White is an attitude
Karen Cummings & Pamela Blythe
Vary the tones, textures, and patterns of your white palette to create a chic and luxurious space.
Choosing white paint for your home project isn’t as easy as it’s cracked up to be. If you’ve ever looked at the Sherwin Williams paint selector, you’ll know that white isn’t ever just white.
A quick glance at SW 6364 Eggwhite reveals that “white” ranges from yellow whites to blue whites. The white color range will scramble your mind.
So where should you start?
Our advice is to vary the tones, textures, and patterns of your white palette. The moment you try to match all whites on your house or in a room, you will most likely fail and be disappointed because of a disjointed design aesthetic.
For a successful white project, try the SPLAT rules.
Use a variety of shades of white in the room to create variety and contrast between walls/trim and furniture/accessories. This will keep the room from looking flat.
The architectural details of a room will stand out if painted a contrasting color of white. Consider painting tone-on-tone stripes on a wall. For a more glamorous look, use contrasting sheens of the same color white with a damask stencil. See more about this look on Pintrest.
Layer couches and beds with pillows and throws in different shapes and textures. Layered lighting will give an all white room a warmer effect.
Adding glass accessories and mirrors will open up the space and reflect light. Wood in a white room adds a natural element whether it is on picture frames, floors, or ceilings.
Wherever possible, change the texture. Bead board paneling, rough sawn woods, lace, and wooly fabrics change the visual patterning in the room. An all-white, all flat room too sterile.
The color white is a blank canvas upon which you can create your own work of art. We’ve cracked the code for you. Now get to work! Let us know if we can help.
CAPTION: Varying shades of white, interesting textures, accented architectural details, and layers of pillows and fabrics make this all white room a chic and luxurious space.