THE PERILS AND PLEASURE OF DECORATING WITH WHITE

Written by Jaymi Naciri

It’s breezy. Clean. Crisp. Romantic. Resorty. Able to transport you to another place. And prone to drive you crazy if anyone goes near it with a plate of food or dirty hands.

Yet white décor remains popular, and not just with childless families. So when should you incorporate this chic choice into your home? Pretty much anytime you want.

When you love slipcovers

Slipcovers are a savior for those who want a white couch or chair but know that permanent fabric is a no-no with sticky-fingered kids and muddy-pawed dogs running around. Slipcovers have also come a long way from the days when the only style you could find was shabby chic.

Today’s slipcovers are offered in a variety of styles and fabrics and are better fitted so they don’t droop. They are also relatively easy to put on and take off and can be washed when stains (inevitably) happen.

But if you are thinking about white slipcovered furniture, consider the potential issues, like, “White slipcovers will turn blue if people with newer dark jeans sit on them” and “Guests might feel uneasy and uncomfortable with white furniture,” said The Inspired Room.

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When you want to show off a view

“Do you have a killer view of the ocean, trees, mountains or city? White is a beautiful canvas to use as a backdrop for your gorgeous vistas,” said freshome. “Instead of engulfing your whole room in a color, try white and see what speaks to you in your home.”

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When you want a timeless look

White is the No. 1 most popular color in kitchens today, but even when it is not trending so strongly, it never really goes out of style. If you’re looking for a classic look that won’t feel stale in a few years, go with white. You can always add in more color or contrast on the walls, backsplash, and accessories if need be.

When you want to showcase your art

Nothing provides a better backdrop for your collection.

“There’s a reason art gallery walls are generally white: They ensure that the artwork remains the focus,” said Better Homes and Gardens. “You can do the same if you have a piece or grouping of pieces you’d like to command the room. Add somewhat less magnetic splashes of color…to keep things cozy enough to welcome everyday life.”

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When your design style is traditional…or modern

White can suit pretty much any design style, whether you find yourself following in the footsteps of relatives whose homes reflected historic architectural styles, or you embrace more modern choices.

“The beauty of white is its versatile range to go from an ultra creamy white that pairs well with traditional and classical wooden kitchen cabinets with Carrera marble counters to ultra modern white lacquer finish minimal kitchens with waterfall edge countertops,” said freshome. “Many homeowners love white in the kitchen because it feels clean and classic.”

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When you want to create a “soothing escape”

Especially useful for compact spaces, a white foundation keeps them from getting too complicated.

“In a small space, the decorating priority should be to keep the eye from being distracted,” said Real Simple. “The easiest solution: Keep the palette cohesive without injecting too many shots of color.