White made its grand entrance onto the home decor scene with the introduction of Rachel Ashwell’s shabby chic style. The color white is used profusely in shabby chic decor, using the color to unite worn objects from different eras. While some may think decorating with white is falling out of favor, numerous home decor sites still show an abundancy of white rooms. Country Living magazine has an entire section dedicated to decorating with white on its website. As for me and my home, I’m still a huge fan of white!
My farm house dining room is the whitest room in my house and it also has the least amount of natural light (other than one of the bathrooms that doesn’t have a window). Despite the lack of daylight entering the room, it looks bright and airy. The dining table is painted 2 Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Colors – Old White on the table top and Paris Gray on the legs. The chairs wear a first coat of Duck Egg Blue with Paris Gray on top. I distressed the chairs so you can see both colors.
The walls are painted Steam White by Laura Ashley, sold at Lowe’s. I love this shade of white because it has a slight undertone of bluish gray. I’m more of a cool colors kinda girl and it took a while for me to find a shade of white with blue undertones as opposed to yellow. I added a script bamboo mat under the table – super easy to clean!
For this place setting, I used larger plates found at Goodwill, topped with stock dishes from Walmart. The old silverware is a flea market find. I added blossoms from my Bridal Wreath bush and added lace.
Decorating with white in the dining room makes it easy to select a centerpiece because you can use almost anything. Blooms from the Bridal Wreath bush are tucked inside a blue Ball mason jar. Easy peasy!
The buffet is painted in Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, which I found at a local store that sells a lot of repurposed furniture.
My white ironstone collection allows me to continue decorating with white in our farmhouse dining room.
An altered small bottle and a rusty bottle from the dump accompany one of my white ironstone pitchers.
I love the cool white in my dining room so much, that I’ve decided to paint our living room the same color. Some people think too much white looks cold and impersonal, but I think decorating with white looks fresh and airy and it always brightens my mood.
What are favorite colors you’ve used to decorate your home?
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