White wooden furniture – hit or miss?
When it comes to furniture colour palettes, preferences seem to range from light to dark brown, with the occasional black thrown into the mix. White furniture is also available, but many people are hesitant towards buying it, sometimes for practical reasons, other times because it has a very niche aesthetic. However, white is a misunderstood colour and there are many ways that you can incorporate it into your home without it looking hospital-like. By mixing and matching white wooden furniture with the right decorations, your house can look welcoming, fresh and youthful. Contrary to common belief, it’s not hard to look after either!
Myth – white is harsh and boring
One of the most common reasons why people don’t buy white furniture or choose a design colour scheme based on white is that they associate it with hospitals and the general feel of emptiness and austerity. But, paired with the right colours and decorations, white can become cosy, not harsh. A perfect example is provincial style white furniture, which has a royal and sophisticated look. Pair it with pastel decorations and warm indoor lighting and you will feel at home! Another way to prevent white from looking too cold is to go for a warmer off-white shade.
White furniture that’s not girly or shabby chic
Many stores sell white furniture in the kids’ section, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy it after the age of sixteen. It all comes down to choosing a style that’s very modern and sleek, such as the Scandinavian one, for example. If you want to stay away from the vintage feel, avoid furniture that has intricate ornaments. Also, white furniture on its own is not necessarily feminine, but it can be if you pair it with certain decorations and complementary shades. To avoid this look, stay away from pastels as much as possible and choose shades such as grey, dark green and dark blue for decorations.
Maintaining white wooden furniture
Last, but not least, there is the matter of maintenance and the concern that white furniture gets dirty easily and requires more effort than other colours. Unfortunately, this is true, especially if you opt for hard wood, but the extra effort is worth it. Cleaning can be done with a soft cloth and, to prevent wood from swelling and cracking, you should use polishing wax every week or so. Avoid placing white furniture in direct sunlight, because it can crack and get yellow stains.