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Incorporating white into your projects

When white is the new black, your interior design options expand almost exponentially. Neutral colors leave a great deal of space for accent pieces, modernized design techniques, and forward thinking feng shui. Here are just a few techniques for any interior designer, professional or hobbyist, to handle working on projects that include a predominance of background white. 

Use Your Environmental Background Elements as Part of Your Interior Decor

Giving your room a white background actually enhances its appeal when considering the natural bouquet of colors that occur right outside your window. If you are dealing with walls and floors that are predominantly white, make sure that you take the outside landscaping into consideration before adding too many colors indoors.

Considering the natural light source is an incredibly important aspect of choosing whether to give your room more white or pair it with some other background color. In general, the farther that the room faces away from the noonday sun, the more white you can add to its background.

Using Whites and Metals

Some of the most successful interior arrangements pair neutral colors with classic metal, such as copper, gold and stainless steel. You can create the contrast in your appliances or in the lighting system for a reflectance pattern that gives your white background an entirely new sheen.

Focusing on Accent Pieces

If you look around any top art gallery, you will notice that the room has as much white as possible, especially on the walls. White tends to focus details on any color that is extruding from it, which naturally draws the eye to the artwork in the gallery. You can achieve the same look in your home if you are pining after that kind of a look. However, if you do not have the kind of stunning artwork or accent pieces that are necessary to pull this off, you might make the room more drab for no reason.

In general, a background white color will draw the eye to any imperfections that the room has. Art as "beautiful imperfection" takes advantage of this, but be sure you have the budget for some incredible pieces before you take on this strategy.

Different Shades of White

As any knowledgeable interior designer will tell you, the different shades of white that you can use will make a huge difference in the overall appeal of your room. There are literally hundreds of white shades that you can choose from, and any color that you choose has a "white" version as well.

If you are beginning your search for the perfect interior design from your furniture or countertops, look to those pieces for cues that will help you choose the correct background white. For instance, if your furniture is a bright brown leather, you can choose a whiter shade of brown for your background walls to bring out the furniture and match the color.

Layering Whites

Layering different tones of white can give your room a warmth that it would otherwise lack and cannot achieve as easily with overly colorful patterns. Using different shades of white on top of each other gives your room depth without having that depth become a focal point that makes the room seem smaller for no reason.

Overall, the correct use of whites can expand your options for interior design in a way that no other color can. Use it as a multifaceted background to bring out the true art in your interior design. If you are looking for paint color matching that cannot be topped, be sure to shop COLOR MUSE, our color matching tool. Choose the perfect shade every time!