Once reserved for the ultra-modern crowd, all white spaces are making their way into the mainstream, and we could not be happier about it. Going the all white route makes small rooms feel bigger, dark rooms feel brighter, and creates an instant sense of calm, but many people don’t consider decorating in all white because they think it will leave their space feeling flat and dull.
In reality, layering different shades of white will give a room more warmth and dimension, and using textiles with patterns created from a monochromatic white color scheme will add some visual interest. Playing up different textures, such as pairing a woven rug with a rough-hewn wood coffee table, or a linen sofa with a velvet throw, will also add another layer of depth to an all white space.
Also key to a successful whitewashed room is lighting. Rather than relying on a single lighting fixture to light an all white space, be sure to stagger different light sources throughout. Using table lamps, floor lamps, and wall sconces throws light in all directions, creating interesting shadows and highlights on a crisp, clean canvas.
Last but certainly not least, don’t forget to pile on the accessories! Display a grouping of white vases on a console table, stack your prettiest white coffee table books out for all to see, and be sure to remember the quintessential aspect of any well-designed white space—a heap of cozy throw pillows.
Balancing hard surfaces with plenty of fabric is a foolproof way to keep an all white room from feeling sterile, and throw pillows are undoubtedly the best way to add a soft touch. Choose pillows in different patterns, fabrics, and textures to layer together for a truly upscale look. Below, we chose some of our favorite white pillows to mix and match.