Less-bright win­ter white can work in home

The Columbus Dispatch - - Front Page - By Cathy Hobbs Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is a TV host and a na­tion­ally known in­te­rior de­sign and home-stag­ing ex­pert.

White has long been viewed as a for­mal color, typ­i­cally re­served for sel­dom-used liv­ing and sit­ting rooms.

These days, those seek­ing a light, bright and min­i­mal­ist look are choos­ing win­ter white. Un­like stark, bright white, win­ter white has cream and taupe prop­er­ties that can serve as the ideal foun­da­tion color for a neu­tral color palette.

If you want to in­cor­po­rate the beauty of win­ter white into your home, here are some tips.

Do

• Blend shades and tones of white in a sin­gle space. This is no longer con­sid­ered taboo.

• Con­sider neu­tral or mostly white art­work. Art­work helps to make a state­ment as well as in­tro­duce or com­ple­ment colors in a room.

• Pair win­ter white with Soft gray mixed with a cream chair cre­ates a bal­ance of sooth­ing, soft colors in this den area. other sooth­ing colors such as soft gray or deeper shades of taupe.

• Con­sider metallics to com­ple­ment white decor.

• Look for ways to add win­ter white by bring­ing por­ta­ble de­sign into your space in the form of toss pil­lows, throws or ac­ces­sories. Don’t

• Pair bright shades of white side by side. Slight off-hue tones might look dirty when placed next to each other. In­stead, pair slightly dif­fer­ent shades of white with darker or more win­ter-white shades of white.

• Place white fur­nish­ings in high-traf­fic ar­eas where they might be sus­cep­ti­ble to fre­quent stain­ing. A more win­ter white or taupe color palette might be best, as it helps to bet­ter con­ceal.

• Forget white is a color. Of­ten the color white is ig­nored, but it can be used just like any other color, ei­ther as a pri­mary color for fur­ni­ture and walls or as an ac­cent.

• Over­look the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a strong vis­ual state­ment through the use of con­trast. Black is a bold color that adds the per­fect sense of con­trast.

• Ig­nore light­ing. Light­ing can be an­other op­por­tu­nity to in­cor­po­rate win­ter white into a space.

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