We made a radical family decision to downsize to a smaller home. It felt radical to us because Australia is a land of big open spaces, sprawling suburbs and their lavish houses. We’re happy with our inner city home and the new lifestyle it’s brought us: we are close to shops and amenities, and we can walk to most of the things we like to do. But we had to make a few changes to our house to open it up and make it feel more spacious.
This is the first in a three-part series on the conclusions I’ve come to whilst furnishing our little home…
Before we moving in, we painted the dark walls a fresh white. Moving house was stressful, and the last thing I wanted to do was begin a renovation. But this decision was the easiest one I’ve had to make, and in less than a week, the house felt so much bigger, brighter and airier! I don’t worry about my kids marking the walls because every few months my husband gets out the can of leftover paint and rolls over the marks with a mini-roller. With white paint you can do this, and it usually only takes him a few hours to freshen everything up.
One year later, we laid a floating floor over the dark green tiles. If you have some DIY skills, you can lay a floating floor yourself to easily update the look of your home. I picked this pale colour after drooling over the pictures of whitewashed floors on My Scandinavian Home. Click here for more on keeping white floors clean.
If all your furniture is white too, you can easily move pieces from room to room as your needs change. Sometimes in a small house you have to be creative with the way you place your furniture, so you need items that are flexible. And colourful accessories really pop against white furniture. I don’t believe in having a separate colour scheme for each room. Maybe in a large house you could get away with this, but when space is limited, I think all rooms should be in the same colour range.
When white is your backdrop, it’s easy to create this flow between your living spaces. I’m not an interior designer, but I think this is what they call a resolved palette.
Choosing to decorate only in white took a bit of courage for me. But the more research I did, the more I realised that there are so many iterations of an all-white theme in the design world. Perhaps this is because it really works. Here I’ve gathered some inspirational links on all-white interiors:
- The Scandinavian White look: look no further than La Maison D’Anna G.
- Japanese minimalism: see Satsuki Shibuya’s popular Pinterest boards, especially ‘everyday living’.
- The Modernist white box: see this article on online architectural news site e-architect.
- The Hamptons look: here’s a Sydney-side interpretation of this coastal look from House and Garden magazine.
Join me next time for Part 2, where I introduce my Lego Furniture Theory…