Ideas & Inspiration

Bathed In White - A Designer Guide

Flip through decor magazines and Pinterest boards and you'll notice a trend: white walls, white kitchen cabinets and white bedroom motifs. It's true that pro designers and at-home stylists alike have fallen for the crisp elegance of all-white room decor. Here's a little ivory inspiration for every room and style.

Contemporary Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen

A white kitchen makeover streamlines the look of this essential space. To incorporate texture and protect your walls, add a white tile backsplash above the stove and sink. Try our online kitchen planner to see how your cabinets will look with a white finish. Small appliances like toasters and mixers often come in polished white finishes, while white dishware works as an accessory when displayed al fresco on open shelving.

Alabaster Bath

Alabaster Bath

White works well in the bathroom since it’s ideal for clean, minimalist design. Colorless toilets, tubs and sinks seem to eternally gleam, so it’s no wonder they’re the classic choice. Select high-shine surfaces to attain a modern look and snow-white towels for a spa-like feel.

Blanched Bedroom

Blanched Bedroom

With so many soft surfaces in the bedroom to work with, utilizing different textures and sheens is top priority. Start with pearly pillows, bed linens, and window treatments to create a calm environment. Incorporate faux fur, sleek satin, glossy lacquered finishes or all three to add touchable style.

Neutral Dining Room

Neutral Dining Room

Create an eye-catching accent wall in the dining room with creamy-colored wallpaper. Choose a design with tone-on-tone appeal that adds interest but in a subtly stylish way. For furniture, turn your classic pieces into an updated nod to the past by giving them a fresh white finish. The scene serves as the perfect backdrop for a white table linens and polished ivory plates.

Luxe Living Room

Luxe Living Room

To create an upscale atmosphere in your living room, aim for a mix of simply sleek and ornately detailed surfaces. While white piece lend a stately look, they also add more softness than dark, heavy accents. Abstract art in ash and silver shades helps distribute delicate detail.

Designer Tip


When space is a concern, airy white paint can provide an optical illusion. With white furniture, walls and trim, one room in a small space can blend organically into the next.

All-white rooms are anything but bland and bare. White walls, furnishing and finishing touches can be the perfect pick for any space. To get started, choose your favorite Behr paint and decide which rooms will get a sleek white update. Grab some brushes and click here to read our helpful painting guide.