4. Mix materials. Consider bringing in texture by using area rugs, throws, toss pillows and accessories.
5. Use books. Books are an affordable way to add pops of white, especially on bookshelves.
6. Use white as a foundation color. A foundation color is a color such as gray, black, white or even brown that serves as an anchor to create a color palette. There are few colors more versatile than white. When using this technique, keep walls and ceilings white and add color to your space through accents and accessories.
7. Bring in flowers. White flowers can infuse a light and fresh feeling.
8. Keep ceilings white in small spaces. White ceilings help elongate a room, while ceilings painted a different color can close a space in.
9. Pair white with high contrast colors. White is a powerful color when paired with contrast colors such as black, red, orange, yellow, blue and green. Often, white can make bright colors feel brighter.
10. Use white in rooms that don’t get much light. White can help reflect light.
Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at www.cathyhobbs.com .