Interior Obsessions – White on White

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A few weeks ago on Interior Obsessions with FormFire Glassworks, we took a look at all types of bookshelves as organization in the home. Another clear organizational method is the use of a monochromatic color theme, in this case, white. The new year always brings up concepts of freshness, a clean look, starting over. To me, the white space embodies this feeling.

I have to say that I am immediately drawn to white spaces. Never in a million years could I have an all-white space, both because I am way to messy for it, and because I prefer a warm simplicity in my own living environment. But darn, I am suckered in every time I spy an expanse of white with white accents. Many people think of ‘all-white’ spaces as stark and clinical. But today’s images show that this is not at all the case.

The important thing to remember when designing a white environment is that in general, they aren’t all absolute white. The illusion of a white space is made by the subtle use of neutrals tones, either ranging toward the greys or beiges. This gives differentiation between shades of white, and allows the eye to see the different pieces that make up the whole composition. Another great way to keep an all-white space from looking flat is to vary your textures. Wood slats, linens, furs, anything that gives depth and shadow lines is going to help the eye pick out one item from the rest of the background.

The last image shows that even an all-white space can hide a fun shot of color only visible when doors are open. How do you incorporate white in your home?

(above) Interior Swing

Textural Pillows

White Cabinet Kitchen + Wall Accessories

Creamy Dining

Hidden Color

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gorgeous images, amy. i really love all the bleached out and greyed wood with white. something i’d love to do in my home, but floors aren’t in the future at the moment!
we’re heading into a kitchen reno this spring, and will be going mostly white with grey accents.
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lesley [smidgebox designs] | January 6th, 2011 at 11:42 am

I’ve always been drawn to white spaces, too. (love that birch log chair in the first pic.) My husband hates this look, but I love how serene and bright it is. Wish I could pull it off in my own home!

Mai | January 6th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

i want …

1. the swing in my house
2. that dining room … stunning!!

hope you’re having a wonderful 2011 so far chica! xx

laura Evans | January 6th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Isn’t that swing cool Laura. Such an unexpected piece of furniture. Really adds a playful touch.
-Brittni

papernstitch | January 6th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Lesley – this has got me thinking about grey as well.

Mai – Our life is way to hectic for the look – there would be schoolbooks and stuff messing up the look. But it is nice to dream…

Laura – the swing certainly is a fun idea, and fairly easy to do!

Modern Simplicity | January 6th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

hey brittni, love the all white interiors….creamy dining is my fav. i hope you had a wonderful new year’s. ive been following your blog for a few months and have been very inspired by your posts. can’t wait to see what you post in 2011.

ps. i also live in jacksonville:)

becky | January 6th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Hi Becky! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Its nice to hear from a fellow Jacksonville lady. I live in riverside. How about you? (you don’t have to answer that, just thought I’d ask). I am going to email you about something…
-Brittni

papernstitch | January 6th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Love the kitchen. White interior looks modern and simple.
Can’t wait to renov my rooms with white, maybe wait until my kids get older.
Thanks for sharing. So inspiring!

Lydia from Lididesign | January 17th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

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