Choose Your Whites Wisely
If you're trying to create warmth, make sure you choose a white wall color with warm undertones (not icy). A good go-to for this is Benjamin Moore pick called Decorator White. An all-white space can lean toward sterile if you go for too icy a shade of white. Think chic beach cottage, rather than hospital. The white drapes in this showroom are beautiful, ethereal space-dividers.
Don't be afraid to mix different tones in the white family — the combination of warm white, oatmeal, and lighter beiges look refreshingly modern together. Warmer whites can be mixed with ivories and other tones of white, whereas colder tone whites can make warm accents look too brown or dirty. And besides, mix and matching whites makes decorating a lot easier: No custom dyes necessary.
Creating an all-white space doesn't mean it has to be boring. Mixing up different fabric textures, materials, and finishes gives the space a sophisticated, nuanced look. Marble, ceramics, and white lacquer compliment each other fantastically. Be sure to mix in knits and furs for warmth, will will ensure that the space feels inviting and comfortable. Soft whites in this Los Angeles apartment add texture and keep the room light and airy.
There's nothing worse than a dark, poorly lit room painted white. Many people think painting a dark room with no natural light a light color will make it seem brighter, but the opposite actually holds true. When determining what color to paint a room, consider the natural light in the space. If a space has no windows or terrible natural light, consider painting it a saturated color, like red or navy. The best rooms to exercise an all-white color palette get bright natural light so that the color can flood throughout the room.
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It only took one look at Rumi Neely's amazing home for us to see that the folks at Homepolish — the interior geniuses responsible for the fashion star's home makeover — know what they're doing. Whether it's a total renovation or finding the perfect finishing touches, Homepolish designers work by the hour to create balanced spaces that just work. For more design inspiration, follow @Homepolish.