Decorating using all white can be liberating for the mind. Having a crisp white palette to work with can open up a wide range of decorating possibilites. Living in Seattle where it rains the majority of the year, white decorating is almost essential in order to maintain a sane mind! Day after day, the sky is overcast, and having a dark interior makes everything that much more dark. In our log cabin, the wood walls would eat up all the light making lamps, and overhead lighting a priority.
Sometimes, white furniture isn't enough to bring in the light, that white walls are needed to maximize the light available. White walls can see very plain to most people, and there have been a few designers who have really rocked the look of white decorating. Atlanta Homes Magazines featured designer Kay Douglass Georgia who designed a lake house which included rustic white painted walls, and layered it with colors such as raspberry, plum canary yellow and pomegranate. Not only did the house look primitive, but it also had so many colorful modern elements.
What made her design so successful is the furniture maintained a country appearance in the rustwith modern upholstery colors. The house was based on white paint colors and white slip covers which really brought out a fresh crisp look. Of the entire home, in my opinion the white painted walls really was the best feature.
Here she worked with Primitive Architecture, and layered in neutral wing chairs, and sofas and added modern touches through throw pillows. The rustic wood doors and additional lighting gives this home a primitive touch. Again, like the picture above, she utilizes wood walls and wood flooring to get that primitive edge.