All white rooms are in vogue: many say white is calming Decorators say the palest color is rapidly replacing the grieges that dominated high-taste homes in recent years. The word griege was coined by designers who explain that it's a color between grey and beige. While white would seem to be a nonchoice, look more closely. Check the new, inspirational white rooms. You won't see timidity but a brave, mono-colored contemporary statement that requires a leap of faith. "We've reached the extreme," says Ethel Rompila, author of Color for Interior Design. "White used to mean walls, now it's floors, ceilings and furniture. It's starting to feel as if we live in a cloud." Twelve years ago a woman in Baltimore used white exclusively in almost all of her rooms. She said, "It's like a big exhale." The rooms are still white. Another New York decorator painted her walls, ceilings and floors in her go-to white: Benjamin Moore 01. She claims maintenance is easy because the floors are concrete. You can just repaint. With furniture, she uses creams, saying the white walls give the furniture clarity. She layers textured rugs and cushions to bring order to the blizzard. And she orders oversized yarn and cable stitched cream pillows and blankets for various rooms. The Wall Street Journal's Miranda Purvis writes that the last "meringue-hued peak" in history was the 1920s. One decorator created a scandal by painting French antiques white. She was reacting to the dark, closed-in Victorian rooms of her childhood. Some say people today are obsessed with screens on TVs, laptops, phones and more. They need a rest from complex colored visuals in their homes.