Everyone loves white in the home but it isn't always so practical. It dirties so easily and sometimes reads way too stark...at least until now! Here's some stylish & effective ways to incorporate white in the home...
1) Mix your neutrals!
If you are a white lover make sure to choose different shades of whites, creams, and ivorys. You will never be able to match whites perfectly- every one is so different so be sure to layer them all. Don't be afraid to mix your neutrals!
2) Apply Scotch Gard!
It's my #1 trick! I have had a light cream chair for about 5 years now and have sprayed it with Scotch Gard only once or twice and I swear it's kept it practically as new as the day I bought it. It's a dream tool... you can spray pillows, chairs, sofas, rugs, etc! It helps prevent spills from penetrating and color and dirt on clothes from rubbing off onto the surface. I know I sound like an infomercial right now but trust me, it's a must-have to keep on hand in your home if you have any light colored textiles. I highly recommend getting-down with your inner-granny and purchasing a can asap! :)
3) Mix whites w/ earth tones
Mixing white with earth tones can seriously up the chic-factor. Especially those in the grey, clay and putty families. The earth tones help add a warm factor to the white, which can sometimes can come off with a very sterile feel, especially if there's not enough soft-scaping going on.
4) Add a pop color with white
Adding a pop color really sets off the white. It makes the white feel very stark, almost like a blank canvas. This really conveys a feeling of playfulness and can up the young factor. This is great if you love modern design or are decorating a child's room.
And here are some of my favorite white furniture & decor pieces out in the market today (*note, each is a different shade of white)...
Here's to longer lasting whites and lots of mixing & matching!