All White Interior Design

Lately, I’ve been scouring

all my inspirational photos in search of all-white interior design examples. While shuffling ideas around for a new design concept for a client, I thought I would explore the “all white” look.

An all-white interior (a.k.a. an Achromatic interior) has the potential to be dreadfully boring, BUT, it can also be very soothing and interesting, as long as other elements of design (texture, scale, repetition, proportion, etc.) are not forgotten about. I rarely stumble upon an all-white space during my travels (except in Siem Reap, Cambodia, which I wrote about HERE) – most budget hotels and hostels seem to use a mish-mash of random furniture items, most of which come in different colours and styles (usually not done well).

I think that all-white spaces are intimidating to most designers and decorators. You’d think it’s easy – just “buy” everything in white and paint the walls white too! Right?! Nope, sorry. Likely not the case. It’s difficult to create an all-white space that is balanced and pleasing to the eye, but it’s not impossible. I think I might have to give it a try, I love a good design challenge.

Here are some examples of successful all-white interiors:

Clean, crisp, whiteness with plenty of visual texture. Design by Sarah Dorio

Design by Paola Navone, photography by Jerome Galland.

Design by Paola Navone, photography by Jerome Galland.

Design by Paola Navone, photography by Jerome Galland.

Photography by Mary Beth Koethe.

Furniture design by Fritz Hansen

Photography by Mary Beth Koethe.

Photography by Mary Beth Koeth

Photography by Emily Gilbert

Trulli Angelo house, Designer and Photographer unknown.

Design by Urrutia Design

Design by Marcelo Brito

Design by Marie Burgos Design

All-white design can result in a MODERN look, or a TRADITIONAL space, it can feel COOL or WARM; INVITING or FOREBODING – it all depends on the style of furnishings, the types of finishes chosen, and the colour temperature of all the whites.

The results will always vary, which is why I love how versatile an all-white space can be.

Personally, I like a space with white walls and white furnishings – but only if there are pops of colour and contrast added by art and accessories.

What do you think? Could you live in an All-White space? Do you find it soothing or boring? Do you need colour in your life? Do you like white walls? Geez, I ask a lot of questions. :)

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  1. Monochromatic or achromatic interiors are really cool, but I like both – it depends how interesting is space design and other circumstances :-)
    Less colours needs more quality design …

  2. Great point, Miloslav – thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I couldn’t agree more!

  3. I can definitely appreciate these rooms – they’re gorgeous! – but I don’t think I could do it. I love colour too much!

  4. I hear you, Shannon :) Colour has always been a vital part of design for me, but I think designing an all-white room would be a real challenge, living in one, on the other hand, seems freakishly enjoyable for some reason.

  5. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it all…

    Thanks for sharing Tania

  6. Thank YOU for reading, Doyle. I’m sure you have plenty of selection when it comes to interesting white tiles. :)

  7. I love the feel of a properly done all white room with all the great texture and various shades of whites. I want to someday have an all white room but I haven’t done it yet. I don’t know if I could live without colour for very long.

  8. I feel the same, Lisa :) I think it’s easier to ADD colour than subtract it, so maybe a dry-run with a white space could give you an idea of how you feel about it…I have a feeling I’d be tossing some bright cushions and pattenered area rugs into the space sooner than later. Thanks for reading!

  9. Yep, struggled with this one too Tania. I’ve been working on a Spanish Colonial Revival home in Azueros for the last three years and I always imagined this project to be an entirely white house. My interior designer who lives in Texas warned me that its not easy to decorate a white house and I reluctantly agreed to paint the house a very light yellow. It’s starting to grow on me now.

    In anycase, glad I stumbled across your blog. You have a good eye for art and architecture. As a fellow Italophile, it’s good to see I have company in Panama.


  10. Thanks for stopping by, Elio. Glad to hear your new space is growing on you. I do my best to represent the Italian-Canadian population here in Panama – I make my own jarred preserves and (accidentally) speak Italian instead of Spanish every once in a while ;)
    Hope you’ll keep checking back with Passport! Thanks again for reading.

  11. Excellent post. I was checking constantly this weblog and I am impressed! Extremely helpful info specifically the remaining section :) I handle such information a lot. I was seeking this certain information for a very long time. Thank you and best of luck.

  12. Despite living in a bachelor apartment I found the use of white very expanding in how the eye moves in the space. When so many activities are done in one room, white keeps me calm. Hits of black on cushions and the green of plants keep it fresh. Living here in Vancouver where there is lots of rain, the white is never gloomy.
    Also, a white interior makes one feel like an artist as you bring in hits of colour with a bowl of oranges or a large chunk of amethyst. Your photos are lovely.Thank-you,Diane.


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