How to Decorate White Walls | At Home With P. Allen Smith


Do you find simple, plain walls just too plain?
Well, my friend Julia and I will show you differently. You know, Julia, I just have
to say that I really love this vignette that you’ve created. Thank you. You know, as you
look at it, it’s really dominated by white, which is a non-color — and I know color is
so hot these days. There’s something to be said for a white wall, and I think oftentimes
people don’t have the opportunity to paint. Well, I think they’re often afraid of it.
I agree, and then you don’t in the absence of being confident about color, where do you
go? And, you know, I think white, to someone who is moving into a new apartment is almost
like a writer sitting down to a blank page, a white piece of paper. And that’s where we
come in. Yeah. Where we come in with suggestions about how to create comfort in a space that
has white walls. Right. And not make it feel un-lived in. Well, I noticed here that you’ve
used muted tones in the way of art that seem to be a nice, comfortable segue to all the
white — the white wall, the white sofa, the pillows etc. I think that that’s an important
aspect of introducing color and art into a white space, is not to go so crazy into the
bold. Yes. But to sort of kind of segue and create a little bit of a — almost a — I
think this art has an aged feel to it. It does, it does. It has a lovely patina to it.
Correct. And I think that’s another way to say, “I not afraid of you, white walls.” Yes.
So if you have some sort of echo of white — in this case, these pictures are all surrounded
or have bits of white in them or neutral colors, then it blends nicely, there’s more harmony.
Exactly. And I think that also makes it feel like a finished room. Yes. And even it’s not
particularly, you know, this sort of art piece, but it’s something that has a graphic quality
to it, again, without too much color. Yes. Perhaps photography. Right. Would also be
a wonderful application for a white — using in a white space. You know, of course, there
is such a psychology with the color white because it being a non-color if you paint
the walls that makes the space feel more expansive and larger, as opposed if you used dark colors.
And I think sometimes people think it’s the exact opposite. And I think white is the most
enveloping of non-colors, that does allow for so much variety within the pieces and
the furnishing. Do you lean toward whites that are very pure white, or do you go for
a creamy white or a warm white? That’s a great question, and I think that’s something that
is equally as daunting to many, many homeowners or renters. I think it is too. There are so
many whites that I personally like, and I would have to say that I like going towards
a little bit more creamy. Right, a little more warmth to it. Just a little bit more
warmth. Not too much blue. And I think it’s easy to look at the very first white on the
paint wheel, which is, obviously, the most true blue white. Yes, yes. And oftentimes
that’s selected. Right. And then if you can just pull it back a little bit it’s warmer.
Yeah, that’s a very good point. You know, it’s just like these objects that you find
and you place on the wall, splashes of color can also arrest the eye and draw your attention
to it. I mean, for instance, I love these pillows you’ve used here. Well, thank you.
I mean, pillows, today, are in almost every market, every store you walk into. Yes. You
are assaulted with pillows. All kinds of them. Every color. Yeah, this one over here, I think,
has sequins all over it. It certainly does. It’s a little bit of glamorous feel. It is
very glamorous. I love that. Adding a little bit color, bold color, is okay in a white
space. It is, and these are so affordable. So it’s the sort of thing that really anyone
can do to give a space, a wall, a little pop. Absolutely. If you’re enjoying these segments
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