How to use white color in interior design

People in general consider white as an antiseptic tone best used in formal environments like offices, spa or hospitals. While stylish white interior decor themes have been trending time and again but these are again limited to specific rooms like kitchens, living rooms or bedrooms. Interior decorators tend to use white with contrasting colors like black or grey to create dramatic effects or mix it with neutral tones like beige, cream or lemon. White is in fact a versatile colors that can be combined with multiple color schemes and decor styles to create a charming home. Explore these implementations here to get inspired on decorating your interiors with white.

1. Monochrome living room



a living room filled with furniture and a large window: 1. Monochrome living room


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1. Monochrome living room

The classic combination of black and white is timeless and the reason behind that is obvious here like various other combinations you can see in the pages of Homify. Against neutral white walls using black or grey furniture, furnishings and decorative elements creates dramatic effect that is hard to miss.

2. Sleeping amidst clouds



a large white bed in a room: 2. Sleeping amidst clouds


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2. Sleeping amidst clouds

The use of white on walls, furniture, bed linen and other furnishings create the soothing feeling of sleeping on a soft puff of clouds. This Scandinavian bedroom stays true to its theme with all base details in pure white or off-white without any accents and only the floor in wood. It is easy to add color to the room by simply swapping out white pillows and cushions with colorful ones.

3. Create accents



a kitchen with a sink and a mirror: 3. Create accents


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3. Create accents

In regions with little traffic like corridor or stairs that may look black with just white walls use colorful items to add spark. White floating shelves blend well with white backgrounds and make display items stand out sharply.

4. Use pops of color



a living room filled with furniture and a book shelf: 4. Use pops of color


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4. Use pops of color

Want a home office that looks formal but not boring? Use quirky details like colorful chairs, uniquely shaped light fittings or wall decals to liven up the atmosphere.

5. Cabinets in white



a kitchen with a sink and a refrigerator: 5. Cabinets in white


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5. Cabinets in white

White cabinets here that stand out against black wall and blend well with all white back-splash along with a heavily-veined granite counter-top. Stylish features like sculptural hood,colorful kitchen appliances and unusually shaped kitchen tools offer visual break in a small kitchen.   

6. Mix with complimentary tones



a glass door: 6. Mix with complimentary tones


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6. Mix with complimentary tones

To lighten the starkness of an all white room soften it with light subtle colors like pink, blue, lemon yellow or beige. These tones can be added in the form of curtains, floor mats, carpets or even colorful furniture like the bright blue chairs here. A common way to bright up all white rooms is to add fresh flowers in vases or potted plants that can make a significant contribution in breaking up the monotony.

7. Neutrals for a textured look



a living room with a sink and a window: 7. Neutrals for a textured look


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7. Neutrals for a textured look

Adding neutrals tones to a white room can give a layered look like here where textured walls, floor and counter create a relaxing atmosphere in the bathroom. The black cabinet and shelf give this bathroom an upscale edge while shiny steel accessories keep the vibe casual.

8. Natural elements



a living room with a brick wall: 8. Natural elements


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8. Natural elements

Home is like a sanctuary for the mind and body so the environment should be soothing to bring harmony to both. What better color than white or natural elements can bring that peace?

Indoor plants here in partnership with the stone wall are an ideal boost for health and mind, while acting as perfect natural accents to break up the white space. To create the right environment you can choose either colorful indoor varieties for sophisticated look or just stick to potted herbs for a country feel.

Now that you know ways to decorate with white let us explore ways to decorate with dark colors.

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