If you think white living rooms are only reserved for ultra-modern homes, think again. Surprisingly, a predominately white scheme will work regardless of your style of home.
Despite its bland connotations, this versatile neutral is one of the most popular paint ideas for interiors, and it is easy to see why. White offers a blank canvas that illuminates dark spaces and can make even small living rooms feel spacious, light and bright.In her Los Angeles home, singer Leona Lewis has perfected the art of decorating with white.
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‘White represents purity, innocence, and new beginnings, as well as cleanliness and clarity,' says Patrick O’Donnell, brand ambassador for Farrow & Ball. 'It can be used everywhere in the home but is very successful in the living room and any room where you want to establish calm and with little distraction. It is also an ideal foil for a well-curated room of art and furniture.
However, white has the tendency to look lifeless and dull if not furnished well. Avoid a white living room looking too clinical or sterile by decorating with neutrals as accents, as Leona Lewis has done here.
One vital aspect to consider when decorating with a white color palette is to bring in as much texture as possible as it creates interest and layers – important factors when strong colors are out of the picture. Consider using raw materials such as natural wooden elements alongside linens, velvets, and even the best indoor plants can make a significant difference to the warmth of the space.
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The decorating potential of white is often underestimated, but this non-color can have a profound impact on the overall space. Using a white or off-white palette is all about adding depth and contrast in different layers and textures, says Jane Landino, creative head of studio at Taylor Howes.
‘To make a white palette feel designed and considered it’s important to mix and match patterns, albeit neutral ones and occasional pops of color. Just because something is white doesn’t mean it has to be plain: think about the application – is the wallpaper silk or textured, as an example.
White is one of the most versatile shades in all of design – it instantly brightens while evoking a sense of calm and flawlessness. Add interest through colorful art, accent soft furnishings and antique furniture and objects. It also makes it easier to change up the look of a room.’
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