Livable Whites

 Perfect White....Frozen Vanilla....Natural Sugar....Country Cloud....Antique White....Early Blossom.....French Toast.....Classic Creme....Soft Souffle.....Cotton White.....Vintage White....Bisque.....Coastal White.....Coffee with Cream 

Living with white......no matter your personal style, white can work beautifully in any home.  It's classic, timeless and so easily adaptable.  And far from being boring and clinical, white can be combined with an array of other colors to create many environments....from coastal cool to country warm.  Whites create comfort and security and sophistication.

 Clean bright white did not exist until the invention of titanium dioxide.  Before that, ingredients such as lime and lead pigment had been used and combined to create muddy off-whites.  Andrea Palladio, creator of country villas in the late 1500's, used a palette of off-whites and grays, (my favorites), known as Palladian whites. Once zinc oxide and titanium dioxide came along, a whole spectrum of whites were adopted by artists, designers, and architects. Whites became synonymous with style, modernism and simplicity.

 Actually white is not simply white.  What we see as white is a combination of all the visible colors of the spectrum in equal proportions, according to Issac Newton.  And it also has the unique property of taking on different hues, depending on the colors and light source around it.

 Whimsical whites

Washable whites.....not as high maintenance or impractical as you might think.  Now-a-days we have wipe-clean paint surfaces and washable pillow covers and slipcovers.  

Is the color enhanced by the white or the white enhanced by the color?

Without texture in a white environment, it all will blend into one and appear flat.  By using texture, you add depth, definition, and dimension.  In one of my photos, note how the coarse, rugged brick highlights the grain in the beautiful but simple collected birch limbs.

Shades of white.....worn, chalky, neutrals, grays, creamy, neutrals.   Each compliments different styles of decorating, whether soft, warm, antiquey, cottage, or country.

Seek out vintage or pleasing architectural pieces, whether intact or broken, to add instant interest and attention grabbing appeal to a white room...original chippy white paint is perfect!

Romantic whites......a simple way to peace and calm in your home......as an escape from the everyday world.  I just purchased my flowers for the Autumn and winter season.  Simple, sweet white pansies and as the cold approaches, I will add paper whites. 


 No matter what your decor style, they can work for you.  ♥

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Junkchiccottage said...

Great post Lynn. You know how I love whites and creams and neutrals!!!! Have a great Friday and great week end.

Donna Wilkes said...

The history of whites in decorating was very interesting. I tend to ease towards the creamy side of white, but here lately I have been playing with a grayish white. Beautiful photography!

NanaDiana said...

What a great post, Lynn...not only pretty but informative. I always thought that was the oddest concept that white is ALL the colors of equal proportion..and black is the absence of all color. I think what throws me is if you MIX all the colors together you get a muddy black. lol xo Diana

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, All the photos are beautiful! I've been looking at white slipcovered sofas today. Thanks for joining the Open House party.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

You don't have to sell me on white! I love white for slip covers because I can bleach it. What spells comfort for me, warm, cozy, and welcoming. I keep womdering when I will tire of it? Great article Lynn!


Maureen Wyatt said...

Layered whites is my second favourite look. Black and white is my first! Love all the depth and texture you have with your whites. Great post!

Blondie's Journal said...

I really like this, Lynn. You have illustrated how whites can vary from hue to hue, tone to tone. I always look for that shade it's derived from. And so true about texture. I tried to have a very much "white" family room and just couldn't help myself from adding a bit of subtle color. I kept thinking of how I laugh at my white dog being lost in our white comforter on our bed...that's what it's like!! lol!

Take care!


Our Neck of the Woods said...

I love white! You have some beautiful white touches in your home :)

Jeanette@Creating a Life Studio said...

Love it all, Lynn! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos of your livable whites!


Jeanne said...

Beautiful post about whites Lynn. You and Beverly have the love of white in common. I also enjoyed your lesson on how whites began.
xo, Jeanne

Beverly said...

You have in me a lady who has loved white most of her life. Even when it wasn't at all popular.

Happy Pink Saturday, dear Lynn. (I ♥ the pinwheel.

SImple and Serene Living said...

Such beautiful images, Lynn and the post is very informative. Whites and neutrals definitely suit me. xo Laura

Dru said...

Love this post. I am one of those that always thought white was boring - up until the past several years of being exposed to such talented women showing how a mix of whites and vintage and silver patina make all the difference. Now it is a true love. Thank you for such gorgeous photos and inspiration. Happy Pink Saturday to you and Hugs,Dru

Mrs. Sarah Coller said...

This is a great, informative post. Thanks, Lynn! I was especially interested in the fact that white is a combination of all colors in equal proportions---very neat!

Have a great weekend! HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!
Mrs. Sarah Coller

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Did you make the ruffled umbrella? Really neat! Nancy

Anne said...

I totally agree Lynn.I was afraid of white for many years.Crazy .....huh! But I have embraced it and absolutely love it!

Ballerina Girl said...

Lovely post. Beautiful and complex color...one of my favorites!


Shabby soul said...

I liked learn so many things. Lovely photos too!
Have a nice day

Burlap Luxe said...

Enjoyed all the whiteness here, I too have a mix of white and notice other pieces will make it that much more white.

Beautiful fall to you.


Jeanne said...

Thanks for your kind comment Lynn. I had to come back and congratulate you on your new granddaughter to be. I am so happy for your good news. The love of a grandchild is a blessing beyond words. Hurray...Girl's baby clothes re adorable and so much fun to buy.

xo, Jeanne

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

YEP !!! White alright...LOL...All gorgeous too.
I love the umbrella.

I know you will appreciate this Lynn...A Big hawk flew right down in front of me...trying to get one of my pie peacocks. She got away. and listen to this...It was right in front of my porch. I was sitting in my swing, with my new stray cat in my lap.
XXOO Marie Antoinette

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Lynn, what gorgeous images and good lessons. All of it is so dreamy. laurie

Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces said...

You are so right! White has been taking over my whole house and I just love it...so fresh and clean - even with 5 kids! :o) I'd love for you to link up to my new party: http://www.prodigalpieces.com/2013/10/whats-your-prodigal-piece-link-party-2.html
Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces

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Jeannie and Linda said...

You are so right, whites are timeless, just love everything. Where ever did you find the material on the back of the chair with the burlap seat? It's beautiful. Love this post.

Jeannie and Linda said...

Hi Lynn, we are your newest followers, would love for you to join us. Have enjoyed reading your blog this morning.
Jeannie and Linda
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