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Sneak Peek Best of: White

by Amy Azzarito

Over the past couple of years, we’ve featured a lot of homes where white is the predominate color. Occasionally I get emails asking for homes with a bit more color – or more specifically, some color other than white. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your perspective on the color white), white homes are what end up in my inbox. I’ve spent a bit of time thinking about this. Trying to decide whether white is a trend or if the white in homes is more a reflection of the home owners on design*sponge. Most of our home tours are of the homes of working artists and designers – people who are surrounded by color all day long and perhaps want to give their eyes a bit of respite when at home. I personally love white in homes. I love the Scandinavian style of mixing different shades of white throughout the house and the color can also be a fantastic backdrop for great art or furniture pieces. Do you have a strong feeling about white in homes? In honor of the 4th of July, yesterday we celebrated the best of red in homes and stay tuned tomorrow for the best in blue. –Amy

Image above: No one does white better than the Scandinavians. In this home in Norway, the reflections from high-gloss white paint on the ceiling bring the nature into the house. See the full home tour here.

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Image above: The inspiration for this guest room came from the inside of a ship’s cabin. The Brooklyn home owner, Fitzhugh Karol, made the built-in storage beneath the bed as well as the side table. See the full home tour here.

Image above: Norwegians are good about making the most of every inch of space. This cozy nook is little more than a hallway. See the full home tour here.

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Image above: An antique cast-iron bed with white linens in a Queen Anne Victorian located in San Francisco. See the full home tour here.

Image above: In London, a long table from Ikea was painted a bright white and paired with vintage Ercol chairs in a natural wood. See the full home tour here.

Image above: An all-white little girl’s room in France. See the full home tour here.

Image above: Built in bookshelves in Birmingham, Alabama painted with Iceberg by Sherwin Williams and the walls are Extra White – also by Shwin Williams. The exposed wood beams warm up the room. See the full home tour here.

Image above: White stair in Copenhagen is the inevitable resting place for all the kiddie toys. See the full home tour here.

Image above: After ripping out the upper kitchen cabinets in her small New York City apartment, Jill Danyelle needed a pantry. She found found this cabinet on Craigslist for $75, painted it the same color as the walls, crumpled up some old pattern paper from my design school days, and taped it on the inside of the door. See the full home tour here.

Image above: White brick fireplace in Nashville, the andirons are a homage to the home’s resident labs. See the full home tour here.

Image above: The marble fireplace in this Victorian-era cottage in Sydney, Australia living room was boarded up in the chimney space. The previous owners liberated it, and now it’s a focal point of the living room. See the full home tour here.

Image above: This white beach cottage is located in Sydney, Australia. The table overlooks the garden and gets a strong coastal breeze. The table was a thrifted find and was painted white along with a mismatch of vintage chairs. See the full home tour here.

Image above: View from the living room to the kitchen and stairs in an 80-year-old former schoolhouse in Poland. The Ikea stool is a necessity because in the old house, the ground floor was lower – which makes it a little problematic in dealing with the first step. See the full home tour here.

Image above: An all-white bed feels inviting and relaxing. This Boise home also has an all-white dining room. See the full home tour here.

Image above: A clean and simple workspace in Wales keeps the creative juices flowing. See the full home tour here.

Image above: An airy, bright white bedroom in Sunnyvale, California. See the full home tour here.

Image above: The bed and chest of drawers in this Australian guest bedroom are both from Ikea, bright white. See the full home tour here.

Image above: This  house in Sydney, Australia is a 1960s design featuring large windows that flood the house with light. The floors are lime-washed and it took eight coats to get the depth of white. No curtains or blinds are used so that the distant view of water and different treescapes become part of the room. The Eames dining chairs, and the tall Ikea kids’ chairs, set off the simplicity of the Mark Tuckey table in American Oak.  See the full home tour here.

Image above: This country-looking kitchen is actually a 520 sq. foot bungalow in Los Angeles county. See the full home tour here.

Image above: A glossy white staircase in Red Hook, Brooklyn. See the full home tour here.

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  • I personally LOVE white! I had never thought about it, but I follow Casey Wiegand’s blog…www.thewiegands.com, and she mentioned once how she loved white walls. It was then I realized that this is my style too. Everything seems to ‘pop’ more against a white background. I’m a graphic designer…so maybe I like the idea of a white canvas! haha Plus, it’s as versatile as you can get…white goes with anything and everything, so you’re not boxed in! =) You can change it up whenever you want. =) Love the pictures above!

  • Lovely decor! I’m not typically a fan of that much white but these rooms are just beautiful. Makes me rethink the color choice!

  • I sure DO have a strong feeling about white. I adore it! Absolutely love it! Can’t imagine a space without it. The Scandinavians do it very well but there are a lot of beautiful white spaces in North America that have made the rounds online and I a lot of design magazines do a white issue each year. If you need a daily dose of white goodies…feel free to stop by my all-white blog.

  • I love the way that a white room + with white furnishings + wood floor looks. So bright, airy and clean! Don’t know how liveable it would be for me though.. aha. I make a mess of everything. There would be paint and dog hair everywhere in about 10 minutes. A girl can dream though..

    Thanks for sharing, at least I can admire these beautiful spaces.

  • Couldn’t agree more with you Amy. I’m a designer myself and do need some respite from looking at colour all day. The Scandinavian way of mixing different shades of white works really well and makes a white home NOT dull but gives the eye interest as it picks up the subtle shades. Keep featuring those white homes!

  • I really love the crisp look of white spaces. It’s not always practical though. I am constantly trying to keep my white towels and bedding stain free.

  • Thanks for this wonderful post. I was able to read the text and admire all the white used in the various style houses and decor. Fantastic fun!

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