Farmhouse Living Rooms (Tips for Living with White)

I hope you're enjoying the weekend!

If you've visited here before, you know how I feel about white in the home... 
I love the peaceful, bright and clean backdrop it creates.

And while white is not known for hiding dirt, there are ways to make living with white easier. (Even if you have three growing boys and two dogs. And two+ acres of dirt.)

One of the most asked questions I receive is how I keep white couches clean. 

If you're going to have white seating, it probably won't always be clean. Unlike different colors of seating, on white, dirt shows... quickly. That being said, I love white slipcovered furniture because it can be bleached.

 We used to have a tan slip cover on our sectional that we could wash but we couldn't do much for stains. Bleach helps with the tough spots.

Next, don't forget the power of the flip. If one cushion gets a little dirty, don't prematurely wear out the fabric by washing the slip cover. Instead, flip it, when possible, and wait until both sides need cleaning.

Now here's my biggest cheat. Notice the arms of the couches in the pictures above and below? Farmhouse style allows for a bit of rustic charm. I often use feed sacks and folded blankets on the arms of our family room couches to extend their lives. They provide added texture and a buffer for those little sticky hands!

Do you have white furniture, or would you ever? 

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