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You don’t have to be a Minimalist or a Monochromist to appreciate the serene beauty that radiates from a completely white room. When everything is white, the details seem to blend into one, reducing the visual clutter and creating a sense of pure calm. It relaxes you and can lift your mood. Imagine (no pun intended), John Lennon playing his white grand piano barefoot at his Tittenhurst Park home in ‘that’ video. It oozes calm, or in John’s case - karma. Regardless of the aesthetic - from modernist minimalism to cosy country kitchen - white helps to quieten the mind.
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Creating Instant karma
The beautiful thing about this look is its universal simplicity. It has one design principle – make everything white. The walls, the floors, the furniture and the accessories. Replace the impact of colour with textures. Lime wash wooden floors create a lighter look underfoot. Painted wooden panelling looks chic and modern in white. You’ll be surprised how you can simplify a room by specifying all the architectural details white.
Avoid your room becoming too stark and clinical by choosing softer, more tactile furniture to keep the space cosy and comfortable. Sensual materials like white faux fur throws and soft linen sofas can stop a room becoming too stark.
For a softer, more shabby chic beach house feel, you can distress painted surfaces by rubbing back the white paint with sandpaper, revealing glimpses of the bare wood beneath. The laid back, weathered look is a lot more relaxed than sharp-edged modernist Neutra-esque interiors.
All Shaws sinks come in glossy, lustrous white as standard, and naturally complement a white kitchen or bathroom, especially if paired with a white marble worktop. White is ideal for smaller kitchens and bathrooms, creating an illusion of space. Adopting an all-white theme also bounces light around the room, making darker spaces appear brighter.
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White is considered a very powerful colour in Feng Shui. A traditional practice originating from ancient China, Feng Shui is said to use energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment. It links colour to elements, and white is apparently connected to metal and metallic surfaces. In our view, wood and glass accents also go extraordinarily well with white, while black is a good opposing shade to balance it out.
The Lighter Shades of Pale
A good tip is to remember white is not one colour - it is much more sophisticated than that! White comes in a thousand different shades. Take Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball - an off white named after the market town of Wimborne in Dorset. Only a shade away from a pure white, the addition of the smallest amount of warm yellow pigment creates a very versatile shade. This softness contrasts with a room painted in Brilliant White, which will aggravate your eyes to the point of near snow blindness. Take time to explore the many different shades available. For a warm white try Slaked Lime by The Little Greene Paint Company. This is part of a collection curated in partnership with The National Trust from historical colours found on its estates.
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For all the calming effects of whiteness, we do have a final word of warning. Be prepared for the frustration and anxiety that comes from trying to keep it pristine.
Whatever your taste in colour, if you decide to choose a Shaws sink in your kitchen or your bathroom we’d love to hear from you! Drop us a line, or share your creation with us on social media and tag @shawsofdarwenuk
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