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White rooms are white hot

White rooms are white hot

Labor Day has come and gone, but there's no need to pack away all that white. Not only can you still wear it, you can use the color to give your decor a lift.

Fashion designers from Derek Lam to J. Mendel stocked their fall 2012 collections with crisp winter whites. And interior designers agree: All year round, white is hot.

Patrick Sutton, a Baltimore interior designer and owner of Patrick Sutton Home in Harbor East, has long extolled the virtues of decorating with white.

"It's been one of my favorite colors for my whole career," he says. "It never goes out of style."

Sutton praises the way white rooms reflect and play with natural light. In...