15 Colorful Accessories that Look Great with White Walls

15 Colorful Accessories that Look Great with White Walls

Taryn Williford
Jul 30, 2015

As a renter, you're likely stuck with white walls. Boring, right? But then again, you seem to have no trouble scoping out gorgeous rooms making white walls look chic, clean and surprisingly really interesting. How exactly do they do it? To discover the secret, I found five beautiful photos of rooms with white walls to try and discover what they had in common.

It turns out, as is true in fashion, the polish on a classic like clean white walls is all in the accessories. These five rooms show us that a punchy finishing touch (or three) gives your clean slate a commanding focal point and takes the boring right out of your white washed room.

A Bright Headboard

White bedrooms can feel totally serene and hotel-like (in a good way). The most natural place for a colorful focal point is at the head of the bed. Find or make a brightly colored headboard to frame the bed and set lightly-colored linens away from the wall.

A Punchy Window Shade

There's nothing more dramatic–and dare I say, exciting–than a set of sweeping curtains. To accessorize your plain white walls, choose window coverings that jump right off the wall with bright colors or punchy patterns.

One Vibrant Upholstered Piece

The conventional advice is to buy up furniture in neutral tones so they'll "work with anything." But methinks the conventional advice givers never had to live in a plain white box. A single piece of furniture–sofa, accent chair or anything else–in a look-at-me color gives a space dimension. Just pick a shade you truly love.

A Colorful Print or Painting

With white walls as a clean slate, you have a license to get crazy with the artwork. Subtle is not the name of the game here. Go for something big and bright, with big areas of vibrant color.

(Image credit: CB2)

So Many Pillows

It turns out white walls are the perfect backdrop to turn your bed, sofa or anything else into a plush mountain of colorful pillows. Without a wall color dictating your design decisions, you can feel free to mix and match with outrageous patterns and colors–just keep it in the same family (brights, jewels, soft pastels) for maximum harmony.

(Image credit: CB2)

What's your favorite way to jazz up white walls? Any other picks for graphic prints or colorful throw pillows?

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