In Defense Of An (Almost) All-White Palette

Living the Swede life of neutrals.

In Defense Of An (Almost) All-White Palette
Photographed by Ana Kamin.

As Scandinavian design concepts and less-is-more approaches take over our personal space, I've happily surrendered waving a — wait for it — white flag. Caving into the neatest of caves, I've gradually relinquished piles of patterns and traded them in for ivory linen and clean cottons. Why subscribe to white when the officially nominated colors of the year are deep greens and bright blues? Scandi interior concepts insist upon the simple theory of balance. The Lagom boom, a rise in popularity among Swedish-influenced balance in design, is argued to be more than a trend — it's a sustainable way of living. Pairing down the color palette leaves room for versatility, creativity, and sense of comfort in the home.

According to the influx of Swedish guides to a happy life, a bland array of whites isn't boring at all, but rather, it's representative of organization and wellbeing. Decorating in moderation can influence a lifestyle of moderation, and if you've ever felt overwhelmed by too many printed pillows in one room, you understand the dire need to eliminate a mess of patterns (i.e. my freshman dorm, sensory overload at it's finest). Committing to whites and natural tones creates space for neutral decorative pieces that have more longevity and usefulness in the home. 

In Defense Of An (Almost) All-White Palette
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Additionally, when the color story is clean, natural light can more effectively seep inside, bringing a calming brightness into your living space. Scandinavian Homes: Interiors Inspired by Light is a Scandi guide to designing around natural materials. The book highlights why embracing the sun's light in interior design is so important: After enduring a long Scandinavian winters, people tend to appreciate and embrace warmth while it's available. There's nothing quite like morning rays flooding into a light-washed living room, and with vitamin D high on the list of things to get more of, showcasing windows with light hues seems to be the most sensible approach. If they say let there be light, I'll keep choosing white.

In Defense Of An (Almost) All-White Palette
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To be completely fair and reasonable, the white-out method does support a small splash of color in a (mostly) color free zone. An au naturale color scheme is ideal for collecting and displaying a few prized pieces, which is why sources like TappanExhibition A, and Minted are great for adding unique character to an otherwise beige space. Afterall, something  has to keep the room alive, and in a neutral-dominate room, spending less on the colorful pieces allows for more sustainability among your larger home investments. 

In Defense Of An (Almost) All-White Palette
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So, when it comes to interiors, the Swedish belief in balance and Danish doctrines of simplicity are perhaps the most efficient approaches to decorating. Tossing colors, prints, and fuss for sustainability and peace of mind? Forgoing chaos for functionality is a strategy I can get behind. Consider reassembling your decor pieces to adhere to a minimalist pallet and let us know hygge you feel. Trust me, the results will be Swede.

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