It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and we haven’t even carved the Turkey yet! With the cold weather outside and working with a Client who is a modern minimalist she wants everything to be white. The frosty thoughts, and the clutter free client have me inspired! This is stepping out of my comfort zone a bit since I love to play with all the color’s in the crayon box with white always being an accent never the main backdrop.
White’s psychology meaning is totally reflective, awakening openness, growth and creativity. You can’t hide behind it as it amplifies everything in its way.
The color white is cleanliness personified the ultimate in purity!! This is why it is traditionally worn by western brides, and the reason why doctors wear white jackets. But, on the other hand in eastern cultures they wear white when a love one has passed as a symbol of hope and wellness into the next phase.
I feel designing a room with white can add balance and harmony in order to set the stage for any mood that you’re trying to achieve. Be it happy, calming, energizing, or luxurious with a white room adding in layers of different textures and shades can make for an impactful environment.
I have been holding on to my Elle Decor, June 2013 magazine that featured a design by Timothy Haynes of this South Hampton Beach House he did. For some reason it stuck me and I could not bring myself to throw away the glossy pages of the magazine. I think because of how the color white really makes everything in the room crisp and modern. I love the clear happy pops of color like the electric blue and apple green mixed with the shades of gray that make for a wow!
When designing with white it’s important to mix in metallic for that sparkle and reflectiveness that white can bring. Don’t be afraid to mix gold and silver together for more collective look.
Layer in textures and translucent materials for a light and airy feel, but keep your flooring, upholstery and accents warm and nubby in felling so it does not get to icy.
Adding a jolt of color for fun!
Not too much for an all white kitchen? Well, here is what I would do with white as a supporting role to highlight the wonderful blue cabinets.
Here are few quotes I found from major Pro’s and there thoughts on designing with white:
“I am known for doing white spaces, but the reality is that white is my background color,” says New York designer Vicente Wolf. “Painting a room white highlights the architecture of the space. The white I consistently go back to is Benjamin Moore Super White.”
Elle Decor: Vicente Wolf
“There is no light without dark,” says New York designer William Sofield. “The most common mistake people make is doing everything in white. It’s important to use texture and pay attention to how the undertone of your white plays off the other materials in the room.”
Elle Decor: William Sofield