The Beauty of White in Your Home

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Snow, pearl, ivory, smoke, seashell, old lace, cream, linen, beige, alabaster, or paper—whichever shade you prefer, white has been declared the 2016 color of the year according to leading residential paint companies.

Simply White from Benjamin Moore, Ivory Keys from Behr, Alabaster from Sherwin-Williams and Cappuccino White from Glidden are among the off-white hues designated for honor in the home furnishings and design world in 2016. 

A prolific (though little known) 20th century author and journalist G.K. Chesterton described white as “not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black.”

White (or in this case snow white) is a perfect neutral because these Heidi chairs offer just the right complement to the rich wood finish of the Liam table and they let the animal print rug steal the show.

By its very nature white is calming. It makes you think clean, refreshing, reflective, safe—it’s the perfect palette for the room you want to offer absolute relaxation—your bedroom. And there’s no better bed for a room like that than our aptly named Give Me a Hug upholstered bed which is offered in white or natural linen fabric.

White makes spaces appear larger. It lets statement pieces (like these lush Elle chairs) shine and it’s refreshing and cool in warm environments.

With all the amazing shades and color combinations out there, white may seem like a safe, boring option, but one Washington D.C. interior designer, Mary Douglas Drysdale summed it up best in this Washington Post article, “I think it’s consistent to where design has been moving over the past three to four years. There is a paring back and a real simplification. I think it has to do with the interest in de-cluttering. It’s not one of those treatments that is a weird color that everybody can’t have. It’s about the democratization of design.”

The doors of this versatile and space-saving hall chest are textured in a white faux croc that adds a sophisticated, timeless feel to an entryway.

Because of the multitude of white hues, this room feels well coordinated and sophisticated. From wall color to upholstery textiles (and even the furry family member), create a space that is pulled together by varying, complementary shades. Most white tones will work well together, so there are no worries about “matching.” 

Embrace white. Designers love it—in fact eleven top design professionals shared their choice of the “perfect white” with Elle Decor. So, redecorate with confidence. Give your home a fresh face for 2016!

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