{Cottages} We’re Wild About White

It’s hard to imagine, but I’ve always been a person who loved color – colored walls, furniture, art, clothing; however in my middle age I’m growing more and more in love with the beauty of white.  In fact, the last gallon of paint I purchased was white (hmmm…I wonder what I painted with that??).  

As the creator of shabby chic, Rachel Ashwell, states, Paint a room white, and you have a blank canvas for anything.” 

Not only do you have a blank canvas, you gain an immediate simplicity, peacefulness and lightness that brightens the spirit. White decor can easily transition from modern clean lines to chippy & shabby antiques, depending on your preference. I like a little bit of both – balance – I guess you’d call it.  

Many think that white is just white; however there are a multitude of whites! Pure white, vanilla, winter white, off-white, chalk white, blue based white and on and on…

Southern Living shares, “Use warmer shades of white with hints of yellow or brown for the walls, and then go a little darker on the trimwork. This will add visual interest to the room and break up all of that white space.  Keep in mind that the number of windows in the room and, therefore, the more sunlight there is, the brighter the white will look.  In a windowless spot, consider a crisper hue to lighten the area. The best way to make sure you love your choice is to paint a patch of the wall and then live with it for a few days.”

So now that you’ve selected your white paint color, here are some beautiful white inspiration photos to really get your creative juices flowing… 

This beach home was designed to specifically capture the views.  The double hung windows surround three sides of the dining room and are certainly dreamy!

Elle Decor
An assortment of heirloom pieces blend with vintage wannabes.  A gentle white-on-white palette unifies this room from CountryLiving.com

Bianca of White Living loves the shabby French cottage style featured below…

Many seashells are a lovely hue of white.  Simply display different white shells on plates, trays or jars for an easy  accent.

Country Living

Maria of Dreamy Whites has one of our all-time favorite white bedrooms…EVER! A bedroom that’s a mix of shabby chic and glam.

My white tin vase is filled with white blossoms and a favorite feature in our beach cottage living room.

Rachel Ashwell‘s motto is beauty and comfort. “If you can embrace the lived-in look, white is very practical.” Slipcovered furniture, seagrass rugs and laid back ambiance make everyone feel right at home.

Rachel Ashwell Design
My Shabby Streamside Studio shared this divine white living room design; which is simple and elegant.

Decor8 loved this dreamy Coastal chic decor from Dreamy Whites blog. We love it too!

A shabby and chic farmhouse table is simply charming. French Farmhouse 425 has a home full of white treasures.

White beach cottage rooms are fresh and timeless in our opinion…what’s your opinion?

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