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5 countries, 5 spaces with white in common

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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White is not just a colour, but a concept. It signifies purity and calmness, light in the darkness, hygiene and cleanliness. But not only this, white takes a very important role in all artistic disciplines, from graphic design to interior design, including architecture, music, gastronomy and photography. Yes, white does not imply the absence of design or planning, but rather the opposite, white hides intentions.

Today, it is increasingly common to use this colour in architecture and design, typically a sign of simplicity and functionality. For this reason, today we have created this ideabook to show you, through five builds in five different countries, the use of white spaces in these disciplines.

A German exterior

Not only is the interior of this house is flooded with white, the outside of this property in Germany is also painted in the same colour, aiding the strong geometric planes and forms. Only the edges of the sky and the gentle play of shadows allows us to mentally shape the house, where even the floor is bathed in the same colour scheme.

A French bathroom

Secondly, we have this wonderful French bathroom. The flooring, ceiling and furniture are white and therefore, this bathroom is flooded with white highlights and spatial fluidity. The partitions also emphasise the available light in the space. However, the screens, unlike the red in the room, do not compete with the colour scheme, rather, they complement it. The red of the mosaic, the red towel and vase, are the icing on the cake of this space.

An English kitchen

Parliament Hill Interior Design, Hampstead, London:  Kitchen by Residence Interior Design Ltd
Residence Interior Design Ltd

Parliament Hill Interior Design, Hampstead, London

Residence Interior Design Ltd

If there is a colour that will glow in the sunlight, it is white. This English kitchen displays exactly what we mean. The walls, ceiling and furniture are painted white, diluting the geometry of space.The bench top in beige natural stone, breaks the scheme and defines the horizontal plane which is parallel to the wood floor. Chrome accents are a small but much needed point of difference.

An Italian living room

The openings in this white wall create depth and excitement. Organised in a somewhat chaotic way, in a quasi-Piet Mondrian fashion, the cut outs are playful and help to add a point of interest to what would have been a largely white room. You will also notice, the objects in the shelf are mainly white too. A clever take on shelving and storage unit.

A Spanish bedroom

The main elements of this room are white; the bed covers, the wall and the carpet. These understated features are broken up by the black framed mirror and pale timber bed frame. Neither of these pieces disturb the overall look and feel of such a serene space, and contrary to the beliefs of most, this is a white space that looks cosy and inviting and not sterile and boring.

To see more exciting colour based ideabooks see ’Lighting: how to make the most of colour and An explosion of colour in our homes’.

What do you think of a white as a base colour palette? Let us know below!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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