Tips on Using White Decor as Your Canvas

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I sometimes cringe when I see white furniture. Not because it isn't stylish or trendy, but because the absence of color makes me think of all the things that might find their way onto their surface, marring it's perfect complexion. But it may be that same quality that makes white perfect for styling a bare room - it serves as a blank canvas for your own distinct and personal touches.

Want to see if you can pull it off? Stick to these simple style tips, borrowed from Janice Lindsay's "All About Colour" and Maria Killam's "White is a Snob" and you just might.

1) Make sure you have good light. 

 2) Pay attention to harmonized proportions.

Read the rest of our tips here!


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Cindy Lin, Founder + General Manager
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Comments (4)

Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

White is a tough canvas.  The totally white stark decor like a space ship I used to enjoy in the 80's.  I saw something on TV that had white walls with red accessories here & there.  It just looked old, like an lame bachelor saying 'I'm a wild & crazy guy' or 'what's your sign'.

Jun 24, 2010 08:45 AM
Mary Lou Teague
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

I have to agree a white canvas is hard to work with and I preder wood or painted wood in any color other than white...

Jul 02, 2010 12:10 AM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Cindy Lin - I think a white canvas can be an exciting opportunity.  I think of stores like The Cross - lots of shabby chic furniture.  I like the idea of a monochromatic colour scheme with white, such as your first example above. 

Jul 02, 2010 04:45 AM
Cindy Lin
Staged4more School of Home Staging - South San Francisco, CA
Host, The Home Staging Show podcast

I think it's interesting that there are different opinions here. I think a lot of it also has to do with market. Style is subjective, not objective, so what works in one market does not necessary work in one market. We did a staging job in a hip area in San Francisco using monochromatic color (, that probably wouldn't work in other parts of the country ;)




Jul 06, 2010 08:38 AM