As I’ve been on my travels trotting around open homes and flicking through recent listings I’ve come to observe that white seems to be really “in” it’s been in for quite a while now, ever since the GFC I’d say.
So, why white? What is it all about?
White is an achromatic colour meaning it doesn’t have a hue and it shows up in the natural world as much as the man-made. The beauty of white shows up naturally in the textures of chalk, limestone, alabaster, salt, marble and other minerals, not to mention, glorious animals like polar bears and snow leopards.
White was particularly dominant in architectural interiors during the Baroque period and more specifically during the Rococo style or “late baroque” period of the 18th century. If we think of the palace of Versailles all sorts of things were white from walls to wigs and faces to furniture.
When we use white within the home it can help guests to feel the home is clean, uncluttered and fresh. There needs of course to be a sprinkling of colour and texture with pictures, borders or furnishings otherwise the feeling will be sterile and bland. We don’t want that hospital feel at home!
White can also be used to open up a space and make it feel and appear visually larger, it can open up little nooks and crannies and ensure there are no dusty corners! As an arachnophobe I cannot stand dusty, dingy, dark corners so I’d gladly get out my white paint and just do away with any of that so I can see right into the corner.
The neutrality of white is also quite becoming as it allows potential buyers (if you’re selling) to see where they might add their own touch, their own colours or their own feeling to the property.
So whether you have a city pad or a beach shack and you fancy a shake-up I say throw around some white, paint all the walls and really get bright and white, it might shift your whole mood, you never know you might even get all Rococo and throw on a wig and a beauty spot too?!