Pa . per – noun
A substance made from wood pulp, rags, straw, or other fibrous material, usually in thin sheets, used to bear writing or printing, for wrapping things, etc.

White.s – adjective
Of the colour of pure snow, of the margins of this page, etc.; reflecting nearly all the rays of sunlight or a similar light.

I first heard of the word ‘paperwhites‘ from a photographer friend of mine. It caught my imagination and, while I’d been a long-time admirer of paper, I started looking more closely at all its tones and finishes, from reams of standard snow white copy paper to gorgeous crepe, onionskin, glassine, vellum, tissue and tracing varieties. I then started to consider the hallmarks of age on paper, especially the muted, stained and faded tones of ephemera I’d collected over the years: postcards, love letters, certificates, shelf liners, dollies, patty pans, the backs of botanical plates, flashcards, wrapped sugar cubes and matchbooks. The palettes and textures that began to emerge were wonderful, and here evolved my palette; paperwhites.

You can view the whole palette in my book gypsy to see how I have used it in various spaces. I would suggest trying moonshadow or nautilus, for a subtle shine as a background to a styled vignette in your home. Whalebone is perfect for a foundation coat on the walls, and then pair it with loveletter for a soft feminine touch to any room.

Written by Adam TSI Byron — October 24, 2019

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