White on Off White Interior Design Trends And Rugs To Go With Them
There once was a time not so long ago when blending white with off-white was taboo. During the mid-20th century strict social rules dictated that you did not wear white after Labor Day, and you put away your off white after Easter. Never should they ever appear together, not in fashion and not on the interior of your home. Fortunately, those rules are no longer followed, and now, designers are using a range of whites, off whites, and natural earthy tones to create depth and texture in contemporary designs.
New whites range from the purest Titanium white, to pinkish Chantilly lace, and ever-so-slightly blue white diamond. They also range into earthy tones such as sea pearl with a gray color cast, and taupe-toned Navajo white. All of these different whites have a different character and add something a bit different to the room design.
Creating An All-White Minimalist Heaven
An all-white room with its clean, fresh feel would seem like the perfect haven for color-averse minimalists. If you fall into this category, it is good to know that the range of whites available gives you some room to play without adding too much color. The idea of trying to recreate the starkness of a white hospital room is no longer the norm when you think of white. Now, you can combine natural textures and colors in a range of whites and off whites to create interest and texture in the design.
Mixing it up a bit when it comes to tone and texture can help to transform the space into one that is cozy and warm, while keeping the fresh look. This can also be an excellent way to add a bit of texture to a black and white room, too. Mixing up the whites with off whites can create a dramatic effect against the blacks in the room. This also allows you to minimize the black because the mixed range of whites is more than capable of carrying the design.
Bringing Nature Inside
One of the latest trends in the world of design it to try to bring a bit of nature into the design. This year’s design trends are all about creating a cozy, natural feel within the space. If your tendency is towards Scandinavian modern or a bit Boho chic, you know the importance of mimicking nature in the room.
Pure, bright white is a man-made creation and tends to represent the built environment. It is perfect for creating clean lines and an ultra-modern look, but it is not found in nature, for the most part. The white that you find in nature are always a bit tinted, even if it is so slight that you cannot perceive it.
When you begin adding a bit of color to the room, you soon find that whites can be definitively towards the red, blue, or yellow side of the spectrum. If you are going for an ultra-modern look where all of the lines seem to blend into each other, it can be difficult to match an array of whites perfectly.
When you intentionally mix and match your whites, this is no longer an issue. The way to make it work is to add a wider range of whites that do no look the same. Make the differences obvious and intentional. This will add depth to the room without the need to add color.
Play with Textures
Once you have a range of whites and off whites in various tones, the next step is to add texture. Perhaps you could add a soft, down comforter, a textured carpet with a high and low pile pattern, a white piece of macrame, or a giant arm knitted throw. This will give the room a more casually elegant feel and create a feeling that is grounded and balanced. It is difficult to overdo it with texture when it comes to a tone-on-tone design.
When you combine textured white tones with natural wood floors, granite counter tops and lots of terrariums / house plants, what emerges is a design that fresh and contemporary, but still warm and inviting. White is the perfect accompaniment to accessories made from natural materials.
White reflects light and has a tendency to open up the space and make it look larger. Mixing in a few textured off white pieces will help to bring down the scale and make the room look a bit less stark. In a mostly white room, a textured rug will draw the eye and serve as a focal point, which will automatically make the space look more inviting.
White on Off White for a Global, Eclectic Vibe
White on off white interior design is the ideal trend of the season to refresh any room. To achieve this monochromatic vibe without it looking too sterile, aim for the perfect balance of creams, pearly whites, and everything in between!
Adding a Moroccan rug with stark white linens, for instance, will help you achieve this balance. It can also be achieved with certain vintage Swedish rugs, or even with the use of an appropriate shabby chic antique rug. If you want to go with a Persian Rug, Nazmiyal offers beautiful options within that range of palette, and we even have Turkish rugs that could work perfectly. With the proper hues, a white on off white interior will feel warm and cool at once, exuding chic character and heavenly charm.