Step away from the bright whites and move over to the off-white, ivory and cream color tones. When the temperature goes down, it's time to create a soft and luscious look. Enter the wonderful world of winter white decorating. From heavy knits to cream-inspired paint, it all comes together in rooms that seem to envelope you with a special type of warmth. Let me show you how.
• Getting the White Right
Decorating with winter white means getting the white right. It's not a pure white; it's not a bright white - reserve those colors for summer decorating. Winter white is all about creating a soft white palette by using off-white hues or ivory colors. It's like taking a pure white and mixing in just a little bit of cream or gold to dial down the brightness and play up the softness.
• Using Texture
A wool fabric, textured knits and anything fluffy goes a long way in a winter white space. The textures and the colors work together to create a place that looks warm and cozy - even in the presence of a light color palette.
• Subtle Lighting and Soft Accessories
Winter white decorating is more about mood that it is color. That's why subtle lighting works best. Soft and natural accessories reign supreme - like the glow from an off-white candle or an arrangement of white roses on a coffee or side table. A knit throw draped over the arm of a sofa or sheepskin pillow works well in winter white decor. Then mix in some gold or silver-toned accessories to bring a little bling into your room.
• The Perfect Color Companion
Without fail, winter white creates dreamy spaces. Its soft tone is perfect to mix with other muted shades - like federal blue or a light mossy green. Instead of a bright white contrast, you get a blended complement with a winter white color companion.
• Christmas Perfect
Nothing is more stunning than winter white Christmas decor. Off-white linens, ivory rose and magnolia garlands, cream-colored candles and fluffy little trees make an elegant display. Add some winter greenery and you'll feel like you've experienced morning in a new-fallen Christmas snow.
Check out the pictures and the inspiration for this article in the Winter White Decorating ideabook on Houzz. You're sure to find an idea you'll want to use to adorn your home in a dreamy, creamy winter white decor.
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