mini trends

bright white

by Grace Bonney


i’m noticing a real trend starting to emerge- one that’s a reaction to the highly decorative, overly adorned objects we’ve been seeing a lot of over the past few years. both in color and form a growing number of designers seem to be creating with simplicity in mind. this week i chose to focus on a color trend in this vein that i’ve been seeing a lot of- bright white. clean, simple and basic, bright white allows form to shine through and silhouettes to be highlighted. in a design world full of bright colors and lots of surface pattern, i think some designers have decided to choose simple bright white for it’s ability to let the shape of an object shine, rather than patterns or bold colors. [click here] for some expanded audio commentary and check out some of the options below for adding a little bright white to your home. seen any great bright white finds? feel free to add them in the comment section below! [photo above, fence chair $219 at gnr8]


[oeuf dresser $870 at velocity, cups at elsewares $13 for 2, air chair $100 at moma store]

cb2 2

[nesting tables at cb2 $150, cup and saucer at anthropologie $18, t vac chair by vitra $320]


[planters at sprout home $16-$56, node bowl $32 at elsewares, lighting by bald and bang]


[votives at anthro $20, cups by soop design lab]

loyal loot

[clockwise from top left: chair by loyal loot, lamp at west elm $99, mortar and pestle by mint nyc, bowls at cb2 $1-2, frame by harry allen $190]

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  • I love that you did a little blurb on white. As a graphic designer I am immersed in so many colors all day for various companies, that white is a great reprieve from the sometimes garish color combos I am inundated with. My fiance and I are currently moving into our first place and we painted the main rooms gray and have all white furniture. The color will come through the art pieces on the wall and accent pieces. White furniture allows you to really change up your living space easily just by changing accessories!

  • I totally agree with Tess, I have white furniture, and shades of off-white furniture, and you can literally do ANYTHING around it. I change up the accessories every year or so to update it with the times and with my mood!

  • I’m obsessed with white rooms–my studio & bedroom are both all white. And I love white towels & sheets because you can bleach them & they smell so clean.