How To Do White-On-White Well

February 4, 2013

2013-02-04_13-10-33We’ve all heard of 50 Shades of Grey, right?  Well did you know there are probably more than 50 shades of white too? And that decorating your rooms white-on-white doesn’t mean it has to bland or boring.

Here are some tips on how to change your rooms using white all over…well, almost!

1. Learn to layer textures

Choose from a variety of whites and creams. You’ll be surprised at how the most subtle of difference in shades can create so much texture. Create different levels of depth and texture using deeper shades of creamy off whites right through to snow-white on window frames and embossed fabrics. Perfect for smaller spaces…

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2. Add interest with subtle accents

White chairs. White table. White bookcase. White walls. White accessories. Some may think that would get boring, but with just a subtle contrast of a well-oiled wood floor and hints of pastels (think vases, flowers etc) you can make any room look oh-so shabby-chic.

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3. Add contrast with bold accent colors

For a modern minimalist look, layer bright whites with splashes of bold, vibrant colours. Any colour will work, but bright tones of citrus or bold blue hues work exceptionally well.

A bathroom is the perfect space for 50 shades of white. Making for easy cleaning and always looking fresh, white towels and accessories will make you feel like you’re at your favourite spa. But one solid frame of deeper color – perhaps just a black trim around the mirror may be all the contrast needed. Notice how the  sparse quietness of this room allows you to focus on the framed views of the trees outdoors? The windows look almost like framed pictures!

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3. Don’t ignore the floor! A bold, blue floor in one small section of a tiny room (see below) – in say a laundry or toilet/bathroom – can create quirky interest and give a small space  an instant lift without being too overpowering. Same applies to a window or door frame – maybe paint just one, while keeping the rest of the frames white.

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When a space is totally kitted out in white from head to toe, create interest with a twist. A light rug in muted tones can make create a feeling calm and interesting texture all at the same time (below)

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