White rooms ideas to bring you clarity, simplicity or romance
White rooms are always in style. They are the same for your home
as a little black dress for your wardrobe. But anyone who tried
painting room white knows that it can be tricky. The paint swatches
look all the same in the store until you try them on your walls.
There are hundreds of white paint tones.
And then there are some confusing names for white
paint, like Grand Teton White, Snow on the Mountain or Deep in
If white rooms are what you crave for simplicity and newness in
your life and your home, there is a way to get there with
confidence. And it does not necessarily mean grabbing a fivegallon-basic-white.
Here is what you do:
Step 1. Collect up to ten different white tone paint swatches and
leave the store.
Step 2. Go home.
Step 3. Look around your room (or rooms).
Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you are looking
around the room:
Does it have the architecture that you want to show off?
Do you want to go contemporary or traditional?
Do you want to use a mix of historical periods or styles?
Do you want a romantic retreat?
Do you want a luxurious, formal buttoned up look?
How about a futuristic fantasy?
Is it an old house and you want to make it crispy bright?
What mood or style do you want?
Then you want to explore what works for white rooms that
had success with many people and designers alike.
Many people are concerned as to not make all white room look
institutional. But with careful planning and understanding you can
create a variety of spaces from futuristic and ultra contemporary to
romantic, classic and glamorous.
Go for just one paint for a room that
has defined and established
architectural features. Let architecture
take center stage for all white
room. Vaulted ceilings, elegant
moldings that have roots in history do
not require embellishments. Then
infuse the space with soulful objects.
Paint: Benjamin Moore White Dove
OC 17 or Sherwin Williams 7005 Pure
Introduce soft whites and
off-whites for a romantic
hide-away bedroom with
organic bedding. Curves
and carvings of the
furniture and accessories
glamor. Paint walls and
ceiling the same paint for
a small room.
Paint: Benjamin Moore
Ivory White 925
Use several tones of
white for a cottage beach
bathroom with vintage
objects, organic towels
and off-white paneled
Paint: White Dove OC
17 Benjamin Moore Ivory
White 925 or Atrium
Classic and Elegant Mix of Styles
Select crisp white for trim and doors
to create an elegant, classic feel and
intermix several decorating
styles, such as Art Deco and
Traditional. To make the room
softer, introduce creamy white. In the
foyer above, the creamy white wall
color allows for mingling of the two
decorating styles as it ties them
Paint: Benjamin Moore Ivory White
925 for the walls and Super White
Crisp and Clear Backdrop
Decide on crispy white
walls and ceiling to
display your colorful
possessions and fun
objects. Pair them for
unity and rhythm. Add
flowers and plants to
make the space alive.
Paint: Sherwin Williams
7005 Pure White
Mix different textures and
forms within one or two
white colors to create
look. Tactile qualities of
the room elements will
contribute to luxurious
and comfortable feel of
Paint: Benjamin More
Simply White 2143-70
Intersection of Styles
Select pure white for the walls and then emphasize the intersection
of elements. Show off their co-existence within one architectural
plane. Don’t be afraid to use different elements, such as organic,
natural elements with glossy reflective surfaces. Use black for visual
Paint: Porter Paints 7153-1 Cloud White
Now think about accessories. Remember the little black dress?
You need just as much black in accents as white jewelry for a
black dress. Also, shape matters. If you are small framed you might
choose a tighter dress with not so many accessories. On the
contrary, if you are larger, go more free form with your black dress.
The same is true for your interiors, just in reverse. Think about your
room shape first. For a larger room you need more accessories and
black accents. For a smaller room try not to overdo with too many
Have fun painting!
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