By Kevin Fritz
Spin the color wheel all you want, but redecorating with whites portrays a stunning effect you may not have considered. If you’re looking for a fresh, new look and avoid that thrown together end product of a color mishmash, go ahead, think white.
It’s the absence of color that’s trending in today’s modern home designs, so your home’s interior will feel far from dated and offer an inviting, soothing respite for you, your family and your friends. Welcoming white as the main squeeze to your décor coupled with cooler tones offers a timeless, sleek slant to your space. Then drop a pop of color and voila!
Which White is Right?
If you think all white is white, check out your local paint store’s wall of paper swatches and gravitate toward the whites. Antique White, Super White, Winter Orchard, White Dove, Super White, Chantilly Lace, and the list goes on. Some paint companies offer more than 100 choices. While some differences in color can be subtle, other white on whites can lend a playful, lively division between facing walls or walls and baseboards or walls and ceilings. Whites, off-whites, and some slight tonal changes in paint can tie any comfortable space together.
Keep in mind that whites, in particular, can be influenced by other colors in the room and like any color, the swatches you bring home from the paint store may not be so true to form. The sun, or lack thereof, also plays into what white may look like after application. It’s a good idea to buy a paint sample and apply to a piece of white poster board and move it around the room or home to see what color it may actually appear as when all is said and done.
Tile It Up
Paint is easier on your wallet, but tile can be easier on the eyes. Consumers are seeking a crisp and clean look that only a white palette can offer, many times incorporating white marble into the mix. A split-face marble accent wall in the kitchen or a simple ceramic backsplash look fabulous. Try mixing with the pop of chrome-frame stools.
Bathrooms are sanctuaries. A spa-look with a sleek design helps us relax, especially if we are soaking in a freestanding tub, surrounded by light hues of stone and tile grandeur, as the sun rejuvenates the soul.
Down & Dirty
White does not mean “it will get dirty.” Today’s latex paints wipe clean with a wet cloth and a little dish detergent. You can also clean white tile with a damp cloth, but grout is another story. Why not avoid the inevitable dulling of white grout and use color grout as a pop of color? Colored grout is becoming a design element all by itself in today’s homes.
Remember, you don’t have to limit whites to bathrooms or kitchens. Any room is fair game. Just add simple, calming linens and accouterments, mixed with a colorful pillow or throw displaying a bright Pantone to help tie the room together.
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