Decorating with white can be your safest choice or your boldest choice, depending on what you do with this fresh, sophisticated neutral.
All-white decorating for a bathroom or kitchen is a perfect way to prepare a space for resale. White-on-white treatment for a living space, using different shades and textures for interest, is a bold choice that expands and calms your space.
A backdrop of white can instantly freshen a room and show off its colored furnishings and artwork to the best advantage.
There are so many interesting possibilities for decorating with white. No other shade can clean, unclutter, refresh and brighten like white interior décor.
White-on-White Bathroom Décor
An all-white color scheme creates the ultimate spa-like bathroom. Designing in white never has to be boring. You can incorporate different shades of white and layer on different textures to give your space the personality it deserves. Here are some ways to incorporate white into your bathroom:
Choose the Right Shade
One way to prevent an all-white space from being dull is by choosing different shades of paint for your ceilings, walls, and trim. Try pairing a bright white paint like Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White on the trim in a semi-gloss finish with their warmer hued Simply White on the walls in a satin or eggshell sheen. The subtle difference in color will add a layered look to the space. You can also try a white with a hint of gray, such as Sherwin-Williams’ Eider White, or their timeless favorite, Chantilly Lace.
Consider a Tile with Texture
Choosing floor and wall tile is your chance to add texture to give your space a unique look. Look for interesting textures like linen or grasscloth for your floor tiles. Consider large-scale wall tiles with a raised motif for a more contemporary look.
You can opt for subway tiles with a crackle or glazed finish to make them stand out. Play with the scale of your tile. Choose smaller penny round or basket weave mosaics for the shower floor or accent niche. Use larger, linear tiles for the flooring to make a room seem larger.
Create a Custom Look with Woodwork
White-on-white décor can be softened and further textured by adding woodwork such as wainscoting or crown molding. This traditional look adds elegance and a timeless element to the space.
Add More Interest with Frames
You can also add trim to your plain builder’s grade mirror by using a frame from MirrorMate Frames. Easy to assemble with only a hammer, they install in minutes by adhering directly to the face of your mirror! For a classic look, choose the Pemaquid Porcelain White or Chelsea Classic White. For a more modern, sleek look, consider the Highline Slim Bright White or Soho Satin White.
Continue the Theme with Your Accents
Accents are your opportunity to add personality to your bathroom. An all-white shower curtain in a sumptuous waffle weave or a tufted chenille pattern can make a sterile space feel cozier.
Add bath mats with tone-on-tone patterns such as a chevron, damask, or diamond print. Choose bath towels with subtle woven textures as well, as long as they feel soft and welcoming to your skin. Add a gauzy sheer to your window or a linen weave to add more soft texture to the space.
By choosing different shades and textures, you can make a room with all-white decorating the most unique in your home.
A Kitchen with White Interior Décor
While some might feel like they’ve seen enough all-white decorating in kitchens, they still have a classic appeal, and white can make a small or narrow kitchen seem much larger.
Update with White Cabinets
Even if all-white décor is not what you want for your kitchen, painting cabinets white is a great idea for instantly freshening and updating your kitchen. If you’ve grown tired of a wood finish that was popular in past decades, white paint is a quick and inexpensive fix.
Try a White Backsplash
On the other hand, you may like the warmth of your wood cabinets. Adding a white backsplash can provide a clean contrast. Try smooth, shiny subway tiles for a modern kitchen, or small octagon tiles with diamond points for a more textured, traditional look.
Add White Marble for Elegance and Texture
Marble is a natural stone that is wonderfully cool to the touch, and every slab has unique qualities. You can choose marble that is almost completely white, or with gray or black veins that add contrast. This is a white decorating choice that will add value to your home.
White Décor Ideas for Living Spaces
Few of us are such hardcore white lovers that we would use white-on-white décor in every room, but there are many advantages to featuring white interior décor in living rooms and bedrooms. Whatever color is added to a living room with white walls and furniture, or a bedroom with a white bed, a less cluttered look is guaranteed.
Use White As the Perfect Backdrop
Nothing offsets a beautiful painting, a photo gallery wall, or a stunning view like white walls. Featuring white also provides a lovely contrast when you decorate with antique or vintage pieces, keeping the look from becoming too cluttered or fussy.
Add Black for Instant Drama
Nothing is more stunning than a checkerboard tile floor in an entrance, or a backsplash using a black and white geometric or floral pattern. Black and white is a sophisticated look that won’t age.
Incorporate Pops of Your Favorite Colors
Black, white, and gray have been the fallback scheme for many interiors in the last few decades. One way to freshen and individualize this look is simply to throw in one or two of your favorite colors.
Work mustard into a few of the cushions on your gray couch and hang a Tuscan landscape painting featuring similar hues—right away the room becomes unique. Keep a cool, relaxing vibe with a few shades of aqua in a new chair, dining chair seat covers, and plant pots.
Build Interest with Other Pastels
You can keep the fresh spaciousness of white but add more depth by working in a few other pastel shades. Imagine a white couch and walls, with a rug and cushions in different patterns and textures featuring white, cream, and light taupe.
Showcase a chaise lounge in the subtlest blush, and a throw blanket on the couch in a similar hue. Hang black and white or sepia photos in warm white frames against cool white walls. Light wood floors and a piece of pale driftwood on a glass coffee table will finish your scheme.
Revitalize Your Space with MirrorMate
Remember that a large wall mirror will always pull more light into your space and add a sense of depth to any room. MirrorMate DIY Frames offers nine different white mirror frames in varying shades and styles, and many metallic frames that complement white beautifully. A plain wall mirror can become a décor feature with just the right frame.