In a complex design world, we have a tendency to overdo it – to see negative space as the enemy and cover every square inch of a room in colors, patterns, knick knacks, artwork and other elements. We’re often taught that when it comes to design, a room is a blank slate to be filled with items that reflect your own personal tastes in every corner. However, all too often, it is easy to forget the power of white. Simple and pure, using white as the primary principle of your design can make a louder statement than even the boldest patterns in the world.
One thing to remember, however, is that there is a difference between decorating with white and failing to decorate at all. Because white is such a simple color, you will need to make use of many textures and complementing accents. Do not be afraid to mix and match design themes. For example, an ornate Victorian mirror can look positively stunning in a space age style bathroom or a modern dining room.
Next, remember to use accent colors for depth, but use them sparingly. Anything set onto a white background is going to pop – so other neutrals with a spark of a bright red or a striking blue can add dimension to your composition. Additionally, although it may seem as that the black and white look has been exhausted, there are still many new opportunities to turn this classic palette into something new. A black floor, black light fixture or shiny black baby grand piano can transform an ordinary white room into a dreamlike masterpiece.
Lastly, remember that white rooms reflect light more so than dark rooms and thus you can use lighting elements sparingly. White rooms provide a heavenly glow when filled with natural light from large, uncovered windows. As you already know, nothing is brighter than white.