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How To Achieve A Cool, All-White Look for Your Space

Maintain the cozy and streamlined appeal with these nifty tricks

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Photography: Vincent Coscolluela | MyScandinavianHome.com (Main Photos)

It’s common to think that the only way to make a home cozy and inviting is through color. It’s understandable; white can often come off as cold and rigid (think clinics and hospitals). So how do you achieve that California-cool or Scandinavian-cozy, all-white style you see in interior blogs and magazines? It can be pretty simple. Other than starting with a white foundation of plain walls or even floors, here’s what you need to do:

Incorporate texture into the final look.


If there’s one rule you should follow when decorating all-white interiors, it’s to add texture. Layering textures can create depth and a visual feast for the eyes. By using different materials and textures, you start to build that hygge or cozy feel. You can do this by adding a high-pile rug, using different fabrics and knits for throws, or putting in whitewashed wood furniture or flooring. Remember, it's all about choosing the right textures or materials that match the look you're going for.

Play with different shades of white.


Yes, we know, white is white. But if you’ve visited the paint section of any hardware store, you’ll find a whole selection of different white paints that suit a variety of looks. Are you looking for a warmer white with yellow undertones or a cleaner white with gray undertones? It really depends on the style you want and which shade works best with it. Layer shades in the same spectrum as well to, once again, build depth in your space. Make sure though that what you’re choosing is the right hue because a slight change in shade can make a big difference.

RL Tip: Consult with a professional or ask for inputs from attendants/paint experts in the store.

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Add natural touches.


Bring warmth into your all-white space by adding a few natural accents. Keep it subtle by opting for wooden legs on furniture, using wooden picture frames, or adding a plant in your room. If your budget allows, you can work on having wooden flooring. You can use metallic accents or marble in a white bathroom or kitchen. There are different natural materials you can use and add like stone, wood, marble, and houseplants. It won’t matter what color or shade you choose because you already have the perfect white canvas to place them in.

Don't be afraid of clutter.


It’s easy to become obsessed with wear and tear when you have an all-white space. Face the reality—your floors can get dirty, upholstery can get stained, and walls can accumulate dirt. But if you want to have an all-white space and enjoy it, you have to let those inhibitions go. You have to realize that all these things are simply signs of a home that’s being lived in—just like in any other home. So embrace it! Let your whitewashed floor panels stain a little; it will add character to your space.

Do you have an all-white home? We'd love to see it! Send photos and message us on Facebook!

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