Shades of white always generate a feeling of cleanliness in a room. When choosing to decorate with white, any style can be achieved, including an antique look. Hunt around garage sales and second-hand goods stores to find accessories and furniture pieces that can be restored. But before you take a paintbrush to any treasures that you find, make sure they’re not genuine antiques. These should be restored by professionals to retain their value.
Decorative Cast Plaster
To add instant age in a room, replace original cornices with decorative cast plaster cornices. Use matching cast friezes along the walls, and consider installing decorative ceiling plaques to compliment. Paint the ceiling a shade darker than the walls and use the same shade for the friezes.
Heavy curtains are more old worldly and should be used as a feature. Lace curtains can be mixed in with them to allow light in during the day. Tie the heavy curtains back with extravagant tassels in a shade of white close to the color of the curtains.
Any furniture can be stripped back and repainted. If you’re prepared to put the work in, getting pieces as close to the style you’re after becomes easier. It’s likely, too, that you’ll find plenty of bargains along the way, when buying second hand.
Decorate with white accents only. Lamps, rugs, candelabras, table cloths, cushions, and lounge covers can all be found in white.
If you enjoy the country living design style but are now tired of the dark color schemes and heavy look, try decorating with white in a country style.
Country living usually endorses the look of organized clutter using natural tones of wooden furniture, or painted furniture in dark shades of primary colors. Rooms tend to have a cluttered look to make them cozy, and often the windows are covered with heavy homespun fabric curtains. If you’ve been living with this look in your home, you may be tired of the heavy, closed-in feeling and are ready for a change. Perhaps your budget won’t allow for a complete makeover, but with a bucket of white paint, you can update the look.
Reuse What You Have
Rather than discarding your wooden furniture, give it new life by painting it white. Remember, however, that everything in the room doesn’t have to be a stark, hard white. Like other colors whites range from warms to cools, from flat to reflective, with undertones of yellow, gray or blue. Get paint swatches of different whites from a paint store and line them up next to each other. You’ll begin to appreciate the differences.
Paint the Walls White
Painting the walls a shade of white is the biggest step to brighten and revitalize a room and give it an updated look. Paint the woodwork the same color for an eye expanding look. Most decorators feel you can’t put too much white in a room, or too many shades.
Reupholster or Slipcover
Cover your furniture in white slipcovers or if your budget allows, reupholster. Keep in mind textures when using an all white color scheme to keep the rooms interesting. You can also use white sheets or large sections of white fabric you have sewn together to make throws to put over your furniture. The casual country living look is still popular using whites.