White is, of course, never just “white”, it has many nuances and flavours, and often looks best as a foil to wood, metallics and black. A hit in kitchens for its connotations of cleanliness, likewise bedrooms and bathrooms. But it can also lend a calm sense of solace to any other room too.
1 Classic white This is all about rough plastered walls, whitewashed beams and painted floors used to render everything spotlessly pristine regardless of lumps, bumps or other such delights.
2 Accessory white From sheepskins to cushions and everything in between, white lends things an air of simplicity and cleanliness that recalls a forgotten era of housekeepers and perpetually tidy homes that is incredibly seductive.
3 Modern white There was a time when the done thing for homes was simply to paint everything pure white, and let only one’s fixtures and fittings do the talking. It was all about the gallery-esque white box for living in concept.
4 Contemporary white This is white with a bit more soul. Colour pops from personal things and texture are woven into a world where white is more of a calm backdrop to a creative life that’s allowed to be on show.
5 Restful white As a grounding colour for a bedroom, white is innately soothing. It also feels deliciously cool with something of a holiday vibe. However, ensure all light can be adequately blocked out when it’s time for bed, otherwise all that light will become annoying, rather than sleep-inducing.
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