Color and Texture on White

Color and texture on white - a Victorian townhouse used white walls and spare details to allows the beautiful colors and textures in the furniture to shine.
Color and texture on white - a Victorian townhouse used white walls and spare details to allows the beautiful colors and textures in the furniture to shine.

Using color and texture doesn't mean your rooms need to be suffused with heavy tones and tons of shag. Take a look at this Victorian townhouse that has been transformed with white/neutral walls and spare detailing to allow the sumptuous colors and textures of the furnishings to jump out.

Above, the vibrant tones of the chaise and rug contrast with the white walls and staircase. Notice how the bannister from the staircase has been removed and replaced with clear plexi. This clever trick removed the fussiness of the bannister from view, while still ensuring safety (and building codes!) were not sacrificed. The silence of the background brings focus to the gorgeous velvet on the chaise and deep tones and pile in the rug.

Color and texture on white - a Victorian townhouse used white walls and spare details to allows the beautiful colors and textures in the furniture to shine.
Color and texture on white - a Victorian townhouse used white walls and spare details to allows the beautiful colors and textures in the furniture to shine.

Count the textures: the sheen of the lacquered tabletop, the glimmer of the disco ball, the lushness of the velvet, and the toe-wiggling comfort of the shag rug. That's a lot of textures, and yet it is not overwhelming thanks to the calming background and simple details of the mantel and bookcase.

Color and texture on white - a Victorian townhouse used white walls and spare details to allows the beautiful colors and textures in the furniture to shine.
Color and texture on white - a Victorian townhouse used white walls and spare details to allows the beautiful colors and textures in the furniture to shine.

The bedroom has softer, neutral tones, but still follows the lead of the other spaces in using color and texture (check out that fabulous bed cover!) as the main features. The use of negative space  (the space around and between the objects of focus) in this home is key to the success of this look.

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