Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you how much I love color.
I am not talking about subtle pastels, but rather fully saturated, vibrant hues. My clothes, my car, my artwork, and certainly my personal decor all reflect my penchant for color. In fact, some might call it an addiction.
So, some might be surprised to find out that I am also a huge fan of white. Believe it or not, I have a white sofa. And you know what? It is one of my favorite pieces of furniture. Why? Oh, there are so many reasons, and we’ll get to that in a minute.
White is really hot right now. You might even say, white is red-hot. And I couldn’t be more excited about this trend.
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In all its shades — and believe me there are hundreds — white is the new darling of interior decor. I am finding more and more clients are requesting white for their interiors, whether it’s upholstered pieces, wood furniture, or entire rooms.
White has always been a perennial player in interior design, but why the sudden upswing in popularity?
For starters, the neutrality of this hue evokes positive vibes. Many embrace shades of white for its freshness and cleanliness while others embrace its soothing timelessness.
Need proof? Just look at the trends in kitchen cabinetry. Show people three different, 10-year-old kitchens — one a classic white, one a red-stained cherry, and one a heavily distressed and glazed hickory brown. Then ask them to choose the kitchen that looks the freshest. I guarantee they’ll pick the white kitchen. It’s simply timeless and classic.
Color can influence your mood. Not surprisingly, white is perceived as calming and refreshing. It creates the illusion of space and lightness. Therefore many people find it serene. In these hectic times, who doesn’t need some serenity at home? I will take all I can get, thank you very much.
Easy mixing and matching
Because it is so timeless and neutral, mixing white with other colors and patterns is a breeze. It is an especially easy commitment on big-ticket items, such as sofas, that typically aren’t replaced very often.
I might fall in love with a bright turquoise print or vivid orange woven textile, but I would think long and hard before upholstering a large piece of furniture in such a specific material. I find bold statement fabrics better suited for smaller items, such as pillows and throws, or perhaps even a small chair.
This brings me to my beloved white sofa. I re-upholstered my sofa about nine years ago, using a durable and inexpensive white cotton duck cloth with a sand colored contrast welt on the cushions for subtle detail. The accent pillows have changed over time with my mood and whims, but the basic white base is still fresh and timeless. A fabric protector ensures it still looks new after many guests, snacks, drinks, and good times. Focusing on a versatile base with interchangeable accents is the key for me.
I know it seems like we are awash in a sea of never-ending gray, but mark my word, shades of white are moving in fast. I find these colors more versatile — warmer without being hot and cooler without being cold. White is a team player with other colors and mixes well with any type of decor. No wonder it is such an all-around, pleasing favorite.
Gregory Vaughan is an interior designer with Kelley Designs. Contact him at 843-785-6911 or firstname.lastname@example.org.