Tips for Decorating With White

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Decorating your home with white can be tricky; white tends to look stark or lack personality if not done right.  If you love the fresh, airy appeal of white but are afraid to use it in decorating your home, you will find these tips helpful.

Incorporate various shades of white

You don’t have to stick to a bright white throughout the room; when choosing colors think of soft white, antique white and even light cream or pale gray instead.  Muted shades of white contrast with bright white, and add warmth to the feeling of a room.

Keep in mind that you will have to clean more often

In rooms where white is the dominant color, you will likely have to clean upholstery and rugs more often.  You may want to consider using slipcovers which can be washed on frequently used furnishings.  That way you can avoid trying to spot clean the upholstery constantly.

If you use a fireplace or wood stove in your home, it’s probably best to keep white shades to a minimum.  In this case, you may prefer to use cream or sandy beige shades that won’t show smoke stains.

Add depth to the room with various finishes

Painting the walls a bright shade of white will lighten up the room, making it appear more spacious.  Besides adding other colors, you can add texture and depth to the room by applying flat wall paint to contrast with glossy white trim around windows.

Consider painting baseboards and other trim with a slightly different shade of white in a semi-gloss or high-gloss finish.

Choose additional colors based on the look you want to achieve

Love a chic, modern look?  Use yellow and white which pair perfectly and create a look that is trendy and current.  If the look you’re after is one that is crisp and fresh, try white paired with blue.

If it’s a glamorous or elegant look you prefer, think of pairing shades of gray and lavender with white.  Black and white blend to create a look that is modern and dramatic.

Depth and dimension are important in the overall look and feel of a room.  To add further texture, choose nubby fabrics for upholstery and window treatments.  Additional texture can be achieved through the use of metal accents, wrought iron and wood and textured throw rugs.

A stone or wood floor is beautiful and perfect for a room where shades of white dominate.  A dark wood or stone floor incorporates various shades of gray creating a striking contrast.

Color comes to play through wall art, candles, throw pillows, floral arrangements and other accessories.  Avoid the temptation of going overboard with color; a simple splash of boldness here and there will make for an interesting and appealing space.

There are many things you can do to prevent a white room from taking on a sterile feel.  Faux finishes for walls, shag rugs, an occasional touch of color – all of these things will help you create a room that is unique and reflects your own personal tastes.

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