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HOW TO DO WINTER WHITES

Trend expert Paula Eklund loves the calm feeling her white home gives her. ‘The unified scheme makes the space feel ordered – and layering textures stops it feeling cold or looking like a show home.’ Here’s how to get the look…

HOW TO DO WINTER WHITES
Trend expert Paula Eklund loves the calm feeling her white home gives her. ‘The unified scheme makes the space feel ordered – and layering textures stops it feeling cold or looking like a show home.’ Here’s how to get the look…

Pick the right white

There are scores of shades of white. Choosing the right one for your space depends mainly on the light in a room and the look you want to create. Pure, cool whites with undertones of grey, blue or green create a crisp look – these work well in bright rooms and warmer climates. Warmer whites have a softer look and are ideal in spaces where there is not much natural light or if you live far north. To add depth to an all-white look, use textiles and accessories to mix shades of white and cream.

Add texture

Knits, tufted throws, woven rugs, blond woods and distressed finishes will make a white space more inviting, especially in the colder months when a flat, all-white space could feel too cool.

Maximise light and space

Because white reflects light, an all-white room can seem bigger and brighter than it is. You can go even further by adding mirrors and accent lighting. These make the most of available light.

‘A predominantly white home doesn’t have to be a show home. Make sure everything is washable and the simple palette will make it easy to maintain’

Paula Eklund

Personalise your look

Having white as the base of your look gives you a blank canvas. Use accessories, art, plants and flowers to add personality. Swapping items around or changing your displays is an easy way to make a big impact when the seasons change, without having to start from scratch.
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