What makes White so special?
White is a perfect blank canvas for any aspiring interior designer. It’s clean, simple and timeless, ready to take on the limitless potential of one’s imagination. But what if we just want to stick to white itself? How do we utilise something so bland and basic on its own?
White comes in many different shades, each capturing the essence of subtlety, and to be honest, that’s the whole point of white. You’re meant to stare at it and let your mind roam free, even if it’s for a short amount of time. Just switch off and enjoy the simplicity.
How can you tell Whites apart?
Every shade of white is always a pale version of another colour. We’ve all heard before how red represents anger, yellow is happiness and blue is calm of mind etc. If we take any of those and brighten it, not only does the shade come with the subliminal message, but it presents it in a much calmer manner. When you see something through a foggy window, there’s mystery and curiosity behind what’s there. Shades of white are soft, gentle, and give you the sense of control you need in your life.
How does White contribute to the Temperature of the Room?
White is also a neutral form of light, standing right in between warm tones and cold ones. This makes it complimentary to either of them; in short, it can go with anything.
A lot of rooms like using warm shades of oranges such as Saffron, Pumpkin and even Coffee browns to give the space a visual aroma. Whites are normally used to break up all these strong colours to stop them from clashing too much, but there are ways to make the white look less harsh against everything! Use warm shades of white such as Platinum, Timberwolf, bone etc. an indicator that these are warm whites is that they fall under reds, oranges and yellows, but are brightened up. This aids the white in blending in with its surrounding environment more.
Some rooms actually use cool shades, usually falling under greens, blues and purples. In the example picture, we can actually see that dark vanilla is used at one point, which is odd considering it’s a shade of yellow, a warm colour. It gets away with being part of a cold palette because of how desaturated it is. When we desaturate a warm colour, it appears cooler; when we desaturate a cold colour, it appears warmer. This is the magic of white, it’s always maintaining the balance of the temperature spectrum.
What if White is all you like?
There are some occasions where people just don’t want colour at all, it’s too vibrant and flashy for their personal taste, which is totally fine! Everyone has personal taste, we’re just here to throw some methods out there on how to innovate on your ideas! If you’re gonna go all white… You’ve got to use different shades. If everything was the same baron and bleak shade of white, it’d be absolutely boring. There’d be no way for any of your furniture to stand out.
“Let’s put the white-framed mirror against the wall that’s exactly the same shade” There’s not really any point getting a frame for the mirror if it’s not even going to be noticeable! Now if you made the room a warm shade of white, and the frame a cold shade of white… there’s a very interesting contrast between the two! You’ve still got your all-white fantasy, but the subtle difference between the two makes a massive difference to your home’s visual structure.
The Ultimate Benefit of using White
We had to save this point for last… What’s the absolute best thing about having a white home? The light! White is the most reflective and neutral colour out there, any light hitting a white wall is going to bounce all around the room and illuminate everything. Natural light is always the best for our physical and mental health, so we want to lure that in as much as possible, and white is going to increase your chances of that.
If you’ve not got the windows for it or the light isn’t travelling far enough to fill that dark corner of the room, how else do you tackle that? With a mirror! The magical thing about mirrors is how they bounce light back and forth like a ping pong ball; and with a reflective white wall, that’s going to be a long-term and effective solution.