Secrets to Stylish White Spaces

One of the strong trends in design this decade is to lighten and brighten spaces with a fresh coat of white paint on the walls, but some struggle with how to make an all white space interesting.  There are several ways to avoid an austere feeling in white space and instead create a visually appealing one.  Here are a few ideas to ensure your white spaces are always stylish and never sterile. 

Bring Nature Indoors.  Botanicals and textures from nature can be easily brought indoors to make a white space come alive.  Think of layering with the best that mother nature offers with cut leaves, indoor trees, and fresh flowers, and don’t forget about all those river rocks, branches, or shells found on your outdoor adventures.

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Blank Canvas for Art.  The benefit of having white walls is they are the perfect backdrop for placing the spotlight on what’s on the wall, whether it’s vintage or whimsical prints or abstract or large scale art. 

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Breezy Linens.   White bedrooms feel clean and serene, so incorporate even more with the use of breezy linens around the windows, bed frame, and draped over the bed to communicate that the space is for calm and rest.

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A Dose of Dark.   White spaces are bright and uplifting but always consider grounding the space with the introduction of dark contrast.  Great examples include the charcoal sectional in this living room, or the installation of ebony floors and addition of dramatic black chairs in the dining room seen below.

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A Touch of Color.   Adding a small dose of color is a great way to incorporate your favorite hue without committing to color on the walls, and is achieved with simple accessories, from decorative toss pillows to cozy throws and patterned rugs.   

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Painted Pieces & Pattern.   A brightly painted piece of furniture or the use of a bold patterned fabric on the walls is a foolproof way to create a focal point in an all white space. 

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Touch of Sparkle.   Whether you choose ornate gold or sleek silver, the touch of sparkle that comes from metallic sheens will always enhance your elegant white space. 

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French Flair.   Designs from France have had an undeniable impact on the way we decorate our homes, and so many of us are fans of the classical shapes of French furniture and the use of grain sacks and linen to upholster them.  Take a cue from our neighbor across the ocean and layer your white space with furniture or mirrors inspired by French influences. 


When white is what you crave, layering your home with warm wood tones, small doses of color or contrast, and textural objects will guarantee that your white space is always appealing and never austere. 

Happy decorating with white! 



6 Responses to “ Secrets to Stylish White Spaces ”

  1. So many beautiful inspirational photos! We painted the walls and fireplace in our little cottage white, and I’ve found it to be very versatile.

  2. Kate, Just so in love with these great photos. More than that, is the way you take some good pics, add your creative flair, and, bam, huge inspiration is born! One of the reasons that I love your style is your incorporation of the color white in all of your design. Simply LOVE this! BHG, you got it right with this girl!

  3. So kind Ann, thank you!

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