Whether your decorating style is traditional or modern, white can add a fresh and airy vibe in the home. There are countless options when it comes to this versatile neutral, from the seamless beauty of an all-white bathroom, to the high-contrast drama that comes from pairing white with black in your kitchen remodel.
Some homeowners shy away from white in fear that it is too stark and sterile. But in reality, white can create a beautiful blank canvas that lets your personal style pop. Anything but basic, there are more shades of white than you could possibly imagine. They key when decorating with white is to pick the shade that compliments your home best.
Here are five tips for decorating with white, for inspiration.
Think In Layers
The biggest mistake homeowners make when decorating with white is strictly sticking to one shade. It doesn’t matter if you’re tackling a kitchen remodel or just redecorating a living room — no matter the project, you have to think in layers. Adding subtle variations in shade, such as cream, ivory, and maybe even a hint of beige, helps to add dimension to your space
A crisp white room may tend to be cold. If you opt for white walls and furniture, add warmth with hardwood floors. To keep your room light and bright, choose a natural finish, or something with a translucent stain in a white, soft brown or gray tone. Popular options include maple, oak, and hickory.
Including texture in your decorating is a sure-fire way to add visual interest to a white room while still keeping things neutral. Natural elements like linen throw pillows, knit blankets, burlap lampshades, bamboo table runners, canvas curtains, stone or solid surface countertops, or a chunky jute area rug, can all add texture while staying true to your light color scheme.
Another way to add texture and visual interest is by installing a decorative wall treatment in white. In a bathroom or kitchen remodel, there is no better choice than a tile backsplash. Options include beautiful Cristezza Club Glass Tile in Bright White, or Water Jet Glass Tile in Ornamental Bright White. Creamy white Shiplap is also an excellent choice for a large, empty wall in a TV room, laundry room, or home office.
When it comes to decorating, the furniture you fill your room with is just as important as the paint on your walls. Look for painted bar stools with caned seats, light seagrass chairs, sofas with washable canvas slipcovers, and, of course, white cabinetry! Regardless of the room, white is a timeless choice for cabinetry, but especially true when completing a kitchen remodel.
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