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.