A white-on-white color scheme seems like a no-brainer on the surface. Whites go with no matter what, right? Well, no. The reality is, combining numerous whites in a single space takes every bit as much artfulness as mixing bold colors or wealthy neutrals. These eight pointers will help you make them operate in harmony.
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Match the whites to the space style. A cottage-style boudoir with a painted iron bedstead and ruffly drapes calls for hot whites, which feel comfy. On the other hand, an ultramod house office might be better served with stark, cool colors.
Pick at least three distinct white tones. Two colors of the identical color can feel mismatched; three or longer feel intentional. Your best bet is to take for five or six white colors to create enough depth which the space won’t feel flat.
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Maintain undertones similar. Generally speaking, whites are either warm (with yellow undertones) or cool (with blue undertones). Pick tones which fall on precisely the exact same side of the fence. If you mix creamy whites with grayish ones, the entire package will feel discordant and filthy.
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Buttery feel. Even if you add depth with layered white tones, color can take you only so far. Monochromatic rooms beg for feel to make them life. Accent the various whites with various textures too: thick carpeting in one color, sleek lacquer in a different, painted brick in a third.
Highlight the design. The most fascinating all-white rooms have well-defined bones otherwise, the lack of strong color can cause them to seem plain and insipid. Make the most of a diversified white palette to flaunt their structure. Coat ceiling beams, coffers, moldings, beadboard, wainscoting or other architectural features in one colour, then use a different one on other surfaces to produce a sense of relief.
Consider the organic light. Like all colors, white changes according to the way it is illuminated. When you choose white tones, test swatches at several times daily to make sure they complement one another and they appear to. For artificial lighting, choose bulbs with a cast that mirrors the palette’s cool or warm undertones.
Sprinkle in dabs of contrast. Maintain the eye engaged with only a few notes of a contrasting neutral. Pale forests, a gilt frame and a metal coffee table help to ground this airy space without detracting from the light touch.
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Use transparent and reflective accents to the illusion of added whites. Glass, crystal and mirrors can read as white in a space like this bath. Add them to raise the space’s feel through to diversify the color scheme.
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