So you fancy an all-white interior? You’ve been seduced by those sun-drenched villas of the Mediterranean. Where the morning light is amazing and the sunsets turn those white walls warm with the last of the rays. And it is true that all-white interiors can look stunning. It’s the perfect blank canvas for starters. White is the absolute best surface to reflect light back into a room. It won’t date in a few years, it always looks clean and fresh, and it makes rooms look spacious. But be careful. All-white can also look cold and flat. Some might even say drab in a north facing room.
There are of course lots of tricks to prevent this happening. You can add layers of texture at the very least. You’d have to do this anyway in the winter with a white room. You can add interest with wood and other natural surfaces. Even metal. Or you can go bold with coloured accents. This is by far the easiest look to pull off and it doesn’t prevent you from changing the look with the seasons, or when you get tired of your colour choices. Simply change the cushions and accessories.
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A white sofa sits on a white-painted floor in this sitting room that is anything but drab. The blue wash on the shutters, the rattan chair and the wooden coffee table help to warm the room but the stars of the show are the bright cushions, vase and rug.
A wooden farmhouse-style table adds colour to this corner of an all-white room. A single blue chair and blue and white tableware make a cheery addition to the table setting. Vibrant coloured flowers add a final flourish.
Waking to the sun streaming into an all-white bedroom is one of the best things about a holiday and so easy to copy at home. The touches of rattan and the bold colours would help to make this scheme work in a more northerly light.
All-white can even be practical. Especially in a bathroom where you want a clean and fresh look. But go to town with the bath towels and accessories and you’ll start every day with an extra spring in your step.