Are you drawn to all-white rooms? When Country Living’s new book Decorating with White arrived on my doorstep, I immediately sat down to ooh and ahh at all the lovely photos in it, including this one of a rustic kitchen in a renovated barn.
Photo by Lisa Romerein.
The book says, “A room painted white provides light, tranquility, and a sense of spaciousness.” I agree. We painted all the rooms in our first house white and loved it. We had high ceilings and large windows and the white looked great. The rooms felt big and bright and happy. It was easy to decorate those white rooms, too.
Photos by Lara Robby and Bjorn Wallander.
When we moved into our current house, we found that white walls didn’t work as well. We’re on a heavily wooded lot, which means some of our rooms feel dark even in the middle of a sunny afternoon. The light we get here is different than we had in our first house, and white walls made the rooms feel cold.
Bolder and warmer colors seem to work better in the “shadiest” rooms of our house that don’t get a lot of natural light. My bedroom, for example, which I never liked when it was white but now love in a deep teal.
It seems counter-intuitive to paint darker rooms with darker colors, but somehow it works. Has anyone else found that to be true?
Photo by Max Kim-Bee.
Some days I really miss that light and sunny house we used to have with all the white walls and beamed ceilings. I’d love to live in one like that again. The only white walls we have here are in our sunroom–my favorite room in the house.
In the meantime, I’ll keep daydreaming over photos like these…
Bedroom photo by Bjorn Wallander. Photo at top of post by Robin Stubbert.
Check it out on Amazon if you’re interested. The cover is kind of cool–it’s textured like wicker:
Another decorating book I was recently sent a review copy of that I enjoyed was House Beautiful Quick Changes: Fresh Looks for Every Room.
It’s only about as big as that photo of the cover above, which surprised me when it arrived. It may be small, but it’s filled with great tips for perking up your place.
I love decorating books. Have you read any good ones lately?
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