Why Designers Still Love White-on-White Rooms

Yes, your home can wear white after Labor Day. Pick up a few ideas from designers for your next room makeover.

White rooms may seem easy to pull off. One color palette, no problem. Not so fast.

A few missteps will disrupt the fresh, calming vibe. Instead, take cues from designers like Melanie Turner Interiors, which created a beachy white living room with linen slipcovered chairs and lacquered tables.

Beachy Bohemian White Living Room

Beachy Bohemian White Living Room

Melanie Turner Interiors designed this beachy bohemian white living room.

Photo by: Marco Ricca

Marco Ricca

She further elevated the look with texture from framed artwork (made of intricate paper cutouts), linen drapery with ragged edges and knit pillows. Even the luxury wallpaper looked like white paneling. 

"It's just timeless," Turner says. "Nobody ever gets tired of simplicity, especially in our hectic lives."

Start with the Walls

Sophisticated White Bedroom

Sophisticated White Bedroom

Melanie Turner Interiors designed a sophisticated white bedroom with mirrored nightstands.

Photo by: Mali Azima

Mali Azima

White decor is not only a year-round staple, but can be used to fashion any room, ranging from coastal to contemporary.

Sophisticated White Bedroom with Sculptural Furniture

Sophisticated White Bedroom with Sculptural Furniture

Melanie Turner Interiors designed a sophisticated white bedroom with sculptural furniture and slipcovered chairs.

Photo by: Mali Azima

Mali Azima

White rooms not only look beautiful but appeal to designers for their delicate nature and for the ability to mix periods and styles. With pristine white walls, designers curate furniture, art and accessories to complete the look.

Finishes Matter

Finishes, like lacquered or mirrored tables, and different shapes and patterns add rhythm to the space, says designer Robert Brown

Classic White Bedroom in a Condo

Classic White Bedroom in a Condo

Robert Brown Interior Design played off the white walls in a high-rise condo with his signature classic style. He balanced the white table, artwork, linens and bed with metal accents and dark wood matching end tables.

Photo by: The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

In a high-rise condo, he played off the white walls with his signature classic style. He balanced the white table, artwork, linens and bed with metal accents, matching dark wood end tables and an antique French chair.

"It's a great backdrop if you have a great antique collection," Brown says.

Modern Southern Guest Room

Modern Southern Guest Room

This modern Southern guest room, by EA Homes designers, has a white-on-white decor layered with textures and beachy accents.

Photo by: EA Homes

EA Homes

Tufted furniture and the straps and frames around mirrors also add eye appeal to white rooms.

Let Color in Naturally

Contemporary High-Rise Condo Living Room in White

Contemporary High-Rise Condo Living Room in White

A contemporary high-rise condo is outfitted by Cantoni designer Kohl Sudnikovich with an L-shaped white leather couch, chrome arc lighting on a thin pole and accessories including a white throw.

Sometimes your view demands a white palette. In a high-rise condo, designer Kohl Sudnikovich with Cantoni knew when he walked in that the skyline demanded the attention. From a low-profile, contemporary L-shaped sectional in white, residents and their guests could enjoy the city backdrop.

White Lacquer Table and Floral Blooms

White Lacquer Table and Floral Blooms

A white lacquer table, table lamp and floral blooms work together in a luxury condo decorated by Melanie Turner Interiors.

Photo by: Emily J. Followill

Emily J. Followill

Use sculptural floral arrangements to continue the white-on-white decor. After all, white blooms brighten rooms all throughout the year.

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