The holidays are full of hustle and bustle and by the time they are over, we often feel like we’ve had a little too much of everything, from rich food and decadent desserts to over-the-top holiday decor. With so much red and green and the glimmer of gold and twinkling lights, switching to a simpler palette is a welcome change. Winter white is absolutely perfect for embracing this kind of simplicity and it says welcome to winter and the peaceful tranquility found just outside your window. White works easily into any decor: It gives any room a clean fresh quality and a sense of spaciousness. It also works with whatever other colors you have in your decor. Here are a few tips for decorating your home with stunningly simple winter white.
A Clean, Unassuming Backdrop of White
White will make other colors in your decor more pronounced so it is a perfect color for walls that create the backdrop of a room. However, be aware that white is not ‘just white’. There are many shades of white, some with cool blue undertones and other with warmer yellow undertones. Choose a shade that complements the warm or cool colors found in your furniture, area rugs, wall art and accessories; if you have a mix of warm and cool shades, choose the most predominant. You’ll also love the way that clean white wall make artworks look better, whether you’re decorating with metal wall art, wooden wall decorations or big wall art in abstract style.If you’d rather not paint your walls, you can also bring a fresh, crisp feeling to your rooms by painting the wood work white. This creates visual contrast for the deeper wall color, making them ‘pop’.
Furnishings in White
White furniture makes a room airy and refreshing. You may not think that white furniture will stay clean in your household, but with the easy care and anti-stain treated fabrics that are now on the market, it is easier than ever to have white furniture even with kids and pets. Another great option is to simply buy or make white slipcovers for your existing furniture; choose washable fabrics so you can simply toss them into the washing machine when they start to look grimy. You can give old furniture or flea market finds a coat of white paint to make them shabby chic. Even summer’s favorite, white wicker, can contribute to style in January when used on an enclosed porch or sun room.
Accenting in White
White can be used as a predominant feature of your decor or you can leave things basically as they now are and just add accents in white. Since it is neutral, it will work with any decor and in every room. For instance, in a kitchen white canisters or white baskets holding colorful produce brighten up the space; add white cotton café curtains for a charming touch. In a bedroom, white candles and candleholders and crisp white linen are always welcome. Bring spa appeal to the bathroom with more white candle and thick, fluffy white towels. Switch out darker picture frames in the living room or family room to add brightness and energy and swap dark throw pillows and warm throws for warm, nubby varieties in white. You’ll be amazed at how such small changes can make your home feel as fresh as newly fallen snow.