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The color white shares classic qualities of hardwood floors

September 26, 2013

Hardwood FloorsThe color white has a similar quality to beautiful wood floors. Like the maple hardwood flooring in Anderson's Brevard collection, white is a classic that goes with any hue. But it also has variety of tones - bright, off-white or antique - that are more effective with some colors than others.

Shari Hiller, co-host of the PBS series Around the House with Matt and Shari, has found that choosing the right shade of white isn't different from selecting other colors. To get a good match, she suggested using the white that's in an upholstered piece or other soft furnishings to determine the shade that will be used elsewhere in a room.

Variations of white
A bright white that coordinates well with modern home design may include charcoal gray, silver and black. Off-white is more traditional and complements with many shades of blue, sage green or dusty rose. Antique white is similar to off-white, but has a slight yellow undertone which allows it to work best against hardwood furniture and kitchen cabinetry.

In a small space, using hues that contrast with white tends to draw attention to it and away from the small dimensions of the room.

A white theme can be emphasized with accessories in a room design. Clear jars filled with white and cream-colored candles, white flowers and porcelain pieces are some items that can be used effectively in this scenario.

Floor-to-ceiling shelves painted white are a good showcase for both white and brightly colored things to display. Or, a white surface can be outlined in colors, such as a mosaic border around white counter or floor tiles, to break up the expanse.

Spacious effect
According to Better Homes and Gardens magazine, white creates a sense of spaciousness when it reflects from light sources around a room. The magazine recommended taking advantage of natural light by limiting window treatments in a small room to window blinds or shades only.

Homeowners may want to consider choosing blinds that are the same color as the walls, which allows them to convey the impression of an unbroken surface. White curtains or shutters, often used in country-style decorating, are attractive by themselves or combined with window shades.

In bathrooms, a monochromatic color scheme featuring white is easy to achieve because they often have white tubs, sinks and commodes already in place. Add in several shades of white in different textures such as bone-colored grasscloth on the walls.