What is Ivory?
What Does the Color Ivory Symbolize?Tinged with yellow or beige undertones, ivory is a softer and warmer form of white – and thus brings softer, warmer connotations than pure white alone.
How to Style with the Color Ivory in Interior Design
Ivory Living Room Ideas
In the living room, use ivory sparingly (especially if you live with kids!). Ivory makes stains, spills and dirt easily visible, so unless you know there won't be any accidents, it's safer to incorporate ivory in small doses. Instead of ivory-white carpeting, for instance, go with a smaller ivory area rug, which takes up less floor space and is the easier to clean!
Ivory Bedroom Ideas
Ivory linens, curtains, rugs and decor turn a regular bedroom into a calm, refreshing retreat. If you want to incorporate the color in a small space, let the focus be on the curtains; ivory linens in a thin, see-through material will cast a warm and natural glow. Tip: If you're not sure which shade of wall paint to choose, take a look at the decor you have in the room, and bring one or two pieces (a decorative dish, a picture frame) with you to the paint store, so that you can compare the decor up close for a perfect match.
Ivory is a shade of white, which means it packs high style versatility. Because ivory often contains yellow undertones, though, if you are considering pairing a second color with ivory, pay attention to the undertones of the second color choice. Does the color lean toward warmer or cooler undertones, or does it contain no undertones at all?
Ivory vs. White
Think of ivory as more of a naturally-occuring white, and "white white" as more of a man-made white. The former is found in white seashells, pearls, sand and stones. The latter is usually only seen in manufactured items that are stained with bleach or a bright dye to obtain the hue.
Ivory vs. Beige
Ivory is a soft shade of white and beige is a soft shade of brown or tan. Together, the two make a coastal-inspired color palette, since both compose the majority of the makeup of beaches (and other nature destinations). If you want more warmth, go heavy on beige!
Ivory vs. Cream
Compared to cream, ivory is more white. Cream can be thought of as closer to yellow on the spectrum, warmer and less bright. Usually, these two colors don't match.
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