Bone color It is one of the most popular shades out there, although it may sound familiar to you by other names, such as off-white, stained white or egg color, among other names, which, all of them, fit within the bone color.
This color belongs to the range of whitesTherefore, all the previous denominations would be acceptable. Even so, off-white or off-white is a characteristic shade, since, although it belongs to the range of whites, carries pigmentation.
Very little, but enough so that there is different shades of bone color and stand out from the traditional whites: light bone, dark, yellowish, brown, gray, as well as other shades that we will see below.
All these nuances and characteristics and those that we are yet to see, make this color is perfect for any space, since it is bright, warm, welcoming, and dresses spaces with greater presence than a simple standard white.
With that said, follow me and discover these photos and ideas to paint and decorate with bone color, in addition to other utilities.
- Off-white in living room walls
- Off-white in bedroom walls
- How to make the bone color
- Colors that match off-white
Off-white in living room walls
Here we see off-white in action, on the walls of this spacious and bright living room. As we can see, it differs from white remarkably, but neither saturates nor loads the space, it simply dresses the walls with elegance, combining with everything else, because as it belongs to the range of whites, it is a neutral color.
You don’t have to be an expert decorator or an interior designer to combine this color, although if that’s what you want, here you can take courses and official Master’s degrees in decoration and interior design to become a professional.
This other room has off-white painted walls, combined with a red accent wall. Naturally they blend well and the contrast between red and off-white is not as strong as if it were a standard white.
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Photography Iñaki Caperochipi | Etxe & Co project
Although our intention is to have a total white look, we can paint the walls of the living room with a bone color that, as we see, we will continue to have total white, but in a warmer way. The walls of the living room will be dressed with more presence, and will shelter the space, as this beautiful room designed by the Etxe & Co studio in Madrid looks like.
This other elegant room has an off-white color that has been combined with a gray tone. It is still white, it is still bright and welcoming, but with a touch of sophistication thanks to the gray hues.
Interior design Natalia Zubizarreta | Photography Felipe Scheffel
Two walls painted a grayish beige, leaving another to add a perfect bone color, since a white tone would have been very cold.
At Home Project
Combined with the cold and lively shades of green of the woodwork and the upholstery of the blue sofa and the marbled carpet in shades of blue, space designed by the At Home studio
A kitchen open to the living room all in light wood tones and with off-white painted walls, warmth and comfort assured.
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Off-white in bedroom walls
As you can imagine, this color works wonders in bedrooms. It dresses the walls making them very combinable and offers the space a cozy and bright nuance.
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Nice Home Barcelona project
Here we see it combined with blue accents from the painted wooden beams and the plaid that dresses the bed, and the combination is perfect.
In addition, painting all the walls of the bedroom, or any other space with this color, will also help us unify.
You only have to look at the bedroom above these lines to see how it unifies very different colors, materials and textures, and makes them work together.
Nice Home Barcelona project
If you don’t want the bedroom walls to be the protagonists, because the furniture and accessories are the ones that carry the visual weight, but a standard white is too bland, the bone color is the perfect tone to paint your walls.
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Not only for the walls: cabinets, furniture and textiles in this color work in the same way: More presence, warmth and timelessness.
Home Staging Mallorca Project
Another style that can benefit from this tone is the minimalist one, since it makes the spaces not as cold as if they were painted white.
HS Decor project
Leaving white aside, if your intention is for the bedroom to be bright, off-white are perfect to achieve this, since, after standard white, they are the colors that reflect the highest percentage of light, making spaces brighter.
Colors that match off-white
As it belongs to the range of whites, it is a neutral tone, so off-white combines with all the other colors we can imagine. Still, let’s see some of the ones it does best with.
Off-white and blue
Nice Home Barcelona project
We saw it before. A cold tone, such as blue, and a neutral tone, such as bone, the combination has to be good, by obligation.
Off-white and brown
Photography The Furniture
In this room we see how one wall has been painted chocolate brown, leaving the rest of the walls off-white, and we can see how well they combine.
Off-white and yellow
Photography Mauricio Fuertes | Interior design The Room Studio
The Room Studio is a specialist in achieving the most welcoming and current environments, full of style and good taste, and in many of their works, they use these tones to cover the walls of their projects. In this one, we see how well they work with mustard yellow.
Off-white and red and orange tones
Off-white dominates the space in this other room, co-starred by the accent wall in red tones, demonstrating on this occasion that the two colors combine very well. As it is a neutral tone, either with oranges or reds, it combines without problem.
Off-white and pink
Photography: Sílvia Caballero
If you like a decoration full of color, with blue or pink, or another color, you can, without any problem, add the off-white color on walls, since as we see, and as I have stated on several occasions, it combines with all the colors.
Off-white and earth tones
Some off-white or off-white tones, in their more saturated versions, are almost earth tones. But do not confuse them.
This bedroom has an elegant wallpaper in earth tones covering part of its walls, and the rest has been painted in an off-white, showing how they combine both tones.
Off-white and green
Photography The Furniture
Whether in wall paint, decorative elements, paintings, art or green plants, green goes very well with off-white.
Despite having seen these colors, as I say, do not be afraid to combine the bone color with any other, because it always does it well.
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How to make the bone color
Luckily for us, the off-white color is very easy to do. We only need white paint and some dyes, depending on the nuance we want to give the color. I explain:
- On white paint, we add a few drops of ocher dye and stir until we see that the white has been tinted.
- We must not dye the white too much or we will go over and create a beige or any other earth tone. Remember that what we are looking for is an off-white, stained white.
- Once we have tinted the white with beige, we carefully add a few drops of black dye, to reduce the ocher, and permanently stain the white, thus achieving bone white.
- Once the off-white is obtained, we can add other nuances from there.
- If we want it to be more brown, we add a few drops of brown dye.
- If we prefer it to be a more off-white, then we will add a few drops of black.
- If we want it to be a yellowish off-white, we will need to add a few drops of ocher dye.
And so we will do with any nuance that we want to add.
Of course, remember, do not go overboard with the dyes or you will go over saturation with the color, and you will not get a broken white, or bone, or egg, or any type of white, but another color.
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- The off-white color is part of the range of whites. So it is a bright and neutral color.
- These characteristics mean that it can be combined with practically any color.
- It is a suitable color to paint all the rooms, although we have only seen bedrooms and living rooms. You can extrapolate its characteristics and sensations to another space without problem.
- It is very simple to do, as we have just seen, and add the shade of color that suits us.
- It is perfect for unifying materials, textures and colors with harmony.
Well, if you have read this far, in addition to binge reading, you will also have realized that off-white is a perfect color to apply in any space due to its inherent characteristics. Even so, if you have any questions, leave a comment that I will be happy to answer you.
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