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"Shades of White".....

Thursday, April 23, 2009

With the arrival of Spring, comes the "yearly parade of color"...glorious color which I think we are all ready for & welcome with open arms!.....But then as the weeks of Spring unfold, I end up once again coming back around to my beloved "Shades of White".....Oh! How I love the color that is "white"!......I love the "quiet" that is "worn grayish white", showing up in old pieces of furniture, the soft patina of "aged tin".......

Then of couse there is rich warm "vanilla"........lending such a comforting feeling to anything it touches! A color that dispells the idea that white is "sterile & unfriendly".....

The most interesting fact about using white though, is not just in the color variations, but in the willing way they have of "complimenting each other". The warmer shades play against the coolness of the others, creating such sweet harmony!.....That is the reason you should make a point of mixing "shades of white", far more effective design-wise......

This also applies to not only the various "shades of white", but also the "textures of white".....When using a color so neutral, it is very important to mix many combinations of textures,.... beadboard, marble, terrycloth & linen....all lend their particular "hue", along with their particular "feel".....which results in quite a lovely appearance!......

"Shades of White" can be as exciting as the brightest fushia, or the deepest green.....as long as differing colorations & textures are used together!.....So when trying to decide which color to use in your next decorating scheme, consider "white".......You might be surprised at what a bold color it truly is!




9 comments:

Sherri April 24, 2009 at 6:08 AM  

Heidi, I love using what in my decorating. I once had a garden on our farm in NJ that was nothing but whites, pale, pale grays and it was beautiful especially in the moonlight. The girls always called it Mommy's Moonlight Garden. They still talk about it to this day! YAY White!!

*Noelle* April 24, 2009 at 12:26 PM  

i think white is so pretty and clean but would never, never stand a chance in my home with 2 boys and 2 cats- eeek!! someday!!

found some things for our swap- yippee!! i am so excited!!

noelle :)

Jenny S April 24, 2009 at 4:12 PM  

I want that chair in your header picture!! Soooo pretty!

laurie @ bargain hunting April 24, 2009 at 4:40 PM  

Lovely and inspiring images. Thank you. laurie

princess April 24, 2009 at 11:07 PM  
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Hélène Glehen April 24, 2009 at 11:11 PM  

It's a happiness to visit your blog. The pictures are creative and inspire me.

the wild raspberry April 25, 2009 at 5:50 AM  

I adore white! This was a fantastic post...love how you described white in so many wonderful ways and your photos were inspirational!
have a great weekend.
chasity

fairychildheirlooms April 25, 2009 at 7:16 AM  

ahh white, so clean and crisp! I love that first picture the most.
:) Missy

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