It seems that our interiors are getting darker and darker, with more of us taking the plunge and painting our home interiors in dark, inky hues of indigo and blue-grey, be it our living room walls, kitchen units or in the bedroom. It’s a look that has certainly grown on me, however when recently thinking about our own bedroom decor, I’ve realised that no matter how much I love the concept of a decadently dark and elegant boudoir, I simply can’t bring myself to paint our lovely, light, south-facing bedroom in anything other than WHITE!
It won’t be any old Brilliant White, you understand… I’m pondering and pontificating over paint charts full of grey whites, blue whites, green whites, off whites and almost whites. In fact, I have come to the conclusion that this may actually be the hardest colour of all to pick for a room scheme!
Anyway, it got me thinking that I haven’t posted a ‘Take 5’ article on here for a while, so in an effort to help me settle on a shade of white, here are five all white rooms for you which are so lust-worthy, they’ll make you wonder why EL James didn’t name her book Fifty Shades of White Rooms…
This living room is completely finished in layers of white, yet it remains cosy and inviting. Why? The use of different textures, from the rustic wooden accents to the splashes of monochrome pattern, allowing your eye to rest on certain parts of the room, whilst simultaneously creating depth and interest. For a similar wall colour, try Skimming Stone by Farrow & Ball. This Cox & Cox rattan chair is similar.
The use of all white throughout this kitchen space allows the surrounding architectural details to stand out as striking design features. I love the industrial touches and scrubbed wood surfaces. For a similar paint choice, try Dulux Bleached Lichen 4. You can shop for industrial style lighting at Rockett St George.
If you’re using all white on walls, try complementing it with a darker putty-white shade on woodwork, as seen below, for a really elegant look. Paint companies such as Little Greene offer a range of shade depths within a selection of their more popular colours, making it easier for you to team up lighter and darker shades.
This particular image shows Farrow & Ball Drop Cloth on the woodwork – this is a colour I’ve used in my own kitchen and have found it looks great alongside Slipper Satin, a lovely pale, creamy, white.
The different textures and shapes of items on display within this built-in shelving unit really stand out against the all white backdrop. Not sure what I make of the books being turned the wrong way around, though – I would struggle to find the one I wanted to read! I suppose you could buy a load of old paperbacks from a charity shop for a few pounds and solely employ them as styling objects?!
Finally, I leave you with a dreamy, rustic Scandi bedroom. This beautiful home in Australia is working all the textures here to create a relaxed, modern vintage look, with the clever use of reclaimed woods, distressed finishes and vintage furnishings set against a snow white backdrop. Painting over the rough, exposed brick with pure white paint prevents the overall look from becoming too flat and bland.
If you love this look, there are some key places to shop that you need to check out. The White Company, as the name suggests, is fantastic for linens, towels and throws in muted shades of pale grey, cream and white. Add texture to a Scandi minimalist decor scheme with cushions and sheepskins from Nordic House and for home accessories in natural materials and a muted palette, try Cox & Cox.
Have a lovely week!
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