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Decor Myth Busted: White is Difficult to Maintain

Three designers shed light on these popular home myths


"White is dumihin." Interior designer John Vigilia shares, "While it is true that white surfaces highlight darker elements, we can do white with low maintenance in mind."

Interview and Production by Tala Singson and Paula de Guzman.

Read the original article ("10 Decor Myths - Busted”) in the June 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

Myth No. 7: White is hard to maintain.

The use of the right surface material is key. Generally, dirt clings less on glossy surfaces than on matte. In painting walls, it is recommended we use semi-gloss paints. However, if a matte finish is required, there are paint products that have a silk finish with "low-maintenance qualities.”

John suggests Boysen Virtuoso Silk Touch paints, which has dirt-wicking Teflon in its mix. More reasons to use white? It brightens a dim area, and the color can be a perfect backdrop for certain pieces, such as artwork, that you want to show off.


Check back tomorrow for more decor myths.


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