When it comes to interior design, trends come and go. In the Victorian era, opulent patterns and heavy textures reigned supreme. By the time we reached the 1930s, pastels were all the rage. Though people’s preferences are constantly changing, the colour white will always be timeless.
White has proven time and time again to be the preferred colour to use indoors, whether you are painting your walls or using white curtains or vertical blinds as accents. White makes a space look brighter, and gives the illusion that the space is bigger than it really is.
White Paint and Its Many Different Variations
While interior designers use many different methods to make a space look larger, varying shades of white and off-white paint colours are the usual recommendations to achieve this effect. Generally, softer, cooler tones are preferred.
White paint is always a safe choice when painting your walls, but it is crucial that you match your white with the lighting, accents and overall aesthetic of your home.
White is never ‘just’ white. There are interesting shades such as ivory, alabaster, grey white and white wisp. These examples are all a type of white, but with different undertones. Shades like Huntington white is especially popular among interior designers because of its consistent and adaptable hue, which seems to appear like it radiates, no matter what the time of day.
White in Lighting
White is not limited to paint alone. It is a good choice to achieve interesting lighting effects indoors. For example, white fluorescent lamps are practical in office buildings, hospitals and schools because it floods the area with white light that does not warp colour perception.
Of course, yellow toned light is more common in bedrooms and living rooms because it makes spaces look warm and cosy, but white light is still prominent in kitchens and bathrooms where it is important to see what you are doing.
White curtains and blinds are also popular because they filter the light from the outside, scattering the light and giving the interiors a soft, pleasant glow.
You can use white as the main colour of your walls and furnishings, or use it as a complementary colour to dark shades. It will no doubt make your spaces look bigger and more appealing.