Gardenia is a cool, versatile neutral that’s just a few shades creamier than a pure white. Inspired by the tropical flower found in the Pacific islands, Africa, Asia and Madagascar, this hue is a softer alternative for those who find plain white to be too stark. These soft, fluffy flowers have large petals and are associated with the elegance of upper-class nightlife. They are the preferred lapel bloom for French men and were also popular for that purpose during the Gilded Age. If you love the look of crisp, white walls, go with gardenia the next time you repaint to achieve a welcoming glow. Off-white adds character to this clean, classic look. Layered shades of white and cream create a spa-inspired aesthetic, especially when used with mixed and matched textures like bedding, curtains and rugs. Add natural accents like woven wicker and rich stone along with brass and chrome fixtures for a traditional look or black wrought iron to provide intriguing contrast. Pure white can be challenging to wear, but creamy shades like gardenia work well with warm-toned complexions. This neutral has a hint of blue that also makes it flattering for those with cool-toned skin. Cream and navy is a classic combination that looks clean and preppy. We love a fluffy sweater or structured tote in the perfect shade of off-white.