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You may not be able to wear white after Labor Day — but there are no rules against your walls.

White is almost a magic wand for interior spaces; it has the power to completely transform even the most uninspiring rooms. It also has the ability to smooth out imperfections in walls or cover up that annoying steam pipe or rough patch. This surprisingly versatile color — yes, I said color — expands and unifies any space it acquires by forcing the eyes to focus on the area within a room instead of its boundaries. However, this modern design trend can be difficult to perfect. Monochrome interiors, especially white ones, can easily look unfinished. Here are some tips for those of you looking to whitewash your living spaces.

To avoid looking flat, focus on contrasting textures. By mixing varying textures, the eye still has plenty to take in even if the color scheme is nothing but white. This makes the room seem just as rich as if it was drenched in florescent tie dye.

Grass ClothImage via Lonny

Notice that the walls are almost stark white and the furniture is minimal, but the textural element of the grass cloth brings everything together and gives the entire room a warm, inviting feel.

Inhabit Wall PanelImage via Inhabit

Go for bold with a dramatic 3-D wall panel. This ultra modern look is surprisingly easy to accomplish. Sculptural wall tiles are available at a variety of interior stores and installation is a breeze.

White BrickImage via Home-Designing

Brick walls are ideal for an all-white interior; not only is it super easy to paint over an aging brick wall, but it also provides all the texture you need without any additional effort (or cost).

country bedroomImage via House to Home

If you’re looking to make the bedroom an ultra inviting retreat, all white simply whispers calm and relaxed. Use textiles to your advantage — choose a lace or ruched bedspread and an array of frilled pillows (Learn how to make your own here.) Feel free to go overboard! Throw-blankets and quilts only add to the romance of a space like this.

lonnyImage via Lonny

To add visual interest to your space, mix different styles of furniture and accents together. Place a couch in durable fabric adjacent to an ultra modern chaise lounge or French provincial chairs for an appealing contrast.

ParkVillaImage via Inspacelocations

The largest misgiving homeowners have with all-white interiors is that there is only one kind of white: stark, blinding white. In fact, white comes in just as many varying shades as any other color. By infusing tonal whites together in a space, you’re provided with lightness and variation without risking a one-note abode.

There is no need to fear, white can be even more versatile than a traditional color scheme. Go space-age chic or romance novel rustic with your monochrome palette. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be “white” on track.

Have you made the dive into redecorating with this humbly hued trend or are you scared to take the plunge? Let us know how it went, or let us know what you think!

6 Responses

  1. Harrington says:

    Hey there. Love all white rooms with lots of texture and your photos really illustrate the success of that combination. You might want to explain that what you meant with "choose a lace or rouged bedspread" was actually a "ruched" bedspread. Lots of gathers, not lots of blush. ::-}

    • Trevor_HGTV says:

      Well I thought the bedspread might feel better if it had some makeup. ;) Thanks!
      The bedspread is now gathered and RUCHED.

  2. aliciaredd says:

    How about bathrooms? I am stuck with all white tiles until the budget allows for an upgrade. What can I do with that? Any ideas?

    • Dorict says:

      Add interest with your towels, curtains, and accessories such as a soap pump or dish, toothbrush holder, etc. If you want to have the all white look then use items with different textures. You can also bring in in color or pattern the same way. Check out Bed, Bath, & Beyond or any place with a variety of items. Your white tile can be the backdrop to whatever style appeals to you.

    • Trevor_HGTV says:

      White tiles are nothing to frown about! I actually love all white tiles. They are clean, sleek, and go with EVERYTHING. The same rules apply for the bathroom. Add texture with a fuzzy mat or towels. You could even repaint your cabinets with a chevron pattern or wallpaper them like Briana did here–> http://blog.hgtv.com/design/2014/04/21/diy-wallpa

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