In fashion, black gets all the sophistication cred: the little black dress, the all-black uniforms of designers, the noir-heavy wardrobes of chic Parisiennes. In interior design, the acme of sophistication skews blanc.
“White – especially in our gorgeous desert – is definitely a classic,” says Tessa Koch, director of marketing at Feathers Fine Custom Furnishings. “There is something very crisp and clean that plays beautifully off our landscape and views. It’s timeless and always looks fresh.”
Single white statement pieces like a sofa or a light installation can be striking against the backdrop of a colorful home, but the inverse can make an even bigger impact. “Don’t be afraid of an all white-on-white scheme,” Koch says. “Work in different textures and finishes to add depth and dimension to any design.” Or add strategic pops of color for heightened drama.
“I like white paired with pastels, but be careful not to overdo it,” says David Pritchett, general manager of Hacienda Lighting. “I also like white fixtures with wood accents. It adds a warm tone to an otherwise stark finish.”
Avoiding sanatorium-esque starkness is key. “People sometimes think of white as modern and cold, but it can be warm,” Pritchett says. “Think shabby chic and distressed finishes. There are new riffs on proven designs and there are so many different ‘white’ finishes.”