There’s no denying the crisp, cool, and calming beauty of an all white living room. And we’ll be the first to admit that it’s a fine line between our worst design nightmare (a completely washed-out white room) and a perfect dream come true (a soft and sophisticated space).
Of course, there are serious challenges when it comes to a living room in head-to-toe white. Most importantly, a white room doesn’t seem practical. Well, we’re here to tell you it can be and it can also be beautiful, gorgeous, and incredibly comfortable. To prove that, we picked our designers’ brains on the best tips for designing an all-white living room—and how to keep it looking pristine year-round.
Consider A Sofa Carefully
We’re all thinking it. One of the scariest parts of an all-white living room is a white sofa. The chances of spills and stains in a busy space like your living room are pretty much high to extremely high.
But the good thing to know is that there are plenty of stain- and spill-resistant options. Our pick would be to go with a leather sofa. It provides a clean-lined look and a nice dose of texture. Not to mention leather cleans up much easier and will develop a lovely patina over time.
If you really want to go for the all-white living room, a white or even neutral sofa can make a great subtle statement. The slight tonal variation will be a nice contrast amid other white furnishings.
Think About Wood Tones
White furnishings mixed with wood tones are a foolproof way to play up an all-white living room that still feels warm and inviting. Wood pieces act as neutrals that don’t add color so they make for perfect complementary decor.
Just be sure to pick a lane with your woods to keep the look cohesive. We vote for warm and dark wood tones, as lighter hues will appear washed out in an all-white room.
Mix Cool Materials
Besides wood, make sure to bring in a selection of accents in different light-hued materials, such as marble, stone, ceramics, and linen. This is an easy way to ensure you have lots of textures that add depth to your white room. You can even mix in natural materials like rattan and jute for an additional pop. They’re technically not white, but alongside natural materials and wood pieces, they won’t feel out of place.
Play Up Fun Shapes
When you don’t have color in a room, you have to find creative ways to add visual intrigue. Think fun shapes, like round forms, curvy furniture frames, or sinuous silhouettes. These will make for interesting focal points and elements that warm up your all-white room.
Layer Your Textiles
Pillows, rugs, curtains, and other fabric accents are key to adding a cozy note in a white living room. A mix of pillows will warm up a sofa, a fluffy rug can add welcoming texture to your floors, and white sheers have a way of letting in pretty natural light.
Together, these finishing touches will make your space feel dynamic and considered while also playing up a sense of comfort that’s often lacking in white spaces.
Go Big With Textures
The key to making an all-white living room design work is to create subtle variations in texture, which will lend a dynamic and layered look to your space. Think textured pillows and a rug or even a sheepskin bench. These pieces will bring the look to life and keep your room from looking or feeling flat.
Pattern Up Your Decor
Your white living room can benefit from a subtle mix of patterns. The key to working in patterns into your white space is to opt for accents in off-white and soft gray shades. Whether it’s in your rugs, pillows or art, these visual motifs will help liven up your living room.
Accent With Greenery
Add a lush and vibrant pop of color with greenery. Much like textured textiles, plants have a way of bringing in a touch of texture to an all-white space. Not to mention plants are key to any happy home!
Add A Contrasting Wall Color
It’s okay to not have white walls in your all-white living room. In fact, a slightly warmer shade of off-white, ivory, or even gray will help warm up, cool down, or bring contrast to your room.
Keep It Pristine Year-Round!
We know. While all of the above sounds great, keeping everything clean and perfectly white is the ultimate challenge. The best way to maintain the crisp look? Keep a Tide To-Go stick handy to start. You can also make sure your sofa has a removable cover that you can toss into the wash or dry clean as needed!
Thinking of taking the leap with an all-white living room?