The color white is the unsung hero of contemporary interior design. Whether you're searching the web, flipping through your favorite shelter magazines or visiting spaces in person, its not hard to see why. In color palettes everywhere, the color is as ubiquitous as it is fundamental, forming the basis of the color story in most rooms as the shade of choice for most walls. However it is just this level of preference that has made it so easy for us to overlook this hard-working color to focus on the brighter, popping tones for which white provides a constant backdrop. So to celebrate this under-appreciated color we're taking a look at several gorgeous white rooms. It's not a collection of rooms with white walls, white furniture and white accessories, but rather a look at how these rooms use white to set the tone or lead the way in their decor.
Design is full of classic color combinations but there is arguably no combination more classic than black and white. In this room, a crisp, clean shade of white leads the way accented by pops of black and warm wood tones from the fireplace and floor. This room is largely color-blocked. Most of the pieces are only one color and there isn't much pattern. Because of that, the the large moroccan rug is able to pull the entire room together as one of the few moments—the black and white pillows on the side chair is the other—where the room's main colors appear together in one piece. This type of minimalism is emblematic of modern design, creating a serene and relaxing space.
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Black and White Living Room
The use of white in this room is made interesting by the variety of surfaces and textures that are brought into the mix. It's easy for a color like white to become simply part of the background. To keep it pertinent in a room that features black and white in a much closer balance than the previous example, this room uses features such as the white-painted brick wall around the fireplace to add a variety of textures to the use of the color. When creating these types of variations every little bit counts, so even the metal texture of the radiator helps to add another layer to the space. Finally, in a space where there are few pieces of furniture in white, the standing lamp stands out against the black bay windows, blending the wall color into the room.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
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White Sectional in a Living Room
Another way to create texture in a white space is with wall art that uses the color in an interesting context. In this room, which layers different shades of white in the walls, sofas and coffee table base, the most interesting moment of the color is easily the eye-catching art that adorns the walls. This is an excellent way to add interest to a white wall without disrupting the color palette of the room.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
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Dramatic White Dining Room
This space makes wonderful use of a white room by engraving dazzling scrollwork across the ceiling. While there are many ways to bring interest to the top of a room, from the use of wallpaper to colorful paints, there is an understated elegance to this approach, both because of the classic, historical nature of the detail itself, but also because it offers such an interesting counterpoint to the details in brown on the fireplace mantel. Again the tendency to overlook white spaces can be used to create some intriguing design moments in subtle and surprising ways.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
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Gallery Wall in a White Living Room
Art is one of the most important elements to have in a home. There are a number of wall colors to choose from when looking for the best one to display your collection, but there's a reason why the walls in most art galleries are white. The walls in this room create a perfect canvas on which to display this collection of fashion illustrated figures.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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White Living Room with Wood Floors
White is the king (and queen) of cool colors. So when using it as the predominant shade in a room it often becomes necessary to add in other colors that will warm up the space to make it look more inviting and feel more like home. When the task calls for a slimmed down color palette and you can't or don't want to bring in a multitude of other shades, that's when you turn to brown, specifically, wood. Wood tones are the absolute best for warming up a room. That's because of the combination of warm brown tones and the natural feel of the wood itself. This room makes full use of its rustic, industrial character from the exposed wood beams to the hardwood floors. These colors balance the white as they both pop off of each other.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
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Modern White Living Room With Wood Accents
White is an ideal starting place for creating a space with a mellow feel, largely because it's the perfect foundation for mixing a series of warm and cool colors. The white on the walls in this room is complemented by the black and white Moroccan rug on the floor. Between the two is a mix of warm and cool influences from the warm woods of the coffee table and wicker poufs juxtaposed with the cool blues of the textiles on the couch.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
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Black and White Duplex
One of the trickiest part of decorating an entire home is finding ways to make connections between the decor of different rooms. It's not as easy as it sounds. Make the connections too strong and the entire home starts to feel thematic. Too weak and every room feels like it's in a different home. One of the easiest ways to solve this problem is with a consistent wall color that connects all of the rooms. And the easiest color to use for that task is white. With white you can mix up the decor in your different rooms by choosing different colors in each room to pop against the consistent backdrop provided by white walls. This gorgeous duplex space shows the advantage of having white walls as the main tone of the space remains constant from the bottom floor to the top.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
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White Walls and Furniture
Your walls don't always have to be white. And when they are they don't have to be white all over. When you choose to mix up you wall color it's always a good idea to bring those colors into the rugs and furniture as well as a way of blending the layers of color together. In this living room, the wall color is divided between white and black. On the floor, the white sofa and black side chairs bring those colors from the walls deeper into the room. However it's the white sofa that pops most against the combination of black walls, side chairs and coffee table.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Bohemian White Living Room
This room is creating a very advanced conversation between the ceiling and the floor. With a stark, white ceiling and a floor-spanning antique rug in shades of gray, the furniture between them is a subtle mix of the two, creating an eye-catching transition from the ceiling to the floor and back.