5 Tips for Decorating with White Walls

Last week we started a little mini series on how to decorate with white walls, and today we are finishing it up! (You can read the first two posts here and here.)If you’ve been following along you know that I personally am a fan of white walls. I do understand, though, that they can come off as bland or boring, especially if you’re a fan of color. If you’re renting you may not have the option of painting, so today, I want to share with you five tips to help make white walls work for you so that youcan create a comfortable, warm, fun, and even colorful environment for you and your family.

1. Plants

Plants immediately add color and life to a room as well as texture. They make a room feel fresh and alive and bonus, they’re good for the air.

2. Art

Have you ever visited a gallery or at least seen a picture of one online? Ever notice what color they paint their walls? White. Stark white. It really makes the art pop and stand out. Adding art to your walls adds interests and helps showcase your taste and personality, and brings in more color and texture to your space as well. And if you can, I say go big. There’s nothing like a huge piece of standout art on a big, white blank space. (p.s. Don't look too closely at my unstyled shelves. That's a project for another day.)

I scored this piece from World Market for $10 and I love how it reminds me of the ocean and feels so calm and the yellow adds that pop of color this space needs. 

This canvas from our wedding is something personal and artsy that I love for the space above our bed.

This canvas from our wedding is something personal and artsy that I love for the space above our bed.

3. Wood

If you want me to start salivating, stick me in a room with wood floors and white walls. My mind just starts exploding with all the possibilities. Seriously though, adding wood to an all white room, again, helps warm up the space and add visual interest because of the grain and contrast. If you’re like us and stuck with carpet because of renting, you can find other ways to bring it in such as furniture or accessories. You’d be surprised what even a small wood accent can do for your white space.

4. Texture

I keep bringing this word up, but when you have an all white or very neutral space, texture is so important. It helps break up the space and gives your eyes places to rest. It make you want to stay in a room. You can bring texture in through any of the things we’ve already talked about or through throws, pillows, rugs, and furniture. I love using natural elements such as linen or linen like furniture and jute rugs.

5. Color

Although, I have seen completely all white spaces pulled off successfully and think they can be very beautiful, I need a little color in my life to bring energy and vitality to a space or else I feel too calm and relaxed, (read lazy). It’s amazing what just a little pop of color can do to your mind and energy level. You can bring color and vitality to a space through area rugs, a brightly colored couch (if you’ve got an all white room and you see a colorful couch screamin’ your name, I say go for it), pillows and throws, art, and accessories on end tables and shelves. There are any number of ways you can add color. Although, I prefer to stick with one or two main accent colors, you can add tons of color if that’s how you roll. I would just make sure they are all in the same family, such as cools, warms, jewel tones, etc.

I love this pop of color that this yellow throw adds to our room.

If you have have any more tips for decorating with white walls, I’d love to hear them! You can leave them in the comments below or email me at whitneydonae@gmail.com.

Why Benjamin Moore Chose Simply White as 2016's Color of the Year

This is day 2 of my little mini series on the color white. You can see yesterday's post here on why I love white walls so much.

Today I wanted to share a few highlights from this short clip that Benjamin Moore put together on their choice of Simply White for their 2016 color of the year. A lot of their reasons were similar to the reasons that I love white, but a couple were different. :)

No. 1: Research and Trend

In the beginning of this short film, they state that their color choice was chosen after research and attendance at trend shows, so their color choices are not chosen arbitrarily. Side note, I'd like to know how you get to be one those ladies doing the research and choosing the color. Seems like kind of a cool job! I love the interesting shapes of these white dishes with that subtle gold rim!

No. 2: White showcases form

I found this reason very interesting. It's something I hadn't thought about before. White is common in architecture and art because of how it exhibits shadows, darks, and lights, highlighting the form of a building or object such as in this amazing palace below.

Image via: Flickr

No. 3: Sophisticated and classic

Like I was saying in yesterday's post, there is a simple, uncluttered sophistication with white. Like a little black dress, it is a classic and will never go out of style. There's a reason in fashion that a white t-shirt and jeans is universally loved, and why hotels and spas almost always use white sheets and towels. How amazing is this entry way. Those paneled walls are to die for! 

Image via: Home Bunch

No. 4: It's versatile

We also touched on this a little bit yesterday. White gives you so many options when decorating. If you are someone who doesn't like to make a huge commitment to color, than white walls can be for you. There are an unlimited number of ways you can dress and warm white walls up with texture and color through furniture and accessories. I love how the rug, wood, floors, gallery wall, and the different colored sconces all add warmth and  character to what could have been a cold and boring hallway.

Image via: My Domaine

No. 5: It's honest and pure

I love this reason. I love white because of how crisp and clean it makes a space feel. White doesn't hide the dirt and the grime. So many life lessons here, but that's not what we're about today, so I'll stick to the point. Though, white may not always be the safest or best choice, there are endless ways you can incorporate it into your interior to bring a touch of that crispness into your space.  This space may be a little too white for me, it does look pretty calming, and clean. ;)

Image via: Domino

I'm hoping to be back tomorrow with some practical and helpful tips for decorating with white walls that can help you add character and warmth to your home.