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To Products To Make Hardwood Floors Shine Go me, beige has no life in it. Your floor looks amazing! I remember the first time I heard people talking about painting their walls different colors—I thought, why on earth would you do that? Hi, I'm Tasha. Paint color is such a personal decision. A pale, buttery yellow.

Just wondering, did you sand the gloss off the floors first? If I can avoid an unnecessary step with a noisy tool, that would be great!

Thank you, Dee! I was wondering. If I just want to paint my kitchen floor one solid color of black. Do I still need 2 coats of a base color? And if so what would that be? I did see to do 1 coat of primer first. Thanks much! Hi Sage! I think for black, it will probably require two coats to be full coverage.

Hi, I was thinking about doing this and you convinced me. What do you wash your floor with, is bleach out of the question, something mild like soap and vinegar. It look fantastic.. Hi Marie! No top coat is necessary! Good for you for trying this and sharing it!

I have a worn-out vinyl floor in my rental kitchen. I might just try this- I love it. Seems like the perfect simple, sorta cheap solution. And yes, linoleum is a whole different animal and has amazing longevity, along with an ability to be shined up very nicely, even when the floor is old. It also has that cool retro look. Hi Coco! We love them! I love the laundry room floor!! So inspiring! I have been in my house now for 7 years and the kitchen is the last thing we have focused on.

We want to replace the floor but have a some settling so the floor is uneven. It would be costly to correct the issue and level the floor. I constantly sweep the floor all day. Thanks so much, Maria! Have you check out my painted kitchen floor? We used a stencil to mimic the look of tile and we love, love, love it! That looks great! What an inexpensive and beautiful way to update nasty vinyl flooring. I should give it a try in my bathroom.

Thanks so much, Theresa! You should go for it. If you do it, please let me know how it turns out! I seriously want to do this in the kitchen! Would it be over kill? Also I have a shark steam cleaner I love! Think it would be a bad idea to use that to clean the floors after the paint? Hi Kelly! I do not know about the use of a shark steam cleaner on it. But, we mop both our laundry room floor and our kitchen floor with no issues. Hope that helps!!! I just stumbled across this reveal, and I love it!

Yep, I said it…linoleum! And nobody can change my mind. Thanks so much, Shannon! It should totally transform your linoleum, LOL! Let me know how it turns out! Hi Stacy! Are we talking about a tile floor? I have never tried it. I do think there are special products sold for painting tiles.

Petite Modern Life recently painted her tub and tiles with a special product. You should check out her blog for more info. I love your floors! What kind of paint did you use? Can you comment on that? Hi Sarah! The top coat is just not necessary with the porch and floor paint and can cause yellowing. The floors were painted almost a year ago and are still in perfect condition. Just need some clarification.

Your directions call for 1 quart of each colour. In step one you indicate grey 1 gallon? Is this because there is no smaller amount available or do I need to purchase a gallon to complete the floor. Thanks for clearing that up for me. I just found your blog posted on Buzfeed DIY. Hi Islay! Great question. I used only 1 quart of each color. Hi Sophie! I think as long as you start with nice, clean floors, prime and then use porch and floor paint, you should be good!

Hi Kristy! How are they holding up? I just embarked on painting my kitchen floor — did you put a polyurethane or gloss on top to seal the floor? Thanks so much, Katie! We just painted our kitchen floors as well. Both the kitchen floors and the laundry room floors are holding up perfectly.

We had to start over from scratch which with 7 hours of stenciling in the kitchen was not fun. Long store short…do not use poly! The porch and floor paint holds up well on its own!

I absolutely LOVE this idea! Hi Rose! Thanks so much for sharing! One of my favorite blogger Kelly at View Along the Way inspired this project and her floors were somewhat damaged.

You may want to check her blog out. As I recall, she repaired some of the damage with caulk with great success! Pinned it! You did an awesome job — it looks great! So chic! Love your blog, btw.

Very clean and easy to navigate! Hope you had an awesome SITS day :. Thanks so much, Jen! I really appreciate your compliment on my blog design! Thanks so much for stopping by from SITS. I did have an awesome SITS day! Hi, visiting you via the SITS girls. What a wonderful idea! We have some flooring that could use some paint! Good to know. Happy SITS day! LOVE it!!! Our bathroom floors are vinyl…I might have to consider this when we go to re-do them, instead of all new flooring!

Thanks for sharing!!! It works and they are holding up beautifully! We have since painted our kitchen floors and love them, too. Thanks for stopping by, Kristen! This looks great! I might even enjoy laundry a little more.

OMG that looks fabulous! I love what you had done to the floor, it looks amazing. We want to do this in our bathroom. My question is……does the floor clean up nicely mopping? Also is there some sort of shine to it, or does it have a dull finish? The floor cleans up fabulously with mopping. There is not much of a shine to it. This is fabulous! Do you mop like a regular floor?

Thank you, Lari! Yes, we just mop it light a regular floor. We have also done it in our kitchen, which gets TONS more traffic and it is holding up beautifully! Have fun! Let me know how yours turns out. I may have missed my answer but does it have to be a certain type of paint to use on the floor?

I am thinking of doing this with my kitchen and bath is why I ask. Hi China! It needs to be porch or floor paint. There is a link in the post that you can click on to see exactly what I am referring to.

I just did it in my kitchen as well and love it! My concern is that my 25 year old vinyl floor has cracks and small indentations. I could change the color but they would still have the pits etc. Money has been tight and this would be perfect. Hi Debbie! If you check out this post by View Along the Way, Kelly talks a bit about repairing her vinyl floor before she painted it.

That should help you! Thanks for sharing! Hi Holly! Hi Alexandra! I think it would, but for some added protection, you may want to put a couple of coats of polyurethane on top of the porch paint. Then I think you would be in good shape! I love love love what you made out of that laundry room floor! Is there any way to paint it and then get it back to its former state when we move out? Hi Anna! Thank you so much. Unfortunately, I think once you paint it there is no way to get the paint off.

Maybe your landlord would let you paint it since future renters would likely view it as an upgrade as well?! I have some ugly kitchen floors that would love to look like this. I have pets, do you? I am wondering how the paint would hold up to kitty paws claws running over it. Any thoughts? Hi Babs. We have an pound Boxer, but no cats.

Did you have any trouble with it peeling up off the vinyl? Hi Heidi! Our floors have been done since October and they are holding up perfectly. No scratches or peeling at all. As long as you clean the floor and prime it before hand AND use the porch and floor paint, you should not have any problems! Ran across this on Pinterest…. Thanks so much for sharing this Tasha!

Your floor looks amazing! Have a great day! Thank you, Amanda! So glad you are going to give this a try. I would love to see how yours turns out! Thank you so much, Jacqui! Thanks for stopping by! Hi Kristey!

For the laundry room floor, we use Mrs. So funny, Katie! I almost wish my ugly bathrooms had vinyl instead of loads of brown tile so that I could paint them like this :.

In your laundry room is not much foot traffic, but how do you feel painting your kitchen floor…. Hi Junnie! I actually plan to paint my kitchen floors in the next few months. I do plan to add a layer of polyurethane over the kitchen floors for added protection and then I think they will be fine for the additional foot traffic. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity! What an honor to have my painted floors to be picked by you and to be featured on your fabulous blog!

Shut the front door, there must have been a sale on this flooring because I have the same ugly, yukky stuff in my Kitchen and Bathroom, and now I know I can paint it it will be gone, outta here!! Thank so much for sharing, your floors look beautiful!! Thanks so much, Jamie! You will LOVE it after you paint it. I would LOVE to see how it turns out.

Send photos! This is so smart! I love it…I can totally see myself doing something like this in one of our bathrooms or laundry room! I painted a wood floor in our old house, but it never occurred to me to paint the linoleum! Thanks so much, April! I wish I could take credit for the idea, but Kelly at View Along the Way deserves the credit for inspiring me to do it!

My brother is a bachelor and decorating is not his thing. About 15 years ago, my sister and I painted his lineloum floor. It really is lineloum flooring from ! His floor still looks great! Hi Jane! You were very forward thinking!

Glad to hear they are still holding up well. Our laundry room floor is holding up beautifully so far.

What a wonderful job done…. Hi Angela! You are so welcome. You will LOVE how your floors turn out? What pattern do you think you will use? What a great transformation! I love this! Oh, oh! I feel a project coming on! Ha ha! Thanks for the inspiration! Your floors look amazing, Tasha! Nice job, thanks for sharing! Tasha, We are looking at houses to buy and could totally see us doing something like this. I am totally pinning this for future reference. Thanks for sharing with us! Hi Bethany!

Thanks for stopping by and for following me on all the social media. I look forward to following you as well! Love how this floor turned out! This completely changed the feel of the room. You have got to love doing laundry in there now… well as much as you can love doing laundry :.

Hi Tasha! Super creative! I especially like the letters. Did you buy those on Amazon? Thanks in advance for the reply! Hi Betsy, thank you! I hung them with little finishing nails. Wonderful transformation! I have ugly grey linoleum in my kitchen and bathroom and if my landlord agrees I think I might tackle this project on my own. Question though: Do you think the porch paint would hold up well in a small bathroom?

Hi Anne! I have never used porch paint in a bathroom, but I think it would hold up well. I have also used it on a covered porch with good results.

I hope that answers your question. Love the floor! I have 4 kids so the foot traffic would be heavy. Thank you, Shannon! I have used porch paint on an actual outdoor patio before and not even moving heavy patio furniture around on it damaged it! But, if you are worried about it, a coat of polyurethane should add additional protection. Way to step out and be a brave soul. Join IKEA Family for even bigger savings on affordable furniture and home furnishings, a free hot coffee or tea when you visit and many more benefits.

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White also lets me switch things out seasonally without any worry about things looking crazy. Someone above mentioned that it might be popular because it feels more minimalist in the face of clutter, and as someone that collects a lot of things, as well as a mom with Thomas and friends, blocks, shoes, and puppy toys, everywhere, I have to say that the white walls and light colored flooring make me feel a little less like that clutter is closing in.

Two more cents. Thanks for always sharing interesting things and a variety of looks! We keep going back to Snowbound by Sherwin Williams. Love it. That was certainly not the intent. My point was more that there are certain life changes that have a big impact on the way we decorate and arrange our homes. One is being a home owner instead of a renter. Often this goes along with becoming less transient and maybe having a little more money and more space. Sometimes this also means moving to a space that is less urban.

Another huge factor is having children. Some design is more absorbent of kid-clutter and kid-mess, some less so. A third factor is getting to an age when you begin to inherit some things. If they belonged to someone you loved, if you have fond memories of them, and if they are cool in their own right like art deco bedroom sets it is harder to be ruthless with them in an effort to maintain a certain aesthetic.

Great post! Somehow white paint seems to cover a multitude of sins aka: dated features, cheap finishes, lack of natural light , while being renter-friendly. I am one who loves the clean look of white walls because it allows beautiful objects in a room to stand out. These items all have a story — a history with me — so I love being surrounded by them. I only want items in my home that I truly love and that I have a connection to, but I also want my spaces to be uncluttered.

When I walk in my home, I smile every time because every item brings back a memory and those white walls allow all those lovely things to shine. After spending 6 years in Scandinavia my thoughts on white walls are mixed. Each one of us has a very unique and personal style that really represents who we are, where we have been and who we hope to become. We just need to give ourselves time to discover it! When we first moved to Copenhagen, I was SO excited about the white walls, but after I while I started to notice that when we left for a trip and came home that my home felt cold and distant to me.

I began adding a little bit of color to my walls and then curtains very un-Danish and layers of texture. A rambling comment, essentially to say thanks for giving our design world a bit more depth and meaning by talking about stuff like this. John would paint a hospital for marketers black. I had a cream white living room that bounced bright yellow around during the daytime and looked dingy at night no matter what kinds of lightbulbs I used. Nearly drove me crazy. But for some reason, I had no problem with a slightly dusty, marigold yellow, which looked wonderful no matter what time of day it was.

In the alternative, maybe people who hate color have been subjected to the wrong ones for too long! To each their own. Happy color hunting! I remember as a younger person lusting for colored walls because I assumed white walls were a sign of hesitation — hesitation to own a style or color theme, and seeing it as a safety net so if we were to move, the bland walls would be best for potential buyers. Now I see white walls translated a few ways: a lesser focus on the location or ownership of a place and more focus on prized possessions, a clean slate for a busy mind, and negative space for other forms to pop.

Maybe we gravitate towards minimalism in our homes and white walls because we are so stimulated these days. Perhaps we are preferring transportable investments and decor that can be moved around easily on a whim as we change as rapidly as the electronics around us. WHY white?

For example the Union Jack, a multi layered,time rendered, specific design. Such colour association is also reflected in our institutions eg- the NHS , our national health system evolved from the mire of military field tents, kaki became bleached canvas which progressed to Victorian pale blue walls thought to deter flies , to mid century mint green symbolising clean, fresh and relaxing.

Today our treasured, free hospitals have walls of fluctuating , purposeful variety, chosen by the people, for the people. My boyfriend is a minimalist and I am a maximalist. We just sold our last house that had intense bright and colorful walls. After all the re-painting we had to do to sell it, we decided to leave the walls in our new house lighter, and compromised on colorful trim and wainscoting, thinking. I loved this article, it nailed down a lot of thoughts I had in my head.

I was raised in an apartment building. Walls were white. No one would have dreamed of painting walls a color-they were white and you hung art on them. I remember the first time I heard people talking about painting their walls different colors—I thought, why on earth would you do that? Galleries host all sorts of art, they need their spaces open and blank.

And, more literally, some people might want their house to look like an art gallery. Regardless of how much art they actually own, or move around. This is such an interesting post!

It is more than just coincidence when so many home tours across design blogs are virtually identical — lovely, mind you — but so, so similar. Thanks for the editorial! As a member of another maligned group of women — middle aged cat lady — I agree with those who reflect on the effects of age and a lifetime of collecting.

This is it: the moment that my stuff makes me hip. I should make more of it before the cycle swings again!

The age and finances bit plays in also: as is the case with many in Europe, I rent in the city where I work and own a home in the country for weekends and holidays. My rental came and will be returned all white. The items I chose to bring here reflect the style of apartment, the need for reflected light in grey winters, a balance of new acquisitions I treasure and old friends that make the house a home.

My own house, however, will be different. The walls are now covered in lime plaster, awaiting a year of knowledge of the light and my use of the place to decide how to finish them.

Others will embrace the cosy corners of a house with both light and shade and could be quite dark. There might be some wall paper in hallways and WC and I might tint the limewash of the living room to a sort of yellowy ochre that has given rooms in other north facing homes a just-at-sunset feel all day and all year. I can take the time and play with the colour and texture of my own home since I know no one will ask me to cover it up when I move on. I can invest since it belongs to me and it gives me pleasure to do so.

As to controversy? I wonder if the reactions here are not linked to the same forces that are seeing such polarisation in US politics. Sometimes the bitterness seems to be a thin veil for what reads to the outsider as insecurity. There is nothing wrong with this phenomenon but it is worth paying attention to the good and great coming from other traditions so that we can pick and chose when looking for inspiration.

My husband is an architect and when we first set up house,35 years ago, it was all white walls, simple furniture and then Persian rugs as we could afford them. Then came some black leather Kohl chairs, casts- offs from his office remodeling, now worth thousands, so says the internet. It happened without much discussion but at some point I realized I was never going to have chintz.

Architects had and I guess still do a huge ego investment in how their houses look. Good thing I like it! Great article and discussion. Relevant to me right now on account of an obsession with limewash which I sometimes tint with local ochres.

With so many people unable to paint or paper their walls, no wonder the aesthetic is popular! Furniture and art you can take with you to your next place without struggling with your landlord over your security deposit.

Please make a Best white paint color list!!! Would be very helpful to hear all the feed back. Updated, the last list i see is from By picking up on, and exposing some of our thoughts and fears behind our collective unconscious aesthetic and color choices, your essay reviews and reveals what we who are out here in interior landscape land are indeed worrying over and wondering about: Am I to make a mistake?

Am I avoiding and and banish color, save for a few splashy pillows? Thanks so much! What I find interesting is the number of White Shades and how they might make a home look quite different.

With the number of folks moving often and perhaps renting rather than owning, that might also account for the all-white trend. Late to reading this; similar reaction. If home ownership is down and renting is up, it makes sense. After giving up my old Victorian house full of Oak and colorful walls, I have found myself in white apartment after white apartment.

I have grown to love neutral walls, I find them best for showing off my art collection, however, I have always found white to be a cold color and since I now live in a cold climate, I prefer the Products To Make Hardwood Floors Shine St slightly pinkish cream or barely beige.

A stark white I find to be better in say a desert climate or at least where it is very hot. White cools you off. I do get tired of the sameness of approach Products To Make Hardwood Floors Shine Amazon to design elements which are included in the white house or apartment. In homes I prefer the personal. I definitely find myself drawn to this aesthetic. That said I also love color, but I am in no position to buy a home and rental apartments invariably come with white walls.

I think my family are slowly warming to it as they can see how it also serves to make small spaces feel larger. I thought it resulted from all white rooms looking better in print and on computer screens. Everyone bought the trend before they figured that out. The medium is the message. Grace, you touched on this point in the article. Most people get their interiors images and inspiration online and in magazines. White rooms are fashionable now, but that has lot to do with the fact that they look good online and in print.

Color is more variable, especially on a screen, also, colors have more personal associations. After buying my very humble circa house I assumed that the interior would be mostly white.

There are a few white ceilings, but not one room has white walls. One thing that you have overlooked is that is it so much easier to pain in white. Yes, a decorater can get clean lines up to the ceiling or woodwork but an amateur with a limited amount of time is going to make a bit of a mess.

White means you can paint up to and over that white woodwork and often straight from walls to ceiling without getting out the dreaded masking tape.

Speed is the benefit of using white for the amateur, and lets face it we are all busy and time-streached. I believe that is the real reason white walls will always have a place. OMG this article is Ah-Mazinggggg. Essential reading! Loved it both for its refusal to pick a side and for someone finally putting it all into perspective.

I think the white-walled blown-out trend is just that: Looks clean and status-quo, but pretty cookie-cutter uninventive. This aesthetic is easy to emulate and difficult to fully resolve.

So often it looks good and feels soul-less. I think many believe it is a cheap and easy way to appear stylish however often the space becomes an entirely unpleasant experience. It takes a sophisticated eye for detail to accomplish. As a designer, I would have to say that the majority of my clients are very, very bad at picking colors.

They may have wanted a yellow room… but had no real concept that some yellows will be gorgeous and others will just look ugly… so after a lot of paint and effort to paint, they settle on white. Not a designer but as a new home owner this was my experience as well. I wanted to paint the two largest rooms master bed and dining in my home two different colors. After trying 15 different shades of blue-green and gray I found one blue-green paint color I liked and painted both rooms the same color.

Fortunately I used paint samples to figure out what worked. I completely gave up on finding a gray paint that worked in my space the white trim and ceiling have a yellow undertone. When it was time to chose a second color living room and hallway I was much better at picking what would work in my space and found a lovely green. With a white space, like a laboratory, you could literally see that a space was clean and hygienic.

Also, a shift away from coal burning made white interiors practical in ways they never could be before. New cleaning products, durable paints and construction methods that eliminated the need for trim and moulding enabled this minimalism — architect Richard Meier owes much to this.

Gwendolyn Wright or Lewis Mumford are good historians to read on this subject. Mumford also discusses the use of white paint on the exterior of American domestic structures. The discussion about polychromy and primitivism is well debunked.

Well writen article about a subject that haunted me for a long time now. Well, I am 58 and have been living with white walls , killims and succulents for years. I put them in when I was I have collected blue and white before it was a thing and what I call hot climate furniture which is all beat up and comfy.

I do live in the fucking desert which might explain my obsession. It just feels better to my psyche after coming home from work with temperatures hovering at That said, no macrame please. And I hate mid century furniture and Whole Foods. I must have a problem with my parents. Got to go to therapy stat. If you like a more spacious feel to your rooms, definitely go with white or a very light color. Lighter walls also help sell a home, if that is your goal.

You can get away with painting a room a dark color if the room has a lot of doors or windows with white trim. This was a very satisfying read. I love the fact that you wrote a well thought out essay on a trend that I, as a home design enthusiast, have noticed and embraced over the past years. I just really, really loved the fact that this essay exists because I got to cozy up to my computer screen and read something long and engrossing about a design aesthetic.

I love it! Either way. The trouble with print and online photographs of homes is that they rarely capture the amount of colour that goes on outside of the home which, in person, is often visible through windows. Often light floors and white walls are only part of the equation — when ample windows frame trees, brightly coloured neighbouring buildings, green fields, meadows of flowers, mountains and lakes, a much more colourful and patterned overall appearance emerges and the feeling is less stark than just the white interior on its own.

Great conversation here. To go white or not will remain a tough decision as one considers other factors. To compliment or to accessorize will play a big debate here. But at the end we will still have so many white walls. I think the key to white is finding the right one for your particular space. The light is a major factor. Of course there is nothing new in our current and historic associations of the color white with purity, innocence, new beginnings the blank canvas , spacial emptiness and cleanliness.

So it might be more instructive to ask why white has become such a powerful collective choice at this particular time. I think color trends are a pretty good indicator of where we are as a collective, be it in a more localized or global culture.

People may need white right now because it offers hope, a new beginning, a sense of connection with something which is whole and greater than ourselves. In volatile times it offers peace, simplicity, calm, clarity and unity. However all this white wash also, ironically, hints at an encroaching fear of the dark. Where for art thou? It is also wrapped up in the decluttering movement also interpreted as minimalism.

It says to the world one is free of the messiness and imperfections of the mundane. So for some perhaps being surrounded by white helps to counteract or fend off a looming darkness and simplifies a complex, layered and noisy external and internal world. Perhaps we are struggling with accepting our own humanity while also coming ever closer to recognizing and acknowledging our own divinity. Spoiler alert — there seems to be a growing trend toward translucency…. Thanks for this- very interesting topic.

Read for half an hour and essentially — everyone just loves white. I appreciate white, but so much white in design has a soporific effect. It is easy, and sometimes exciting design is not.

Plenty of people have made magical things happen in small rooms with saturated color. I truly love the look of somewhat barren walls. I have wood floors and wood ceilings…. My sister threatens to paint the walls every time she house sits. I guess it is a preference. Her home has several small rooms…all painted different colors. It is lovely, but I find it unsettling. Different strokes for different folks.

Many use their homes as backdrops or sets for their work, especially designers or photographers who are often featured on DS. Have you ever tried to take photos near of a bright green wall? That green gets around. In fact, I bought my house with the intent to turn it into a living studio. When I purchased the sf slab foundation house, everything inside it was brown. The shag carpet, the walls, the kitchen, the vinyl flooring… all medium to dark brown. Even the textured ceiling was slightly dingy from cigarette smoke.

It was utterly depressing and disgusting. So, in my quest to lighten and brighten the place and make it seem less cramped I ripped up the 3 different types of flooring and unified the space by painting ALL the floor white. I also painted a few rooms white, but the main areas are a warm light grey. My goal was to create a space bright enough to serve as a neutral backdrop for product photography and sustain my vast collection of plants.

White walls, white floor, and copious mirrors made that possible. Tired of consuming. I like the restfulness of the natural pallette and appreciate the textured and handmade. Her style was to mix antique decorative arts — primarily French, from Louis XVI through Empire — with a wide range of fine art. In our dining room, I remember a pair of 3ft tall Italian Renaissance boys holding candelabra, and a translucent neon pink op-art sculpture.

She kept things balanced and uncluttered so each piece, whether furniture or fine art, had its say. She worked color with precision, e. With very few exceptions, she was adamant about white walls only, or more precisely blanc-casse, tinged imperceptibly with the appropriate undertone.

I always thought that this white-only aesthetic was drummed into her at the NYSID, but she did hail from a Mediterranean country, where walls were whitewashed in a bright pure white. I also grew up in the desert, where everything is neutral, the intention is to keep things cool and light, and too much of anything —color, textiles, pattern, etc.

Now I live in the dreary PNW and wood, white and plants has been a natural extension of the design philosophy I unknowingly absorbed as a kid. Hence minimal decor and neutral palettes. Curious to know if anyone else feels this way?

Which is why I completely overhauled my bedroom a few years ago, threw out everything to start back from scratch. I replaced all the bedding with white fabrics, and removed all the furniture except the colonial bed and the built-in wardrobe. Added in a few plants for colour and now I have a bedroom that actually helps me leave the day behind and recharge.

When you have that much drywall, it can be hard to choose another color, even if it is soft or subtle. A professional photographer can make us drool over a golden mustard dining room, or a chocolate library that we would love to inhabit in-person but those same spaces are very tricky for the average iphone user. Now, take a white room on a sunny day, and all of a sudden that same amateur photographer looks like a genius.

As a designer who loves color, I sometimes find myself pulled towards white, because shooooot it would just photograph so easily. To each his own. There are some instances that I love a simple, clean white room as a retreat. It takes me away from the chaos where there are fingerprints and toys strewn about.

Those are priceless! How about the fact that all white walls are simple, beautiful and take so much of the design guess work out of the equation by not having to decide on a color? Although, there is still the dilemma of choosing just the right white. My view on this is very different. That is true for most. My Dad is a country Veterinarian. He runs his practice from our family farm, Sunset Hill. I spent my entire childhood traveling dirt roads on Farm calls with my Dad.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news. Nobody that lives in the country has white walls. Or grey. They typically lean towards warmer colors. I moved to the suburbs kicking and screaming 10 years ago. Nobody in town has white walls, either. Grey is the new beige. I think Jill hit the nail on the head. I loved reading the comments and they were very insightful. This shows you how powerfully influential bloggers are.

These trends are so popular because they do photograph well and give bloggers a neutral palette to work with. They have stylists and professional photographers. The images are stunning!!! I can appreciate the simplicity and the beauty of it. What I think is interesting is that many of the trends right now: simplicity, thrift, sewing, hand-made have roots in rural life.

The economy is bad now and it has caused a beautiful renaissance in the Home Arts. You want to know what the walls of our Farmhouse has been painted for 25 years?

A pale, buttery yellow. Kids love it! Sorry for the War and Peace sized comment! The essay was thoughtful and beautifully written.

Thank you for a thoughtful essay. Color is indeed tricky to work with pulling together a room and not all of us have the time or knack. I agree — in northern climates you want a natural or warm white to capture the sunlight and not to reflect a depressing gray or beige. However, why not have fun with color in bathrooms and kitchens? These are smaller wall spaces. Keep the appliances neutral. Colors are fun and should change to reflect the mood. My question is how do people keep those white kitchen cabinets from clipping and staining over time?

I do prefer nice wood for this reason. Thanks for addressing. I hear you and I agree. Color is emotional and adds to the experience of our most personal space.

When you get color right, it so enhances the feeling of a space. Quick phone instas of with a nearly all white background take a lot less staging and editing! In December I visited my grandmother for Christmas. Her house was always my favorite of any I had ever been in. Her house never changed, the beautiful designer furniture transcending the trends of the day, be it the florals of the 80s, the Tuscan look of the 90s, or the blue-brown overload of the s.

It remained in its original state of white matte walls, textured fabrics, exquisite art, oversized greenery, wood detailing. Oh, and one giant stained glass asian screen. I have always struggled with a low mood and depression. I once lived in a duplex where the dividing wall completely cut off any southern light.

After that, I knew white walls and southern light were good for me. Thankfully, I have that. Life is so overloaded now with internet, cell phones, tv channels, commercials, advertisements, population rising and overcrowding in cities.

Some visual, mental, emotional space. I love a beautiful beige too. We had to decide how to decorate based on what matched the existing colors. While the pale, sunny yellow of the family room was easy to coordinate, the dark, ugly wallpaper in my office and in both bathrooms were almost impossible to decorate. Now we rent an all-white townhouse, and different rooms have different color schemes that more truly reflect our tastes.

Staring intently at the carpet, walls, trim, and ceiling of my office, the ceiling and trim are a true white-white, while the walls are a soft, almost-beige white, similar to the carpet. Only the walls are white; the floor is brown wood, the trim is brown wood, and the fabrics are in shades of red and black with bold patterns.

The truly all-white rooms, the ones I associate with mid-century modern style, are the ones that seem cold and sterile to me — and highly unnatural; you have to work pretty hard to get rid of every single thing with a color.

This is actually one of my least favorite looks. The neutral background rooms, on the other hand, seem a lot warmer to me because they often showcase handmade fabrics, old-fashioned furniture, art on the walls, stuff from around the world that would never be seen in an all-white, modern room.

I love this look because it seems both decorated and unpretentious at the same time. So I see two different looks being thrown together here, and they seem to represent two different mindsets to me. One is all about control and is very high concept, and the other seems more relaxed, warmer, and welcomes different cultures along with all the colors and stuff. That said, most of the rooms in my apartment have colors on the walls or will when I get around to painting them.

And kilims. And lots of wood. My most recent favorite house was mostly white walls, ivory leather, wood floors, beige textiles. OK, maybe blah, but I found it so restful. I had moved across the US, from a bright sunshiny state to a dark rainy state and was suffering. This house with a beautiful fake fireplace and some big green plants saved me, I swear.

I still miss that little house. Great essay, thank you For a quick historical look…white began with a vintage white stoneware pitcher mid s to a white bathroom, and slowly building to white decor preference. Budget prevents me from going that way in real life. Analyzing those eras…disease scares began with herpes, into HIV and now all sorts of germs and bacteria in the news almost daily. White is sterile germ bacteria free symbolism.

I believe our desire to be safe from disease is the greatest force behind white decor popularity. Just found this column this morning. Came upon one too many Scandi minimalist white rooms and went googling for WHY? I love white but my white is absolutely never stark white — it literally leaves me cold. A creamy white is warm and alive and makes me smile every time I walk in the room. Personally, I think many white-walled rooms look bleak.

Especially the rooms not photographed by a professional. To me the corners of these rooms look greyed-out. As for white being cheap, I remember when all the magazines said the cheapest way to perk up a room was to buy a gallon of paint. But then, I adore color. I love color; it brings a warm and happy atmosphere; white reminds me of a hospital atmosphere…but I do like a creamy, beige color; it brings warmth, too…to each his own, but I love coziness, and color in a home is what creates it!

Paint and wallpaper is one thing, but what are the next owners to do when the very fabric of a well crafted interior has been removed? I enjoy white walls because it gives me a sense of total relaxation. Yes you see immediately if your walls have a smudge or spider on then.

So logicly they would be cleaner. Why not interject race into the topic? The made statement was on point. Actually, upper middle class aesthetic. The issues of race and class in design are complex and detailed and deserve more than a passing mention in a piece primarily about style. I am collector and a retailer where my home doubles as my warehouse and so my home is constantly changing and I love that. My friends surprised when they walk in to my home as it doe snot stay the same for long, my look depends on what I find on my travel and what sells in my store.

I am very open to having a home that is changing constantly and love the look of things that have a long and storied history. White walls are not for me but there have been a few homes I have seen that I think look rather nice with white walls. I love that the wood around the the doors and windows is natural and not painted white too.

I have seriously considering doing this in my home. It think doing my trims this way would give it some life. I will not have white walls though. Maybe if I lived in Oregon, or some other place where it is gloomy a lot I might NEED white walls to bounce the light around during the day. Thankfully I am much farther south and so I will be painting my house interior a light variation of taupe.

Thank you for this article it was good to read and has softened my stance against white walls. One word: stuff.

We have become overwhelmed with stuff. Both my husband and I have full-time jobs and we have young kids, our house is full of stuff, it is almost another job just to try to constantly get rid of all the stuff that comes in — the gifts, toys, clothes, books, etc.

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