Interior Trend – Warming Whites
Subtle and beautiful – white and shades of off-white are predicted to be the colour trend of the year in 2016 for your home interior projects. You may have seen some of our kitchen ranges and other home retailers including this in their new season collections. Gary Parks shares his top 5 tips for decorating with whites – creating a calm and soothing kitchen, bedroom or bathroom space using a soothing palette of off-whites combined with natural materials and layers of texture for added warmth.
1. So much more than white
Combining multiple shades of white (yes, there are many types of white to choose from!) can give a really luxurious, high-end look for your new bedroom and other rooms in your home. The key to getting it right is balancing that with texture and warmth from natural materials, accent colours and lighting to give a welcoming ambiance rather than a cold, uninviting scene.
2. Bold textures
We are seeing manufacturers include much bolder textures to white finishes for both bedroom and kitchen furniture, which adds subtle yet effective depth and warmth to the finished look. Really stunning natural wood grain and knots are being emphasized on popular painted finishes. Theses so much choice with painted finishes now too even with white, there’s a huge choice of white, off-white and taupe shades you can go for. We can help you choose if you need a little guidance! Using a mixture of different shades of white, rather than white washing the whole room, brings out any decorative details such as ornate coving or alcoves.
3. Natural materials
Some of our customers are worried about white looking a bit too clinical or cold in a kitchen or bedroom. However, combining whites with natural materials such as warming woods, chunky knitted furnishings, bamboo and exposed stone or wooden beams add layers of comfort and texture for a relaxing, rustic charm. Or if you prefer a sleek, modern look, high-gloss finishes are a great choice. Such as the gorgeous glide of a glossy white, sliding wardrobe to neatly store away crisply ironed shirts and all those essential shoes!
4. Accent colours
Another tip we recommend when decorating with whites is adding a striking pop of colour with an accent to bring the white to life. For kitchens, this could be a hand-crafted fused glass splashback or if you’re a serious cook, statement Lacanche range cooker perhaps? For your bedroom, this could be a statement wall, chair or soft furnishings for example.
5. Great design
Ideally, choosing colours for any room in your house should be based on solid design. You might have a favourite colour but perhaps it really isn’t going to suit a particular room due to the size, shape, mood you want to achieve or perhaps the style of your house. Designing your kitchen or bedroom can seem a daunting process, and that why we offer a free design visit, where our experienced design team can create the best solution for your space, lifestyle and personal taste. We put a lot of thought and consideration into the design process which a lot of our customers comment is what makes us different. Achieving the best result possible for you.