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White Color Meanings

White Color Meanings and Associations

Understanding white color meanings provides an interior decorator with a color tool kit. In fact understanding all the color meanings fills this tool kit and gives you an advantage over the competition. You can select colors with a full understanding of what they mean and how they evoke feelings and this is critical for creating harmonious interior spaces.

White is not really a color, it is a neutral, but we will call it a color for ease of reading. If you read about Sir Issac Newton and how he discovered the color of light you will then get a good understanding of color and how we see it.

White light actually contains all the colors within it, we just can’t see them as they are being reflected. The neutral “colors” range from white, through the grays to black.

White is the most commonly used color in interior design, especially in areas where bathing, cleaning and food preparation are prevalent. This is due to the fact that you can see anything that appears on white and wipe it up, keeping the surfaces clean and germ free.

White - ever popular for bathrooms, especially in traditional marble.

White – ever popular for bathrooms, especially in traditional marble.

Most ceilings are white, most bathrooms are white, and a good proportion of bathroom and kitchen fittings and appliances are white, probably due to the fact that everything goes with white.

White gives us the impression of cleanliness and good hygiene, this is another reason why we like to use white in a bathroom and kitchen, if there is any dirt, you see it and it gets cleaned up.

White reflects all light so it makes spaces appear larger and that is why it is used on ceilings.

White looks stunning when teamed with black, black and white checked floor tiles or vinyl for example.

The classic look of blue and white china is forever popular.

White is refreshing and cool in hot environments.

White, elegant in it's simplicity.

White is an excellent backdrop for displaying artwork.

White is a color typically used with modernist interiors, so that the forms of architecture are the main focus.

White combines well with black to form a stunning high contrast look.

Yellow and white create a crisp fresh feel and red and white suggest a nautical theme. Blue and white gives a timeless look, and it just keep teaming up white with any color and you can’t fail. That is why it is so popular.

White is very useful when starting out in interior decorating or design. Start with white walls and gradually build up color around it, this is the safe way to get confidence using color.

White Color Meanings and Associations

White Color Meanings and Associations

Cleanliness, Hygienic, Simplistic, Safe, Clinical, Joy, Innocence, Hope, Purity, Enlightenment, Individualism, Idealism, Indecision, Optimism, Cool, Refreshing, Sterile, Stark, Open, Expansive, Reflective.

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