Is the White House Really Changing Colours?

Is the White House Really Changing Colours?

It has been almost two months since Donald Trump became president. Among the numerous changes he has already made, First Lady Melania Trump has recently shown interest in the first change she’d like to make - redesigning the White House.

image © Brett Jordan

image © Brett Jordan

When a First Family is given the key to the White House, they are also given the privilege to redecorate their living quarters which are located on the top two floors. They are able to repaint the rooms to their liking by choosing their own furniture, wall decorations, and bedding.

image © The U.S. National Archives

image © The U.S. National Archives

In addition to having permission to redecorate the living quarters, there is also limited permission for some other rooms in the White House like the Oval Office. When redecorating the office, there is strong encouragement to utilize the high-security White House storage facility that has furniture and artwork collected by past presidents and the White House Curator. Trump has already taken advantage of the offerings in the White House warehouse and opted to switch Obama's crimson red curtains, for the gold fabric seen above that was noteably also used during Clinton's presidency.

image © U.S. Embassy, Jakarta

image © U.S. Embassy, Jakarta

Even if you were to redecorate using the objects from the warehouse, a curator is still always present during the design process to ensure that historical artifacts are preserved. During the time at the White House, if the First Family wants to redecorate other rooms such as the Lincoln bedroom (shown above) or the Green room, they must seek permission from the Committee for the Preservation of the White House before altering other rooms. This is because despite the White House being a home to the First Family, it is also a living museum of American History.

 
 

While the Obama's were residents of the White House they hired Los Angeles-based designer Michael Smith to redesign the private quarters with an array of 20th and 21st century art. The Obama's opted to modernize while maintaining the traditions of the White House. They did so by incorporated an array of abstract and contemporary artworks throughout their private rooms.

Opposite of the Obama's, the Trump family wants to conjure a more elegant and classic look for the White House. Melania has hired Tham Kannalikham as her interior designer since  the designer is said to be drawn to more classical designs and believed to be able to seamlessly integrate elegance and comfort into the home. The redecorating will take place before Melania and Barron make the move to the White House but we can't expect to see the redecoration of the White House - Kannalikham is known to be very private with her work. 


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Source: US WeeklyWWDMarie Claire, & Vanity Fair

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