9 Ways to Boost Your All-White Color Scheme
A kitchen can be mostly white surfaces and still have a sense of life with just a few colorful accents. Notice the red dials on the range, which add personality, as well as the occasional accessory and plant life. These add up to a feeling of a more diverse palette without any single hue taking over from white as the focus.
Patterns will bring a lot of interest to a monochrome space. A black and white area rug is a great way to bring some drama to a space while anchoring the floor and still leaving the room airy and open. Plus, if your wood floor is too much wood for you, it helps tie the white walls back to the ground so the color palette all feels connected.
Wood is considered a neutral, despite having strong yellow or brown undertones, so it adds a hint of color to a white space without overriding the clean, fresh look. It also helps to bring in the element of nature, which keeps a white space from feeling sterile.
Cool metallics like silver or steel are a perfect complement to warm woods to give a white space a full range of undertones while staying in a neutral family. Plus, metallic sheen adds an all-important sense of sparkle to a space. If you don’t have stainless steel appliances, add sleek new cabinet handles instead, or a metallic floating shelf.
Besides mixing textures, playfully mixing your furnishings can add a relaxed appeal to a room. Try combining different chairs, all in white and-or metal accents, and mix in different pillows or a sheepskin to give the eyes plenty of shapely details to take in.
Instead of a new hue, look for places to add clear items for a new layer of colorless “color.” Try sheer shades, transparent chairs, glass vases or a combination of all.
Pale materials like burlap, linen and other textural fabrics in off-whites like sand and cream add depth and texture to a bedroom or living room while maintaining the dreamy quality of white. Use them in pillows, lampshades, carpet, picture frames or old maps and other sepia-toned art.
Pale gray shades read as white when mixed together, especially in stone tiles. Add a few deep gray elements for contrast and bathroom walls will look like a calming spa oasis with plenty of depth.
Pale, watery blue-green is another excellent color to add in a white bathroom because it helps white look whiter without breaking up the ocean of calm.