White is the most
versatile color and the most popular one too, for home
décor. It reflects light beautifully, giving home a
fresh clean airy feeling and make it look like a blank
canvas that can become alive with the judicious use of
colors. White has different meanings in different
cultures. Westerners often associate it with purity
and chastity while many Eastern cultures associate it
Thus, people belonging from different
cultures may be affected differently by white home décor.
While Westerners find it heavenly and paradisiacal,
Easterners may find it peaceful, restful and even
sorrowful. Here are some tips to use white in home décor:
Accessories such as bowl full of water with
gray-green stones, throw pillows on a white sofa and a
goldfish bowl, all seem to have a special place in the
Bittersweet chocolate walls need white
furnishings and furniture to balance the look of the room.
Black and white color scheme has a clean and
classy feel when used on floors, walls and furniture, in
stripes or checks.
Blue and white room reminds us of sky and
water bodies and are quite serene to look at.
Colorful table linens, food, flower and
napkin arrangements, all seem to get more attention when the
dishes, plates and cups are white.
Green and white remind us of gardens and
wilderness. Bluish green may add a touch of undersea environ
while lime green instantly makes the room look cool and funky.
Lighter tan hue or pale sandy tone for the
walls look even better with white moldings.
Orange citrus hue with white in a room looks
quite tempting while kids love combinations of purple and
Pastels such as light pink, yellow, pale
green, baby blue and aqua with white moldings and trim look
Red and white theme décor featuring
strawberries or touches of dramatic blacks, aquas or hot
pinks, is just perfect for holiday decor.
Today, white has gained a new status and
popularity in the hands of creative interior designers who
break the clinical dull monotony of hospital-like white room
with astounding use of colorful furnishings and accessories
such as fresh flower arrangements and patterned bedsheets,
pillows and coverlets. Add colors to the room daily that seem
to stand out against the white background.
White is considered the most popular neutral
color and was almost a default color for walls, ceilings and
bed sheets in older times.
You may replace the harsh blinding white with
softer ivory, beige and cream tones for the perfect look.