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?
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.
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.
Layers of texture through pillows, throws, and again in accessories is the second way to keep a white room from looking too sterile.
Another element to use is leather and a mix of metals. Mix black and gold; silver and gold; or metals and woods.
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.