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Decorating with White

White is an absolute dream to work with when you’re looking to change up your interior décor. Not only because it’s a true neutral and plays well with everything, but because it is also seasonally friendly. If you want to be your own interior decorator the white is the colour for you, whether it is in your paint choice or in your accessories. Whether you’re looking to add a breath of fresh air to your home’s interior decor with bright white for summer or add the glittering snow-like effects of winter, white always works.

Lay a White Paint Foundation for Your Interior Décor

While bare white walls are often the trademark of a new, unpainted space, this does not have to be the case. Laying a white foundation is a matter of using the right amount of white without an underwhelming effect or a top-to-bottom white clinical result.

Choose white paint that speaks to your personal taste. Take a visit to your local paint store and place a variety of white paint samples next to one another. Compare soft whites, off whites and whites with a barely-there tint of colour. Paint your walls, ceiling, and any moulding white or get a painter to do so, but remember you can easily add depth by painting your walls a softer, matte white while painting trim with a bright, enamel paint.
The key to grounding your space is just that – the ground. A white floor might make your space feel disorienting, so choose another paint colour. Consider blonde, honey-hued or deep brown hardwoods or any colour carpet your heart desires. This is where your personality truly shines through.

Change your Interior Décor by Lightening Your Linens

Continue a super-white room interior décor by adding white to a space already painted completely white. Or soften a colourful room by going pale with your linens. It’s an easy way to freshen up a space without too much commitment.

Let’s say you’re decorating a bedroom with gray walls, chocolate brown hardwood floors, jewel-tone accessories and patterned chairs and bedding. Purchase a ready-made slipcover for the chair in a heavy white fabric. Opt for a new set of white sheets for your bed for the full effect. Rather than ditching your comforter, seek out a white duvet. Add more personality to your room by choosing a duvet with a shadow-stripe or textural pattern, like a floral. Add white shams and go all out with white throw pillows and a white throw blanket in a textured fabric, such as chenille. It’s like a breath of fresh air for your bedroom.

Try Cottage Chic Interior Décor

If you’ve always had a hankering for a room full of whitewashed allure, a cottage chic look is a budget-friendly and fun approach, particularly if you’re a fan of a relaxed, eclectic take on décor. Oh, and if you’re not too keen on the idea of painting existing furniture, cottage chic is the way to go. Seek out interesting finds at antique marts and thrift stores, such as iron bed frames, wooden chests and dressers, benches and even antique picture frames and mirrors. Repaint everything with a distressed white finish.

More fun: Consider painting a base coat in an interesting colour, such as mustard. Cover the base colour with white paint and create a scraped effect so just a hint of hue peeks through. Complete the rest of your space with white touches or add pops of muted colour and delicate patterns for a room that is uniquely you.

Decorate your Interior with Accessories

When you’re feeling excited about making snow white additions to your home but going for a floor to ceiling white look is a little overwhelming, begin your foray into white interior décor with accessories.

Adding a few pieces in here and there is a simple way to create a chic 24/7 look, to add the sensation of light for a bright summery room or as a way to create a chilly winter wonderland experience. Remove your mirrors, picture frames, vases, lamps, blankets, dishes – whatever the case may be – and swap them out with pure white objects.

In a kitchen, go for minimalistic white dishes. Consider the million tiny things that make up a kitchen; napkin rings, placemats, table cloths, chair cushions, knobs and cabinet hardware, towels, curtains and even countertop accessories. A white toaster, espresso maker, sugar bowl and measuring spoons look extremely sleek when they’re all streamlined in one hue.

Remember how easy white is to deal with. If you decide you’ve gone overboard, painting over white and bringing in extra colour is a cinch. If you feel there’s just not enough white, you’ll be hard pressed to find an accessory that does not come in this universally sought-after hue. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself saying “wow, that was surprisingly fun and easy.” It’s white, after all – truly foolproof.

By Tarah Damask

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