White interiors are more or less a retro thing : Scandinavians have been doing them for ages, the 1920s modernists had raved about them in their streamlined manifestos and hospitals had been all white for ease of sanitation. Architects today think they have invented white interiors. White themed designs are considered sleek, peaceful and chic. However, it isn’t easy to create an entire house or even just a living room in white, unless you know how to create the right volumes, shapes and contours and color palette and use the elements for the right effects. In this post, we will demonstrate how to make white exciting.
Start with one room
If you intend to create an all-white house by yourself, start with one room first. You never know how the design and your ideas are going to click, so it’s a better idea to experiment in a small scale. Find out what are durable and easily cleanable in white. For example, white floors are the darnedest things to keep clean and looking fresh. Do you want all your sofas to be white also? What will be the overall effect? Can you sketch out the scenario or better yet, 3D model it with your computer? If needed, you should consult an interior designer, just for the initial input, which will give you a start in the canvas and the right ideas to create something new.
Compose it with shapes
Nothing would look more mundane than a white utilitarian space. We simply dread the white sanitary look. Modern white interiors are all about shapes, volume, details, curves and patterns. Create them with plaster, glass, plastic, metal, drywall, marble, stone, wood and what have you. You need good craftsmanship in producing these shaped elements. So never assume white interiors are easy!
Find paired colors
White is not all white. White actually looks best with natural wood, veined white marble or limestone, stainless steel, nickel, silver, translucent and colored Plexiglas, patterned and stained glass, metal or glass screens and modern sculptures. White themes need to be cushioned by colors, soft or bold. And with white, most colors and materials will be a contrast, so use them with care. For example, you can add one ornate armchair or recliner in an almost empty room as an accent piece or a big colorful art piece on the feature wall of a large white room.
Finally, working with white will demand some care and maintenance, which should be considered from the start. Upholstery and soft goods can be Scotch guarded and white scrabble wall paints are available . As for the flooring, white marble or porcelain tiles are your best bet, and they are in several shades of white, so make sure you choose the right ones. Check online to find the ready-made white themes, and if you want something customised, check with the top rated designers in your area.