Last week I did a post on white rooms. Lately I've been intrigued with them but wondered how to mesh my latest crush with my life long love of color? If I decided to go with an all white space but then found that my white room left me underwhelmed, what would I do to spice things up?
I have to say that as I've collected and studied images of these all white rooms I had to conclude that they are almost always incredibly sophisticated. It doesn't matter whether they are styled elegantly, with a more modern flair, or rustic and simple they all seem to have chic written all over them. I wonder, though, are they fun and inviting enough for a family space? Personally, I think I would most likely end up giving my family friendly places an unexpected interjection of color. I like how the colors just pop against all that white.
I started collecting these images a while back, before I thought I would be including them in a blog post. Consequently, I am not sure of the sources for some of them. If you know of the source please contact me so I can give credit where credit is due.
The remedy for a white room that may appear too one dimensional or cold could be as simple as adding a throw, some pillows, or a single piece of furniture in a favorite hue.
Tilly and Fran
Dwellings By DeVore
I notice in looking back at my collection that there seem to be some common themes that make these images appealing.
1. The floors are often also white or light
2. There is usually a dash of black to give that bold contrast.
3. Art work seems to play a prominent role in these white spaces. Much like in a gallery, it is easily showcased here.
In Home Design
There are also some design rules that play into the success of these rooms like the repetition and balance of the accent colors used.
For example, the chartreuse, pinks and blacks are repeated several times throughout this room pulling the space together. This photo also shows a nice balance of color that follows the 60-30-10 rule. The main color, white, comprises approximately 60%, while the secondary color, in this case there are two, the chartreuse and pink contitute 30% of the real-estate and the accent color, black makes up the remaining 10%. The result is a well balanced composition.
The balance is very similar in this photo too. The greens and gold are repeated throughout the space with just a splash of the fuchsia.
This final image just totally captured my color and design heart.
It reminds me of a Mondrian painting.
The angles of the ceiling, the blocks of color in the furniture and bookcases create such wonderfully unique space.
How could you not be happy here?
So, yes, even a color evangelist like me could be totally thrilled with any of these delightfully color infused white rooms. In fact, I would have a hard time picking a favorite.