White interiors radiate simplicity and serenity, but many of us shy away from the colour as a decor choice. This is understandable if you have young children and pets barreling around the house with sticky fingers and dirty paws. However, for those willing to take the plunge, white interiors can add sophistication and style to any home, as these wonderful examples demonstrate.
1. Vintage White
White tones lend themselves beautifully to vintage interior styles, and a coat of white paint can give an old piece of furniture a fresh new look. The example above exudes French elegance with a touch of rustic charm.
2. Rustic White
If you want to achieve a full-on rustic feel, then distressed furniture, walls, floors, and ceilings are the way to go. Painted bare brick walls, whitewashed beams, white furniture worked over with some sandpaper, and a few rough-around-the-edges accessories will all help to prevent a white room from appearing too clean and sterile.
3. Scandinavian White
Scandinavian interior design is all about simplicity and functionality, and the clean lines and understated nature of white interiors are a common feature within the Scandinavian aesthetic.
4. White Bathrooms
These days bathrooms are available in all manner of colours, but white remains a favourite for many. Whether you’re looking for a bathroom that is sleek and modern or after something a bit more traditional, the colour white can accommodate it.
5. Minimalist White
If you’re going for a minimalist design style in your home, then a generous use of the colour white is essential. It effortlessly contributes to the pared-down look of a minimalist space, as the example above beautifully illustrates.
6. White Loft
The varying textures and white tones present in this room really bring it to life, despite the lack of other, more vibrant, colours. Loft spaces in particular – being often seen as an ‘extra’ room – are ideal for trying out different decorating styles.
7. Mid-Century Modern White
More commonly associated with the mixing and matching of colours, it is unusual to see to see all, or mostly, white interiors in the mid-century modern style. But that’s all the more reason to give it a try! Some design styles look stunning no matter how you choose to display them.
For some, a bright white living space is more than they can bear. If that sounds like you, then consider an off-white shade instead. There are plenty of options available, and from creamy tones to the palest of purples, pinks, and blues, white is far more diverse than we give it credit for.
9. White with a Splash of Colour
You can create a truly dramatic look in your home by adding just one or two flourishes of colour to your otherwise white interior. In fact, the bolder the colour, the better.
10. Black and White
It’s a favoured design style of many, and it’s no wonder. White is compatible with all colours, but is most impactful when paired with black – no doubt it is the juxtaposition of such contrasting shades that makes the combination so appealing.