White, the color of the year!
So, according to Wikipedia, white is what is called an achromatic color or ”color without hue”, that is a mixture of the frequencies of all the colors of the visible spectrum that we can see. (What that means is it is a combination of equal parts of red, blue and yellow.) I think I need to try that. So Wikipedia goes on to say that white is one of the most common colors in nature, the color of milk, salt, marble, limestone, snow and other common minerals. In many cultures white represents or signifies purity, innocence, and light, and is the symbolic opposite of the color black or darkness. I have a lot of black and darkness…back to W. According to surveys in Europe and the United States, white is the color most often associated with perfection, purity, the good, honesty, cleanliness, the beginning, the new, neutrality, and exactitude.
That being said, apparently my home must be one big opposite and associated with darkness, bad, deceitfulness, dirty, old and indecisiveness (if black is the total opposite of what white is). Well, I’m ready for a little white too…but I still like the drama of black and charcoal…a little bit of dark and rebellion in my life.
Benjamin Moore has announced their color of the year as being Simply White. This is a lovely white, but in my home and my lighting Dove White works best for me. Sherwin Williams selected Alabaster (SW7008) and Pantone selected Rose Quartz and Serenity which is a combination of very neutral pales. I’m not onboard with that pink and blue, it brings back bad memories of mauve and aqua and peach in my mind…just can’t go back there. In fact, I am trying to abolish it now from so many condos on the beaches that are just starting to renovate. However, watch tv and open any catalog and magazine and you will be thrust in whether you like it or not and made to like it. QVC has leather purses, sweaters and scarves that are pale creamy whites, the palest of pinks and blues. There you go, YOU WILL LIKE IT AND YOU WILL BUY IT!
Look at HGTV’s Fixer Upper with Joanna and Chip Gaines. I love this show, by the way, and really want that same style. The problem is I don’t live in Waco, Texas so some of that style doesn’t quite translate to my own coastal area look. This is where people start to get confused about style. They want it too and unless your home and your area work with that type of trend, you will start spending a lot of money to change things in your home, and if you read my home page tagline, “change a doorbell, change a roof”, starts to happen.
What I mean is once you start changing your home to go along with the trends you can begin to spend loads of money if your home isn’t that type of “trend” ready style. So, here is what is happening to my own style and how I am changing a bit with the “white” and pale trend and making it work for my geographical location in southern tropical Florida.
I have a lot of black in my home. Black wallpaper in my kitchen, black wallpaper in the family room below the chair rail, black ottomans, black entertainment pieces, dark charcoal in my office (which I have to show you that…love it). For some reason I am really drawn to black but I really love the look of the Fixer Upper style. I appreciate the way Jo decorates so I am trying to work some of that into my space as I have some dark areas in the center of my home that just don’t get good light. The kitchen being one of them, but that’s another dream as I want to paint my cabinets the Dove White.
Let’s take a look at these corbels that are pretty ugly. Yes, I bought them that way, however, my house was yellow and red and very French country. I really like wood elements so I didn’t get rid of them when my home changed to a more modern, eclectic style that I have now.
I pulled out my Annie Sloan Pure White Chalk Paint and using a sponge brush, just brushed it over the corbels and left the deep dark recesses show through. It took about 6 minutes, which is actually longer than it took to find my sponge paint brush, the paint and a piece of newspaper to put them on. Now I have a white look, with a bit of black in the background, but they totally work with the style that I have. Stay tuned for my master bedroom redo that happened because of these corbels and a beautiful bed that we just brought in at work! Damn Bernhardt Furniture Auberge collection!
I also have a lot of white shells mixed in with my look because I live in Florida…they are natural and relevant to where I live. You can’t do that in Iowa! Again, make the trend relevant to your area. A white moose head and antlers is perfect in Colorado but not in Florida. Although a white tortoise shell on the wall makes sense. Notice the black lattice wallpaper below my chair rail and the black basket. You don’t see the large basket at the end, which were end of season steals from Anthropologie that I purchased in December. My heart skipped a beat with them…$75 for two and they are HUGE! Love.
That is the trick to making trends work for your home. You can’t just watch an HGTV show and try to replicate it without really looking at your space and where you live throughout the country. If you do that, you will spend less money and probably not need to get a new roof. You know how it is when you paint a room and it looks crisp and now the connecting areas look dingy. Think of that before you take the step into what is trendy…baby steps and thoughtfulness.
Now I will change my glass of wine from a Cabernet to a Chardonnay…red to white! After all, it’s the trend! Actually, I have my limits on trends…sticking with Cabernet.