Can you believe that the color white makes a strong statement in your home?   And a positive, inviting statement at that.   Even with with pets or a family with kids, you can actually use white – and a lot of white – to create a warm, clean, beautiful and strong statement in your home.   Be the visionary, and make it a reality with the tips below.

Designer: Morgan Taylor;   Photograph by: iFocus Fotos

1. White creates a warm, inviting space.   To create an inviting space, layering is key – even if only using white.
 
Tip:   On a white sofa, layer a fur throw with textured pillows – silk, sheepskin, cotton – this creates dimension and the magazine-worthy finished look even if only one simple color is used.

Designer: Morgan Taylor;   Photograph by: iFocus Fotos

2. White can make any space feel fresh, clean, and new.   Nothing says modern like white on white, on white – especially in the kitchen or bathroom.
 
Tip:   Try carrera marble, subway tile and mosaics paired with white cabinets and towels to create a modern oasis with a luxury feeling.   You can create interest by incorporating different arrangements of tiles, like herringbone or chevron patterns.   This can be done on any budget and looks great with any flooring – dark or light.

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3. Guess what? White IS kid-friendly.   The number one no-no from home owners with kids is “No white upholstery”.   But there is no need to give up style to accommodate inevitable messes.   Choosing the right fabric is key and a high-performance option will give you major style and alleviate stress about trying to keep your furniture looking brand new.
 
Tip:   Try crypton fabric in white. Red wine will quite literally roll right off of it and it is soft and plush – not like the outdoor-grade performance fabric we’ve been used to for so long.

Designer: Morgan Taylor;   Photograph by: iFocus Fotos

4. White allows art to be the focus.   Sleek white walls and simple furnishings are the perfect backdrop to graphic art pieces.   The art doesn’t have to stop on the walls either.
 
Tip:   Place area rugs in bright colors and interesting patterns – making them beautiful art pieces themselves.

Designer: Morgan Taylor;   Photograph by: iFocus Fotos

5. White creates a feeling of open space.   A fresh coat of white paint instantly makes walls look longer and ceilings look higher; it is a go-to for small spaces.
 
Tip:   Pair white walls with white furniture to create the illusion that the furnishings take up less visual space making a room feel more open and less cluttered.

Designer: Morgan Taylor;   Photograph by: iFocus Fotos

6. White is versatile.   When colors are really what make you feel happy at home, using white in your main furniture pieces is a great neutral to allow for versatility in accessories and decor.
 
Tip:   In the spring, incorporate blues and yellows.   And then in the fall, switch to burnt orange and sage greens.   Tabletop decor and throw pillows are much more affordable to rotate throughout the year and they store easily while giving you a fresh look that don’t cost a new furniture set!