Work with white

Home Paint It - - CONTENTS - By Kim Bougaardt • Pho­to­graphs Jan Ras

Clean and serene, white in its many var­ied tones will dress

any room in time­less el­e­gance.

There are so many vari­a­tions of white, each with its own unique ap­peal, that at times try­ing to find the per­fect pal­ette can be daunt­ing. One thing is for sure, an all-white space is fresh and airy – so if you’d like to get the look, start by sim­ply fol­low­ing th­ese easy steps...

Dec­o­rat­ing with white

Set the scene for a room that’s fresh, com­fort­able, warm and invit­ing. 1 The key to cre­at­ing the ul­ti­mate white room is us­ing var­i­ous lay­ers and dif­fer­ent shades of white. Make the most of white-on-white spa­ces by adding tex­ture with fab­rics, floor­ing and light­ing, and form with dé­cor ac­ces­sories. 2 Start by paint­ing the walls white. If your floors are also white, this will help to open up the space and cre­ate a more uni­form and seam­less feel. It also al­lows for a blank can­vas from which to start dec­o­rat­ing. 3 If there are no ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures within the space, add in­ter­est with warmer whites. Light­ing will also bring bal­ance and a warm glow. 4 Soften white by bring­ing ivory, taupe, touches of grey and black, or bleached wood el­e­ments into the mix. Th­ese shades will help pre­vent the aes­thetic from be­com­ing ster­ile; use them in the form of bed­ding, art­work, rugs, or wall­pa­per to add depth and vis­ual in­ter­est. 5 Unique shapes and forms add charm and char­ac­ter. White ce­ram­ics and vases grouped to­gether are strik­ing, while mir­rors, glass and dec­o­ra­tive pieces also cre­ate vis­ual in­ter­est.

Pure ’n sim­ple

White sym­bol­ises pu­rity and in­no­cence. It’s bril­liant and ra­di­ant, and it pro­vides clar­ity and in­sight. It’s also the colour of sim­plic­ity.

White con­tains all the colours of the rain­bow (as Sir Isaac New­ton demon­strated with his white light and prism) which, on a spir­i­tual level, means un­lim­ited po­ten­tial! It’s a great colour to de­flect neg­a­tive en­ergy away from your­self and re­flect your own pos­i­tiv­ity to­wards oth­ers.

On the other hand, white is also quite ster­ile and cold. White kitchens, for ex­am­ple, don’t help to cre­ate a re­lax­ing at­mos­phere in which to pre­pare your food. It’s al­ways a good idea to add at least one colour of the rain­bow to com­ple­ment the white.

T e xture is the se­cret in­gredi ent at the heart of the nat­u­ral home and it’s the com­bi­na­tion of dif fer­ent tex­tures that adds depth,

in­ter­est and rich­ness to an in­te­rior. – Hans Blomquist, The Nat­u­ral Home

Re­mem­ber that white rooms should

also be lived in and en­joyed!

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