An All (or Mostly) White Interior: 5 Ways to Make It Work

An All (or Mostly) White Interior: 5 Ways to Make It Work

Nancy Mitchell
Oct 20, 2014
A beautiful Swedish apartment from Residence Magazine.
(Image credit: Marcus Lawett for Residence Magazine)

White on white on white is a beautiful look — but how to pull this off without your home looking like a hospital room or a museum or the set of a Scandinavian music video? We've got lots of ideas (and examples) of ways you can make an all-white interior work for you.

1. Add just a little bit of color.
Each of the rooms above starts with an all-white palette and adds just a tiny bit of color to liven things up. The colorful items keep these rooms from feeling sterile, and the white backdrop makes those little bits of color really stand out.

2. Add black.
A little bit of black (or dark grey) is a good way to ground an all-white interior — and the added does of contrast keeps things interesting.

3. Add a few gold accents.
Gold (or metallic) accents instantly add a certain je ne sais quoi to any room, and all white interiors are no exception. Choose subtle gold accents for an understated look, or a single large piece for a big impact.

4. Add warm woods.
This is beautiful look — an all white interior with just one (or just a few) warm wood pieces. The wood adds warmth and texture to interiors that might otherwise seem a little unapproachable.

5. Add texture.
If you want a truly white on white on white look, this is the way to go — pick pieces of the same color, but in different textures, so the eye doesn't get bored. A variation on this (which you can see in action in the first photo) is to choose pieces in a variety of white shades, so they play off each other and create visual texture. The second room is almost all white, but an abundance of texture makes it seem simultaneously cozy and bright.

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