White Washed: Pure, Simple, Clean Design

Posted by Paige Thomas ~ June 10, 2008

I'm someone who loves color. Especially in home design. Using all types of color, everywhere, all the time, has always been my preference.

When I was younger my mom went through a phase where she painted all of the rooms in our home bone white. I couldn't stand it, and I developed a phobia of white wall color that I still haven't outgrown. I swore that when I grew up and had my own home, none of my walls would be white.

But, I may have been too rash with my ban on white. Designers and home remodelers are now using white for wall color, carpet, countertops and other home features to create a clean, fresh, modern look that can be heightened with the right small addition of color.

According to the New York Times, not only is white an interesting design choice, if you're considering future marketability of your home, white may also be the smartest choice you can make. Using color for design is a highly personal matter, and if you use unique color choices in your home for hard to replace items such as countertops, cabinetry and tiles, you may have a hard time selling your home to potential buyers who will have to deal with replacing areas they find less than attractive.

So, maybe white isn't so bad afterall...

White In Real Life

A small kitchen looks brighter and more airy with all white elements leading into a living area. Add a bowl of your weekly produce, a red toaster, or colorful dish towels as a way to break up the white, and create a flash of color.

Photo Credit: The New York Times

A black and white photograph adds a truly modern touch to this sleek bathroom.

Photo Credit: The New York Times

A white bedroom is relaxing and clean with a few dashes of color added with throw pillows and easily changeable wall prints.

Photo Credit: Inhabit

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