Dazzling and fresh, beach rooms bathed in white have timeless elegance and brilliant good looks.
1 of 23Photo: Lisa Romerein
Tone on Tone Dining Room
Wall art with a relief pattern takes this dining space from monochromatic to dramatic.
2 of 23Photo: Roger Davies
Kitchen Gone Mod
Kitchens—especially contemporary ones—clamor for white. But the addition of dark countertops is a great way to provide a needed punch of sophistication to a white color palette without looking like you’re trying too hard.
3 of 23Photo: Lisa Romerein
Rustic-Meets-Modern Living Room
Make an all-white color scheme feel welcoming by adding texture. In this living room, leather chairs and a natural fiber rug add interest and make the space feel softer.
A mostly-white bedroom can feel like the perfect respite from the sun. Pairing cooler whites with grays or silvers can create extra sparkle in the space.
5 of 23Nancy Easter White
This simple, sun-bleached palette produces a clean, airy atmosphere, allowing dramatic views or artwork to take center stage.
6 of 23Deborah Whilaw Llwellyn
What Lies Beneath
Give monochromatic rooms interest and depth with texture. Go for the look of an old beach shack by coating wooden walls in white. Once dry, sand planks to reveal glimpses of the wood beneath.
7 of 23Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Set the Scene
Paint walls, ceilings, trim, and doors the same shade of white to create a uniform backdrop. Surfaces painted one color blend seamlessly, allowing natural wood floors or furnishings to steal the show.
8 of 23Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn
Walk This Way
Don’t overlook what lies below. White floors do show scratches and dirt, but their brilliant sheen is unmatched. Porch and floor enamel can be tinted and will protect against heavy foot traffic.
9 of 23Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Lightening the Mood
Bathe a room in bright whites. As the light changes, so will the space’s color and feel. White upholstery means no worry over fading.
10 of 23Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn
Hints of Color
Add a subtle tint to pure white paint if you’re not a fan of stark white. The room will still look clean and crisp but feel warm and welcoming.
11 of 23Eric Roth
Show It Off
Paint exposed pipes or ducts the same hue as their surroundings to trick the eye and make the utilitarian objects appear less prominent. To focus attention on a single object, such as this antique sink, paint adjacent surfaces a softer, creamier white.
12 of 23Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn
Build around one soothing white, then add colorful accents. Choose paints with tints of blue, gray, or pink to prevent rooms from looking washed out.
13 of 23Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn
Go for Warmth
Pair soft upholstery and white walls with dark wood floors for richness and warmth. You can achieve the same effect on a smaller scale with wood tables or even baskets.
14 of 23Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Install white beaded board and retro appliances to create classic cottage style in the kitchen. Oil-rubbed hardware provides dramatic contrast.
15 of 23J. Savage Gibson
Consider white walls your easel. Art assumes greater prominence when placed in a white interior. Gallery owners have long displayed artwork against white walls for maximum effect.
16 of 23Tria Giovan
Make A Statement
A simple arrangement of greenery becomes sculptural when set against bright white interiors. Remember, less is more: A few carefully chosen accessories with large proportions will make an instant impression.
17 of 23Rob Melnychuk
Dress small spaces in white for a spacious feel. Complementary white paint, linens―even billowing fabric overhead―make cozy quarters seem airy.
18 of 23Rob Melnychuk
Paint shelves white to display collections to their best advantage. Choosing the same white for both shelves and walls allows prized objects―such as these vintage cameras―to stand out.