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PAINT: Surprising White Rooms | Chedva | September 8, 2011

Something that always surprises me is how afraid people are from paint. Yes, simple wall paint. Why is this surprising?First, because paint is one of the easiest design solutions. It requires much less investment than other changes, and its effect is more visible. And Second, because many people take great time to pick their chosen paint color but don’t spend as much time (or at all) at picking the decor that will complement their room to a harmonious result.

Rooms and Words paint poll

So a few weeks ago I decided to ask our Facebook fans what is their favorite paint color. I also promised that I will put up a few mood-boards and design tips with the winning color in mind. I can’t say the choice most of you voted for surprised me; white is probably the most popular paint color, at least in Israel. This only makes it more challenging: looking at a widely used color with fresh eyes and ideas. Here is my first take at it:

Our inspiration: Kitchen from husohem.se

I posted this gorgeous kitchen/dining area from Hus & Hem  on our Daily Rooms album (which is updated a couple of times a week with inspiring interiors). This room seemed to me as the perfect starting point for our first mood-board: The light wood floors anchor the white so it doesn’t just float in the space and dazzle us before our first coffee. The colorful striped rug and perfectly messy throw lend color and pattern to the space, as well as the graphic element of the stripes. Can you see that the white in this room isn’t “pure” white? It has a little grey-ish tint, which makes it much easier to accessorize.


When I saw the August cover of Milk Magazine it made me instantly happy. It’s just so essentially… August, and it managed to inspire even me, a self-proclaimed winter lover. The second block to build our mood-board was this colorful home designed by Mona Ross Berman that appeared in the latest House Beautiful issue. You can apply this look by purchasing the products I gathered or by going on your own shopping spree (even in your own pantry or cupboards) as long as you remember the formula: white + light natural elements + colorful and graphic accessories.

What do you think? Would you apply this formula in your own home?Tell me in the comments. If not, there are still many other mood-boards to come in this series, so make sure to check back.

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4 comments to the post

  1. Piper says:

    what a gorgeous round up – i agree, white with a pop of color is always so striking and stylish. and i’m with you – cover of Milk is too cool!! thanks lovely for the shout out of my foutas!! they’re so fun!

  2. Sarah A says:

    I agree that white is such a good choice for walls as it’s agreat background on which to add colour and bright home accessories.

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