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Guide to Bright White: How to Use This Non-Color to Refresh Any Space

Bright white may not be a color per se, but it packs a ton of style potential. Here’s how to use it in any interior.

What Does White Symbolize?

Used throughout history to symbolize purity and possibility, bright white in interior design often connotes ‘newness,’ ‘cleanliness’ and other feelings of refreshment.

While using bright white decor and furniture in interiors may be associated with an array of positive characteristics, it also brings practical value. Because it is, in essence, a non-color – completely devoid of any wavelength whatsoever – bright white is an easy ‘canvas’ that goes with almost every color imaginable.

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Choosing a Bright White Color Combination

Bright white goes with pretty much every other color (the only exceptions, in general, being off-white and other shades of tinted white).
This means that keeping your main pieces, such as a sofa or bedframe, in bright white will give you the freedom to pick one or two colors you love – and let your imagination run wild. Along with black, bright white is the most complementary hue, so you can mix into an all-white interior whatever palettes or patterns you’d like – without worrying about clashing colors.
One rule of thumb to keep in mind when styling with white: the brighter the shade of white, the more saturated the accent colors should be. This will help ensure that bright white doesn’t overpower – and that your ‘pops’ of color don’t feel washed out.

For a contemporary-chic feel, consider going down the lesser-traveled path by using bright white as an accent ‘color’ in and of itself. Setting a bright white nightstand or end table, for example, against a wall painted in a vibrant hue will make the white pop against the vivid backdrop, creating a defined, pulled-together look for any space.

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