A white oa­sis need not be bor­ing

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

WITH all of the hus­tle and bus­tle of the hol­i­days just passed, you may need to cre­ate a serene oa­sis in your home to get over the stress. A white-on­white pal­ette is calm­ing and sub­dued and easy on the eyes. To keep it from feel­ing too in­sti­tu­tional, follow some of th­ese sug­ges­tions: in warm white will give them new life. Up­date the hard­ware if nec­es­sary and en­joy your old pieces once again. Paint­ing larger pieces white will make the room feel more spa­cious and fresh. Prac­tise on a small item first to get the look you de­sire. Con­sider dis­tress­ing the piece to bring in some per­son­al­ity. Other items such as framed mir­rors, wall shelves and even framed prints might get a new lease on life with some white paint. White shut­ters might be a great ad­di­tion as well. For busy uphol­stered pieces, pur­chase fur­ni­ture slip­cov­ers in warm white so they will fit into the mix.

PHOTO COUR­TESY KOHLER

White can be the ul­ti­mate in clean colour com­bi­na­tions, but choose warmer tones to avoid too stark a look.

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