White, boring? Not so! When choosing colors for your home, white is the color most loaded with possibility — a good reason why white is very in right now. In fact, the 2016 color of the year is Sherwin Williams Alabaster (SW 7008).
White is inspirational. It makes you think of immaculate spaces, doctors in white coats, bridal gowns, picket fences, angel robes, good guys in white hats and so much more — evoking purity and innocence. White is the most commonly used color in interior design and there is a reason for that: white is the starting point from which all creative choices become possible. I like to think of white as a new beginning, a blank canvas against which to create your most personal and amazing design statements.
Technically, white is not a color; it reflects all visible light in the spectrum. This is why “pure white” does not exist. There are actually 200 or more shades of white at your fingertips. Every color in the spectrum has a white version of it. How amazing to think of this rich pallet and what you can do with it. The sky’s the limit, so let your creative sensibilities soar.[/fusion_text][fusion_text]The two most basic abilities that white possesses are the power to harmonize and unify any space. White helps create flow and continuity — and it has the capacity to make a room look larger than it actually is. White also lets you decorate and redecorate as often as you like. Swap out accessories such as rugs, window treatments, accent pillows, bed linens, towels and more to suit your whims, your changing moods or the season.
Use white to enhance: a stunning work of art can really pop against a white backdrop, as can a brightly colored accent piece. For a really bold contrast, I like to pair white with deep black or bright red. White also warms up wood and is great for kitchens with wood cabinetry and marble or granite countertops. I also love how stunning white looks with stainless steel and other metals such as brass and copper. A very dramatic effect of depth and interest can be achieved by layering different shades of white, especially using different patterns, textures and materials.
What I want to tell you most is not to fear white. “Too much white” should not intimidate you when you choose colors for your home. I can tell you white can be extremely comfortable and welcoming, and it is very hard to fail with white. So, embrace white. Use it. Experiment to your heart’s content. Make white your 2016 interior design choice and create your own fabulous looks and mood. Anything is possible with white — and I like that.
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