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Simple White Living: 3 Tips for Creating a White Home

9th September 2016

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A WHITER SHADE OF PALE

Since visiting Mykonos, I’ve become obsessed with all things white. White acts as a blank canvas which can be styled according to my mood. With blues, it feels like the Mediterranean, blacks and greys nod towards the 1960s and greens give off a botanic greenhouse feel. It’s versatile, calm and contemporary and I never seem to tire of it.

Having decorated and lived with white for many years, I thought I’d share a few of the things I’ve learnt along the way.

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CREATING A WHITE HOME
1. What shade of white?

Before you paint, consider the age of the property and the condition of the walls. Some older properties feel cold when painted white and the colour highlights shadows emphasising flaws. In the past, I’ve found north facing rooms with small windows work better with a warmer white. Think about how much light there is in the room when choosing the shade.

I’m certain there are more shades of white than any other colour. From my experience, modern homes look great with brilliant white. I used it in my current apartment and my 1960s flat. But if your property is older you may wish to consider a period white or use brilliant white on the walls and a period white on the woodwork. I did this in my 1930s home and it looked great. I recommend trying a few tester pots before you commit.

2. Paint application

Two coats of paint give a lovely finish. But if you’re covering a dark colour you may require more. One of the benefits of white is I’ve never had to mask off the skirting boards as I do with darker colours. A quick wipe with a damp cloth removes any flecks. And if the ceiling is the same shade then it makes things even simpler.

If you’re painting your entire property the same colour it’s wise to look out for offers. When I moved into my apartment five years ago, I did a little research and took advantage of a paint promotion. There are often deals available especially around the bank holiday weekends.

3. Ongoing maintenance

How often you repaint your home is down to wear and tear and your personal preference. I repaint every four to five years, and I stagger the rooms so I don’t paint my entire home in one go. I also have a touch-up pot to hand consisting of a jam jar of paint and a sponge. A quick dab can cover a multitude of sins!

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#SimpleWhiteLiving

To celebrate all things white, I’ve created a new Instagram hashtag #simplewhiteliving. I thought it would be fun to collect together the white homes, interiors and inspiration I find. And I’d love for you to join me in the search!

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24 Comments

  • Reply Lucy 9th September 2016 at 11:20 am

    Great tips. There are so many different shades of white so this is helpful! Have a good day. Oh.. and I have added some pics already to your hashtag xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 9th September 2016 at 11:24 am

      Thanks Lucy. Have a great Friday and weekend. x

  • Reply oldfashionedsus 9th September 2016 at 11:41 am

    Yey! This hashtag is very you and I can’t wait to see it grow. Have a lovely weekend xxx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 9th September 2016 at 12:07 pm

      Thank you so much. You too! x

  • Reply Molly 9th September 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Really great tips! I crave some lovely fresh white walls in our home but it’s a work in progress – eventually we’ll get rid of the awful textured wallpaper all over our hallway and living room but for now we have to live with the slightly off-white colour and make the best of it. I wish I could click my fingers and have the work done immediately!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 9th September 2016 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks Molly. I know how you feel, home renovations seem to take ages! Have a great weekend. x

  • Reply Slummy Single Mummy 9th September 2016 at 2:29 pm

    I love the idea of a white home and I love looking at pictures, and then I look at my house… I’m not sure it would come naturally!!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 9th September 2016 at 3:15 pm

      Haha! Thanks Jo.. I sometimes think white homes are a bit like Marmite! x

  • Reply Ivana J 9th September 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Great ideas, love white interiors, and in combination with white wood it is just amazing xoxox

    https://theninebyivana.blogspot.com/

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 10th September 2016 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. x

  • Reply Ashley cramp 9th September 2016 at 6:58 pm

    I too am a fellow ‘white walls’ fan and enjoy mixing it up with colour in my accessories, rather than on the walls!
    A superb and very stylish hashtag idea, I too am looking forward to seeing it take off and fly…..xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 10th September 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks Ashley. I agree, even when my home was colourful my walls were always white. Have a great weekend. x

  • Reply Andrew 10th September 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Nice one! My next project is to turn my bedroom at my Mum’s place into an oasis of white from its current mis-mash of magnolia and dated furniture. The plan is to refresh and repaint the old furniture – I’ll follow on instagram and hashtag you when I start!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 11th September 2016 at 8:33 am

      Thanks. I’m looking forward to seeing your new room. Have a great day! x

  • Reply Jules 11th September 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Love white houses! Beautiful post! You’ve an amazing blog, wanna follow each other?:)

    http://julesonthemoon.blogspot.it/

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th September 2016 at 11:33 am

      Thank you. Have a great day! x

  • Reply kathryn 12th September 2016 at 10:30 am

    Excellent tips my dear and I’m loving your new hashtag. We have a lot of white in our house but I just wish I could keep it from turning grubby with wear and tear and grubby little fingers! xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th September 2016 at 11:34 am

      Thanks so much. I bet a few little fingers add some charm! 😉 x

  • Reply Polly Davies 12th September 2016 at 7:20 pm

    great tips, my house is mostly white and I love it

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th September 2016 at 7:27 pm

      Thank you Polly. x

  • Reply fashionforlunch 13th September 2016 at 9:21 pm

    such a great hashtag! i wish i could join in!!!

    http://fashionforlunch.net

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 19th September 2016 at 8:55 am

      Thank you. You need #simplepinkliving! x

  • Reply Lottie | Oyster & Pearl 15th September 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Absolutely love your jam jar/sponge tip! Will be using that as our home is a modern white-painted house and gets very battered by all these kiddos

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 19th September 2016 at 8:56 am

      Thanks Lottie, see you Wednesday! x

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