White is sometimes underplayed as the default choice of colorphobes, but some of the boldest and most sophisticated rooms in the world have white walls. Maxwell loves decorating with white walls – as long as it's the right kind of white. According to Maxwell, the best whites aren't just a "blank canvas." He says, "I like the ones with a bit of depth and color." A good white wall never looks unfinished, "it looks intentional."
In honor of Simply White, Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year for 2016, we've combed through our House Tour archives and found three wildly different rooms that offer beautiful evidence in support of white's timeless elegance.
Jess sent in photos and info on her exterior makeover project. She writes: Crazy what a coat of paint will do! We chose Benjamin Moore's Sun Valley for the doors and French Beret for the trim. We had originally chosen black instead of the deep blue/gray. Clearly we made the right choice. I love that the door is a ray of sunshine every time you see it! In gray Seattle weather, you need to be reminded of the sun sometimes.
White paint doesn't always get the respect it deserves. Too often it's considered a default, or a color for people who can't pick a color.
But white is consistently voted the 'most popular' and 'most likely to succeed' member of the color spectrum. And in so many cases, it's white that allows other colors to pop. As Maxwell says, "A good white wall is like a nice formal dress shirt – it's the perfect foundation. It holds the space of the room while directing attention to the art and the furnishings." Here are five beautiful rooms that show that white paint is the hero we've been waiting for.
The bathroom, to me, is the perfect testing ground for those who are scared to make bold decor decisions. It's a small room (which makes any project you might tackle in there a bit more affordable) and it's not a place where you spend a whole lot of time. So if you, say, make a huge mistake thinking that, yes, fuzzy wallpaper was definitely the way to go... you can at least live with it for a while. It won't be staring you down with it's wrongness in exactly the way a misstep in the living room would.
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who think painting furniture is a good idea, and those who do not. If you fall into the second camp, think of this post as an effort to change your mind. And if you fall into the first camp, well, you're in for a real treat.
I still remember the day my 13-year-old brother wanted to wear all orange to school: orange from head to toe. I thought he was crazy, but what if he was actually onto something, just 14 years ahead of his time? What if orange is totally awesome? How can we best use it in our homes?
I'm continually amazed by the things resourceful DIYers can do with old, down-on-their-luck pieces of furniture. If you're creative enough, that sad dresser moldering in the corner at the garage sale or junk shop could become the centerpiece of your living room. Here are seven ways to transform your thrift store finds — or just give a little new life to pieces you already have.
Stuck with a small, cave-like space? You can make a room feel larger by removing some of the furniture, of course. But that's not the only way. You can keep your stuff right where it is and still visually expand the space with the right coat of paint (or strategic placement of wallpaper).
Finding a place with exposed ductwork is like the holy grail for industrial types–you've found something that totally speaks your style, and now you need to know what to do with it. Or maybe you're reading this because exposed ductwork isn't your taste, but you are living with it, and you want to find a way to hide the ducts and pipes running through your otherwise great apartment.
Since it's one of the easiest things to change about a room, we've seen increasingly creative applications of paint in recent years. It's no longer just about the walls, and thank goodness for that. If you've got a favorite paint color and a hankering to see more of it than your walls alone can offer, read on for some ideas on painting outside the lines.