Coastal Color: White

Dazzling and fresh, beach rooms bathed in white have timeless elegance and brilliant good looks.


Nancy Easter White

Clean Palette

This simple, sun-bleached palette produces a clean, airy atmosphere, allowing dramatic views or artwork to take center stage.

Design Editor, Steele Marcoux give tips on decorating with cool whites.


Deborah 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.


Deborah 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.


Deborah 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.


Deborah 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.


Deborah 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.


Eric 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.


Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn

White Idea

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.


Deborah 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.


Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Interesting Backdrop

Install white beaded board and retro appliances to create classic cottage style in the kitchen. Oil-rubbed hardware provides dramatic contrast.


J. Savage Gibson

Blank Canvas

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.


Tria 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.


Rob Melnychuk

Live Large

Dress small spaces in white for a spacious feel. Complementary white paint, linens―even billowing fabric overhead―make cozy quarters seem airy.


Rob Melnychuk

Highlight Treasures

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.


No-Fail White #1

Queen Anne's Lace by Olympic


No-Fail White #2

China White by Benjamin Moore


No-Fail White #3

Orchid Bloom by Ace


No-Fail White #4

Brandied Pears by Pittsburgh Paints


No-Fail White #5

Reserved White by Sherwin-Williams

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