Whether you follow trends or not white can be an incredibly versatile colour to paint your home. Despite bolder colours making it into homes, we’ve seen a real return to this trend, or perhaps it never left? Here are some reasons to embrace the whitewash…
White removes the need for decision
We live in a world where we are overwhelmed with decision making. We’ve seen the trend for limiting our decisions work it’s way down from the ‘tricks of highly effective people’, who know that making decisions sucks energy. That’s why Mark Zuckerberg wears white t-shirts all the time – he has bigger things to worry about. If colour and interiors are your passion, then you will enjoy looking at colour swatches and choosing colours. If you have lots of decisions to make elsewhere in life it’s fine to say I’m going with white, it’s one less decision to make.
White is cheap
Going for one bulk order of white paint is always going to be cheaper than playing around with lots of colours. Which may leave more money for more flamboyan pieces of art, designer furniture or colourful accessories. Or for travel, experiences or other life adventures.
White is easy to maintain
I have a jam jar of white paint in the cupboard, every time someone leaves a mark I can cover it up easily. There’s no need for lots of jam jars of different colours. Of course, you could argue that having white walls shows up the first faster, but knowing you can quickly fix it brings peace of mind.
White never goes out of fashion
Every year Pantone pick a colour of the year and fashion and interior palettes are swamped with it. We can all look back at a wall paper or paint colour that dated fast and shudder. White never goes out of fashion and is the perfect blank canvas to play with new ideas and trends via accessories.
White can be adapted to suit the whole family’s mood
Colour is a deeply personal thing, affecting people in very different ways. A deep blue living room might make one person feel intellectually stimulated while depressing another. Red might make one person feel passionate and give another a headache. Rather than relying on large swathes of colour to inject mood, objects, accessories and art can be used to conjure the right feelings in a room.
White brings in the light
White makes our spaces feel larger and brighter, something we especially welcome in Winter. In busy family homes, who doesn’t crave more space.
White lets you tell your story
You can’t deny that white makes things stand out, it let’s your cherished items speak for themselves. There’s a lovely art gallery feel about white homes, which let you really contemplate the personality of the people who live there via the objects and wall hangings. There’s pressure there of course too, to make a great impression!
White gives you headspace
In a minimalist home white really comes into its own as a calm, reflective space. When our lives feel increasingly cluttered, white can bring us a greater sense of focus.
Do you agree or disagree? Have you used white in your home? Where and why?