In Defense Of White Walls

My first apartment had all white walls. As did my second.  Like most rentals, paint colors came at a fee and wallpaper was pretty much discouraged. Confined to our plain white box, I dreamed of owning a house of my own one day and covering every surface with paint and prints.  Fast forward to today, and that’s exactly what we did. So naturally, white walls are now calling my name!  Apparently, I now adore this look. When done right with a little imagination and colorful pops of furniture and accessories, plain white rooms can look very warm and inviting.  In particular, I love the look of black accents in this context. Doesn’t this charming residence from Style At Home, make a very convincing case for painting (or leaving) your walls white?

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  1. Absolutely! I love white homes with splashes of colour. These images are beautiful. Have a lovely day xo

    Published on 2.23.12 · Reply
  2. Designwali wrote:

    this space is gorgeous!

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  3. We just redecorated most of our house with crisp white walls, glossy white trim and coloured ceilings. What a breath of fresh air after always having colour on the walls. I'll be good for about 5 years now until I want to redecorate again.

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  4. Darryl Carter, my favorite designer, got me loving white walls. If only I could do it as well as he does I would be in heaven!

    Enjoy your Thursday!
    XX
    Debra~

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  5. LPC wrote:

    I've white-walled my whole life. Except, in the first two years after my divorce, when I painted one wall of that temporary apartment deep, deep red. Make of that what you will. I'm with you.

    Published on 2.23.12 · Reply
  6. I'm considering painting all my walls white as well…I've already started with a guest bedroom and am loving it…it's so fresh and modern.

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  7. It's so funny, I can't wait until Brian and I find our house so I can paint all the main walls WHITE!

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  8. Cara wrote:

    love the pops of yellow <3

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  9. Adore this house, just fantastic. I went nuts with color in my last house and left everything white in this one. I much prefer the white now 🙂

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  10. I Dream Of wrote:

    I do love white walls! We have a lot of white wood in the current house, so have the walls painted soft shades of blue and butter to make the woodwork pop, but I secretly wish for a clean white backdrop… Don't think my husband would agree though!

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  11. Anonymous wrote:

    I have always had white semi-gloss walls in my houses. It is fresh, clean, light, bright and airy. The white allows colors of artwork, upholstery, flooring and accessories to pop. They are not competing for attention with the walls. I love the look day or night.

    Published on 2.23.12 · Reply
  12. Wow! I love the contrast between the white, black and yellow in that bottom left image. So beautiful!
    Natasha
    http://www.lovedesignbarbados.blogspot.com

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  13. … already have the white walls, the white floor, the white cabinets… black counters and pops of color, and I am LOVING it!!!!
    Next house I might even do white counters, we'll see…

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  14. Me, too! I am adamant about white walls with lots of 'zhush'.

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  15. I couldn't agree with your more!! I adore white walls. Bring color in through accessories, I always say! LOVE that first image…entirely fabulous!

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  16. Love these rooms!!!
    White walls are gorgeous,
    especially in these rooms!
    🙂
    Valerie

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  17. I live for white walls. With the exception of two rooms, I had my entire house painted white and I often think about doing those two rooms over too!

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  18. Donna wrote:

    White walls are great when done right!! I tend to use creamy whites to soften the walls a bit, so then the pops of color are in my furniture and draperies and accessories!!

    Published on 2.23.12 · Reply
  19. Christy wrote:

    great photos!! My favorite is the one of the stairs and landing!!!

    http://www.lifeofamodernhousewife.com

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  20. mackenzie wrote:

    HI Sue,
    White walls are fantastic! They create a blank slate for all sorts of wonderful things.

    I was introduced to your blog in our Alt classes and really enjoy reading it and getting to know you! As a result I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award.

    You can check out the post here, and hopefully you'll have as much fun with this as I did.
    http://lilyandscooter.com/2012/02/tag-youre-it/

    xoxo,
    Mackenzie

    Published on 2.23.12 · Reply
  21. I love white walls. I love them!

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  22. Sue – I'm with you. I think i need to go white in one of the rooms in my house!

    Published on 2.24.12 · Reply
  23. My entire home is painted Benjamin Moore's Simply White and I love it!

    Published on 2.24.12 · Reply
  24. I'm a big advocate of white walls. It gives you so much more decorating freedom! Then again, I'm a neutrals gal all the way…

    Published on 2.24.12 · Reply
  25. Ahh, yes! The perfect example of how white walls can truly sing! I love it.

    Sue, thank you SOOO much for your kind & wise words. I appreciate your friendship and you are always so supportive to me. Sorry I have been so MIA over here with all my schoolwork getting in the way, it's hard to even post on my blog these days! Sending BIG hugs to you and a happy weekend 🙂
    Nancy xo

    Published on 2.24.12 · Reply
  26. I can completely relate. I've painted numerous apartments at a high price. Now that I can paint whatever, what do I do, white of course! And black. ok, and a little navy blue, but mostly they're white, and I love them…finally!

    Published on 2.25.12 · Reply
  27. agreed. you can't go wrong with a classic white that reflects light well.

    Published on 2.26.12 · Reply