Communicate a sense of simplicity with ‘White Space’

White Space

White Space doesn’t just apply to the colour white.  Contrary to its name, White Space refers to any background design which is not occupied by other elements, eg. Photos, illustrations, or other embellishments. 

The importance of White Space

When applied specifically to design, White Space embraces the rather confusing saying, “less is more”.   As we all know, it is so easy to over-decorate.  However, it is important to try and avoid needless clutter.  

Whites and Neutrals 

Introducing White Space into your home enhances a mood of relaxation and refinement.  Beware of the fine line between that and creating a look of a ‘science laboratory’.

Try these ‘White Space’ design tips

  • Pick the Right Furniture

Linen or off-white cotton fabric for couches is best.  Enhance with warm, rustic wooden pieces of furniture.

  • Add (a little bit) of colour 

Although the style is about being simple and clean, a few splashes of colour will produce a stunning effect in a white room.  A neutral or white-washed room doesn’t mean that you need to give up all colour.

  • Use effective lighting

Romantic lighting in an elegant white bedroom creates a stunning look and feel, especially when combined with white-washed rustic wooden furniture pieces.  A simple string of fairy lights will do the trick.  Easy and very affordable.

  • Pick the Right White

Whilst all white can work in almost any room, selecting the shade of paint that works best for you and your surroundings is key when introducing neutral shades.

  • Artwork is Important

Hang either a large masterpiece on a strategic open-space wall, creating a stunning focal point, or for something a little more subtle, blowing up black and white photographs will add an interesting feel.  These can easily be changed for something else as and when you tire of the same look.

  • Add Greenery

Green is the buzz-word this year.  Choose one of the Paintsmiths Zero VOC coatings as a healthy alternative to enhance any room and then add some natural greenery.  Plenty of indoor plants will provide a bold, fresh and airy feel.

  • Graphics

Choosing a distinctive pattern when renovating a room in white is an easy way to give the space more oomph!  Choose bold patterned flooring, a bright backsplash or a simple rug or scatter cushions to add a vivid element to your décor.

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Our team of journalists are seasoned travels and love visiting the myriad of exciting places around South Africa.  Whether it is off the beaten track or in the heart of the top attractions of the country, we’ll be there,

Home Food and Travel advice on finding the right accommodation

So what is the right accommodation?  Well more often than not, it’s your travel budget that dictates the type of accommodation that you choose. 

Expensive is not always better.  Our team at Home Food and Travel will tell you that they have camped in areas with limited ablutions and had a wonderful holiday.  They have also spent a night in a five star hotel only to be disappointed because their expectations exceeded the experience.

The reason for your travels will also affect your choice.  A business trip requires different amenities to a beach holiday. 

Our articles, reviews and experiences can certainly help you make your decision.

Restaurants with a good mix of service, food and ambiance

To my mind a great restaurant offers three things – excellent service, great food and a wonderful ambiance.  Of these, service is the most important. 

No matter that the food is delicious and the setting delightful, poor service can ruin the occasion.  However, great service combined with mediocre meal and a plane jane restaurant can still be a pleasant night out.

We’ve eaten in restaurants that are really dirty but with incredible food and couldn’t help but give a rave review.  We’ve also hardly noticed what we ate because the setting was just amazing.

However, the best restaurants come with the best of service, food and ambiance.

Spas are the ultimate relaxation aid

How do you know when you have had a great spa experience?  The answer, of course, is when you doze off on the treatment table. 

Well that’s our theory anyway.  It also doesn’t take a grand location with enormous facilities for a spa to be really good

A small, personal spa that is owner run can result in the best massage you have ever experienced.  However, the grand spas in five star hotels offer unsurpassed facilities in an environment that just makes the stress in your shoulders and neck melt away before you even finish checking in.


You don’t have to be an adrenaline junky to enjoy an exciting experience.  In fact, what are commonly termed adventure activities usually have incredibly high safety standards and unblemished safety records.

Ziplining, bungy jumping and shark cage diving are all very safe.  It’s just that our mind tells us we are craaazzzzyyyy to be doing this.

On the road to great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities

If you’re driving, be safe and make use of all the wonderful farm stalls that populate South Africa’s open roads.

If you overhear somebody asking a lot of questions or see someone taking photos of empty bedrooms chances are it’s one of our Home Food and Travel team members.

We’re out looking or those great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities.

See you on the road!


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