Choose calming white homewares…and relax

Ever since Syrie Maugham created interior design’s first all-white room in the 1930s (the music room at her house at 213 King’s Road), white schemes have been the ultimate in luxury and calm. Perfect for kitchens, home offices, living rooms and bedrooms alike, white schemes create a peaceful haven away from the world and conjure up images of Mauritian massage tents on white sand. What could be better? Here are a few tricks to using white at home…

As with any single-colour scheme, it’s important to include different textures to provide some variation and avoid a cold and frosty feel.

White is a great way to maximise natural light, but can become tiring to the eyes under too much artificial bright light. To avoid this, create mood lighting with different ‘zones’ in the room using spots, table and floor lamps.

Accessories such as white clocks, white framed mirrors and rugs all help to refresh a room. The London Clock Company at ACHICA (top) ticks all the boxes. Bed linen by Aura.

White can look absolutely stunning with tiny pops of really bright colours like hot pink or orange, but be careful about combining it with neutrals as it can make some beiges look dirty by comparison.

White shelving like the Lounge Cubes in the Home Office Style promotion at ACHICA  acts as an extension of the white wall and is a perfect base on which to showcase your treasured homewares.

The statement chair from ACHICA meanwhile adds subtle style and would love wonderful with a beautiful wooden dining table.

For comfort, nothing feels as good as stepping out of the bath and wrapping up in a sumptuous towel. Try the Supreme Decotex Egyption cotton range, from the Bathroom Refresh promotion at ACHICA.

And now for the fun bit: Here’s top five songs with white in the title. Can you think of any more?

White Wedding – Billy Idol

White Christmas…Bing Crosby

Pretty Fly For A White Guy – The Offspring

Ride A White Horse – Goldfrapp

White Room – Cream

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Katie Treggiden, Guest Editor

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