So much more than a neutral, white can also make a style statement in the home. Here are five key ways to create a hero look
A key trend for interiors, white remains a fresh look that can introduce light and style to your home. The secret is to complement it with plenty of texture. Consider a white-on-white approach using gentle variations of the hue, and balance it with shots of bolder colour to avoid blandness. These are the looks we love right now.
Layer on layer
This soothing bedroom scheme feels predominantly white, but subtle textures, pattern and print give the look depth and add a note of sophistication. Softly shimmering floral wallpaper introduces a feminine touch, while a white four poster adorned with a simple white linen fabric contemporises the look. Shots of blue in the accessories and bedside table anchors the scheme. To achieve a similar feel, go for plenty of crisp white linens, including indulgent floor-length curtains and contrast with floral and textured fabrics.
At the other end of the spectrum, this bedroom is boldly contemporary. Sleek white handleless cabinetry makes a strong style statement and that unfussy look is carried through with a plain rug and unadorned windows. However, a dark grey floor and black chair and bedside table introduces a note of grown-up monochrome, while a splash of pink softens the look. The key here is to stick to a minimalist approach and avoid clutter while introducing softening textures.
A white bathroom is a timless choice. To keep the look interesting, do subtly layer colour and play with scale. In this scheme, glossy metro tiles emphasise the generous size of the shower enclosure and create a softly modern look. Larger scale floor tiles in cream warm up the overall look, while grey walls tie in with the hallway beyond. This is a particularly good look for apartments, where rooms should flow seamlessly from one to another.
White-on-white works beautifully in this elegant living room. Layers of texture, from soft wood and a faux fur rug to woollen cushions and white leather, keeps the look interesting. A pair of opulent chandeliers adds a glamorous note. Remember to keep the scheme warm with a little pattern and fresh foliage.
White is the essential anchor in this softly industrial kitchen scheme. Simple, handle-free base units means that the emphasis falls on the walls, lighting and seating instead. It’s a reminder that white can be a great foil for a host of different styles. In this case, it intoduces a note of utility and contrast while keeping the overall look light and bright.
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