Don’t be afraid of using an all white palette. White is my most favorite color as it is a peaceful, clean and room enlarging color. Light will allow the whites to change color all throughout each day as well as the whole year. During the fall and winter months, the light shines in from the south with a warm yellow beginning in September to a sharp chartreuse in March. Summer brings the direct overhead lighting with a crisp warmth shining in some of those hidden northern sides and lasting much longer each day. Bring in as much natural light as you can because the color and shape is constantly changing the visual effects of your home.
Some of the best ways to use white are to look for new textures, sheens and shapes. Utilize a combination of shiny and dull, patterns and solids. Bring in natural tones of woods, metals, fur, and stone for a less sterile feel about the room. In my own all white house, I made sure the trim, cabinets and doors were a glossy sheen next to the flat sheen on the walls. These two different textures allowed the light to bounce differently giving it a subtle contrast instead of using a different color to do so. The room feels cohesive and calming because of the monochromatic palette.
The most often voiced concern about a white home is keeping it clean. I have five kids and this has never been a problem because I planned the house with a few things in mind. Use easy to clean surfaces where people get messy such as the countertops, flooring and bathrooms. Make sure everything else is either separate or washable. White bedding and towels can all be bleached and then they smell amazing for everyone. The only room of our home that might be more difficult to wash would be the living room because of the white couch, pillows, rug and draperies. Simply enough, the kids don’t take food in that area and it remains stain free! White also lets you see the areas that may need a magic eraser and they work beautifully on everything from quartz countertops to flat paint on the walls.
Don’t believe the myths about avoiding a white palette in your home. It is a beautiful and easy to use color with endless shades, combinations and possibilities.