How to Rock an All White Room

Is it possible to pull off an all white room and still look fab rather than drab? ABSOLUTELY!

Transitional Living Room by Houston’s Marie Flanigan Interiors

The first thing to know is that there are a million shades of white, all with their own undertone. Whites are either warm or cool, with undertones that range from yellow and pink to green and blue. When creating an all white room, you want to make sure that the different elements you use have undertones that get along. The more you stay within the same shade, the more cohesive the space looks. If you start pairing different undertones, the more noticeable those colors will be, and that takes a little more skill.

Next, you must remember to consider the lighting conditions. Just like any other color, whites change depending on the light in the space. Evaluate your color combinations during multiples times of day to make sure everything gets along well. And don’t be afraid to control your nighttime lighting; you can always change your bulbs to enhance warm or cool whites.

Or course, your decor and furnishings play the largest part in an all white space. The key to making an all white room sing is TEXTURE! Play with different textures to create a visually appealing space. Use leather and fur for a luxe contrast. Pick a lovely woven fabric for your sofa and pair that with throw pillows in a beautiful all white tone-on-tone pattern. Throw in some metallic shiny objects on a matte white side table. With an all white room “more” is better. You want your eye to bounce around the room and feel as though there is plenty to see. Since color is absent, texture steps in to fill the room with personality.

Beach Style Bedroom by Newport‘s Digs Design Company

Is an all-white room right for you? As I always say, there are no rules. If you are wondering if the calm clean feeling of all white belongs in your home, try my perfect-place meditation or check out my book to figure out what it is you really need from your home. If you’re craving the simplicity of all white, why not try it? Even if you have kids and pets, remember a white cotton duvet is easily bleachable 🙂

To your happy home!


Hi! I’m Rebecca West.

I’m not your classic interior designer because, frankly, I don’t care if you buy a new sofa. I do care if your home supports your goals and feels like “you.” Remember, happy starts at home!