In recent years, more and more spaces have been painted all white. Once considered an unimaginative, go-to color for rentals and spec homes, white is now a backdrop for clean and sophisticated interiors. Decorators are using single shades of the brightest white, barely-there pastels and the lightest neutrals throughout entire homes. All of these colors allow for an interior’s contents and decorative elements to take center stage, usually with some eye-catching contrast. Unlike murky, mid-tone colors of ten years ago, white walls lend a crispness that allows furniture, textiles and artwork to pop.
And, of course, not all white is white. The quest for the perfect white paint color begins in remembering that a paint can seem pure white, but there are colorants present that will drive its appearance. Being surprised (pleasantly or unpleasantly) by a pink, blue or yellow undertone to your white color can lead to mistakes in other décor purchases. Be sure to buy a sample of the paint and apply it either to the wall or to a piece of poster board to tape to the wall. It is important to observe the color at all times of day and in different light, for several days before making a final selection.
In addition to pure whites, paint with only a tinge of a pastel color are popular. These can allow for a specific color to be present while retaining the distinction between a room’s decorative elements and wall color. One of the darlings of pastel paint colors recently has been blush pink, along with lightly hued aqua and soft orchid purple. Neutral colors nowadays bend towards taupe and gray, but there are warm versions of both, so don’t abandon an existing warm palette just to update a space. People are finding that living with a white, light pastel or a pale neutral throughout all or most of their rooms offers a cohesive simplicity. This is a streamlined approach to the wall color of an entire home and makes for visual ease and flexibility in décor.
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