Combining the serenity of sheer white with the warmth and interest of yellow, cream is favourite colour of decorators and chic dressers. Feminine and soft – think springtime blossoms and rosebuds, doves and ballet tutus - cream is an inviting and welcoming shade that creates a peaceful, restful sanctuary. An off-white or cream is also more practical than white as it does not show dirt as easily. Cream is a wonderful choice for any room, especially those spaces where white would appear altogether too harsh and cold.
Cream is associated with cleanliness, purity, innocence, simplicity and peace. It reflects light and is therefore an excellent base colour, making a room appear airy and spacious yet reassuringly intimate. Some shades can cause a room to feel slightly cold – counter this by bringing into the scheme warm hints of colour, such as reds or oranges. Neutral, cream walls provide the perfect background to highlight works of art, beautiful carpets and furnishings, and natural surfaces such as stone, timber, wool, cotton, linen, hessian, sisal and coir.
Consider the interplay of light and shadow in your space as this will alter the look of a room at different times of the day. Consider both artificial and natural light, as harsh artificial light can overwhelm the subtle character of a shade.
Creams complement a host of other colours – from soft, toned-down pastels to natural hues like olive green and beige, or boldly contrasting browns and black.