COLOR OF THE MONTH | Timeless Antique White – part 1

by Elisabetta Rizzato

To follow on from the warm earthy Orange Ochre – a light and airy neutral ivory we are calling Antique White, to explore further about the off-white color trend.


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|| Be inspired by the off-whites color trend:





Shades of white are colours that differ only slightly from pure white. Variations of white include what are usually termed “off-white.” Colours often considered “shades of white” include cream, ivory, Navajo white and vanilla. Although strictly speaking, shades of white would be a neutral grey. 

White doesn’t feature on the traditional colour wheel, as it is considered to be a non-colour. It is achromatic, which means it has no hue. Being the opposite of black; which absorbs all other colours, white reflects and scatters all the visible wavelengths of light. 

A wide range of “off-white”shades can be achieved by mixing white with small amounts of other colours. The mood of the added colours can characterise the white shade. With warm undertones – Ivory is an off-white with a very slight tint of yellow or off-white aspect to it. A creamier, warmer and richer alternative to stark white. Bright white is a sought-after shade by fans of minimalism. The ultimate blank-canvas shade of white. Prized by architects for its ability to let the shapes and lines of interiors and exteriors stand out. 




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In the 20th century, white was the colour of choice for architects of the Modernist movement, with Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer championing the colour for its minimal and stark aesthetic. Historically, white was applied to temples, churches and government buildings to symbolise religious and civic purity, whereas modernists used white to emphasize the clean lines and geometric forms of buildings. 




Today minimalism is different from the clean-lined perfection of the past. Contemporary minimalism is not about the idealised absence of things – eradicating personality and imperfections in favour of a utopian ‘ideal state” – but about using the absence of things to enhance the meaning of what we chose to retain; quieting the room to enable the chosen pieces to speak clearly about what matters to us. The Spaces 




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Another new trend that we can relate to the color of this month and its “mood” is the so-called Cottagecore.

More of a lifestyle trend than a real interior style, actually, Cottagecore is influencing a lot in the decorating world as well. It is about embracing simplicity and encouraging people to enjoy being in the comfort of their own homes, and we all understand why it became so popular in these pandemic times. Social media gave this blossoming movement a major platform – during the pandemic it went from “budding” to full on blooming. 

At its heart, Cottagecore hinges on modern escapist fantasies, think baskets of wildflowers, foraged mushrooms, babbling brooks surrounded by woodland, forest bathing and rustic simplicity. Key aesthetic components are bringing natural elements indoors as decorative elements – dried flowers, fresh flowers, houseplants – along with a natural colour palette of neutrals and warm tones. Rural atmosphere, soft hues, inspired by a romanticised western agricultural life are the inspirations of this new decorating philosophy, born from the desire to return to a slower way of living. It is centered on the ideas of simply living and harmony with nature. 



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