A seemingly simple shade, white is a chameleon colour that can serve a multitude of purposes in a space depending on how it's used. It can bring a serene minimalism to a room, serve as a blank canvas for bolder pieces or lend an unexpectedly casual warmth to an area used for everyday living. Whatever your purposes, here's some key pointers for getting to grips with the latest décor ideas in white-on-white interiors.
Layer it up
Combining whites together might seem redundant at first, but bringing diverse shades side by side serves to emphasise the subtle shifts in this versatile colour and adds depth to a scheme. For example, beige- and grey-based whites used with starker permeations will prevent a room from feeling too clinical.
All colours work on a sliding ‘temperature’ scale, ranging from cool to warm variations. Whites with a warm undertone lift the mood in a room that doesn’t get much natural light, while cool whites, which tend to be more blue-based, look great in the clean airiness of modern-style homes.
As you’re working with the ultimate ‘blank canvas’, rooms with a white palette are an ideal place to introduce pattern. Keep the space feeling serene by selecting a delicate floral or botanical theme, or if choosing bigger, bolder prints, go for those with a gentle gradient of tones or even a faded effect.