Monday, September 3, 2012

White on White

One of the most difficult designs to pull off (and I imagine most designers and DIY'ers would agree) is one that would appear to be easiest--white on white. Any monochromatic palette presents challenges, but white on white is the hardest. As anyone who has seen a wall of paint chips knows, there are a million "whites" two of them together and suddenly one turns pink, and the other blue. Even two seemingly identical whites aren't once texture and light come into play. Pulling together a white on white room is difficult...but absolutely stunning when it's done correctly. The play of textures, the nuances of pattern, and the way light works off the surfaces make for a very rich space.

So here's a look at ten white rooms that work:

The glossy white tongue and groove ceiling is an unexpected touch in this soothing bedroom. The simply trimmed drapes and textured shades give the room depth.

Dark floors are often the perfect anchor for an all white room, as they are in this space.

The texture of the tiles, artful use of tile moldings, and silver-finished plumbing fixtures make this an amazing bathroom.

What a restful bedroom! The dark nightstands and drapery hardware provide definition and the layered textures give it depth.

What a great mix of furnishings in this space!

Subtle variation of tones make this calming bedroom a stunner.

Luxe living in a small space...beautiful details, heavily veined marble, and liberal use of mirrors makes this apartment glamorous and elegant.

 A mirrored mantel, clever wall of storage hidden behind drapery, and an eye-catching tete-a-tete make this waterfront room memorable.

Notice the dark painted ceiling in this monochrome room. The ethereal drapes provide shimmer and light control.

Classical pieces of furniture feel fresh and new in white fabrics, and the layered patterns in the room make it timeless.

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