As a Boston area Color Consultant I am obviously someone who LOVES color; so when I tell a client that White is the best choice for their room they always look at me surprised. There are situations though where I do believe White is just right.
#1. A contemporary space with large windows and lots of natural light.
In spaces with lots of natural light the color White will bring the room to life. I know it seems backwards because you may think it is better to use White in a dark space but just the opposite is true. Color master Donald Kaufman puts it like this.
“A light color will never come to life in a dark room but a rich, deep color can make a dim, somber space feel warm and luminous – even though it receives no natural light.”
White highlights the architecture and the light streaming in through the windows is an ever changing art show.
#2. Kitchen Cabinets
There is just something about a white kitchen. White kitchens convey cleanliness and freshness.
White kitchen cabinets are timeless and by simply changing out the accessories you can update your kitchen for a lot less money than it will cost to replace dated Oak, Orange Cherry wood, Espresso, Pickled, Bleached or whatever color wood you originally chose.
#3 Beach houses
There is nothing more beautiful than a coastal view so why distract from it? Paint the walls white and let the view take center stage. Also White is unfussy and simple, usually just the look and feel you want in a beach house.
#4 when surrounded by bright pops of color
The color trend today finds lots of bright color in furnishings, fabrics and accessories so White walls can be the perfect neutral to give the eye a place to rest.
The general rule to follow is the brighter the brights then the more White you need to support them.
White walls are the perfect compliment to all the different pops of color around the table.
The most important thing to remember about painting your walls White is that you absolutely must have lots of light in the room. Otherwise, white will just look flat, gray and cold.
So what do you think about white? Would you ever consider white walls in your home?