Decorating with White
July 11, 2007 § 2 Comments
When it comes to color selection, remember white. Although it’s technically not a color, it certainly helps make colors “pop.” If you’re into lots of saturated color like you see in San Antonio, for example, with reds and yellows and oranges and purples on everything from textiles to houses, the addition of white will give your eye a place to rest. It also separates the colors so they don’t all run together. And in Florida, white makes all the pinks and blues and ocean greens look as fresh as a brand new box of Crayolas. Even in the garden, white flowers will bring out the richness of the other colors. You notice color more when there’s white nearby.
White can stand on its own as well. Many people like white rooms for their peacefulness and simplicity. Not everything in the room has to be super white. Off-whites, ivories, and icy pastels can all work together to make an “all-white” room. And if you like yard-sale antiques, whites will really set them off. The other nice feature to white is its versatility for decorating for the seasons. White also makes a great backdrop for adding color for holidays. The big tip to remember when decorating with whites is to add a variety of textures in your rugs, pillows, and accessories.
As a serial colorist, I now have a new appreciation for white.