46 White Room Ideas That Are Anything But Dull

Who says neutral walls can't be bold?

Björn Wallander

Just because your rooms aren't a riot of color doesn't mean they have to be boring. These well-appointed spaces prove neutral walls can be bold too. Get our best ideas for decorating anything-but-basic white walls.

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William Waldron
Dramatic, White Kitchen

In the Hamptons home of Oscar de la Renta executive Erika Bearman, the kitchen's stools are by , the ceiling fixture is from , the refrigerator and wine cooler are and the photograph is from .

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Oberto Gill
White Terrazzo Flooring

The living room in Lisa Perry's Florida home is covered in terrazzo flooring. The sofa is by , the cocktail table is by , and the painting, Elaidyl Alcohol, is by Damien Hirst. In the den beyond, the sofa and ottoman are by , the chair is by , the pillows are by , and the multi-panel painting is by Tadaaki Kuwayama.

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Simon Upton
Artful Bedroom

The neon wall sculpture in the master bedroom of designers Kevin Roberts and Timothy Haynes's NYC home is by , and the Corian platform bed, a custom design, is dressed with Belgian linens; the circa-1960 bedside tables are by Joseph-André Motte, and the walls are sheathed in a wall finish.

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Simon Upton
Mod Living Room

In an Upper East Side apartment the playroom's 1970s sofa by is covered in a velvet by Maharam, and the Alf Svensson swivel chairs and Robsjohn-Gibbings cocktail table are vintage; 1960s chairs are paired with a table designed by Superstudio, and the photograph is by Barry Frydlender.

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Björn Wallander
Marble Bathroom

In the Paris home of designer Christopher Noto, a fabric-covered, geometric light fixture and a large, gold-framed wall mirror accents the marble room. The bathroom sink and tub are custom designs, and the fittings are antique. The Japanese screen on the wall is from the Edo period.

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Björn Wallander
White Drawing Room

In the drawing room of a Manhattan apartment designed by Ann Pyne of McMillen, Inc., the Art Deco mirror is from Bernd Goeckler Antiques, the parchment-top cocktail table is a custom design, a wall sculpture by Thomas Houseago hangs above a sofa upholstered in a linen damask by Mulberry Home.

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White Living Room

Antique Italian mirrors hang above consoles by Conde House in the living room of this Capri home; the slipper chairs are by Creazioni, and the antique tile flooring is original to the house.

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Kristoffer Johnsson
White Kitchen

A chandelier by Jonas Bohlin for Örsjö Belysning hangs above a custom-made table in the kitchen of this formerly abandoned farmhouse in Sweden; the chairs are by Magis, and the rug is sisal.

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Douglas Friedman
Contemporary Black-and-White Kitchen

In the contemporary L.A. home of interior designer Georgia Tapert Howe, the kitchen’s refrigerator is by , the range is by , and the Rohl farmhouse sink has fittings by ; the stools are from , the counters are in a gray marble, the Roman shades are of a sheer, and the pendants are by .

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Eric Piasecki
Mid-Century Modern Living Room

In the living room of a TriBeCa apartment designed by Kevin Dumais, a vintage Mies van der Rohe daybed from is upholstered in a velvet; the table is by , the chandelier is by , the rug is by , the sculpture is by , and the painting is by .

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Carter Berg
A Connecticut Studio

In Bunny Williams' Connecticut studio, custom bookshelves act as a mural of color for the room; a Japanese vase rests on a zinc-topped table from .

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Björn Wallander
San Miguel Dining Room

In the dining area off the kitchen in a bohemian retreat in San Miguel de Allende, the Saarinen table is by , the settee and armchair have white denim slipcovers, and the vintage Mexican chair was purchased in town. The blue-and-white vintage plates were mostly found on the couple’s travels, and the throw is Mexican.

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Simon Upton
Miami Penthouse

In the breakfast area of an Miami Penthouse by Jean-Louis Deniot, a custom table is framed by midcentury chairs in a velvet; a custom glass-and-bronze bar cabinet is topped with a 1980s cement vase, a French 1940s carafe, and a 19th-century Nigerian helmet; the pendant is by .

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Trevor Tondro
Bohemian Compound

In the living room of Kathryn M. Ireland's compound in Santa Monica, crisp white walls are the perfect backdrop for a custom sofa in a linen velvet from , armchairs covered in an linen slipcover (left), and a fabric purchased in Marrakech (right). The rag rug is from , the steel-framed sliding doors are by , and the wall hanging is a 19th-century suzani.

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James Merrell
19th-Century White Bedroom

The guest room in the poolhouse of a Long Island home contains a bed dressed in , a Swedish painted chest and a rug by ; the matchstick Roman shades are custom.

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William Waldron
White Dining Area

In a dining area designed by Juan Carlos Arcila-Duque in this Manhattan loft, bent-plywood chairs by Norman Cherner mingle with seats from CB2; Rapture by Issa-Khan is displayed on the bookshelf, and the framed prints by Horst include a 1935 advertisement for Bergdorf Goodman.

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William Abranowicz
White Bedroom

A bedroom on the Santa Monica ranch of Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres includes a custom-made bed by Jay Holman dressed in Matteo linens and a vintage linen matelassé coverlet. The antique Serapi rug and Tibetan hemp carpet are both from J. Iloulian Rugs.

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Björn Wallander
Aristocratic White Breakfast Room

Nothing shows off molding better than a lush layer of milky paint. In the breakfast room of a Buenos Aires home, a 17th-century Danish portrait of Crown Princess Louise of Britain overlooks a 1930s mahogany table by . The 17th-century chandelier is Swedish, the rug is an early-20th-century , the 19th-century sculpture is porcelain, and the walls are painted in Linen White.

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Richard Powers
Serene White Dining Room

In the dining room of an art-filled NYC apartment, the custom tables are by , the vintage Peter Hvidt chairs are in a linen-cotton blend, and the silver leaf–and–rock crystal chandelier is from ; the curtains are of a fabric with trim, and the walls are painted in ’s Cumulus Cloud. A pair of Jeff Koons Puppy vases rests on the custom mantel below an Anish Kapoor Purple Mirror wall sculpture; the fireplace is framed by Rudolf Stingel artworks.

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Cyrill Matter
White Sitting Room

In a house in Jaipur, the pass-through space between the kitchen and bedroom is used as a living area. The chair is in mango wood and rope, the accountant’s desk is from the 19th century, and the antique dining table and cabinet were purchased in Rajasthan.

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Ricardo Labougle
Austere White Bathroom

In a home in Uruguay, the bathhouse's bench is from Zimbabwe, and the room's colors we custom-mixed by Claessens.

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Trevor Tondro
White Dining Area

In a classic Central Park apartment, the stark white walls set the stage for dramatic furniture and decor, like the table by Egg Collective and the light fixture is by Lindsey Adelman.

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Richard Powers
White Bathroom

A bathroom in John Robshaw's Connecticut home balances white walls with global decor. The ornate sink cabinet is from Syria, the shower curtain and rug are by Robshaw, the sconce is by Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., and the 19th-century Spanish encaustic floor tiles are from Michael Trapp.

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Jean-Francois Jaussaud
White Art Studio

White walls are a neutral foil for an exuberant floor in the studio in one of two apartments that the artist and designer Christian Astuguevieille maintains in Bayonne, France. He designed the sofa and its fabric, available through Holly Hunt, as well as the table and chandelier, and he created both the pattern on the oak parquet floor and many of the room’s artworks, using Chinese calligraphy ink. The white walls provide a serene backdrop for such a busy space.

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William Waldron
White Entryway

In the entry of Sally Hersberger's New York apartment, Helmut Newton photographs are displayed opposite a Verner Panton mirror; a rock-crystal sculpture sits atop a Joe D'Urso– designed steel pedestal.

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Max Zambelli
White Breakfast Room

The banquette in the breakfast room of a Brooklyn townhouse is covered in a Zak+Fox fabric, the table is by Restoration Hardware and the pendant light is by Serena & Lily.

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Trevor Tondro
White Bedroom

The bed in the master bedroom of a Palm Springs home came with the house and is dressed in Barbara Martin linens with a blanket and shams by Hermès. The painting, vibrant against the room's white walls and floors, is by Daryl Edwards and the wood screen and marble bedside tables are estate-sale finds.

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Björn Wallander
White Kitchen

This all-white kitchen in Gramercy Park boasts a kitchen range by Wolf, sink and fittings by Lefroy Brooks, cabinetry by Smallbone of Devizes and a Bertoia barstool is by Knoll.

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William Abranowicz
White Master Bedroom

In the master bedroom of a San Francisco home, the headboard is covered in a Rogers & Goffigon fabric, the bed linens are by Sue Fisher King, the bedspread is antique Belgian linen, and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Super White.

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Björn Wallander
Blue-Accented White Studio

In the studio of Patrick Printy's California home, a pair of vintage sofas is upholstered in a , the Eero Saarinen table is from , barstools by are covered in a , the ceiling lantern is by , the rug is by , and the busts are by ; the artworks include photographs by , and , flanked by silhouette portraits by .

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