Home Improvement / October 6, 2018 / éloïse Schubert.
Many people believe that white is the absence of color and bland, but this is not the case. White comes in many different shades and tones to create a wide variety of moods in a room.
A pure white is quite rare, and most shades of white have another color as an undertone, such as white or blue, which make the white warm or cold. There is a virtual wonderland of white tones to choose from, all with their unique appeal and character.
Selecting a warm white with pink tones adds an elastic and soft element to your decor. On the other hand, a crisp white with blue tones is sleek and modern. There are also elegant shades of ivory and cream that give a romantic allure to your walls. Soft shades of white, ivory and cream are easy on your eyes and glow much like a candle, while cool whites are boldly bright like fluorescent lighting.
White and Shabby Chic.
No matter what beautiful white shade you choose, you can warm it up further with soft furnishings and accessories to make the room shabby chic instead of ordinary and cold. Shabby chic is not just a cool phrase; it's a great way of decorating on any budget. Shabby chic is a term first used by Rachel Ashwell during the 1980s to describe home decor that is fresh, simple, casual and rumpled while being traditional, ornate, elegant and tidy.
Shabby chic is not as confusing as it sounds and it's a versatile, easy way to make your home inviting. Combine white walls with simple color themes and your favorite furniture and artwork, and you've achieved shabby chic. Often shabby chic involves using accessories and furnishing from the 1900's to the 1950's for the unique appeal of Grandma's house with a modern edge. Finally, shabby chic is based on a white-on-white theme or in some instances, a beige-on-beige motif.
Doing White Right.
So how can you achieve shabby chic in your home? It's quite simple; the first step is deciding which of your possessions, decorating accents and accessories you love and want to incorporate in your new rooms design scheme. For example, you can take an unusual, oversized antique vase and make it the center of when placed against warm white walls and creamy upholstered furnishings.
If you already have colored furniture, stick to one or two colors throughout the room and have white walls, accessories, curtains, and rugs. Paint old wooden furniture white to fit into a shabby chic decor. Popular shades to include in shabby chic rooms are pale mossy green, the softest baby blue, light lilac purple, and sweet petal pink.
Another ideal part of shabby chic is that if you have slightly worn furniture, it will fit right into the decor. Shabby chic fabrics are made to appear faded, threadbare, soft and old. Patterns can be combined, such as stripes and flowers, to create great appeal and a sense of casual comfort. Consider sconces and lamps with dangling crystal pendants or even a gorgeous crystal chandelier.