Color communicates. Any color expert, designer or artist will agree with that statement. But ask those creative types what exactly a color is communicating and the answers you get may have surprisingly little in common. Here's why: Color is a language that continually evolves with the cultures that contribute the shades and tones of meaning each of us sees. And, each individual brings their personal biases and perceptions to the mix, further complicating things. Consequently, the meaning of a color is a moving target.
Mother Nature was giving us a lesson in whites along with a reminder that the borders we humans put around our cities, states, territories and countries are invisible to her. During those moments I spent looking at the subtly colored layers of white snow, white became my new "green".
Painting your ceiling white is not necessary or even always a good idea. White paint will not always make your room look larger, cleaner and more fashionable. Sometimes it will, but sometimes it's a big mistake. Mostly, people paint their ceilings white because they don't know what else to do. I'm not exactly sure when white ceilings became the fashion, though I suspect the country's fascination with white paint began in 1893 at the Chicago World's Fair. The famed White City made of white stucco and brightly lit with the new-fangled street lights must have been an entrancing alternative to the dark countryside and dimly lit city streets filled with dark tenement buildings.
Though white is not on the color wheel, when it's used in home decor and interior design, white functions as a color, (which is as good as being a color). Here are some of my tips about using the wall paint color white: Mix up the sheens (texture). Layer whites from bright to creamy . . .