White is a growing trend in today’s decorating world. Celerie Kemble, a neotraditional decorator better know for her use of bright colors, has recently published a book – Black and White (and a bit in between). The book showcases no-color work done by Kemble and her peers. “By narrowing the mission, you can concentrate your energies, focus your embellishments, and multiply your opportunities,” writes Kemble.
The decorator adds that color can hide style. But when you opt for a white palette, the room’s personality, or lack thereof, comes right through. Another book, Brilliant: White in Design, also signifies a movement away from color. This edition by designer Linda O’Keefe showcases white rooms that are posh and underwhelming, in the best sense.
The path toward white may appeal to homeowners who are looking for minimalism or clarity. Colors can stimulate certain feelings, emotions, and moods. In contrast, shades of white are less demanding on the eye and the conscious mind. While the white decorating trend does not abandon all color, it does move these shades very much into the background.