We often associate white interior colour with modern minimalism, but it is also perfectly in your home with cozy Shabby Chic design. While colour lovers would assert that cold, bland and sterile, its advocates would say it could create a feeling of space, conceal blemishes and soften architectural quirks.
Glossing over the discussion concerning whether white is actually a colour in any way, let us take a look at what colour experts can tell us about white and how we could use it to make designs that seem anything but dull and cold.
In ancient Rome the priestesses of the goddess Vesta wore white as a symbol of purity, loyalty and chastity. The Christian church embraced this symbolism — even today traditional brides in several nations wear white.
This stunning lace bedspread cries femininity, but the room still manages to balance traditional and modern, male and female, dark and light — so smart!
Darryl Carter, writer of The New Traditional, states, “White makes old things look more present. White rooms are more complicated than they look, because there are no distractions. Every decision gets critical.”
This gorgeous green corner blouse features a superb warm patina and will be the main focus of this simple room, preventing it from feeling too stark.
Woodmeister Master Builders
From the Renaissance influential architect Leon Battista Alberti invited artists to incorporate white to their colors to make them lighter and lighter.
Here white is beautifully blended with watery blue-white paneled walls to make a coastal layout.
Ed Ritger Photography
Whitewashing helps protect up and gloss over any painting errors, providing you a blank slate — painting everything white can hide a multitude of sins. Rooms appear larger, and bounds blur.
Some tricky architectural components in the little space here have been skillfully dealt with using white.
Griffin Enright Architects
Buddhist pilgrims in Japan use white robes for rituals, purification and bathing in sacred rivers.
This serene white bathroom is warmed by the timber, but the views are what make a natural harbor for daily cleansing rituals.
JONATHAN CALVERT | Interiors Photographer
The pairing of black and white is a timeless: dark and light, good and evil, yin and yang. This combination also reflects formality and seriousness, as from the outfits of judges and tuxedos.
This superb chandelier provides an essential splash of colour to prevent the room from taking itself too seriously.
Eran Turgeman – Photographer
In feng shui white is the colour of the metallic element. In accordance with feng shui expert Rodika Tchi, white is a very versatile colour that can brighten a room’s energy immediately. Tchi recommends utilizing white everywhere in the house, especially to contrast darker colours.
Lauren Liess Interiors
Talking about white is supposed to be a symbol of joy at home — consider how a white picket fence frequently surrounds the safe and happy homes we dream of.
This room shows how white could be warm, with various colors of it mixed with warm neutrals and loads of texture. I don’t think it’s only the adorable pooch who feels safe and happy here!
Creative Space Architectural Design
Layering whites are able to look stunning, but remember that not every single white is the same — be sure you are working with the exact colors before you begin painting or putting in vinyl.
This layout employs the exact same bright white but in alternating gloss and matte finishes. The contrasting brown flooring adds heat, and a dash of color in the end of the room gives a focal point for the room.
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