White walls are easing me into writing about interiors this year. Let me share my thoughts with you.
My focus will always be more on my own home than it will be on interior trends, as I don’t tend to follow them.
Aside from the costly nature of trying to keep up with trends, there is more to life than being a consumer, don’t you think?
As a blogger, I’m bombarded with emails about new trends every day. I’ve never been one to keep up with the Jones, and I think that is why many of you readers have stuck around so long! Thanks!
I like to pick and choose from what is current, but I will always mix it with what I already have, along with things from the past, like antiques and vintage.
Today I wanted to share with you my love for white walls. I see White Walls as a central element in my home, like a good foundation, my walls are ready and able to hold and enhance art, books, midcentury furniture and so on. Basically, whatever I throw at a white wall, I know it’ll look good.
I don’t see white walls as a trend. I see them as a basic interiors 101, and that is why I think some people hate them. They see them as boring.
I’ve got ten reasons why I think white walls are great and will endure.
Here’s why I love them;
- It’s a timeless interiors look. A classic, it never dates.
- There’s a reason why most galleries opt for white walls, it put the focus on the art. In this case, whatever is in the room.
- It’s relatively cheap, great for budget decorating. Mistakes with colour can work out costly.
- It’s the safe bet when there are so many ideas around, sometimes you just want a simple, easy decorating life.
- You don’t have to worry about your colour being discontinued when you need to do touch-ups.
- For me, I’m happier in a lighter coloured, or white-walled room. It makes me feel energised and light, it helps me feel positive.
- I can see everything without putting a zillion lights on (another expense)
- Things always look crisp and fresh, even if the room needs a clean.
- White walls help me curate and organise all the visually stimulating things in the space, African masks, artwork, books etc
- I love dark walls in photos, in films, and in my friend’s homes, but to actually live in? I need that airy feeling that only white (and versions of white) can bring.
I recently attended an Abigail Ahern Masterclass (I received a complimentary ticket) and I fully expected it to be all about dark wall paint. It wasn’t, although that is what she is known for, and what she prefers on walls. As it turns out we put rooms together in an extremely similar way, we just paint our walls different colours.
I love Abigail’s images of dark rooms she has created, but I could never live in them. What about you?
It’s rather lovely, isn’t it?
But, as I’ve said, as beautiful as it is, White walls are the best fit for my home and me. I do have other colours on my walls, In rooms I’m unconscious in (LOL) or don’t use as often; in my bedroom and my dining room. The majority of the rest of the house is white-walled.
Found this interesting? I found a great article on Design Sponge all about the White Wall debate.
What about you? Are you light or dark when it comes to walls?