Bright, Clean, Fresh, Tender, Basic, Pure

White is all about light - creating it, reflecting it and magnifying it. Ideal for small rooms and lofty spaces, white provides a clean canvas for any decorating scheme.

White Rules

Any fashion stylist would be happy to reveal to you one of the secrets of a successful single-hue combination: a broad variety in textures makes all the difference. The same goes for interior decorating. Glossy and matte surfaces, straight, curvy and angular lines, and materials ranging from shiny and rigid to soft and squishy, together create a lively scene. Since colour doesn't get in the way of tactile perception, you'll be acutely aware of the abundance surrounding you. It's the artsy variety of stealth luxury.

Contrary to popular belief, white doesn't create a minimalist space per se. Variations of white are ideal for the soft shapes and muted decorations that make this bedroom cosy and laid back. Adding black and charcoal accents has a grounding effect.

White leaves room for improvisation. Once you venture out into off-white and cream territory, a whole new set of opportunities arises. Be as playful as you like - the result, after all, still qualifies as a white wall.

White Meet Wood

White is not only a blank canvas or a stand-alone entity, it is also a gracious backdrop and a natural companion for wood. Wooden picture frames, a wall-mounted desk or a chest of drawers seldom look better than against a simple white wall. The light draws out the depth of colour in the wood, emphasizing the beauty of the grain and complementing the quality of the workmanship.

Mature Style

Isn't it interesting? When contrasted with white, neutral tones seem even more neutral, especially the ones easily mistaken for white, like light grey and cream. Mixing white with a number of either cool or warm neutrals will create a calming, light interior with a crisp, grown-up vibe.

Cause ands Effect

A black-and-white makeover deserves clever planning. What will you allow these colours to do, in terms of spatial sensation? In the left room, the ceiling appears even higher than it is, while the hallway on the right is just as dramatic as it is directive. The only way is up, indeed.