How to Decorate an Interior with White Walls?

White is the neutral shade par excellence! It has a great advantage when decorating interior walls since we can combine it with everything.
How to Decorate an Interior with White Walls?

Last update: 21 July, 2021

White is a shade that since ancient times has been associated with purity, cleanliness, and sobriety. What should we do when our home has this hue? How do we decorate an interior with white walls?

When it comes to combining colors, white and black offer the most opportunity to relate to other color ranges. Their complementarity is evident, considering that they’re neutral colors.

Here are some tips to decorate your home using this color on the walls.

White aesthetics using white walls

Nordic style kitchen with white tones, wood, plants, natural lighting.

White enlivens a room, it doesn’t intimidate or create saturation; in fact, its presence offers a background that can support any decor and element, which can be attached to the wall or independent of it.

The purity it transmits isn’t achieved by other colors, hence its traditional application in sanitary spaces. Mentally we receive a message of hygiene and cleanliness.

It’s always interesting when homes have dynamism in the rooms, that there’s no monochrome, but rather variety. Therefore, is it advisable to paint a house only white?

Of course, according to the occupant’s taste, white-washed walls are possible, but, as it’s been said before, polychrome helps to make the spaces more dynamic and, thus, differentiate each room of the home.

Where can we use this tonality? For a living room or bedroom, it fits perfectly. However, we’ll need to work on chromatic dynamism throughout the decor.

There’s no doubt that bathrooms or kitchens usually have white tones, either in resources such as toilets or tiles. This is due to what we’ve explained above: the feelings of cleanliness and hygiene that it transmits.

White, light, and decoration

Nordic style decoration with large windows of light

From a decorative point of view, if we have white on the wall we can create a backdrop that’ll help us highlight every feature we want.

White doesn’t gain prominence, in fact, it happens the other way around. It’s usually a smooth base that doesn’t absorb other colors or shapes but makes them even more evident.

You have to understand the wall as if it were a blank canvas. We’ll work with our color palette through decorative elements and furniture.

Any painting or work of art that we place on or near the wall, will be highlighted by white walls. Even if we want to give prominence to something specific, this color favors its projection.

White living room in Nordic style

As for light, it’s obvious that white is your perfect ally. The white hue helps double the interior lighting. It happens exactly the other way around than with dark-colored walls.

In fact, on days when little light penetrates the windows, white broadens the lighting and reflects it even more inside, that is, it bounces off the wall.

Therefore, if we’re looking for a brighter interior that also creates a feeling of spaciousness, white is the color you’re looking for. In this way, the decor itself will stand out more.

How to decorate an interior with white walls through furniture

Decoration by furnishing a white interior.

When arranging the furniture, white helps us to gain strength and greater expressiveness. In addition, it will be easier for us to combine them, but neither should we use arbitrary color ranges.

We can repeat the white color on sofas, tables, or shelves. It’d be like a continuation of the wall itself and doesn’t saturate. However, it’ll be through cushions, lamps, or other objects where we break the monochrome sense.

For example, cushions and lamps of another intense color, would obtain prominence and energize the whiteness of the place. However, it’s better to choose a couple of colors rather than overload with too many.

On the other hand, you can draw attention to the naked eye by means of a colored sofa. Any range can combine perfectly, although it’s recommended that you don’t use white.

In the same way, this can be achieved with curtains, shelves, tables, and chairs. In this line, a young, interesting, and daring atmosphere is achieved.

Wood is in tune with white walls

Total white.

The tone of the wood offers warmth and counteracts the purity and dreaminess that a resounding white conveys. But where can we arrange it?

The wooden floor is the best resource to provide heat to our feet and, in turn, combines correctly with the walls and ceiling. Actually, it conveys stability: support of tranquility for the mind.

As for the furniture (tables, countertops, and chairs), it’s evident that the color of the wood is in tune and, as with the floor, doesn’t break the aesthetics.


What can we get out of the white color? Mainly, its flexibility when working with it, being a simple and useful complement to our home. It’s the perfect background for colorful decor to enter the scene.