White Out

Whether calm and subdued or sizzling hot — white pieces shine in my book.

Clean, crisp, airy, elegant, and contemporary, these are words that immediately come to my mind when I look at white furnishings and decor. Show me the same item in a color and in white and I will almost always be drawn to the white one. I do love bold color, but calm, crisp white is a timeless classic for me and is central to my interior design aesthetic. It did not surprise me in the least that several of my favorite items at Fall Market were in this celestial hue. Whether you are wanting a piece to take center stage or blend seamlessly into the background, white is always up for the task.

The Bethany coffee table, by Bungalow 5, is wrapped in a beautiful soft white linen and then heavily lacquered. This large scale table is the perfect backdrop for your accessories. Or, the linen provides enough visual interest with it’s texture to stand alone for a more modern feel.

Bungalow 5

The Morombe white credenza, by Currey & Company, is made of white oak and features an embedded square pattern. It has a cerused white finish which allows for the character of the wood grain to show through while still giving off a fresh and clean look. This piece would look stunning against a dramatic, darkly painted wall but would look equally as beautiful in front of a light blue grasscloth wallpaper.

Currey & Company

When it comes to upholstered furniture, my heart belongs to white fabric. Maybe it’s because you are able to see the lines of the piece more clearly when upholstered in white. The Marquesa sofa by Hickory Chair is a perfect example of this with it’s horizontal channels along the front, Ash plinth base, and tuxedo arms. The beautiful white fabric brings these details forward. Of course, it would need to be a performance fabric!

Hickory Chair

Another wonderful thing about using white furnishings is how well they pair with any other texture, color, or finish. I love to mix and match patterns and finishes and when you have white as a lot of your base, the possibilities are endless. The Industry dining table by Essentials for Living combines an ivory concrete top with a brass base. The warmth of brass goes so well with the crisp, coolness of white and I love the extra edginess that the concrete top adds.

Essentials for Living

The Oraso stool by John-Richard is another example of combining a brass base with white, this time in a beautiful creamy off white leather. White pieces certainly caught my eye at October Market!


Molly Kay Johns

Founder, Principal Designer, MK Interiors