White is one of my favourite colours in the home. When I picked out homeware for our wedding registry, white was a common theme. From kitchen to bathroom goodies (yes, even a bathroom mat!), I had white-something for most items. Of course there were other ‘me’ colours as well – sage, duck egg, grey, stone, ivory – but lots and lots of white. There’s something about white that is so classic and timeless – it never really goes out of fashion. When you’re starting out in your first home, you can kinda go trigger-happy with your purchases, but there are some good ol’ basics that have stood the test that time and are simply staple items in any home.
Here’s my take on white basics every home should have:
- WHITE DINNER-SET
Ever wondered why your food is mostly presented on a white plate in restaurants? It makes the food ‘pop’ and lets whatever you’re about to indulge in take centre stage. It’s also useful to have a simple white dinner set because even when you get a chip in one or two plates and are forced to put those aside, you can just replace it with another plain white plate without drawing your guests’ attention to your imperfect table setting.
- WHITE BATH TOWELS
There is nothing that screams ‘clean’ like walking into an ordered bathroom with fluffy white towels ready for use. It makes taking a shower feel that much better. White towels also suggest a feeling of luxury. When I think of my favourite guesthouse bathroom or spa, white towels are a must. I know some places use beige/stone ones, but that doesn’t quite do it for me. Although I don’t (yet) have that luxurious spa-like bathroom, we use mostly white towels in our home. I have my faithful friends and family to thank for gifting us with these for our wedding, so there’s really no turning back for me now. I’ve officially started my collection 🙂
- WHITE BEDDING
Another addition to my growing collection is white bedding. I luuurve the feeling of settling into a set of crisp, white cotton sheets to usher me off to slumber land. It is the absolute mark of a good night’s rest and is just so inviting (and clean…did I mention clean?!). One of my projects for this year is to update our ‘guest room’ and one of the key things for me is finding some quality white bedding to give it that extra touch of comfort. A high thread count will add to that and although quality cotton is more expensive, I think it’s a good investment.
- WHITE PILLOWS
Ok, so this one is a bit of a cheat because, I mean, what other colours do pillows come in? But complementary to number 3, pillows are what add to yours and your guests’ peaceful night rest. I didn’t grow up in a family with many visitors, but on the day that those random cousins did drop by, finding fresh clean pillows readily available made my mom look ‘host ready’. It’s a goal I’m still pursuing, so uhmm…I’ll let you know how that goes. Quality also goes a long way here. We all know how uncool it is to stay in a guest room or hotel with super-high pillows that are only good enough for display, but not for resting your head. I would suggest having a good variety of pillows to ensure that form meets function.
Now as much as white linen and white towels can give you comfort in terms of hygiene, others have the fear of high maintenance. There are a lot of tips on the internet on how you can keep your white lovelies clean and bright, but a good place to start is to change them regularly to make washing easier. On the other hand, some may be thinking that purchasing white items is just…well, boring. But probably the most advantageous thing about having these white basics is that you get to play around with colour as much as you like to suit any theme, mood, occasion or season…it just works. I’m not saying don’t embrace colour or include some interesting patterns to your collections, but white can be a great backdrop to the overall look you’re trying to achieve because it isn’t overbearing.
No matter what your style, you just can’t go wrong with these basics.