One of the first questions many new clients ask me is, "Are you an all-white-walls kind of person?" and it's a tricky one to answer. In my opinion, bright white walls are a wonderful idea for homes with huge east- and south-facing windows. The trick with white is to find the right tint and finish. White paints almost always have undertones of other colors. (If you've found one that doesn't, for heaven's sake, please share!) The undertones can be any range of colors and, while you may not notice them on the color chip, they will make themselves abundantly clear in shadows once the paint is up. So always, always grab sample pots of your front-runners and put them up all around the room. Color and light can be difficult, so you'll get the clearest read in a variety of light throughout the room. Make sure you're bouncing more light around the room without producing glare.
White can be phenomenal for accenting molding. It gives punch to the shadows and feels so fresh and pristine.
White walls also highlight punchy furnishings and fun textiles. It's a soothing backdrop that allows patterns and a variety of finishes to take center stage without looking too cluttered. Amber Lewis does an excellent job with this concept. All of the photos below are from a home she recently completed.
I would love to know her rug source for this home!
I have to say that I am a lover of color. I can't help it. I try to stick to neutral wall colors in my own home, but I inevitably get bored and repaint. (I currently have a lavender living room with accents of black, white, gold and camel.) Paint color can be a really cost effective way to drive your color scheme home, but white also has its place. Hope you've enjoyed my indulgence in a bit of wintry white luxe!