Coastal Color: White
Dazzling and fresh, beach rooms bathed in white have timeless elegance and brilliant good looks.
This simple, sun-bleached palette produces a clean, airy atmosphere, allowing dramatic views or artwork to take center stage.
Design Editor, Steele Marcoux give tips on decorating with cool whites.
Give monochromatic rooms interest and depth with texture. Go for the look of an old beach shack by coating wooden walls in white. Once dry, sand planks to reveal glimpses of the wood beneath.
Paint walls, ceilings, trim, and doors the same shade of white to create a uniform backdrop. Surfaces painted one color blend seamlessly, allowing natural wood floors or furnishings to steal the show.
Don’t overlook what lies below. White floors do show scratches and dirt, but their brilliant sheen is unmatched. Porch and floor enamel can be tinted and will protect against heavy foot traffic.
Bathe a room in bright whites. As the light changes, so will the space’s color and feel. White upholstery means no worry over fading.
Add a subtle tint to pure white paint if you’re not a fan of stark white. The room will still look clean and crisp but feel warm and welcoming.
Paint exposed pipes or ducts the same hue as their surroundings to trick the eye and make the utilitarian objects appear less prominent. To focus attention on a single object, such as this antique sink, paint adjacent surfaces a softer, creamier white.
Build around one soothing white, then add colorful accents. Choose paints with tints of blue, gray, or pink to prevent rooms from looking washed out.
Pair soft upholstery and white walls with dark wood floors for richness and warmth. You can achieve the same effect on a smaller scale with wood tables or even baskets.
Install white beaded board and retro appliances to create classic cottage style in the kitchen. Oil-rubbed hardware provides dramatic contrast.
Consider white walls your easel. Art assumes greater prominence when placed in a white interior. Gallery owners have long displayed artwork against white walls for maximum effect.
A simple arrangement of greenery becomes sculptural when set against bright white interiors. Remember, less is more: A few carefully chosen accessories with large proportions will make an instant impression.
Dress small spaces in white for a spacious feel. Complementary white paint, linens―even billowing fabric overhead―make cozy quarters seem airy.
Paint shelves white to display collections to their best advantage. Choosing the same white for both shelves and walls allows prized objects―such as these vintage cameras―to stand out.