There is much debate over the white cottage among designers, decorators, and bloggers in general. Some love it and can’t live without it while others claim it is out-of-date. No matter what you think, you can’t argue with the fact that it has stood the test of time and has been reinvented in many different ways: the girly-glam apartment with pops of gold and pink, the millennials who like minimalism, and busy moms and dads with kids who want to be able to just throw their slipcovers in the wash at the end of the month.
I have always loved white. Some say it is not a color, but to me it is beautiful. Gleaming, bright, and sparkling – white always looks clean and fresh.
I had an all-white wedding.
I raised my family in my little cottage in the suburbs surrounded by all-white. White walls and white slip covered furniture. I had my slipcovers made by a very good tailor and he (yes, he) assured me they would last through endless washings – and they have. They are white pre-washed denim, very durable with metal zippers (not plastic). I’ve spilled everything on them over the past 18 years to include an entire glass of red wine (which came out after soaking in club soda overnight.)
A white palette is calming and always looks fresh.
My white painted family room…
…and dining room.
It can be modern.
You can’t go wrong with a white palette. Incorporate your favorite color(s) into your home in the form of pillows and accessories. Keep the colors soft and neutral and they will pop on their own. If you think you can’t have a white cottage because you don’t want to reinvent the wheel in your house, just start with one room. You’ll find it can be quite addicting.