Wait a minute….
"Is white really even a color?"
I've heard this comment before. Maybe you've even thought it yourself. It would seem that white is white until.... you go to the paint store. They have an entire white portfolio! White isn't just a color. It's a lot of colors or, more accurately, shades.
Nature shows us the subtle shades of white in the rose up above. Look carefully. There's also gray, pink, yellow, and even blue hues mixed in. They're subtle, but they're there. And they add depth and dimension to the rose. Without them, it would be, well ... bland.
3 Ways to Fight the Blahs When Using Neutrals.
Harmony in Hues
The many subtle shades of white are what give your neutral design its life. They mimic nature and work together to give your space depth, warmth, and harmony. When mixing shades together, just stick with the same undertones - warm or cool. Putting your whites close together, you'll be able to see if there's more yellow or red or blue in the color. The same is true for gray and tan. With a little practice, you'll develop your artist eye and spot the subtleties even quicker.
Toss in Some Texture
A monochromatic color palette really lets the texture of your choices take center stage. Nubby chenilles, crisp linens, softened cottons all combine for an interesting, and cozy, interior. Pay attention to your hard surfaces too. Glass and metal are smooth and reflective. Wood adds warmth and helps ground your design. So much of design is how it feels.
Play with Pattern
Don't be afraid to play with a mix of patterns. Your neutral colors can handle it. Mixing large, medium, and small patterns throughout your space adds some sizzle. Keep them in your color choice to keep them from overwhelming or tiring the eye.
Yes, white is really a color and it's anything but boring. I'd love to hear how you're using neutrals in your home. Leave me a comment below.
It's one of my favorite times of year. The spring sunshine makes me want to tear open the curtains and throw off the covers that have kept me warm all winter. I want the light to come in. How about you?
The itch to spring clean comes right along with it. Although, it's really more of an urge to lighten up my decor than it is to pick up that cleaning rag.
I'm always drawn to rooms like the one above. Open, airy, and calm.
There are a lot of reasons to choose a neutral design. Here are just a few.
It's hared to get tired of neutrals. They go with anything. Obvious, but true. Investing in neutral upholstery gives you versatility for the future. When the new "hot" color becomes bright orange, all you need are a few accents to stay on trend and on budget. Neutrals are always the perfect backdrop to any color.
Neutral colors expand your space. They visually increase the size of a room by allowing your eye to rest because they appear to recede from view. Their boundaries appear to blur, creating the illusion of more space. Who doesn't need a little more space to breathe?
Restful and Soothing
Our homes are our sanctuaries. The world outside is cluttered and complicated. We crave a space to recharge. Neutral designs help you do that. The soft color palette of subtle shades of whites, grays, blues, and taupes, declutter our world, creating a respite. These shades are emotionally and visually calming.
Show Off Your Personality
Rather than appear bland, neutrals allow your personality to take center stage. That favorite keepsake from your memorable family vacation stands out against a neutral background. Your favorite color, the one you're known for, is what everyone notices.
You never go wrong choosing neutrals in your design. They're the springboard for you to shine.
Coming soon, how to incorporate neutral design into your decor.
Just Like the Movies
Christmas in Ridgeway is just like you'd see in an old movie. There's nostalgia, home-spun warmth, and even a little bit of wackiness that only a small town can provide.
The town is extra pretty lit up with white Christmas lights. I'm a white light girl, but John is partial to the old, big, colored lights. (The kind that burn you - and small children!) I think it's because of the nostalgia. He's told me how "they" (no one can say who) used to string lights across the main street downtown. Not Christmas lights mind you. Regular light bulbs - only colored for Christmas. Great idea until a semi truck would inevitably come by just a little too tall. The bulbs would go off like fireworks.
Finally "they" got wise to the problem, so now there's no danger of electrical explosions. Instead, my kids beg to ride over the bridge as often as possible "just cause it's so pretty." And it is.
One of the best parts of Christmas in a small town is Santa knows your name, your mama's name, your grandpa's name, and even your dog's name. So, you know he's the real deal. He always inspires a month of extra good behavior.
Then there's the Christmas parade. It's the only one our kids have experienced. They walk up the street to watch (no need to drive to it) and find their "usual" spot on the sidewalk. If it's really cold, they sit in the furniture store window to watch! They know almost everyone that rides by, and they're close enough to speak. Anyone can be in the parade, so they've done that too. You never know what you'll see. Tractors, miniature ponies, decorated lawn mowers and bicycles. But it's one of my favorite things. It's real. It's just folks in a small town enjoying themselves and the season.
First Friday, Dec. 4th
Ridgeway kicks off the season with the official tree lighting. Stroll the streets for a night of late shopping and dining as you enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas. Santa will be in town too waiting to check your list.
Saturday, Dec. 5th
Take a peek inside some of Ridgeway's historic homes and churches. The Home for Christmas Tour runs from 3-5pm (churches) and 3-7pm (homes). Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 and the day of the tour for $25.
Sunday, Dec. 6th
Cap off your weekend with Ridgeway's Christmas Parade at 3pm down Palmer Street. You never know what you'll see!
Time to Gather and Give Thanks
You are one of the things we are thankful for this Thanksgiving. We know you have lots of choices of where to shop. We appreciate your business, and we're thankful for such wonderful customers. It really is a pleasure to know each one of you.
Trending Now: White
White is the new "it" color.
Yes, white is a color. It has subtle shades that range from white white to creamy taupe. White, and it's many shades, are the perfect backdrop to your personal favorite color. It gives accents an even greater pop.
Think of all the possibilities for changing your look with a minimal investment, and you'll see the appeal. Go crazy with a modern stripe like we did and when your inner shabby chic comes out, just switch out the pillows. Wouldn't Christmas pillows be just the thing on a white background? Brighten up for spring or cozy up for winter. You decide.
And yes, it is possible to live with white.
Slipcovers and white are an ideal combination. Combine those two with cozy, comfy, and you've got irresistible. Looking for something more tailored? Performance fabrics are the choice for you. More and more performance fabrics have been introduced because they're so practical and durable. And now they're even more comfortable. White leather is even available if you're looking for the ultimate in durability.
So, even if your life doesn't resemble a magazine (and really, whose does?), you can enjoy white.
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Protect Your Sanity
Furniture Care Tips
So much good stuff happens around our table. It's a place for memories to be shared - and made- as we laugh and eat together.
Furniture is made to be used, and those small little dings and scratches shouldn't take your focus off those gathered around your table.
A little bit of careful table-setting and quick response can keep your dining table a place of only happy memories.
Life is unpredictable and those inevitable scratches and water rings will appear. Don't stress. We have a complete line of Guardsman furniture products to help hide life's little reminders (assuming you want to hide them). Distressing is usually an upcharge. You could just consider you got yours for free -with a good story to go with it.