such as the buttons above or the painted suitcases turned end table.  What a great idea!  I hope you enjoyed looking at these beautiful white rooms and found some inspiration.

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