White is a central color in decoration. Think about it, is there an interior without white space? I don’t see any. The choice of white in interior decoration has become obvious. However, this was not always the case, because it was not easy to obtain a durable white paint.
When we talk about white, we often talk about NON-COLOR, all because white does not exist in the classic color wheel. He therefore too often evokes the absence of color, and by the same token the lack of personality, research, creativity and curiosity. It can be approached as the BASIC VALUE, the most neutral shade, but ultimately also as a color with regard to the white palettes sold in stores.
The risk: coldness, accentuating the feeling of emptiness. The solution: create contrasts. To create depths of space, you have to play with contrasts like painters working with perspective. A darker shade sucks in, brings people together, a light color moves away.
White reflects light, while other colors absorb it, hence the misconception that white illuminates a room, but in reality it is light that illuminates a room, not its color.
As these three shots of the same room show, three different lights give three different atmospheres. It is therefore important to work on your natural lighting by filtering the light through curtains, which will make the room brighter and its artificial lighting by increasing the number of light points and choosing bulbs with a warm spectrum.
At the same time, white can have a “magical” effect on a room as demonstrated by Deb Nelson’s intervention in this sea pavilion transformed by white. Another charm
So yes, for white in a bright room on condition of filtering this light, it will give it a serene, joyful, invigorating atmosphere, but forget it for the rooms exposed to the north, it would only spoil the atmosphere, make them freezing.
White has his detractors who perceive him as cold and without personality, as he has his unconditional ones who swear by him. For most of us, using white is a non-choice. We put white where there are no other colors without thinking about its real properties.
We must not hide it: white has many advantages. It is easy, goes with everything and in addition, is an inexpensive and risk-free decorative choice.
To avoid the “clinical” effect, the idea is to balance its use between the three elements of a room which are the walls, the floors and the furniture by playing on the materials, by bringing touches of color, in short. working on contrasts.
The big, big flaw of white decoration is that it is messy and that it ages badly. Paintings tend to turn yellow, they turn gray with city pollution, turn yellow with nicotine, and get dirty with the presence of children and animals.
To fight against these side effects, our hygienic era invented satin white, synthetic fabrics and plastic that are washed and washed, but evoke for me poorly lit administrative offices, hospitals, in short, impersonal white.
This brilliant white does not go with everything, it weakens, even neutralizes the colors around it. We should therefore beware of paints that are too shiny, and prefer matt paints which coat the volumes, capture the light and give heat to the spaces.
White goes with everything, except maybe with itself. Let me explain, being said that white is the base value, referent, it matches all the other colors, but since paint or any white coating is a material, there is no such thing as an identical white . We must therefore play with “white”, avoiding the pitfall of a “dirty white” rendering.
Otherwise, white adores contemporary architecture, the “new rural” spirit with the combination of light wood and plain wood, let’s not talk about the Scandinavian style or the minimalist style. It is perfect with the rustic style emphasizing the elegance of the materials, makes bright colors pop and goes ideally with black.
I invite you to read the article Le blanc qui est pas blanc by interior designer Marylène Laurent which will complete my article. She talks a lot more about “painting” and you will find some really practical advice there.
Unfortunately, if white is timeless and goes with everything, white is like other colors, you can get bored of it, for all the reasons mentioned above: cold, impersonal, dirty … in fact, white cannot stand mediocrity and even correctly used, the receipts often remain unchanged and we fall back into repetition like these four apartments for sale on the Stadshem real estate agency.
For all those who believe that white allows everything, for my part I remain dubious, it is not the white which makes the decoration, it is what you put around.
Everything is white at home, except a few decorative objects .. I love all this zenitude and while waiting for the white to get dirty, as said in your article, I take full advantage of it, to feel good there 🙂
For a house all in white, yes. But, you still have to break the tone with colored decorative objects and furniture to give a cheerful tone to the room.
Yes, I completely agree, but it’s not just white that sets colorful decorative objects. Basically, personally, I’m not very white, I like to sprain him. Soon I’m looking at how to tackle white … quite a program. Good evening.
I find that too much white gives the room an aspect of coldness, even surgical. However, it allows you to highlight colorful decorative objects, or to play with different shades. I really like the light tones in the bedroom, but it’s also a great idea to repaint only the baseboards in white to enhance the “worn” look of the walls.
Personally, I don’t find it cold at all and it really allows us to play on the idea we have of spaces. This article is really interesting, especially at the dawn of redoing his paintings.
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