White, Light, and Color Go Together

September 18, 2008 § Leave a comment

I’ve said this in older posts, but I think it’s worth mentioning again. Nothing makes colors pop (pardon the over-used expression) like white. Whether it’s in your garden or in your home, adding white will make colors crisp and clear. You can add white trim, white linens, white curtains, white slipcovers, but whatever you do, add some white to your space and see the colors you’ve chosen for walls, furniture, or even your flower bed come alive. This photo of an HGTV Dream Home shows how white can also serve as a resting spot from intense wall color.

Remember this when you’re decorating kids’ rooms. All those hot pink and chartreuse wall colors need lots of white.

The other crucial element to using color is light. Poor light will muddy even the most beautiful colors and will turn whites to gray. Anyone with white walls can test this out. Look at your walls at various times of the day and see what colors your white walls become depending on the light in the room, whether it’s natural or artificial. Plan on updating your lighting before you start any redecorating plan so you are happy with the end result.

See older posts: Decorating with White and Before You Color Your Walls, Check the Lighting.

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