Bedroom Color Ideas: White Bedrooms

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Learn how decorate a white bedroom to create a stylish and serene retreat you'll be thrilled to call home. White can be the perfect base for any bedroom design.

Warming Trend

The wide variety of whites available can be quite surprising. Depending on the undertone, different shades of white can create different looks. In this bedroom, warm off-white walls with yellow undertones mix with crisp white bedding and accessories for subtle contrast. Brown accents, such as the shag rug and wood side table, add depth and texture to the neutral color scheme.

White and Bright

Crisp white walls look clean and simple in this sunny small white bedroom. The white walls reflect light around the room and emphasize the unique architecture of the space. Patterned bedding in soft gray and yellow add personality. A large woven area rug contributes texture and warmth underfoot.

Dreamy Drapes

Soften a crisp white bedroom design with sheer white drapes on a canopy bed. The fabric adds feminine elegance without disrupting the simple color scheme. Small hits of red—on the throw pillows, bedding, lamp, and Roman shades—liven up the traditional white bedroom furniture.

Black and White

Ground an all-white space with black accents for a contemporary look. This all-white bedroom idea (floors, walls, and ceiling) enlists the help of a charcoal bed skirt and dark wood furniture to ground the decor. Black-and-white patterned throw pillows break up the white bedding. Use white curtain panels or drapes to soften the sharp lines of a modern bedroom while allowing in natural light.

Rustic Accents

This white bedroom gets a dynamic ceiling makeover with natural wood beams. The rustic look repeats on a white upholstered bed frame defined with gray wood trim. Emphasizing framework is a good way to showcase the attractive shape of a furniture piece in a monochromatic space.

Salvaged Style

A ruffled white bedspread gives this cottage bedroom shabby-chic flair. Beige gingham fabric on the table skirt and accent pillow add a country element to the room, while a worn antique door becomes a neutral headboard. All-white bedding creates a clean, casual look.

Artist's Palette

Use a large piece of artwork to inspire the color accents in a white bedroom. Here, a colorful painting above the bed sets the scheme for the rest of the space, and adds interest to crisp white bedroom walls. Turquoise and lime green hues from the painting are used on the bedding and lamps to jazz up the neutral furniture.

Sunny Escape

Use white to visually expand the look of a small bedroom. In this bedroom, bright white walls reflect natural light streaming in from the windows, which makes the whole room feel more open and airy. Bold yellow- and navy-patterned accents add personality and texture to the small white bedroom.

Cottage Comforts

Emphasize contrasts to prevent an all-white decorating scheme from looking washed out and boring. A paneled wall treatment envelops this bedroom with texture and cottage-inspired style, and contrasts with the sleek banks of windows that surround the room. Wispy blue draperies and blue stripes on the bedding provide another layer of texture and a subtle splash of color. The shift from white to blue is subtle, but it's enough to draw attention. Espresso-stained floors contrast the layers of white but continue the traditional cottage style found elsewhere in the room.

Pattern Personality

Not all white bedroom ideas lack pattern or color. Here, throw pillows with various patterns pile onto the bed to add visual interest and subtle contrast. White bedroom color accents, including a blue nightstand, lamp base, and bolster pillow, add personality. Starting with a canvas of white walls makes it easy to switch out accessories when a new treasure is found.

White on White

A monochromatic white color palette can be tricky, but with a few smart moves you can make it work. Keep the dominate portions of your room the same shade. White walls emphasize the height of this master bedroom, and white bedroom curtains and bedding create continuous planes of white. Use shades of gray to add depth. The patterned throw pillows incorporate soft gray hues, which help break up the potentially stark look of the all-white walls, furniture, and bedding. Reflective white bedroom accessories, such as the mirror above the bed and the mirrored nightstand, also break up the white without disturbing the monochromatic palette.

Subtly Patterned

Toile wallpaper with a white background wraps this modern white bedroom with style. The white floor rug and white linens make the space feel open and airy. Simple furniture with clean lines reflects contemporary style.

Feminine Flair

Instill a feminine look when using white ruffles, curvy furniture, and scalloped details. This all-white bedroom benefits from layers of ruffles and wispy fabrics. Antique white bedroom accessories sprinkled throughout echo the traditional style of the furniture and the feminine look of the ruffles.

Beach Serenity

Gather decorating inspiration from a collection of favorite items or a piece of art, such as this large gray and white painting. White-painted walls get a boost of style thanks to the statement-making piece. Soft grays found in the painting echo throughout the room on the bed frame and bedding. A large wooden chest at the foot of the bed recalls the look of beach wood and lends unique texture.

Color Stripe

Chocolate-brown paint stands out against this bedroom's white wall paneling and flooring. With white bedroom furniture, including a vintage bed frame and vanity chair, the space would have looked cold and uninviting without the warmth of the accent wall.

Textures for Style

When decorating with white, it's important to incorporate a variety of textures or patterns to prevent the scheme from looking cold and uninviting. This sunny bedroom benefits from various subtle wood tones and natural textures. A statement-making sunburst mirror above the headboard adds interest to the white-painted walls. The subtly patterned throw pillows give the bed a splash of personality.

Accent Color

Give an all-white bedroom a luxury hotel vibe with a single accent color that carries throughout the bedding, furniture, and wall art. Grass green is featured on the trim of the duvet and the botanical print on the white bedroom walls. The same hue appears on the Euro shams on the bed and the upholstery of the wing chairs.

Subtly Striped

Striped wallpaper wraps this modern bedroom with personality and style. The white-painted floor and vaulted ceiling reflect light and make the space feel open and airy. Simple furniture reflects contemporary style and echoes the clean-lined look of the walls.

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