You might be surprised to find out just how versatile white can be when it comes to decorating. Need some inspiration? Here are some tips and ideas for decorating your home in white.
White on white in an interior can look nuanced and striking. Alternatively, it can look like . . . a polar bear in a snow storm! The key to decorating with white is to create interest through contrasting textures and tones.


This bedroom featured on the Design Sponge website demonstrates the effective use of texture when it comes to decorating with white. The whitewashed brickwork, distressed wood and tapestry headboard provide interesting contrasts in texture. For lots more ‘textural’ inspiration, see this blog which showcases many creative uses of white in the form of floor tiles, shag carpet, furniture, flowers. There is even a coffee table accent made of coral. For some positively ethereal white living spaces, check out this blog. It has lots of pictures contrasting textures including white-washed furniture, mirror frames and floorboards.

Texture is also center stage in this dreamy bathroom featured on the Country Living website. The contrasting textures of floor tiles, painted brick walls and ceiling cornices create lots of interest.

Tone and Shade

Natural Home Magazine demonstrates how to decorate a white room by emphasizing contrasts between tone and shade. The sheer white curtains, grey walls, cream ceiling and ivory upholstery create subtle gradations in tone and shade. Indeed, by contrasting white and off-white shades, you can create a feeling of warmth, which is less apparent in interiors which use all one shade of white. This living room has a soft, cozy feeling with its slightly contrasting shades of white.

For more tips on decorating with white on white, check out this helpful guide on the Do It Yourself website.

Finally, there are some practical issues when choosing an all white color scheme. White shows dirt more than any other color so it might not be the best option if you have small children or pets. However, there are lots of white accessories which are easy to care for. White tile floors, for instance wipe clean. You can also buy curtains and cushion covers which you can wash by hand or even in a machine. Also, light colored natural jute rugs go very well with a white themed room and are durable and easy to care for.