White Out

The big blizzard that rolled through the Northeast this weekend...(Nashville got nothing but rain on Sunday) got me thinking about winter whites and decorating with a white pallet. It might sound boring, but using an all white, or mostly white scheme can be truly stunning.

Decorating With Whites | Sarah Barksdale Design

One of my favorite things about decorating with whites, or any neutral pallet, is the way other elements (such as texture) and subtle patterns (like tone on tone) can suddenly take center stage. See how the wood on the ottomans draws your eye in this picture? Well it might get a little overlooked if there was a busy pattern or bold color to distract your eye.

Decorating With Whites | Sarah Barksdale Design

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How romantic is this bathroom? I am absolutely swooning over it.

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Decorating With Whites | Sarah Barksdale Design

I want to wake up in this bed everyday! I love how the layers of snuggly covers contrast the hardness of the metal frame and the wood floor and side tables.

Decorating With Whites | Sarah Barksdale Design

There is just something about a white kitchen that just makes me want to bake food from scratch. The space feels so fresh and bright and inviting. The floors in this room are really awesome, I want to learn how to do a lime-wash style finish like that.

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Isn't this swing amazing?! I know all-white interiors are not practical for all of us. If you have kids or pets or if you are like me and a little accident prone it might not be the way to go for your home. But if you like the look... think about ways to incorporate more white or light neutrals into your home. Maybe white fabrics seem too stain-prone for your lifestyle, but your could always use white tile, or paint. Or think about using white metals or even looking into outdoor grade white fabrics which are made to be stain resistant. And don't be afraid to use contrasting textures (rough and smooth, hard and soft) to finish off the look.

So what do you think about using whites in your decor?

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