White Home: Creating Rooms You Love to Live in

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What is it about layers of crisp white linen, or a row of gleaming white china cups on a shelf, that is so universally appealing? Neutral but never boring, white has an innate purity that allows us to appreciate the clean lines of sleek designer furniture and the different textures and feel of fabrics as no other shade can.

But white is so much more than just a canvas for the beautiful objects and accessories we choose to fill our homes, it is in itself eternally satisfying. ...

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Overview

What is it about layers of crisp white linen, or a row of gleaming white china cups on a shelf, that is so universally appealing? Neutral but never boring, white has an innate purity that allows us to appreciate the clean lines of sleek designer furniture and the different textures and feel of fabrics as no other shade can.

But white is so much more than just a canvas for the beautiful objects and accessories we choose to fill our homes, it is in itself eternally satisfying. Paint companies now have whole colour charts devoted simply to different white, and the choice can be daunting. In The White Home, Caroline Clifton-Mogg shows you how to combine these many shades – from ivory and milk-white to oyster, chalk and ecru, to name but a few – to create a multi-layered effect that is full of contrast and variation in tone. There are fresh ideas for practical details, from embellishing curtains and dressing a bed to putting together clever table settings or lighting a hallway, with lots of hints and tips to help you enhance your home.

Cool, calm and clean or sharp and dynamic; restful or stimulating. The atmosphere you create is simply a case of carefully selecting your palette and then putting together a mix of objects and furnishings to create one glorious whole. The White Home takes you room by room through the house and shows you how to create the perfect sanctuary.

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Clifton-Mogg (Italian Country Living) shows how white as the primary color for walls, flooring, furniture, and decorative accessories has been successfully used in styles such as sleek, modern, and country. Interspersed among the explanatory text and color photographs are "Practical Ideas" sections containing suggestions on how to, e.g., embellish curtains and paint chairs. Although the rooms appear a bit stark, for its fresh approach to color in interiors, this book is recommended for large collections.


—Gayle A. Williamson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903221594
  • Publisher: Aurum Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Series: The Small Book of Home Ideas series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 819,350
  • Product dimensions: 7.87 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Clifton-Mogg is a writer and journalist who specialises in interior design, antiques and gardens. She is the author of many books, including The White Home, China and Glass, The Curtain Design Sourcebook, Decorating with Antiques, Textile Style and A Passion for Collecting, and writes regularly for a number of magazines and newspapers. She lives in London.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     6
What is white?     8
Accent colour     10
Getting white right     14
Elements     26
Lighting     30
Furniture     36
Storage     48
Fabrics     56
Accessories     66
White Spaces     74
Bright living rooms     78
Clean kitchens and dining rooms     90
Halls, stairs and corridors     106
Peaceful bedrooms     112
Refreshing bathrooms     124
Suppliers     134
Acknowledgements     142
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