The All White Room

Updated: Jan 27


Just thinking about a room painted in all white makes me feel relaxed. Crisp and clean. Yet, it is rare that we see a room with plain white walls.


Maybe parents fear these walls will get dirty too quickly. This is a legitimate concern. But what about everyone else.


It is likely because decorating an all-white room is very difficult. It can look boring or institutional.


But if you can pull it off, it is worth it.


Here are some tips on how to style a room with all white walls whether you are going for the boho, minimalist or coastal look.


That is the first tip. Have an aesthetic. This is true for decorating with any color, but especially true when working with all white walls. The consequences of random decor are more drastic when the walls are all white.


For a minimalist look, try hanging black and white art on the walls. This contrast is striking.



For a cozier look, use natural materials for the decor. Think plants, woven fabrics and wooden furniture mixed with sleeker furniture.


How about painting your old hardwood floors white for a coastal look? Sounds scary, but accented with navy blue and it whispers “relax, you are at the beach.” Or if not the floors, white painted shiplap on the walls.


Do you have an art collection you value and want to show off? An all-white room can do that for you. Keep the room simple so the art is what draws the eye.


If you are considering an all-white bathroom, make sure there is plenty of natural light. And then add some plants!


A room painted all white relies on the accents and the furniture for the aesthetic. Layering colors, mixing textures and considering different materials like metals are all simple ways to create a relaxing and inviting room.


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