A Way with White

by Johnny Drake 10/06/2019

No matter what color the rest of your house, utilizing a crisp white paint to trim, augment, or refresh areas of your home can add that shabby chic or authentic standout farmhouse vibe. White comes in dozens of shades with various reflective properties. Here are a few areas to use white and the correct white to get your desired result.

  • Outdoors: No matter if your house is clad with siding, brick or stucco, crisp white trim around the windows and doors, and even on the eaves brightens up everything. Or, think about adding a beautiful white pergola to shade your patio or a white trimmed deck. Or keep the deck au natural but add a chic white farmhouse table and benches. Let it sparkle with bright white fairy lights for a romantic outdoor evening. In the front, the porch pillars and rails enliven the whole entry.
  • Built-ins. Whether they be bookshelves or cabinets, create a lovely monochromatic look with matte white walls and glossy built-ins. Let them seamless blend with a nearby white brick fireplace or pop from a contrasting statement wall. Add drama to the look with white sculptures, vases, and candlesticks.
  • Freestanding bookshelves also lend themselves to a semi-gloss white for drama or a sleek satin finish to give it that ultramodern flair.
  • Create a bright white sunroom in soft matte white to create a warm and cozy space. Cover windows with white voile curtains and furnish the room with shabby chic sofas and benches.
  • Give an old bed a new look. Paint a vintage head- and footboard white, then scuff them up to bring on the aged look. Top it off with a white-on-white coverlet and white pillows of various textures for an edgier mix.
  • If your home has alcoves, consider painting the back or sides in a beautiful flat white. The distinction of white nooks against a colored wall lets your display area make a statement.
  • And speaking of display areas, paint a vintage display case white and showcase your family heirlooms.
  • Consider white floating shelves above the sofa or to create a spectacular wall. Shabby chic shelves support antiques well, while pristine modern shelving perfectly captures black and white photos in frames leaning against the wall in stacks.
  • In the kitchen, consider a white marble island paired with ultra-black quartz countertops. Of paint the base white to brighten up the center of the cooking area. If you are renovating cabinets, covering over the dark wood stain with gorgeous semi-gloss white makes a ho-hum kitchen into an inviting open space.
  • Mix a crisp white countertop with white subway tiles, and white cabinets for a truly streamlined look.
  • A different take on white, whitewash is a hint of white on wood that allows the grain to show through. Use this finish to give industrial shelving or shiplap a rustic vibe.
  • Finally, use white on white to make a small bath appear larger. White tile, white counters, white fixtures, and white walls contrasted with bright details makes any bath a welcome sight.

Most any room lends itself to a white makeover, so if you’re looking for a change, try white. If you’re thinking about selling, trimming up with white could be just the clean slate your buyers are looking for, so talk to your real estate professional about it.

About the Author
Author

Johnny Drake

 

Johnny Drake is a native of San Francisco and the youngest of 14 children. Growing up in a large family taught him the value of hard work, perseverance, and the art of communication. Johnny started a business called Johnny’s Java in 1996. After opening nine locations throughout Sonoma County over a 20 year period, he decided to pursue his dream of working in real estate.

Johnny brings his experience as a heart-centered business owner, driven entrepreneur, and talented marketer to his real estate career. Above all else, he delivers exceptional service and unmatched devotion to every client. His attention to detail and level of transparency helps him guide clients through the intricacies of buying and selling a home.

As a regular volunteer and charitable donor in the Sonoma County community, Johnny supports many causes. They include; Canine Companions, Sonoma County Humane Society, Redwood Empire Food Bank, and Sonoma County High School Athletics & Little League and is the former Executive Vice President of the Volunteer Center Board of Directors.

Furthermore, Johnny is a dedicated, hands-on member of NorBAR, California Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Sonoma County Alliance and active member of the Humane Society Board of Directors.