The Commandments of Decorating an All-White Room

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Sticking with all-white in an interior space has a lot of advantages.
Light and airy, you’ll be left with bright spaces that feel refreshing
and peaceful. Those who rent will find solace in being able to work with
can’t-paint white walls. Not having a lot of colors in a space allows
the people to become the paint that splashes colorfully on your home’s
palette. But creating stunning all-white rooms isn’t as easy as simply
leaving out the color. Here are the best 5 “rules” to consider when
crafting an all-white (or nearly all-white) room.

1. Focus on texture

If you’re not going to have a lot of visual stimulation with color
in your rooms, you’re going to want to fill in that gap with texture.
Seek out surfaces like rugs and throw blankets with thick, rough or
interesting textures. White-wash textured furniture pieces to add to the
room.

2. Mind your surfaces (and know your stains)

Whether you have kids or not, a white room is a magnet for stains.
But you shouldn’t avoid an all-white room just because you’re a little
on the clumsy side. Just invest in materials that resist stains or are
easily cleanable. Upholstery for the outdoors and/or stain guards can be
used for upholstered furniture. It’s also smart to know how best to
clean your surfaces before you bring them into your space (and
before you spill anything). But don’t forget about your white walls,
baseboards and window trim — get on a regular cleaning schedule so they
don’t end up looking dirty.

3. Consider more stuff

Again, with so little interest in the way of bold hues, you’ve got
to add in interest in other ways. Like with texture, as mentioned above.
But also with, and this might be a bit controversial to say, stuff. Not
necessarily with more stuff, though that can help. No, we’re
talking about the art of layering, and how when you’re working
predominantly with only a handful of shades of white, you can use
layering to create a lot of interest in a room.

4. Choose the white right

Like any paint color, you’re going to want to really be picky when
it comes to the shade of white you use on your walls or or furniture,
for the wrong paint color can make a whole room seem dingy or even too
sterile. Finding the right white for your space will mean looking to a
trusted list of paint colors that others have had success with and then
bringing home samples to look at in your space under all light
conditions. Start with the suggestions in the comments of this post:

Help Me Choose the Right White Paint | Apartment Therapy

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