Have you noticed the hottest trend in home design these days? It’s the color white. White walls, white stained floors, white furniture – white is everywhere!
Why are we responding so strongly to this fairest of hues? Color trends come and go, but there are some reasons why certain colors affect us for longer periods of time then a single design cycle, and I believe that white is one of these special colors.
The main reason we are resonating so strongly with white is that it’s deeply tied to our desire as a culture to lighten up. The positive connotations of white are many; cleanliness, scientific, high design, the most neutral of neutrals, and underlying all of these aspects is one main quality – purity.
We are assaulted by things in the outside world which we cannot control, and using white gives us a sense of serenity and balance.
Lately, I’ve noticed a trend with people who are using white, and I don’t know if they are even aware of the ramifications yet, but I predict an evolution with our use of this color. I want you to know about it now, so you won’t make a mistake when you start using white yourself.
White is timeless – whether used to design a modern loft or in accenting a traditional home filled with miles and miles of painted trim and cabinets.
But here’s the catch; the way white paints are formulated today means that the color is very stable and won’t change over time. Truly, this is a benefit for all concerned. However, when we are nostalgic for “classic whites”, guess what? Those white paints were made with oil-based resins that mellowed the color over time. The white softened.
I am seeing massive use of blue-based whites, and they are so clean (we sometimes talk about colors as being “clean” or “muddy”) that they quickly become uncomfortable to be surrounded by for long periods of time without causing eye strain or feeling cold and unwelcoming. Because modern paint technology means the color stays stable, there will be no mellowing over time.
There is an answer, however, and you can be one of the first people to have this knowledge in your toolkit. Use a full-spectrum formulated white.
Full-spectrum paint colors, even pale whites, are made using color recipes that contain multiple pigments that represent the color wheel. Yes, even white! They are more interesting, they interact with the surrounding light conditions better and they never leave you feeling cold.
What I love about C2 Paint is that every single color in their palette is formulated using these full-spectrum recipe. No guesswork required, it’s all figured out for you. Plus, the color palette is amazing!
Are you ready to explore some beautiful colors for yourself? Would you like some guidance in choosing the right shades for your home? We make house calls. I have designers available in both our Seattle and Bellevue locations who can come to your home and work with you in creating the perfect color scheme. Give us a call or go online to set up your own appointment, http://www.dalyspaint.com We’ve got you covered.