Doing the White Thing

Clean, effortless and so Euro chic: white colour on walls is simple and strong. Whether it’s maximizing a limited source of light or creating a comfortable interior, these rooms show white in a big way.

White is never boring, in fact it can be very dramatic. The addition of textures and material can create a warmth rather than an uninviting sterility. White can be minimal without being cold.

Painting a room white can give such flexibility as it is a blank canvas. But don’t be fooled as all whites are not equal. Benjamin Moore alone has 200 different shades of white. Long associated with cleanliness, purity and softness, white is endlessly versatile. White is actually a palette of colours which can create different effects, depending on how they are used and the room’s exposure and reflective effects of the flooring, ceiling and furnishings. Cool whites have grey, blue or green undertones and can either be crisp or dull. Warm whites have a yellow, peach or beige cast. These tones create a soft look but can lose lustre depending on the natural light. If a modern crisp look is what you are trying to achieve, move toward the bright cool whites. If you are mixing antiques and creating a softer more romantic look, stick to the creamier whites.

Fabrics in white can be very functional even with young children. Bright white leather sofas are practical because the dirt and marks can be easily be wiped off. Save linen and fabrics for curtains and accessories which are much less likely to get stained.

A great white room does need texture and a room that is monochromatic requires a use of materials such as stone, wood, linen, cotton and wool for depth. To create a contrast, sleek textures like glass, metals high gloss and lacquer can provide that depth and the combination with the beautiful white colour will bring your room to life.