When it comes to decorating with cold weather months in mind, the age-old impulse is to gravitate towards something warm—an earthy brown, an old barn red, a marigold yellow. After all, when you’re suffering the so-called “January Blues,” there’s nothing like a bit of yellow or orange to brighten things up a bit. There is, however, an unsung color hero of winter, and it might surprise you: White. At first, this shade might strike one as the #basic of the color world, but that is hardly the case. White is a master of disguise, a jack of all trades, a master of all. It complements almost all decor and, when the temperature starts taking a dive toward freezing and the days take a turn toward the dark, it can help to maintain a fresh, bright look. With some help from our friends over at Farrow & Ball, we combed through our archives to find some stellar examples of white paint at work. Check them out in the slideshow! —Max
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