White is the new black. Wait, what? White is the new black – it’s IN, inviting, charming. And with it you can do so much!

During the 1990s and early 2000’s, bright, bold colors were “the new black”, meaning it was the in, hip, cool way to decorate. Everyone was painting at least one room mustard seed yellow, passion-on-purpose red or turquoise sea turtle. And while these trends certainly are not out, white is emerging as a popular color choice. Plus, when choosing bright white, antique white, beige, sand or another light, almost color-less hue, you can be uber-creative with your decorating choices because you aren’t competing with other colors. Read on for ideas to brighten up just one of your rooms this winter – to a winter white.

Bring in elements of nature to soften a mostly white room. If re-doing a dining room, arrange a large natural wood table in the center of the room. Place a glass centerpiece in the middle filled with fresh flowers or arrange sticks in an assortment of sizes for a beautiful and inexpensive twist. White candles, tealights or votives are beautiful for winter meals by candlelight. Want a less dramatic and more playful look? Choose a large white table with a gorgeous wooden bowl in the center filled with colorful fruits like oranges, lemons and limes. Simple. Elegant. Beautiful. And fun.


Make the color count. Display a passion. Redo the floor in a fun, unique, textural pattern. Choose other colors wisely. Do you love flowers? Wallpaper just one wall in a gorgeous floral print. Choose one accent piece in a bright color that matches one of the flowers. A mango colored table or chest brings playfulness and lightness to a white room. Or put pops of color throughout like the faux grass does in the photo above. Use wood, silver and more white in accessories such as boxes, vases, poufs, tabletops and frames.


Make a focal point. Choose one wall and buy an extremely large print, photo or mirror to fill the wall, creating a focal point for the room. Paint a wall or two a different color and let all of the other white pieces pull the room together. Decorate simply, and for accents choose colors that match the print and don’t overpower the room or the focal point.


Let nature do the work. Have a room with lots of windows? Create a white out inside and allow the outdoors to create the feel of the room. Even if the room doesn’t have large windows, an all white room can also feel serene in a bedroom. Instead of decorating with color, paint the walls white, purchase a large white poster bed, white dressers and nightstands, and a white – or off white setee. This looks makes a statement with beautiful hard wood floors and a sheepskin rug!

There really are no limits to your creativity and it’s hard to go wrong. Fill your home with beauty and the things you love starting today. It’s your haven. Feel good. Connell’s has all sorts of solutions to help you get started. Stop in to one of our two locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark. Great prices, excellent customer service and beautiful home furnishings await you! What are you waiting for? Make 2012 one of your happiest years yet!