I’m almost finished my White is Complicated: A Decorators Guide to Choosing the Right White eBook, we are planning to launch in early November!
I received over 1,200 responses on the survey on whites I conducted a couple months ago and that had me go back to the drawing board to make sure all the critical questions were covered in the eBook.
Whether a white is cool or warm is mostly about contrast and comparison and also, simply personal opinion.
Which white is cool, which is warm? Does it matter? In context, they are both lovely.
Here we have creamy tile in both bathrooms, but one has a wood stained vanity. Which one is warmer?
It’s perception isn’t it? Some might say the wood vanity makes it warmer, some might say the large windows make the bathroom on the left feel warmer.
Same colour sofas, walls are basically the same white. Which is warmer?
If you say the left, maybe it’s because the colour brings the room to life. But some might prefer the living room on the right.
Carrara Marble kitchens, white slab cabinets? Warm or cool?
Too MUCH Carrara (on the left), they just didn’t know when to stop. The warmth of the wood floors, chairs and accessories (on the right) takes the warm factor up.
Texture warms up the bed on the left. But warm or cool is still in the eye of the beholder.
What have you decided makes a white feel warm or cool?
I say it has a lot to do with what you include, how you style and decorate the room as well as your personal aesthetic.
If you are looking at a room in your house and you think it feels cold, it probably has more to do with a combination of the wrong whites, rather than strictly the white itself. Here’s a post I wrote that might help fix the problem.
Which room is your favourite? When does white feel cold to you?
Love to hear your opinion! xo Maria
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