Posted on July 17, 2015

White is an additive colour

I’ve been dealing with a lot of white paint recently.

White emulsion for walls and ceilings. White undercoat and primer and floor paint. White decorator’s caulk and wood filler and sealant and a soupçon of white spirit, which of course is perverse in its transparency.

Painting – with both and a roller and a brush – is a strangely meditative task, leaving space for thoughts to float in like colourful clouds in a sno-paked sky and sail away again, gently, softly.

Yet it hasn’t left much time or energy for much else.

White clouds

So for now, today, white is my inspiration.

White is an additive colour.

It gives. It reflects and refracts. It lifts. It is peaceful and enlightening. It is happy in a calm, easy and serene way.

White pattern White flowers White flower illustration

For years I have surrounded myself with vibrant colours in favour of minimalist white.

I dress in clashing colours, wear bright make up, shoes, boots, tights and vintage dresses. My decor is suitably vivid and the towels in my bathroom are multi-coloured. My bed sheets don’t match the walls. (I was shocked circa ten years ago when I realised this was a ‘thing’.)

But as my life has become more hectic with the accumulation of objects, ideas, patterns, possessions and tasks, I’ve found myself reaching overwhelm and actively seeking out the nurturing blanket of white.

Minimalism. A white cave. An Arctic of solitude.

White painted floorboards

Against a backdrop of white my thoughts and ideas will have the space they need and deserve to emerge and breathe. They will be free of the the jumble of noise and the clutter of colour.

And hopefully so will I. I just need to wait for the paint to ‘cure’…

What’s your calm colour? Is it your favourite colour, or different? 

Minty green is mine, but against the white it will speak to me more.

I still like black too, of course. But that’s another story.


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  • Reply Jasmine July 20, 2015 at 7:32 am

    I have been slowing painting our place white this year too. I love it! Though I still adore pink & greens. SO great to check out another Hemlock site, looks great!
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    • Reply daintydora July 20, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks Jasmine – it was funny recognising the same features on yours!
      I do love colour so much – esp greens – but the white background just gives it that much more pop when you add it in curtains or a cushion, or in my case, my orange office chair :)

  • Reply Emily@squiggleandswirl July 20, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Even amidst tins of white paint you find inspiration for words that make beautiful blog posts. I think I do like a nice cream, our walls are quite a rich cream which creates a cozy feel , oh and I love blue and yet strangely there isn’t anything blue in our house ( except half of my clothes lol).

    • Reply daintydora July 20, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks for your lovely words Emily. I would definitely associate blue shade with you as you use it on your blog and quite often in your creative work. It’s funny how we are drawn to specific colours isn’t it, and how it can influence our mood? Cream is lovely too. I’m thinking a cosy creamy mushroom for the living room. And interestingly, I never wear white or cream or pale colours really… xx

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