Decorating & Design

September 20, 2010

White Wonders

I love all things white. Lately I’ve been told to broaden my colour horizons and inject a little variety into my design aesthetic, but I can’t help it, I always seem to revert back to white. You can’t really go wrong with it, just make sure that your room is a mixture of different shades of white to avoid making your space feel like an asylum. Keep the basics (sofa, tables, shelves, etc.) in whites/neutrals and then bring in your personality (colour, in this case) with accessories like pillows, rugs, window coverings and artwork. By keeping the bones of your space in a timeless palette, you can have fun and play with all trends that come and go without breaking your bank.

To properly illustrate my strong feelings about white, I have rounded up a few of my favourite white objects:

Photo Blog September 20 White Furniture Chair

This item, the Eames Molded Plastic Chair with the dowel leg base, is at the top of my dining room wish list. (For when I actually have a dining room…) You can’t get more classic than this. For even more timeless chairs, see our Top 10 Classic Chairs photo gallery.

Photo Blog September 20 White Furniture Desk

The West Elm Parsons Desk would go perfectly in any home office no matter what your decor style. I love the glossy surface and simple lines.

Photo Blog September 20 White Furniture Bookshelf Living Room

Ikea’s Expedit shelving systems are fantastic for displaying books and accessories — the colours will really pop against the white. Take a great tip from my coworker Michael Penney and stack them like he did in this photo shoot at my loft. (Learn how to makeover an occasional chair as he did, too.)

Photo Blog September 20 White Furniture Dog

Finally, my all-time favourite white object that can make any room look spectacular — my dog, Stewie.

For more white interiors, see our White Cottages photo gallery.

Photo credits:
1. Eames Molded Plastic Chair, Herman Miller
2. Parsons Desk, West Elm
3. House & Home January 2010 issue, photography by Donna Griffith
4. Caroline Pandeli