Category Archives: Redesign

White on White Design

For a while now, many things in home design have been light and bright including paint, flooring, and furniture. In many cases you see monochromatic rooms and you may have heard the term “white on white” design. What is it?   Blog 2

It really is a design style where most things are white, especially the background. What I mean by that is that the walls and trim are both white. The degree to which color is added within the room can vary. Many times you see the decor also be white or at least very light colors. The artwork on the walls may be the only real color as white walls are the best way to showcase artwork.

 

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One key thing to remember with white on white decorating is that all whites do not need to match; that would be near impossible anyway. Creams go beautifully with white and can add warmth.

Most people worry about a white on white color scheme being cold and sterile. That is a possibility and it may actually be a look you are trying to achieve with an ultra sleek contemporary design. If not, there are ways to keep a room from looking like a hospital room. In my opinion the two best ways to do this is by bringing wood and texture into the room.

Wood elements in a room design or wood elements in the furniture or accessories bring in character, warmth and coziness.

 

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Layers of texture through pillows, throws, and again in accessories is the second way to keep a white room from looking too sterile.

 

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Another element to use is leather and a mix of metals. Mix black and gold; silver and gold; or metals and woods.

 

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White on white is one of my favorite designs but also a tricky one to implement. If you love the look don’t be afraid to try it! Look at photos or bring in a professional to give you some guidance.

 

2022 Color of the Year – Behr

In my last blog post I showed Sherwin Williams 2022 Color of the Year. Now let’s take a look at the 2022 Color of the Year by Behr.

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Breezeway  Behr 1 MQ3-21

The name brings me back to mid-century homes where breezeways were added to connect the garage to the house. They were no  more than a hallway and the name always intrigued me.

Behr describes it as:

“A relaxed and uplifting sea glass green expressing peace and tranquility for forward movement.”

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I would be careful that this color doesn’t turn too minty on you, but in a limited capacity and paired with whites, creams and grays I think it could be stunning.

I see this as a wonderful color for a beach side retreat, lake side cottage or a bungalow style home. It has cool undertones so that is why I think it would be wonderful in a hot climate or those lake homes where you escape the heat of the summer months.

A front door may be the perfect spot to add this light breezy color.

**All photo credits to Behr.

 

 

What Is The Best Way To Add Color to Your Home?

Some people are hesitant of adding color to their homes, some want it but are scared they will make a mistake they will regret.

There are many ways to add color. I am a big believer that the best way to add color to a home is through artwork and accessories. The reason I like doing this is that it is easy and inexpensive. Keep the large items neutral and bring the pizazz with the small items.

 

It is easy to buy some colorful throw pillows, baskets, and knick-knacks. Keep them inexpensive and when you get tired of that color, donate them and move to another fresh color. Or change out the colors with the seasons!

 

 

For those more daring here are more ideas:

Paint an Entire Room: Paint is a great way to add color. Maybe a a soft color in a master bedroom or bath. Or a fun color in a kid’s room.

 

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Wallpaper an Entire Room:

Wallpaper is so popular again and with all the fun patterns now available in Peel-N-Stick its a DIY project for many.  A subtle pattern will keep it from seeming too overwhelming,

 

Wallpaper an Accent Wall:

A bathroom wall, fireplace wall, or a dining room wall can be the perfect place for an accent for a bold colorful wallpaper.      

Two Toned Kitchen Cabinetry:

This is a big commitment especially if you are adding a color to the cabinets other than white or a wood stain. Kitchens are the most important room in the home so don’t make it so taste specific that it may be difficult to sell.

 

Kitchen Island:

If you want color in your kitchen cabinets, I think the kitchen island is the best place to do so. Much easier to change just the island down the road versus all the cabinets if you get tired of the color or it becomes dated.

 

Furniture:

Furniture is a great and easy way to add color. I was just at a client’s home that had a yellow sofa in the sun room. So fun!! A bold colorful chair is also a great way to brighten up a space.  

Which color idea are you thinking of trying?