Chromatic Theology: White


Dive into a pool of untainted color (white) as the Chromatic Theology series continues.

Each post in this series explores an individual hue, but the characteristics of the topic color can be translated into tints and shades. Keep in mind that the effects and emotions we discuss are most prominent and intense in pure, saturated color (pure, unsaturated color in this case). To some extent, the distinctive attributes of white will be present in color variations – eggshell, gardenia, snow, cream, moonlight, ivory, etc.


WHITE often reveals clarity, innocence, and pure simplicity. White is the perfect palette to make architectural elements sing. Nearly all colors tend to distract from and compete with architecture and furnishings, but white elevates and emphasizes style and aesthetic details. White embodies the power to transcend climate, radiating warmth and coziness in the winter and offering fresh, cool relief in the summer. If used in excess, an entirely white interior can appear unfinished, empty, sterile, and bored. But when combined with the right elements and proportions, white is an inspired way to capture innocence. This color pairs well with all other hues, serving as a great frame for more aggressive colors or simply gleaming on its own.


Come back next week to explore the depths of black.

Want to get acquainted with the rest of the rainbow? Indulge in the rest of the series with these previous posts.

(Images from Elle Oh and The Society Inc.)