Jan 6, 2012

Colour Theory - the art of using White

 



I am a colour NUT but to me there is nothing quite so perfect as white. All colours look stunning against white - it's just a matter of knowing how to use it correctly.

I've found the key to avoid that stark, cold, minimalist look is really quite simple: Texture + Layers.

  • Don't be afraid to have 2 or 3 textiles that are slightly different shades and textures of white - put them together and see what happens!
  • It helps if you provide a touch of contrast with a highlight colour (whether bright, soft, or something natural like wood) that really sets the white off.
  • Remember that "white" in the design world can refer to various different tones - creams, light neutrals, even very pale greys. Creams are warmer, while pure whites and greys are cooler. It depends what look you are going for.
 If you want an easy way to start using white - I recommend setting your table using several different sized and shaped white tablecloths layered over each other. If you have some that are lace, or crochet, or embroidered then all the better! A bunch of textured flowers like peonies in the middle is stunning.


Do you like decorating with whites?



12 comments:

  1. I really those those shaggy white pillows. I tend to stay away from decorating with white for the dirt factor but I do use a lot of grays.

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  2. I love these images. We can't paint our (white) apartment, so it's so nice to see all the other options we have. These rooms are down right cozy.

    ~Stop Me if You've Heard This One

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  3. Thanks for the tips. I'm a huge fan of color, but these tips are pretty useful!

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  4. Yep, I love white. But as I am a colour nut too, I tend to use it as a backdrop for my fav colours. I agree that layering different textures is an absolute winner! Gorgeous pics xxx

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  5. I love these posts! Interior decorating is something I certainly struggle with so the knowledge you share helps! It's much appreciated from this lil blogger! ;)

    And I adore white! It just looks so perfect. I only wish it didn't get dirty.

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  6. Great post. You are so right about the layers+textures. I LOVE my white items that have texture-chunky knits, soft faux sheepskin, etc. There's something so soothing about it. I love that crocheted blanket in the second picture! And I absolutely LOVE white with wood, that might be my favorite combo. You hit all the right points, as usual!

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  7. Love all the different textures! It really ads great interest to the space!

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  8. Like someone else said, white with wood is a beautiful combination. And different textures definitely make a room more welcoming. Great post!

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  9. I've always been afraid of white...but this is done SO WELL! :) Thanks for stopping by today girlie!

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  10. Loving your blog! Big fan of your Colour Theory posts. I am still trying to master the right amount of red in my lounge room. Waiting in anticipation for your next one.

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  11. I love the white on white with textures! I'm so glad I found your blog. I have so much to learn!

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  12. I absolutely love white everything...with a bright pop of color just like the pink rug in the 3rd photo. Perfection!!! Too bad my darn pups don't allow me to have all white (ya know, because they rule the house of course).

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