Thursday, April 5, 2007
I am all about color. My homes have always been drenched with yellow walls and I always gravitate towards any accent that has red in it. These colors just make me feel happy, warm and comfortable. And yet too much of these vibrant colors can make my space feel cluttered or just too visually busy. So in the last few years I have decluttered many colored items that take away from the simplicity of my home, and in their places, I have added the beauty of white.
White is the perfect backdrop for color to really "show off" and it is another form of keeping life simple and less chaotic. Here are some examples of things that I keep "white" in order for color to really be appreciated and to streamline things.
All of our towels in all bathrooms are white. Big fluffy white towels like in a hotel. No figuring out which towels go in which bathrooms or finding the perfect color match for the decor. No fighting over who gets which colored towel. Just simple, soft white towels, hand towels, and washcloths for my linen closet. I love the look...fresh, crisp, and clean. I now enjoy my bathroom decor more because I'm not distracted by the towels.
All of my dinner plates, bowls, and serving pieces are white. I bought the Ashley set from Pier 1 Imports a few years ago and the food just "pops" on a white plate. Notice that restaurants always use white plates because it really shows the beauty of the food and garnishing. I like opening my cabinets and finding the white. I can't imagine using a busy dinnerware pattern again because I so enjoy the visual pleasure of simply prepared food.
And even though stainless is now popular in appliances, just give me white. White appliances seem warm and homey to me. My Kitchen Aid Mixer, food processor, and blender are all white. I like white Corningware and serve condiments in white ramekins. White pitchers are a great collectible to use as vases for beautiful flowers or to fill with freshly squeezed lemonade.
My favorite sheets are my white ones we got when newly married. My duvet cover is now this beautiful white matelasse that I can spice up with colorful pillows and change the look of our room with every season. Each child has a colored pair sheets and a white pair that will last them through the years of different bed coverings and styles.
I love white T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, capris and skirts. Colorful, funky accessories look so great paired with white. I love seeing Mike and the boys in white Polo shirts. All their handsome freckles show up and each peach-toned skin glows!
And my favorite "spruce up the house" trick is white paint. I love touching up trim, baseboards, and doors with white paint. It makes the house look new again and is very addicting! Try it!
So if you are looking for a new way to keep your home simple, add some white into your basics. The beauty of your home treasures will be able to shine brighter and the your organization will be easier. More white, less clutter. More white, more natural beauty. More white!