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How to Utilize White Walls and Space For Home Decor

Did you know that you don't have to paint your walls to add color to a space? You might be scared of white walls because you've been told that they're bare and boring but they aren't.

Designing with white walls is a hot design trend, for both style and home decor for white walls.White walls may be a must if you're living in a rented space and can't change a thing. But don't fret, for white walls CAN be beautiful, and anything but bland!

White walls create that minimalist look: clean, streamlined, fresh, and bright. Yes, white rooms can indeed be boring or dingy. If you choose a white that isn't the right shade, don't have enough lighting in the room, and/or accessorize poorly, white can be a bad choice.

But if you choose the right white and add some easy touches, a white room can be the focal point of a home!

12 Ways to Spruce Up a White Room

1. Natural Light

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: natural light is an important part of ANY room!

Natural light is especially effectual in white rooms because white is already so bright. If a white room is darkened without natural light or toned down by ugly fluorescent lights, it definitely won't shine like it should.

Natural light in white rooms makes the bright color EVEN BRIGHTER!

Not only that, but if you have huge windows to let in all the natural light, it makes sense that you'll be able to see outside... so your yard will almost become a part of your room!

2. Display your Collection

A large, busy, colorful painting may look like confetti vomit against an equally colorful room.

Against a white wall? That painting will pop and become the focal point of your space.

White walls are a great backdrop to display your collections, whatever they're made up of and are perfect for people who have accumulated a lot of pretty things.

Rather than slapping color everywhere, painting your walls white can highlight your collection.White walls have the clean, streamlined look of a museum.

Have a particularly exciting piece of furniture? It might drown in a colorful room. In a white room, though, that piece of furniture you love will become the centerpiece.

3. Layer Neutrals

If you chose white for a neutral look, you can continue that style by layering neutrals throughout the room.

Choosing various tones of warm or cool creams and tans creates a simple yet inviting space

4. Add Color to the Floor

A colorful carpet for white walls in a white room looks modern, eclectic, and interesting!

The addition of the oriental rug against the rest of this white room gives it a modern, cultured look.

5. Natural Woods

White looks especially good against various grains of natural wood.I personally love light woods with white. The room above is inviting and fresh, the mixture of light wood and white creating an airy feel.

6. Pops of Color

If you choose white for your walls, that doesn't mean that you're afraid of color! Like working as a backdrop for art, white is the perfect base for pops of color.

The simple office space above has pops of wood tones, blue, and pink to create a cute, feminine space.

You can still be bohemian with white walls!

7. Highlight an Architectural Element

Using freespace decors a great way to highlight existing architectural elements in your home.

The beautiful white fireplace above pops from the wall, despite the fact that the built-ins are white as well! The white chosen is crisp and beautiful, making the space feel fresh and new!

With the white backdrop, this black metal staircase serves as a piece of wall art for white walls in itself.

This exposed brick wall would be swallowed up by a color on the wall. The white walls framing it, however, highlight its beauty and let it (and the sofa) SHINE!

8. Texture

If you're really afraid of creating a "boring" white space, just remember include texture.

Texture brings in the interest that your room might be lacking.

The room above might be cheating a bit with the whitewashed brick, but I think it serves our purpose. The textures of the wood floor, brick, and blankets (not to mention the poms) create a bright, interesting, cozy space!

The bohemian room above uses texture upon texture upon texture in a beautiful way.

Shag, fur, leather, wood, patterned pillows, and plants make you forget that the walls are "just white."

Adding all of these textures and colors creates a charming space that is full of drool-worthy design elements! 

9. Pair with Black

One of the most classic color pairings is black and white. White-walled rooms look especially modern and Art Deco when paired with black accents and furniture.

10. Floating Shelves/Built-Ins

White shelves look great on white walls, and serve as a place to put those collections I mentioned earlier.

The floating shelves above look beautiful with the white walls because they allow the accessories placed on them to really stand out!

I love it when accessories get their chance to shine, and white walls are the perfect way to achieve this!

11. Use Metals

Like natural woods, metals look great against white walls.

The copper chandelier above really stands out against the white backdrop.

12. Freshen Up

Last but not least, white walls are a great choice if you like to redecorate often.

If you like to switch out bedding and pillows every season, white walls are a great backdrop for your changing style.

For that reason, white is a very versatile and practical choice.

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