January 11, 2020

A decorating standard has upped it’s game ~


Once upon a time, fashion dictated that you only wore white after Memorial Day… and then put those pieces away in moth balls on Labor Day.  But not any longer! White is worn throughout the year…but once it turns cold it’s referred to as “winter white” which reflects a cozier feel using textures, warm tones and varying shades of the classic we know so well.


The world of architecture and design reflects much of what we see on the fashion runway…and vice versa…so it makes sense that our homes would follow suit.  Bare white walls were once the builder grade but now there are so many shades of white it’s mind blowing!  Interior designers have expanded “winter white” into a design style all it’s own – with variations here and there! It’s exciting to see the many different genres with a white palette as their jumping off point – farmhouse, contemporary, french country, and Scandinavian to name a few.


I fell in love with the examples I found and I hope you do too!  You’ll also notice the accents of natural woods and textures complimenting the white decor throughout.


Entrance hall corner decorated with a wooden table, ceramic vases, and family photos on the wall.

The walls here have just a hint of gray but the affect of white on white with added white accessories makes a bold statement.  Photo: Persnickety Prints Instagram


Living room with neutral colored pillows, pendants.

A blank canvas of white is a great option for showcasing these neutral textures of textiles, hanging lights and wood frames. Photo:


Cozy living room with beige furniture and fireplace, exposed wooden beams on the ceiling.

Soft whites and beautiful windows provide natural light and vibrancy to this soothing pallet of whites and neutral tones.  Photo: McGee and Co.

Cozy living room with 2 hanging chairs and rattan coffee table in the middle

Once again, the classic white walls, furniture and accents are perfect balance for showcasing this exquisite fireplace.  Photo: Design by Julie Howard; Home Bunch;


Small wooden table in the Rattan style.

Natural rattan is an ideal accompaniment to the beauty of white.  Kouboo has everything from furniture to baskets to accent your home.  Photo: Kouboo rattan products


Roof room with beige wooden accents and wooden toys.

Calming whites are amazing for a child’s room.  The neutral color palette allows for creativity to abound on their own time frame! Photo: bilgiajandam-Flo-auf-Instagram


Living room in a beige color palette with a big white sofa, and coffee table in front of it.

This room is simply soothing to the soul.  What else can one say?  Photo:


Cozy bedroom with white accents and 3 beige storage baskets.

The dark grey upholstered headboard is a nice complement to the white bed linens and varied textures of pillows, ottoman and woven baskets.  Photo: Brepurposed


Rattan storage baskets with and without a lid.

Kouboo has a lovely selection of white washed rattan baskets as well as natural colors which lend to the soft white palette in a room design.  Photos: Kouboo rattan storage baskets



White kitchen with cabinets and colorful rug.

A solid white kitchen lends space for layering color and textures to add character to your space.  Photo: SFGirlByBay




White-colored kitchen with kitchen island in the middle, pendant lights above it and brown accents throughout.

Break up the all white canvas by using texture – i.e. the tile backsplash, tongue and groove ceiling and smooth marble counters.  Photo: HomeBunch- Graystone Custom Builders

This month’s writing and research has inspired me to finally paint my condo walls and trim a lovely shade of white!  For almost 3 years the walls have been a bit sandy (the original color when I moved in) and it makes my 1100 sq. ft. seem smaller than it should.  I know with brighter walls… my Arizona sun can shine much brighter!  Time to get painting!