It’s taken me a while to come around to the idea that white walls are not only okay, but are actually a great thing. For years, I considered only some form of tan or gray the only possibility for a neutral wall. I’ve slowly learned—and grown to love—how white creates the perfect backdrop for everything else in a space. It gives you breathing room and a lot of flexibility for the direction your room can go.
White walls can also create a blank slate and offer fresh perspective, if you’re struggling with where to start decorating. I came across this house tour (and renovation) that was featured in Traditional Home. The before pictures show a typical “neutral” color found in a lot of homes. While many people might be tempted to live with that paint color, I love how the after photos show what a difference white paint can make. It’s a great take away for anybody who might be moving to a new home—or for those crazy peeps on House Hunters who can’t get over the wall color in a potential house. Starting fresh with a coat, or two, of white paint is like applying an eraser to the walls, letting you think a little clearer so you can see what the space might become.
(Of course, there’s some fantastic magazine lighting and beautiful decorating factored in, but the wall color change itself is a huge improvement. See the rest of the home tour here.)
When we moved into our house, I was so tempted to leave the kitchen walls the existing color. It worked great with the cabinets and floors, but I couldn’t see beyond it when I was trying to figure out how to decorate the rest of the room.
I started by repainting all of the walls Shoji White (Sherwin Williams.) It gave me “room” to play with color on the window treatments and other accessories.
I used the same idea (and paint color) in our bedroom. Before I ever had a great idea of what else I wanted to do with the room, I painted the walls white and went from there.
What’s your take on white? Does it leave you feeling refreshed or unfinished?