Make White Walls Work For You

White is such a versatile color. It’s bright. It’s neutral. It’s clean. It’s relaxing. In a word, it’s perfect. However, lots of people shy away from it because… well, it’s white. Won’t a white room end up looking like a hospital? The answer is no. Once you’ve incorporated your art and furniture, you’ll be left with a beautiful room to love. Are you one of those people who is hesitant to befriend white walls? Then let’s put those fears to rest. Check out these 20 white rooms and you and white will be besties by the end.

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Got wooden floors in your home? White walls will make the perfect match. Whether you’re relying on windows or lamps for your light supply, white walls will help to reflect whatever you’ve got and make the overall feel in the room brighter. And when you have that dark grainy base, you want that brightness. (via That Kind of Woman)

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The kitchen is one of the centerpieces of the home. A lot goes on there! When you’re prepping food and reading cook books and measuring spices, adequate light is essential. White walls will help you get there. Plus, all that light will make all you food photography bloggers happy. (via SF Girl by Bay)

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Bay windows are so completely gorgeous. If you have one, please paint that room white and take advantage of all that natural light. You’ll thank yourself.

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Hypothetically, let’s say you painted your bedroom green and then bought pillows and comforter to match. But in a year, the comforter started to look a bit shabby and you got tired of the pillows and you can’t replace them because they match the walls. We’ve all been there. Paint your walls white and you can easily switch textiles without spending a day painting. (via Sugar and Cloth)

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Bright prints are fun for the eye, but how bright will they actually be against a blue wall? Choose white and suddenly your print pops instead of getting lost in the background color. (via Hannah Blackmore Photography)

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Everyone recommends putting plants in your home for clean air and happiness. Both are great reasons to fill your home with leafy greens and when you have white walls, suddenly those leafy greens become emerald pieces of art. Win win for you. (via Design Sponge)

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Light fixtures are a great way to upgrade any room, especially your dining room. And when you’ve spent money on a gorgeous fixture, you want the focus on the fixture, not the paint color. White walls will stand aside and give your chandelier center stage.

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Don’t you just love a large mirror and the way it sends a shine bouncing across the walls when the sun hits it? Keep the shine bouncing by painting those walls white.

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Every cook must have a good set of pots and pans in their kitchen, and every interior decorator knows that using those pots and pans as part of your kitchen art is a good idea. Painting your walls white will make your hanging cookware look extra clean and shiny. (via My Paradissi)

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For all you Scandinavian decorating lovers out there, white walls make a great base to incorporate those sleek lines and bold patterns. Just trust me and try it for yourself. (via Facilisimo)

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White and brown both happen to be natural colors. Because they’re contrasting colors as well, white walls will really make your wood pieces stand out in all their woody glory. (via Apartment Therapy)

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With all the papers and sticky notes and pens and granola bar wrappers, offices are cluttered spaces. When you paint your walls white, even if you can’t see the top of your desk, the room suddenly holds less for the eye to take in. (via Domino)

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Exposed bricks used to be the in thing… but not so much anymore. If you got stuck with a brick wall or a brick fireplace, get that puppy up to date with a coat of white. (via Decor8)

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Lots of people prefer to collect colorful trinkets on their travels and cover their walls with colorful prints and fill their shelves with colorful mugs. Give each one a chance to shine by putting them against a white background.

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Okay so you may not want to take wine to bed if you have a white comforter but taking on an all white theme in your bedroom can give you a super relaxing space where you’ll want to hang out at the end of a long day. After a long bath of course. (via Style Me Pretty)

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Not only should you pair white walls with large windows, white curtains can help make things feel homey without intruding on the white space. Just be sure you’re hanging them higher and wider than your windows for maximum light.

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If you live in an old Victorian home like me, it can be temping to keep with the deep hues of the time. But giving your walls a coat of white can really give your old home a fresh face without taking away from any antique fixtures or hardware.

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Adding some pastel decor into your white walled home is a great way to keep things light and airy but not too bland. Think mint, dove gray and baby pink. (via Jelanie)

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Even a cabin style home can boast some whitewashed walls. They’ll be the perfect background to display your antlers and taxidermy collection and cabin sweet cabin sign.

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If I haven’t convinced you to paint your whole home white, go back and read this post again. After you’ve done it and you still aren’t convinced, well then I will surrender you to the greens and blues and reds. Just make sure that however you decorate reflects your style and is a space that you love. (via Chic Deco)