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Cool and breezy whites

Melissa Howell Published: June 20, 2009
A laundry list of whites from snowy to eggshell is continuing to gain popularity this year providing a canvas for accent colors or as a stand-alone color palette.

As interior design moves toward simplicity, eco-chic and cultural diversity, white is emerging as a design scheme that enhances and incorporates these values. It calms and renews and serves as a way of drawing a room’s focus to cherished pieces of art, collectibles or natural woods and stone. Outside, white can serve as a backdrop to the natural beauty of your outdoor space.

“Time and again, contemporary issues and trends are mirrored by the themes we choose for our homes and the products we buy,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Eco-awareness is a resounding theme as consumers continue to be more thoughtful about what they are buying and the impact their choices will have on the world. Today’s consumers find innovative ways to recycle, reuse and re-purpose. At the same time, there is also a need to relax, rewind, renew and hopefully, refurbish. The 2009 palettes address these trends, which will be reflected in designs and products for the home in the coming year.”

Two basic rules of thumb apply when using white.

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