white walls are trending.
yeah i get it. there’s an easy freshness in these spaces that is painfully lacking on mmmmm say an episode of colorsplash.
(dear god, mine eyes ! ! !)
yeah i get it but i hate it. the underlying injustice of this trend is that white walls only work in spaces with beautiful floors. so hey there, people with beautiful floors. stop waving your beautiful floors around in my face. it’s rude.
and despite the visual eyescraping you just suffered at the hands of david bromstad, credit where credit is due for his fearlessness. no mountain is worth conquering if you piggyback to the top on a sherpa dragging your oxygen tank. i think that the greatest design heights – the kind with a gravitational draw on your deepest core emotions – are achieved only with great risk. color expresses a joie de vivre that white is incompetent to produce.
ipso facto, i could give a shit whether or not white walls are trending. there are other ways to freshen up a space without throwing in the towel on your design ballsiness.
1) using cottons and linens in light neutrals. i have two white denim slipcovered couches, so… check.
2) using natural and distressed wood. i have… none of the above. years ago i loaded up on ikea brown-black and now find myself turning to unfinished light tone woods for that injection of freshness. usually, though, these wood finishes live in a stark white aesthetic.
i’ve been puzzling for weeks on how to fit these lighter woods into a space embracing color.
enter austrian ski lodge, stage left.
savor the play of those wood tones against navy, red, gray, and green. note the hat trick of warmth PLUS lightness PLUS contrast. just lovely.
you better believe that i have a queue of shiny furniture ready to be stripped to the bone this week.