White… is “colour” at its most complete and pure, the colour of perfection… White is purity, innocence, wholeness and completion… White is a colour of protection and encouragement, offering a sene of peace and calm… White is the colour of new beginnings, it is the blank canvas waiting to be written upon.
White… As a symbol, often represents light in contrast with darkness. A colour without hue at one end of the scale of greys placed at the opposite and opposed to black. A white surface reflects light of all hues completely and diffusely. Most of the so-called whites are all the other colours of the chromatic scale, but with low saturation and brightness a lot. We will, therefore, many whites tend, for example, the colour beige, yellow, pink, blue, green, and so on.
According to surveys in Europe and the United States, white is the color most often associated with innocence, perfection, the good, honesty, cleanliness, the beginning, the new, neutrality, lightness, and exactitude. And what to say about its significance and its contribution to interior design?
According to Feng-Shui, a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment (the term itself literally translates as “wind-water” in English) white also corresponds to “Yang” energy, which is characterized by strong, vibrant sounds and colours, bright lights, upward moving energy (in fact, in Feng-Shui colours, the “Yang”, the masculine energy, is white and its opposite the “Yin”, feminine energy, is black).
Either if you prefer minimalist, vintage or romantic style, white is always a good choice. Choosing white for your bedroom for example, you are creating a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. As such, it is calm and inviting. At the end of the hard working day it will gives you impression like you are on the clouds.
But what I think it works the best are white rooms with pops of colour. If you’re considering painting your walls, a strategy that can work well is to add one colour to a white room and then maybe add touches of two more colours for accents.
Or even better, for me (obviously), it is to strip away unnecessary embellishment, to focus attention on a few carefully distinguished pieces, like antiques with traditional forms and warm patinas or wood.
Other low-key ways to add interest and depth in to a white room: fabrics with woven tone-on-tone chevron or herringbone patterns, marble countertops, and antique rugs… What is also interesting is that the use of ivories and creams, plus loads of natural texture, gives to a room or a house their casual, contemporary appeal. Layers of objects with different textures are where white rooms really come together!
- If you’re stuck for ideas when trying to decide what colour scheme to choose for a room, look at the furniture and objects you want to use. You may have a painting or a rug that can act as your inspiration. Many interior designers build up complex colour schemes from just one item. Look around you, even an old purple vase or the faded red covers of a collection of books can be the starting point of a whole room scheme!
- You can freshen up a white room just by swapping out throw pillows: blue ones for summer, orange ones for winter, and so on. A rug or work of art is another little way to make a big difference.
- For a young family, to choose to cover a sofa or any other everyday piece in white linen it’s unrealistic. But white-linen curtains are much less likely to get stained, especially if you add a colored border to the bottom, where the fabric grazes the floor!
Finally, white is for sure one of the most used colours in interior designs, especially in the contemporary and minimalist design where a great focus is put on the black & white combination. But it works also extremely well in combination with all kind of colours… and the way how everything else seems to complement the house and the other colours stand out it’s just impressive! And it’s great too, for the risk adverse, for those who aren’t sure they are ready to take the plunge and paint their walls a saturated colour!
Here are a few successful white rooms with colour…
Black and white, a timeless combination…