Cool Baby Cool- White is not a Neutral but a Strong Color Choice

Stronger than Red or Black or Yellow… white takes an eye. It can so easily be wrong or slip into shabby chic.  But done by the masters of design; it is the strongest statement of their intent.– DD
This home is peaceful and quiet. White is not a neutral but a strong color choice. Here the Designer has played down the accessories to create a feeling of relaxation. Allowing the fireplace mantle and matching sofas to be the design.
White slipcovered sofa flanked by mirrors
Tria Giovan
Southern Accents
“Always crisp and definitely cool, the color white speaks of a care-free summer, but can be beautiful year-round. Decorator Gerrie Bremermann calls white “soothing and uplifting,” and uses it to marry French, Italian, and midcentury antiques.
A chic, all-white room may seem easy to achieve, but looks can be deceiving. To do it successfully, add plenty of texture and a little shine — such as a seagrass rug and metallic lamps. “

This room has all the bells,buttons and whistles for me.  Matching ceiling- high mirrors, great consoles underneath for balance and proportion; a killer romantic chandelier, a Verellen Sofa that is casual and yet sophisticated.  Flanking the sofa are matching tables and lamps and then the mix of chairs – modern and antique. This combination  is as classic as it gets.  Then to bring a hint more  sophistication- the designer adds silver lamps next to pale pink pillows. I can hear CoCo Chanel purring….

https://i0.wp.com/www.frick.org/assets/images/exhibitions/whistler_2009/19161133_800.jpgI would like to see this painting hanging in this room or maybe in the hall just as you approach those simple pale pink pillows………..


Although the sofa seems too small, as does the coffee table: I think the white rug and walls are a hit! Add the horse head and bench and its really quite nice. Upholstery in slip covered white linen would make all the difference. A high barrel back chair and soft sofa would make you never want to leave. White Wine parties only!


There is a lot right with this idea. Leather, hidden away place, white… but I’ll bet the rest of the apartment does not flow at all.  I can see this easily however as the end of an office, or powder room or small sitting room. Throw on a bright yellow cashmere throw and re shoot!

I am not one for white and shabby chic- so, too done already.  But with the addition of the industrial lighting and seating- I say 10!
If walls could stay this white…I’d have them in my house too!
In the same house- white allows the red chairs to pop!

https://i0.wp.com/karenmills.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Thomas-Pheasant-interior-resized3.jpgIn this Dining Room, Thomas Pheasant uses white as a backdrop for the clarity of his designs for his Baker Furniture line. The elegant greek key table, chandelier and wall sconces might be diluted with another color.

https://i0.wp.com/lh4.ggpht.com/_pCtYBqw7SEE/ScSJSbZuJmI/AAAAAAAAB3I/i-lpZnfD-8A/image_thumb%5B15%5D.pngWhite here just says clean and that is the look Thomas Pheasant is achieving here. Neat and clean and stylish.


Frank Babb Randolph uses white here to update this kitchen and give it a clean, new look without the heavy remodel that might have not synced with the rest of this historic residence.  Note: chandelier from GoreDean.

https://i0.wp.com/www.aces-of-furniture.com/images/Modern%20White%20Leather%20Sectional%20Sofa.jpg Still it is Contemporary setting where white shines and where you can make less mistakes.


A design you would only see in Europe.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_69eUcYOc_QI/RtI8qUGYOVI/AAAAAAAAB90/q98O8CJAjJI/s320/blackandwhite.jpg From British Home and Gardens via Pigtown design blog- although this could easily be Billy Baldwin- America’s own!

https://i0.wp.com/www.egodesign.ca/_files/articles/blocks/2332_barcelona_chair_by_mies_van.jpgand for me, this is what started it all.


mies van der rohe barcelona pavilion  (all lower case- so chic)


French Key Chest-Light
Faux Leather and Nailhead Wastebasket

18thC French Painted and Parcel Gilt Commode

Set of Three Stacking Boxes by Barbara Barry

Artichoke Lidded Urn-

Leather and Metal Tall Umbrella Stand - Beige

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