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Color Therapy: White as Snow

With the dawn of a new year, it is always a perfect time to think of life as a fresh white sheet of paper, ready for new scribbles, drawings, thoughts and dreams. Technically a colour without colour, white represents virtue and purity (think of the time-honoured white wedding dress), cleanliness and hygiene (think of the butler’s immaculate white gloves). White is both simple and sophisticated, discreet and daring. White will heighten a sense of space (for example, it is the ideal colour for ceilings) and is particularly reflective. White is the ardent minimalist’s colour of choice and the perfect colour to showcase all other hues.

Snow

What better representation is there of white in nature than fluffy white snow?

Huskies. Image © Visit Finland.
Huskies hard at work in the snow. Image © Visit Finland.
The Kuopio Puijo Tower in eastern Finland is the first of its kind in the Nordic regions. This observation tower has that staple of all such towers: a revolving restaurant. Image © Visit Finland.
The brutalist Kuopio Puijo Tower (1963) in eastern Finland is the first of its kind in the Nordic regions. A haunting visage in the snowy dusk, this observation tower has that staple of all such towers: a revolving restaurant. Image © Visit Finland.
A cosy winter cottage in Finland. Image © Visit Finland.
A cosy winter cottage in Finland. Image © Visit Finland.

White Space

While white is typically the minimalist’s colour of choice, and it also provides a clean backdrop for an array of furnishings and objects. Moreover, white perfectly accentuates varied hues, shapes and materials.

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Villa Mörtnäs stairwell in Mörtnäs, Sweden, by Fourfoursixsix architects. Image © Johan Dehlin via ArchDaily.
The white walls accentuate the wood stairwell in this Swedish villa in Mörtnäs by Fourfoursixsix architects. Image © Johan Dehlin via ArchDaily.
Villa Mörtnäs kitchen. Image © Johan Dehlin via ArchDaily.
Villa Mörtnäs’s simple white kitchen. Image © Johan Dehlin via ArchDaily.
A renovated artist studio in rural Mallorca by Munarq architects studio. Image © Image © Gonçal Garcia via Munarq.
White is paired with rustic features in this renovated artist studio in rural Mallorca by Munarq architects studio. Image © Gonçal Garcia via Munarq.
A minimal house in Monterrey, Mexico, by Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza with local firm GLR Arquitectos. Image by Javi Callejas via Dezeen. 
White accents frame this minimal house in Monterrey, Mexico, by Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza with local firm GLR Arquitectos. Image by Javi Callejas via Dezeen.
Villa Lumi (Lumi is Finnish for snow) in Nummela, Finland, by Avanto Architects. Image by Anders Portman and Martin Sommerschield via Dezeen.
Villa Lumi (Lumi is Finnish for snow) in Nummela, Finland, by Avanto Architects. Image by Anders Portman and Martin Sommerschield via Dezeen.
Raumplan House in Aravaca, Madrid, Spain, by architect Alberto Campo Baeza. Image by Javier Callejas via Alberto Campo Baeza.
Raumplan House in Aravaca, Madrid, Spain, by architect Alberto Campo Baeza. Image by Javier Callejas via Alberto Campo Baeza.

White Wares

White wares are those furniture pieces, lights and objects (often bravely) presented in white. To the design aficionado (this writer included), such wares are for use by adults only.

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White CH24 Wishbone Chairs from sit with poise in this Felanitx renovation by Munarq architects studio. Image © Gonçal Garcia via Munarq.
White CH24 Wishbone Chairs from Carl Hansen & Søn, sit with poise in this Felanitx renovation by Munarq architects studio. Image © Gonçal Garcia via Munarq.
Alvar Aalto’s Stool 60 for Artek. Images © Artek.
Alvar Aalto’s Stool 60 for Artek. Images © Artek.
Vipp products bathroom, including the Vipp pedal bin and soap dispenser. Image © Vipp.
Classic white Vipp products complete this bathroom, including the Vipp pedal bin and soap dispenser. Image © Vipp.
The 'Tactile' sideboard from Punt. Image via Punt.
The ‘Tactile’ sideboard from Punt. Image via Punt.
Eileen Gray's Bibendum Chair. Image © Aram. 
Eileen Gray’s Bibendum Chair. Image © Aram.
Alvar Aalto Pendant Light A331 (1953). Image © Artek.
Alvar Aalto Pendant Light A331 (1953). Image © Artek.
The Anglepoise Original 1227™ floor lamp. Image © 2016 Anglepoise.
The Anglepoise Original 1227™ floor lamp. Image © 2016 Anglepoise.

The White Stuff

A great source of calcium, milk is, for many people, a daily dietary staple. Milk is also a perfect complement to cereal, coffee and good design.

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'Got Milk?' is a long-running slogan promoting milk consumption in the USA. Whoopi Goldberg appears in a 1999 advert sporting the well-known milk mustache. (Bozell Public Relations via Associated Press). Image via Los Angeles Times.
‘Got Milk?’ is a long-running slogan promoting milk consumption in the USA. Whoopi Goldberg appears in a 1999 advert sporting the well-known milk mustache. (Bozell Public Relations via Associated Press). Image via Los Angeles Times.
Corky carafe
Milk in the winsome CORKY carafe designed by Andreas Engesvik for Muuto. Image via Muuto.
Originating in Australia and New Zealand, the flat white is served with a strong shot of espresso in a small cup with textured milk. Image © 2016 Time Out England Limited.
Originating in Australia and New Zealand, the flat white is served with a strong shot of espresso in a small cup with textured milk. Image © 2016 Time Out England Limited.

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