Tips for Decorating with White

When people see my home for the first time they always exclaim “how do you keep it clean”  or “I could never have an all white home with my children” . 
I always answer ” its easier than you think”. From my very first home (a military married quarters) I have always decorated with white.  I just love the fresh brightness, the uncomplicated lines and feeling of calmness that white brings.   If you have ever been tempted to decorate with white but have not quiet been able to bring yourself to go for it, I’ve listed some tips below that might help you give it a go.

1. BUDGET DECORATING

White is a great colour to paint your house if you are on a tight budget.  You can get really good quality paint these days in HUGE quantities for very reasonable prices.  Many of the big DIY stores have their own brand emulsions.  We have found the  own brands are usually just as good for coverage and quality but far less in price.

2. KEEPING CLEAN

Could there be anything worse or more soul destroying than decorating your
walls with expensive wall paper or that particular shade of designer
paint, to discover your precious little darlings have decided they want
to be the next Van Gogh and have scribbled all over your walls !  With
white painted walls you can wipe the walls down with a wet cloth and
bleach.  Works a treat or use a magic sponge (we have shares in those in
our house).  If its really bad, you can even slap another coat of white
paint over the offending artwork.

We also have white sofas from IKEA with washable covers.  WHAT !  most people exclaim when they see them.  But they can be washed at high temperatures with a dash of bleach and come out looking all sparkly and new.  I have found the IKEA fabrics in particular wash and wash and get softer and better each time.  We have a spare set of covers so when one set is in the wash the other can be put on the sofa.

3. VERSATILITY

By using white as your base colour , you can quickly and easily change the mood or style of a room by using accent colours in your accessories.  This is an affordable way of refreshing a room without having to go to the expense of a complete redecoration. Great for seasonal decorating.

Some ideas for adding accent colour to your room :

Throws
lampshades
pictures and frames
cushions
flowers
candles
rugs
Kitchen accessories
fruit

4.  ILLUSION

White is a great colour for making small spaces look bigger.  You can see an example of this HERE when we recently finished renovating our Utility/laundry room.  The old coal shed and outside loo have been knocked into one space painted white and kitted out with white accessories.  It looks clean and stylish, is actually now a workable space and will most certainly have added value to our home at very little cost to us.

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16 Comments

  1. Midlife Singlemum
    October 6, 2015 / 4:44 pm

    I also have whire walls as I live in a hot climate in small apartment. As I replace furniture I'm gradually going over to ore white. However, I would like to get my inheritted cream sofa recovered in navy blue as it looks decidedly grubby.

  2. karen jones
    October 6, 2015 / 5:10 pm

    I can imagine pale colours would really help to keep your flat feeling cool (don't you live in Israel ? ) Yes, you definitely need loose covers if you are going to have pale coloured sofas xx

  3. june olsen
    October 8, 2015 / 11:16 am

    So true, and great advice!! Love it!!

    • karen jones
      October 8, 2015 / 2:15 pm

      Thank you for visiting June and for your kind comment xx

  4. Old Fashioned Susie
    October 12, 2015 / 1:02 pm

    Love white! We've got Antique White from B&Q is most of the rooms in our house

    • karen jones
      October 12, 2015 / 5:49 pm

      Nice soft colour B & Q Antique white x

  5. KarenAnita
    October 12, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    Such GREAT tips!Sadly, I am completely RUBBISH at keeping white stuff white haha. Yep, I’m one of those messy people. The closest we’ve got is a chalk white in our kitchen which is technically a pale grey and I’m constantly touching it up. This is why I’ve gone with seriously dark walls in most of my home. Covers a magnitude of sins haha x

    • karen jones
      October 12, 2015 / 5:50 pm

      ah bless Karen x I love white because no matter how grubby it gets I can just get the bleach out ! x

  6. Katy Orme
    October 13, 2015 / 7:57 am

    I am totally with you – white all the way, always! I love having such a fresh backdrop and the versatility to layer it up with textiles and furniture. x

    • karen jones
      October 13, 2015 / 12:45 pm

      Yay for white Katy x

  7. Antonia Ludden
    October 13, 2015 / 8:18 am

    These are great tips! Now I might have a chance to convince the hubby we need more white – he is of the opinion that dark colours are the only way to cope with a house full of boys, but you make some great arguments to the contrary here, Karen! Ooh and I love your utility space, how cool and brilliant is that?! xx

    • karen jones
      October 13, 2015 / 12:44 pm

      Thank you Antonia. I just don't understand how people think dark colours are better. Thanks for the kind comment about the utility room. We love how it turned out x

  8. Stacey Sheppard
    October 13, 2015 / 12:33 pm

    I love the fact that white provides a neutral backdrop so you can change your look at the drop of a hat simply by changing out coloured accessories.

    • karen jones
      October 13, 2015 / 12:43 pm

      Absolutely agree Stacey. I do this all the time in our home (much to the amusement of my husband) but he doesn't complain as I often sell on the accessories I have become bored with .

  9. helen
    October 16, 2015 / 9:42 am

    I love white walls , and I'm gradually getting them throughout the house

    • karen jones
      October 17, 2015 / 10:25 am

      Me too Helen. They are really easy to keep clean, just wipe down with a bit of bleach on a wet cloth and all shiny and clean again x

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