In Praise of White Walls in Interiors

This weekend the BF and I went to view a barn conversion. I know we’re a long way down the road of buying a house already, but the months of stress (and additional costs!) have caused us to fall a little bit out of love with it. The vendor and her solicitor are still delaying setting a date for exchange and completion, so who can blame us for looking at what else is out there? So we do. And we did. And no we haven’t put in an offer yet, but a second viewing is definitely on the cards. Who isn’t going to fall in love with a single storey barn conversion (two storey conversions lose a little magic when that extra floor goes in don’t you think?), with vaulted ceilings, beams, spacious rooms flooded with light from above, and you’ve guessed it, white walls?

White Walls?

In Praise of White Walls in Interiors

Disclaimer, this is not the barn conversion we went to view. This image is promoting the Love Aqua Brook Water and Stain Resistant Laminate flooring from Lifestyle Floors.

Yes, white walls. A new departure for me. After years of actively promoting darkness, saturated colour, and courageous pattern, I’ve seen the light. Of course, it depends on the house, the features, the orientation and the furnishings, whether white walls are right for a home. But boy, can they be uplifting!

Praise Where Praise is Due

In Praise of White Walls in Interiors

Image: White 200TC Cotton Bedding and Blackout Lined Pencil Pleat Curtains from Loom & Last.

When you decide to paint your walls, ceilings, woodwork and sometimes furniture too, white, you take a lot of hard decisions away from the decorating process. You don’t have to consider what goes with what. There’s no need to spend hours painstakingly putting together a moodboard to make sure your colour combinations work. There are no colour combinations! It doesn’t even matter what ‘shade’ of white you choose. Or whether everything in the room is the same ‘shade’ of white. In fact it would be boring if it were. You can pretty much rely on the fact that everything will work together.

In Praise of White Walls in Interiors

Image: Bedroom Plant styling with selection of Leaf Envy Plants & Pots.

White is so calming. Look at how successful The White Company are with their desaturated range of products. Artfully styled and lit, they just exude sophistication and the kind of lifestyle that we all crave. If only we didn’t have kids with mucky fingers and dogs shedding left, right and centre that is! But if that is the lifestyle you crave, and you ever wondered how to achieve it. Well, now you know. Paint everything white.

In Praise of White Walls in Interiors

Image: Bedroom Plant styling with selection of Leaf Envy Plants & Pots.

You can pretty much put any colour you like with white and you have a winning combination. In fact you can put a rainbow of colours with white and it will still look deliberate and not at all messy. In fact it will look bohemian, and yes, that’s a good thing. But keep the colour off the walls and on the accessories only. White walls only peeps. The clue is in the title.

In Praise of White Walls in Interiors

Image: Kitchen Plant styling with selection of Leaf Envy Plants & Pots.

White really brings out the beauty of wood. And wicker, and rattan, and bamboo. And any other natural element you feel like including in your final scheme. Yes, yes, yes, this includes plants. The more the merrier. The warmth and texture of all of these natural materials will contrast with the bright white walls and complement each other beautifully.

In Praise of White Walls in Interiors

Image: Natural Raffia And Burnished Brass Floor Lamp from Lights and Lamps.

And if you’ve ever been afraid of using black in your interior, fear not. Black and white are such a classic combination. Black will ground a predominately white colour scheme and prevent it from looking too blindingly white, flat and uninteresting. Because yes, too much of a good thing is too much of a good thing. Take note of all of the above and go on. Paint the walls white.

In Praise of White Walls in Interiors

Image: Alderley Kitchen In Bone, from Kitchen Makers. Roller Pendant Lights from Pooky Lighting.

So there you have it. I’m a convert. Now I just have to decide whether that barn conversion with vaulted ceilings, beams, and spacious rooms flooded with light from above, is worth it.

 

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