Light paint and pale woods can feel rich and cozy too. Here are 7 design twists and colors to try
2. Warm up unexpected spaces with tints of tan. Foyers and hallways are also ideal spaces for warm and inviting whites. Even with the ornate lighting fixtures in this hallway, the soft wall color and light wood finishes allow the area to remain peaceful.
Tip: Light flooring can make a long, narrow hall appear larger.
4. Start with a blank canvas. Neutral whites don’t necessarily look warm or cool, so they make an ideal backdrop for dramatic elements. This room shows us that serene spaces need not be boring.
Tip: Add architectural interest by installing trim to create a faux coffered ceiling. Use narrow strips of molding in a light finish so that the ceiling won’t overwhelm the rest of the room.
6. Contrast crisp white and black. I’m really loving black and white these days. You can find this classic color duo in the bathrooms of many homes that were built in the first half of the 20th century. Today’s homeowners often preserve this look when they remodel older homes.
The combo has also gotten a modern makeover in new homes. One easy way to update the look is by adding wood or laminate flooring in a very light or whitewashed finish. Even with all the contrast, the understated flooring will keep the space calm.