IT’S a timeless summer product that can brighten up the dullest of rooms – no wonder our love affair with white furniture shows no sign of abating.
“The perfect simplicity of white should not be underestimated, its versatility can warm up a cold room, brighten a dull room or turn a lifeless interior into an enticing personal home,” says Chrissie Rucker OBE, founder of The White Company.
“A white scheme is brilliant for bringing a sense of lightness and serenity to a room.”
When decorating with white, Rucker’s advice is to add texture and use natural elements that connect us back to nature.
“A super soft rug underfoot or a sheer covering by a window can really transform a room,” she says. “Add weathered wood, linen or marbled slate to add interest.”
For walls, choose warm white instead of cold, blue-white tones. “Ivory, alabaster, chalk and many other soft whites are on the market. I love its almost spa-like quality, which in our hectic world is nice to come home to,” adds Rucker.
Wil Law, home stylist at John Lewis & Partners, says: “Decorating with soothing pale shades is incredibly versatile and can work brilliantly in busy, modern homes.
“Pair neutral tones with natural materials such as rattan and jute, for a relaxed and easy decor.”
The law says that white can also be used to highlight a room. For example, neutral soft furnishings work well against darker shades of furniture and rugs.
How to give the power of white in your room right now…
1. Newicon pedal bin 30 liter – white, £79 (other items from a selection), Brabantia
An all-white kitchen is smart and inviting, especially when your waste bin is also a winner in the style stakes. Combine with other all-white kitchen equipment.
2. John Lewis Leckford Stoneware: Side plate, £5; Salad Plate, £6, and Cereal Bowl, £6, John Lewis
With its rustic feel, this white stoneware range is ideal for casual entertaining and simple tablescapes.
3. Milton White 120cm Dining Table, £149.99 (was £179.99), Furniture Choices
When you want to create a harmonious haven for working from home, nothing beats a modern white table – especially when combined with fresh green foliage and rattan deco for a dose of well-being.
4. Peg & Board The Memo Board – Portrait, White, £80, MADE.com
When you need to free up some desk space, this modern memo board can be tailored to your exact organizational needs with metal shelves and pegs to place important items.
5. Honeycomb Wine Bottle Rack – White, from £27 (was £39), a place for everything
These modular wine racks can hold up to 10 bottles – and are perfect building blocks for enthusiasts who want to create an entire wonder wall of wine, as shown here. Alternatively, you can simply put individual racks on worktops or cupboards.
6. John Lewis Snuggle Accent Swivel Chair – Gold Base, Cream Boucle, £599, John Lewis
If a boucle cocktail chair – which doubles as a cozy swivel – is on your wish list, this ticks all the boxes. We love its modern-cool design and gold base.
7. Cream Ceramic Donut Table Lamp, £25, Direct.asda
Ring shaped ceramic lamp bases are having a moment and with its textured wood effect shade this one is bang for the buck.
8. Evesham Table – Natural (centre), £395; Norton Stool (left), £120; Southwold table lamp, £195, and Elston Rug, from £525 (sofa from a selection), The White Company
A mix of white, off-white and natural materials – think knitted sheets, a textured rug, robust seagrass and soft lighting – create an instantly summery, cosy, laid-back vibe.
9. DBKD Long Vase – Medium Mole, £45, MADE.com
Scandinavian and a lovely focal point with its organic curved shape, this would look great with dried grass or feather grass for texture and movement.
10. Artificial rose tree, from £29.99 (3ft), Christow
Fast-track to a rose tree in perpetual bloom… These beautiful cream-colored roses with a natural-looking twisted vine will add wow factor to a dull corner, or placed in front of a fireplace.
11. Lick White 03 Matt, from £42 for 2.5L, Lick
With the promise of a flawless finish in two coats, Tash Bradley, Lick’s director of interior design, describes White 03 as a warm, soothing white with a lovely softness. “White exudes the feeling of purity and clarity, and it’s an emotionally safe color as it helps clear your mind,” notes Bradley.