While color can change everything with a few strokes of the brush, sometimes painting your walls white is the most confident and expressive choice of all.
When color takes a back seat, the more subtle textures of your materials and finishes can come into focus. Frosted glass, crinkled silk, lush velvets, marbles and metals -it’s easier to appreciate the depth of the various surfaces when the backdrop is constant and neutral.
Other compositional elements that come to the forefront in a white room are the shapes of the objects that are in it. The graceful curve of a table leg, the shadow cast by an iron chair and the stark angularity of a sculpture-all these details are all the more interesting and arresting when the simplicity of a white backdrop allows them to shine.
With a white background, it’s easy to switch out colorful accessories and accents throughout the year. Even if you keep your anchor furniture in place, small adjustments in color can have a big impact on the mood of the room. For example, summery green apples and bright flowers can be replaced by the earthier tones of pinecones or river stones in the fall.
There is a simple reason why so many galleries have white walls and so many fine restaurants serve food on white plates. A white background allows the artists’ creations to reveal themselves more fully. Likewise, white rooms in our homes let the nuances of our personalities stand out in vivid relief.