White in 2016 was picked as the “color of the year” by paint companies. Simply White was Benjamin Moore’s pick, and Alabaster was Sherwin Williams pick. Moving into 2018 they are still popular. They are popular because they are fresh and clean looking. Currently, white kitchen cabinets are renovators number one choice. Subway tile in classic white laid in various patterns for backsplashes and bathrooms continue to trend on Pinterest and Instagram. Can white be a hard color for the average homeowner to carry off well in a decorated room?
Not all whites are the same. The key to white is to choose a white that goes with other elements in the room. Some whites are warm, others have a cooler undertone. With popular gray, the cooler whites were a nice compliment. Now surfacing are greige tones that are bridging gray and the once popular beige, a warmer white would complement those. A few years back beige was neutral that everyone was flocking to. Using white to complement either neutral is exquisite, but choosing the right undertone is key.
When using white as the main color on the walls, consider bringing in lots of texture. Texture can be from your accessories; think pillows, throws, baskets, and rugs, keeping the palette neutral with a monochromatic feel with make for a stunning room. White is also beautiful with pops of bold color. Using colors from a rug, fabric, or painting and repeating throughout the room ties everything together. Using one of those bright colors in a softer tone can create a nice flow between rooms without having everything feel too stark and white.
White and light are an attraction that many buyers appreciate. Studies have proven that light rooms help fight depression and anxiety. A lighter room also has proven to increase productivity. White creates a feeling of spaciousness, but can be considered cold; that is why it is important to add texture to a room to give it a cozier feeling.
Not big on the white wall idea; consider using white accessories. A darker room with a pop of white accessories is striking. Using these to balance the darkness in a room is a refreshing contrast. Again you can use these to add texture also to a room which gives it interest.
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