How To: All White Rooms

An all-white room is beautiful, clean and serene and can seem easy until it comes to a successful execution. Below are some tips to follow when planning your design.

1. Choose the correct white for the style of the room.

First, you must determine what type of a look you are wanting to achieve. If you are hoping for a cozy cottage feel, choose a “warm” white. If you are looking for a sleek and modern style, choose a “cool” white. However, make sure to always keep the undertones the same. Stay with either warm or cool whites.

      Pamela Pierce via Veranda

(Pamela Pierce via Veranda)

2. Choose three different tones of white.

By adding lighter and darker tones, you will add depth to the design so it will not fall flat.


3. Texture is key!

Since you are using a monochromatic color scheme, there must be a focus in the design to keep it from becoming boring. By adding layers of texture you keep the design visually interesting. Texture helps give life to your design. Think fluffy pillows, shiny lacquer walls, thick pile rugs…


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(Apartment Therapy)

4. Make sure to consider natural and artificial light when choosing colors.

This is an important aspect to consider as most paint colors will appear different in different light. Try painting a patch on the wall and observe the color at different times of the day to ensure the color will appear the way you hope at all times. Paint a patch large enough that you can get a feel for the color. It can also help to paint several colors to see which works best with the design.


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5. Sprinkle in a few neutral pieces to help contrast the monochromatic design.

Try neutral wood pieces, a gilt frame…Use pieces that are light and will not detract from the airy feel of the white room.


Thank you for reading!



2 thoughts on “How To: All White Rooms

  1. Thank you Jennifer for the Room Service Interiors mention in the Related Articles above. You made my day 🙂 Fantastic. This is an excellent blog on White as it trickier to work with than most people think. So agree about the texture being paramount, and love the tip on using three different tones of white to add depth. Awesome. Thanks again, Angela, Room Service Interiors

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