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White Adds a Touch of Spring PDF Print E-mail
Written by KIM COOK, For The Associated Press   
Thursday, 07 April 2011 06:43

Like freshly washed laundry dancing on the line on a sunny day, this season's white decor is a welcome sight. A few white accents make an enormous difference, so you don't have to spend a lot on this update.

Change out dark lampshades. Replace jewel-toned throws for nubby vanilla ones. Store away the heavy window treatments, and put up snowy voile curtains or sleek white blinds. Give the room trim a coat of bright white. Pull off winter's heavier slipcovers and rugs, and substitute white canvas and cotton.

You'll see your rooms "open up" as the light values change. Plus everything just looks cleaner, and isn't that what spring is all about? Inexpensive vessels, serveware and baskets are a great way to add some white touches; use them as countertop fruit and snack containers, key and wallet holders, magazine drops.

Homegoods has a pretty lasercut side table. White ceramics include a cutout, deco-style lamp and an elegant textured vase, and there are several painted wooden candlesticks that would look great with sleek white or candybox colored tapers.

Gift retailer Two's Company offers the Victoria collection of lacy, pierced-edge porcelain plates threaded with sage ribbon. La Vie en Blanc artichoke sculptures are elegant, as are ceramic tabletop nautilus shells and Reef coral, all rendered in milky white. Update a room's furniture for the season with Cost Plus World Market's new Luxe upholstered club chair. The chair and a tightfitting, ivory cotton, machinewashable slipcover are each under $150. A couple of these replacing darker chairs in a sitting room or master bedroom would brighten things up quite effectively.