The second secret is to keep in mind that whatever you put in the room—from artwork to furnishings to accessories—is going to stand out against the white background, so make sure it’s worth looking at. “Basic accessories and art don’t work in an all-white environment; you should opt for items that are striking—especially if they have a personal meaning for you, such as carved wood sculptures picked up while travelling, perhaps, or artwork that really speaks to you.”
If your heart still longs for white, Siegerman has some final, down-to-earth advice. Just like white clothing, a white room shows dirt quickly, so be prepared to work to keep it spotless—even if it means washing your walls and furnishings regularly.
“I’d say it’s definitely not a look for you if you have kids and dogs and lots of activity in the room. When a client comes to me wanting a white room, I sit them down and ask them exactly what they’re after, and often it comes out that the look can be achieved just as beautifully with a more neutral or natural palette—and with nowhere near the maintenance.”