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2X4: Four Fresh Ways to Use White at Home

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Jessica
07.08.13

White doesn’t have to be boring! In fact, this “vanilla” color is incredibly versatile. Depending on your goals, you can use white to open up a room, or do the exact opposite and draw attention to a specific place. Here are four new ways to use white: 

Photos: The Land of Nod / West Elm

Satisfy Fickle Decorators. If you never seem to stay smitten with a décor change for long (or you have a trend-loving teenager at home), a white room is the perfect solution. With white walls and white bedding, smaller pieces like art, books and throw pillows can shine. Since these accessories are easier (and cheaper) to switch up, it’ll be a cinch to swap décor themes whenever you feel the need. Tip: Just make sure you have enough colorful accent pieces so the room says “light and airy” instead of “sterile.”

Attract Attention. Do you have a stunning accessory that isn’t getting enough love? Use white to change that! For example, if your dining room chairs are the bomb.com, make everything surrounding them (walls, furniture, accessories) white. People’s eyes will drift over the white and hone in on exactly what you’re trying to emphasize. Think of yourself as secret master of home décor attention (insert evil laugh here).

Photos: Ballard Designs / West Elm

Create an Open Flow. Attracting attention is great if you have an awesome piece of furniture or art. But if one of your rooms has a less-than-ideal focal point (like a dark fireplace) attention can do more harm than good. Luckily, white can also be used to pull attention away from specific objects and create an open flow. Simply paint unwanted focal points or mismatched furniture a shade of white or light gray. This will prevent people’s eyes from getting “stuck” on these places. 

Brighten a Small Room. Who said small rooms have to feel cramped and dark? Slap on a little white paint and your tiniest room will instantly feel brighter – it’s like an awesome pair of high heels for your room. Light colors like white and gray will add a fresh, bright look because they reflect more light than darker colors. Plus, the brighter a room is, the bigger it will feel! Tip: To make the room feel even bigger and brighter, add a mirror or two.

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