The White Palette Wow Factor

Decorating with white should never be boring.

White bedding with linen headboard and white throw on wood chest

Your walls are your favorite shade of white. What next?

Imagine a snowy landscape. Details like snow contrasted on tree branches and rooftops, frost patterns, and icicles reflecting light are what make bright white so beautiful. Choosing interesting fabrics and textures while using complementary neutral colors creates a rich, inviting room. You can also try adding wood, metallic and mirrored accents to avoid that too-white sterile look that discourages people from using the space.

Start With Key Impact Pieces

Thick white area rug

Well Grounded

Instead of committing to white carpet or a white-washed wood, try an area rug. Let practicality determine if you go pure white or toward natural tones.

White screen with geometric frame

Screen Time

If you're trying white in one space, a patterned screen not only adds interest, it can help set-off and define your more neutral area.

Cream Linen Headboard, King Size

Make a Statement

It's ideal that the focal pieces of the room fall into the white or neutral palette, for example beds, dining chairs and sofas.

Layer It On

Layered birch framed image

Picture Perfect

Wall art can transform a room and help to personalize a space. Choose pieces that not only complement the palette but truly reflect your personality.

Faux sheep hide rug

Pile On the Pile

Try adding a throw rug on top of your area rug. It adds much desired texture and contrast, and creates a plush, luxurious feel underfoot.

White fur and Brown linen throw pillows, layered

Add Pop With Pillows

Decorative pillows are an easy way to add depth and texture to beds and sofas. And tossing a throw over a chair adds a rich, cozy touch.

Add Functional Accents

Cream colored accent chair with brass nailhead trim

Gunmetal gray globe lamp with gray patterened drum shade
Silver mirrored cabinet with two drawers and two doors

These pieces you need, chairs, lamps and dressers, for example, should continue to build the richness of the room. Make sure you love the form as much as you like the function.

Give It Your Personal Touch

White ceramic buddha head

White Roman bookends

White ceramic deer head with gold antlers

White feather look vase

White scent warmer with gold tile decoration

Small faux boxwood with white pot

Here's where it gets really fun. Find pieces you love and place them throughout your space. Look for textures, finishes, tones and color pops that enhance the larger pieces you've placed in the space. Favorites include objects and figurines, bookends, lamps, vases, candles and faux florals and greenery. With everything in place, relax and enjoy your new space, just try not to spill the wine.

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