Redecorating? Take a walk on the white side – Orange County Register

Traditionalists may tell you to avoid wearing white after Labor Day, but don’t apply that to design.

“I heard that adage about white and Labor Day the other day on television,” designer Debbie Bailey of D & B Interiors in Corona said with a chuckle. “I think it’s now more like you can wear white, but don’t wear white white. Wear off-white.’’

The same holds for home interiors, and many designers are recommending a walk on the white side. Not everyone wants a navy kitchen or a yellow living room, opting instead for crisp clean white or its sister hues of grays and other natural tones. The timeless options offer durability and a kind of clean slate ready to be pumped up with pops of color or left alone to offer calm and cool longevity.

“Decorating a room with warm whites can be very elegant,” Bailey said. “Adding texture fabrics on a couple of upholstered pieces and an area rug with neutral white colors can make a room feel elegant and yet comfortable as it brings a room together. I like to throw in a few pops of color in pillows and accessory pieces but not too dramatic.”

Bailey recently finished a master bedroom project, taking the room from being immersed in color to just the opposite. The homeowners, frequent travelers, said they wanted to duplicate the white ambience found in many high-end hotels.

“My challenge was the two burgundy chairs that we had custom made the first time I decorated the room,’’ Bailey said. “I had a white textured fabric for pillows and an ottoman reupholstered in the same fabric. It works.”

The shutters are white, pairing with the off-white fabrics used. The art above the bed provides color.

“It turned out beautifully and the room is so comfortable now,’’ she said.

White is either taken for granted or embraced.

“I think the popularity and the use of white has a lot to do…

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