i grew up in a white walls household – it just went with my parent’s ‘modernist’ house and that was that. i still get nervous about putting colour on the walls, though i have toyed with the idea of light grey (hah). my rented flat has a sort of beigey crap colour in all the rooms (even the bathroom!) that i’m not allowed to paint over & it drives me kind of nutso.
i love the combination of white + wood and white + black (not too much black though), and i’m becoming quite partial to white floors too. as long as things don’t get clinical – i suppose that is the magic balancing act.