The Appeal Of White In Design

Posted on | July 27, 2012 | 1 Comment

Much has been said recently about the abundance of color we are seeing in design. Charlotte Interior Designer Anita Holland of Anita Holland Interiors shares with North Carolina Design her thoughts on the use of white within the realm of design.

Images Courtesy of Anita Holland Interiors Photography by Dustin Peck

It will not be a surprise to me when the current “color revolution” that we are experiencing in design has run its course. Good, classic design can only embrace the boldness of saturated, neon colors, the abundance of mixed patterns and un-related elements for so long.

Image from Hickory Chair Showroom courtesy of Boyd Holland

One reaction to this color revolution is that it re-introduces the use of whites as a calming backdrop, allowing fabrics, art, and furniture to have more impact than a mix of strong, often competing elements. At the Spring High Point Furniture Market, Hickory Chair Furniture Company introduced some exquisite pieces of lacquered, leather and fabric upholstered furniture in whites. This enabled these pieces of furniture to not only stand out as focal points but to also temper the strong color that was present.

Other examples of well designed rooms reacting similarly are featured in the summer issues of Veranda, Traditional Home and House Beautiful. They show a mix of whites and creams nicely juxtaposed against pops of color. Whites lift the mood of a space and add freshness to the design. The whites give the eye a place to rest as they unify the elements in a design.

I thought I’d share a few of the “white projects” I have completed that are among my favorites. The dove white of the banquette, along with its adjoining kitchen (not shown) provides a crisp backdrop for the blue, white and slate patterned fabrics of the pillows, cushions and roman shades. The all white kitchen features glazed cabinets with creamy white composite quartz countertops and backsplash, rich hardwood floors with green accents in the décor. In the final kitchen, the white countertops, island and seat cushions are a welcoming contrast against the rich wood tones of the cabinets and the hardwood floors. The custom designed creamy white chairs in the dining room are certainly refreshing and also make the space appear larger.

Anita Holland is recognized among Charlotte interior designers for the classic lines of her traditional and contemporary interiors.

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One Response to “The Appeal Of White In Design”

  1. Rene' Patat
    August 24th, 2012 @ 4:41 AM

    Stunning! A variety of colorful designs may come and go but, white will never lose it’s striking appeal! Stark white, eggshell and sand are so very versatile. Redesign is much more simple with these colors as your canvas, as you simply re-accessorize without the chore of repainting or replacing major furnishings. For instance, refinishing or reupholstering a breakfast or dining room chair in another color or shade creates a completely new, simple and very elegant appearance and is much less costly than replacing entire pieces. Keep it basic and work around what you have. Your clients appreciate your consideration of their costs!

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