How to use soft col­ors for a bright, min­i­mal­ist look

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

Blend dif­fer­ent 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 other sooth­ing col­ors such as soft gray or deeper shades of taupe.

Con­sider metallics to com­ple­ment white decor.

Look for ways to bring por­ta­ble de­sign into your space as far as adding win­ter white, in the form of toss pil­lows, throws or ac­ces­sories.

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

Place white fur­nish­ings in high traf­fic ar­eas in which they may be sus­cep­ti­ble to fre­quent stain­ing. A more win­ter white or taupe color pal­ette may be best, as it helps to 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 one’s space.

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