HOW TO DECORATE WITH THE COLOR WHITE

In my recent post about my foyer makeover you may have noticed that I painted my entire foyer and hallway all white—both the walls and the trim are white. I plan to paint almost all of the walls in my house the same white color. I also painted the walls white in the last four room makeovers I did. In case you can’t tell, I’m a fan of white walls! But my love for white isn’t limited to just wall color. I also love white decor, white cabinets and white linens.

For me, I’m drawn to the color because it gives a fresh, clean, bright and open feel to any room. And I’m sure I’m not the only fan out there. White has been a very trendy and popular color for awhile now. From all-white kitchens to white rugs to white furniture, it seems to have taken over a lot of design elements.

However, white can be a tricky color to decorate with because it’s easy for it to become boring, sterile or flat. But it doesn’t have to be! Today I’ll share the tricks on how to keep white from becoming stale in your decorating. Read on…

USE TEXTURE

One of the most effective ways to keep white from looking flat is to use white elements that also have texture. The texture adds interest and depth which keeps the room from becoming boring.

You could try adding a textured lamp base or vases to your decor.

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Or take plain white walls and spice them up with some molding like I did in my daughter’s bedroom.

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White plank floors add texture and character to any room.

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Use a fur throw or knitted blanket to add a layer of texture to your white bedding.

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MIX IT WITH NATURAL MATERIALS

The color white works really well with natural materials. White elements create a nice background to enhance the colors and patterns of natural materials like wood, jute, leather, stone and wool.

Look for wood floors and furniture…

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…jute rugs…

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…marble counters and backsplash…

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… or wool blankets.

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ADD A VARIETY OF WHITE SHADES

Don’t limit the color white to all the same shade. Mix in some pale gray, light tan and cream to create variety. The different shades help to bring depth to an otherwise flat look while still keeping everything light and bright.

The light gray, cream and beige accents in this home office create a soft feel in the room without looking dull.

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When it comes to paint, you don’t have to go with the basic out-of-the-can white. There are lots of shades to try.

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Linens and fabrics are a great opportunity to mix in various shades of white.

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PAIR IT WITH PLANTS

One of the best ways to use the color white is to mix it with another recent decorating trend—plants! Pairing white with plants or greenery adds life and color which keeps white from becoming too blah.

A large potted plant in a basket on the floor makes a big impact in a white bedroom.

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Try mixing greenery in with white decor pieces.

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A hanging plant brings life to all-white walls.

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Mix a variety of plant types and sizes for even more impact.

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INJECT SOME COLOR

Just because you like the bright and open feel of the color white doesn’t mean you can’t include color. They key is using it selectively in the right amount and the right locations so that it doesn’t overtake the bright feel of the room.

A colorful patterned rug works well with all-white walls.

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A blue island makes a statement in an all-white kitchen.

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Try adding brightly colored pillows to a white sofa.

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White pairs extremely well with black to create a bold contrast.

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I hope these tips have helped you figure out how to effectively use the color white in your home!

Also, I am almost done with my foyer makeover and hope to share the final reveal with you next!

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