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3. Fear of Using White in a Family House
The all-white decorating scheme offers an appealing neutral backdrop, a serene atmosphere, and an easy way to mix old and new pieces. But parents of young children often fear that white is high maintenance, too hard to live with, and unfriendly to families. Granted, you might want to think twice before installing white wall-to-wall carpeting, but painted white floors can be mopped up, a white slipcover can be bleached, and a white laminate table can be wiped clean with a sponge. White walls and furnishings can create a sanity-preserving backdrop in a house riddled with children’s toys in a riot of colors, and white walls are the perfect place to showcase kids' artwork.