Understand The Nature And Psychology Of White Before Using It In Home Decor.

White Being An Colour Of Peace And Cleanliness Requires Some Tips And Tricks On How To Use White In Home Decor.

Oct 07, 2014

'Colours' the word brings excitement in our mind. Various colours bring in various different emotions and also effect our personality.

Well, if you are thinking of expressing yourself through the shades of white color, and thinking how you should use it, here it is! Here, you are going to be enlightened how different shades of white, different tints of white & white accessories can change the entire view and mood of your home décor and how you can express yourself through the splash of white shades.

 

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What Is White colour ?

Every colour has its own story and style. White is the presence of all colours, opposite of black but often represents as no colour. White mixing with any pure colour makes the colour light and bright. More increasing of whites creates tints of that colour.

White is a neutral colour and all different shades of white like Snow white, pearl, antique white, ivory, chalk, milk white, lily, smoke, seashell, old lace, cream, linen, ghost white, beige, corn silk, whitewash etc. are also categorized under white colour family in general talking.

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Nature and Psychology of White Colour -

  • White being a positive colour, it's associated with heaven, spirituality, softness & safety.
  • It is the sign of purity, innocence, cleanliness and sterility.
  • It relieves stress and helps in concentrating.
  • It symbolizes equality and unity.
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Spaces :

  • White is a colour of Purity, peace, calm and concentration, it can be used at home in puja room, meditation rooms, temples and other religious spaces and buildings.
  • If you want to give a relaxing and soothing feel to your bedroom, you should go for various white shades. A cream white or soft white shade in your bedroom will give you a positive energy and will make you cozy & comfortable. If you are suffering from Insomnia i.e. not having a sound and enough sleep, you can get a positive vibe from it and can enjoy a blissful and sound sleep. 
  • White gives the safety of sterility, can be used in furnishings in hospitality, in bathrooms, kids rooms etc.
  • For your kitchen, whether to use white shades or not is entirely your decision. While choosing color and while decorating your kitchen, you have to keep in mind the maintenance part. The Bathroom and kitchen are just like a mess. It can ruin the whole image of your home. So, be careful about that.
  • White being the Colour of snow and water it represents coolness, it can be used in rooms maximum exposed to sunlight with multi layered curtains to provide coolness. White layered curtains prevent less amount of heat entering the room. White furniture and white walls will also absorb less heat.
  • There can't be any issue of colour fadness with white.

  • White painted wall in Architectural buildings also absorbs less sunlight keeping the building cool comparatively.

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Walls :

  • Using white paint over walls in interior, space looks larger so white colour can be easily used in smaller spaces or smaller rooms.
  • White theme background colour makes hues of other colour to stand out.
  • White colour can be used to contrast brighter colours.


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Flooring :

  • A white used in the flooring makes the room larger and gives the feel of Cleanliness and sterility.
  • There are various flooring options in natural stones, vinyl, tiles etc. which can be easily found in white Colour themes.
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Furniture :

  • White Furniture used in the room with bright and dark painted walls can highlight the furniture.
  • White furniture with white walls is very elegant and purified interior look but requires maintenance.
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Furnishings :

  • White colored room decor accessories, white wallpaper patterns, and white colored window curtains everything just goes with the flow to set the perfect mood and helps you to rest and meditate. 
  • It is totally up to you how you want your curtains, cushions, sofa sets, and many other things to look. You can choose each and every accessory and decorative products of your choice and arrange and place them in your favorable and a creative way. 
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Lightings :

  • To illuminate a room with white light or daylight check the temperature in kelvins of bulbs and tubes.
  • Bulbs in the 3,500K to 4,100K (kelvins) range give off a cool, bright white light, and 5,000K to 6,500K bulbs give natural or daylight.
  • It's easy to achieve the effect with colourful lights when the surfaces are white painted than any other colour.
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Ceiling :

  • Ceiling in white appears the room to look larger.
  • Play of colourful light is possible with white ceilings.
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Feng Shui Tips for White Colour :

Though there are too many bright and good things about white to use it in your home decoration, there are some loop holes also. There are a few negative connotations attached with white along with some really positive things. And you should be well aware of that too.

  • White belongs to the feng shui element of Metal.
  • It is the purest among all the colors. It is connected to the yang energy i.e. openness and expansiveness. 
  • This color is very soothing and peaceful. So, it will help you to concentrate and meditate. The neutrality of this color will keep your mind cool and calm. 
  • White can be used almost every room and all places.
  • It would be beneficial to use this color in the north-eastern, north western and western corners your house.
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Pros & Cons of using White :

  • At some point of time white color can be boring, stagnant, sterile, fastidious, empty, isolated, plain and distant. 
  • Using overall white colour theme in a room can be too bright for eyes which can cause headache and be an uneasy comfort. Excessive white can cause feelings of isolation, detachment and emptiness. 
  • Sometimes, over use of white can look artificial and sterile. Moreover, you have to be extra cautious and careful about maintaining the classy look of white.

  • In kitchen one should be careful while choosing white materials and finishes as surface can get stained while cooking. At such places stain proof materials which require less maintenance can be used.
Joya Vyas
Joya Vyas

Hi, My name is Joya Vyas and I am 27 years old. I am an Architect by profession. I completed B. Arch and M. Arch Degree in 2009. I am connected with ebuild.in from last 2 years because I find it one of the best platform in india to share my views with my friends of same industry. | more articles from Joya

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  1. Rohit says:

    Never thought this way of Psychology ...nice one

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