White painted walls might seem like an easy way out, but even with the trends towards pale blue and gray paints, white walls are a classic and will never go out of style.You can keep them white, stencil, stripe or paint a feature wall to change the look of your entire room. Here are just a few ideas on how to change the look of your white rooms, how to choose your white colors, how to cool them down or warm them up.
Decorating white walls is one of the simplest decorating techniques to get right – or wrong. It’s also one of the easiest colors to change the entire look of your room by updating or changing your accent colors. So, white is still practical, on so many levels because it looks refreshing and is a great contrast to other decorating.
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White walls can look so spectacularly cool – and brilliant against either pale, muted shades and colors or against strong bold colors.
They can also look flat and cold, and create shadows, often makes rooms look smaller and even dinghy.
You want it to scream Rockstar – not morgue. Having most of your furniture in similar or muted tones will make you rooms feel lighter and larger. Pops of color will add the contrast you need and pops of wood will add warmth.
When decorating white walls, some great living room color ideas include:
1. Using color to offset the four walls of white.
2. Add a large mirror with a warm wood or colored frame.
3. Add various wood tones to your room for some extra warmth. Apart from floor boards or ceiling beams, add chairs, a coffee table or console table.
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4. Gray or blue accents are popular colors to add to mostly white rooms.
5. Black and white paintings are classic and go with almost anything. This can be a gallery wall of family photos, street signs or art work.You can use dark woods against white or pale, muted woods for a completely different look. You can go with dark accents….
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Or a pale modern look, that is still soft and inviting.
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A gallery wall, using frames, photos on canvas or wood and mixing it up with some decals is also a great addition to any wall.
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.. but first you need to work out which white paint you should use for your walls.
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Popular white wall paint colors for living rooms include:
Off-white paint colors are often the easiest to live with and decorate. One white loved by so many is Benjamin Moore’s Decorators White: Good warm white wall color with no gray, green, blue undertones.
There are many high quality paint companies offering a huge range of white paints, so take your time looking at the paint color charts for paint color combinations.
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Never buy in the store without buying sample pots, painting large boards and moving them around your living room to see which white really suits your living room.
Choosing the right white paint color depends on the amount of natural light in your living room, your existing furniture (if you are keeping it), the style of your home and, of course, your personal taste and the mood you want to create.
White paint with a blue or green undertone can make your rooms feel cold and sombre, so go for a white with some yellow or red undertones. Warm your white bedroom with –
These should help keep your bedroom looking and feeling relaxed, warm and comfortable.
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Other white color schemes include:
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An article from SFGirlByBay In My Dreams, I Live Here: London Town – shows exactly how you can turn white up or down by adding or subtracting color; in this case – pink.
i think i’ll have loads of fresh white paint and a smashing bit of modern pop adorning the dining room walls, and a pretty staircase too, via marie claire maison. and the living room will be an elegant and eclectic mix of old and new like this one from Eklund Stockholm New York.
the bedroom will be bright and cheerful, and i’ll stash my bicycle for flea market runs in there, just because it looks pretty cute, via stella nicolaisen. and a cozy throw or two will keep me warm on those winterly london nights, from ohleander.
Of course, the coolest thing when decorating white walls is that everything goes with it… Sounds easy enough…
To get the full lowdown on how to choose your white based on undertones, click here to learn the tricks to picking the right wall color. This step is vital to create the right mood and tone for your room. Then, pay attention to the other elements in the room, how much natural texture already exists – from wood tones to architectural features like fireplaces or moldings, before adding more… and what to do if you have none.
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But don’t stop there. If you don’t like the shade of white paint you have selected it – here are some cool wall stencil ideas to change the look completely by overlaying another color using a stencil. Decorating with white is not a life sentence.
Here are more more simple decorating techniques to give you a great decorating look with white walls; even if you are decorating white walls or decorating with white!