Divine Design: The wonderful world of white

I grew up begrudging my mother for keeping so many walls in our home white. I thought it was too plain, too boring, too conservative. I pushed for color, then pushed harder; painting several murals across the walls of my own bedroom, collaging over my door, covering every inch of wall with something, anything.

I am still a huge fan of color, of organized chaos, of walls and walls of books, of knick knacks and pieces of art and yes, of course I am still a fan of murals. Better Farm's got no shortage of color and personality and works of art and little keepsakes, each of which tells a story.

But the key is organized chaos; controlled color; disciplined design. And so as I plan the overhaul of two of our bathrooms at the farm, I'm struck by the many ways white (and its sneaky counterpart, off-white and cream) can be truly wonderful when done in a deliberate, decadent kind of way. Behold: The Wonderful World of Whites.

In living rooms:

In bathrooms:

In bedrooms:

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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.