Oh hey, guys! I’m excited to open up a big debate here today! So I just listened to the new episode of Young House Love Has A Podcast (one of my favorite podcasts, by the way) where I was a guest, and my mind is BLOWN. Let me explain…
When they asked me to be on the podcast, I was very excited, and when I heard that the interview I was giving was about white walls, I kind of shrugged. White walls ain’t no thing to me. I paint all my walls white. It’s my go-to.
But when I listened to the full episode, I learned that 1. Some people think white walls look good in photo but not in real life (shocked), and 2. A lot of people paint walls white and then see them as unfinished, cold or boring. (whut?)
Argh! This was a crazy discovery to me because I am exactly the opposite. The few colored walls I’ve tried out in my house never last long, and I end up painting everything white because it FEELS right to me. And colored walls (or even grey or black, etc…) are more photogenic, but I often feel like I like them better in the photo than in person.
Now, I haven’t always loved white walls. I remember the days of apartment dwelling (ever lived in a beige palace, anyone?) where living with someone else’s paint color choices felt like the death of me. And this one time I had an apartment where they let me paint two statement walls, and I chose crazy bold turquoise and crazy bold orange and was so thrilled. Then in Jeremy’s and my first space together, we painted and painted and painted… never white.
But then four years ago, when we moved to our 1890s house, we went almost all white and never looked back.
You can listen to the podcast episode here:
And maybe the ultimate sin? Our natural stone fireplace that we painted white.
So, I love a good debate! Here’s my side.
I love color. All kinds of color. But when it comes to my home, I find it very cohesive to stick with a simple color scheme anchored in white, with mostly white walls. I love the way it feels in person. I do think it’s photogenic because it’s so reflective and soft, but I personally think colored walls (or patterned walls) are MUCH more photogenic because they have a stronger catchiness factor. Like if I were decorating a room for a magazine photoshoot, I’d pick colored walls, but if I were decorating a room to live in, I’d probably stick with white.
I love how white walls feel. And more than anything, I love a room that’s light and airy with textures as the statement.
I’m curious if in ten years I’ll read this laughing from my colorful-wall house. Probably. I see trends coming and going ALL the time. I love trends, but I also tend to be someone who will drop it when I feel it’s “played out” and never touch it again. I feel nowhere near that phase with white walls. If I moved again next week (definitely, definitely an imaginary scenario, you guys), I would buy more white paint.
I want to hear what YOU think! Do you like white walls? Do you feel the trend is dying? Does it feel better to you in person or in photos? Would you, or have you painted white walls in your own home? xx -Elsie
Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Alyssa Rosenheck.