For as much as we love a good maximalist space filled with color and pattern, there’s something ethereally soothing about a completely whitewashed scheme. Aside from it standing in as an ideal backdrop for just about any decorative undertaking, it promotes tranquility and truly feeds off of an abundance of natural light. So, while it’s not completely realistic to live within an all-white space, a helpful pop of color, here and there, can really go a long way. We scoured our archives to find the rooms where whitewashed palettes existed in blissful harmony with healthy splashes of color. Take a look!
Liz Damrich’s Charleston home exudes effortless elegance from every square inch, and her stunning headboard is no exception. The reserved palette of the room features the ever-so-slightest hint of color via a thoughtfully curated collection of reads.
Kate Schelter’s Manhattan apartment embodies the same artistic vision that is ever-so-present within her creative works. Featuring a whitewashed backdrop, the walls come fully decked with bold art while a pair of statement pieces in a vibrant hue complete the scene.
There’s nothing interesting about an all-white sink in an all-white kitchen, hence why makers Linda and John Meyers, of Wary Meyers, opted for one that came in a brilliant shade of orange. Chic cabinet knobs and a curated shelf of kitchen accessories cleverly pay tribute to the sink’s color, effortlessly complementing the vibrant scene.
Feeling bold? A little statement art never hurt. Warm hues splash across this oversized canvas, which completes the piece that stands in as a certifiable backdrop for the low-set bed. Designer Jenni Li recommends cultivating a “creative, artistic atmosphere for her children,” by using colorful keepsakes generously throughout.
We’ll admit it—the wall paint may skew towards a more true blue but when paired with the abundance of natural light, it shines with a special sort of brilliance. Artist Hayley Sarno’s Manhattan apartment boasts a rather traditional design aesthetic, melding lustrous accents with pops of color via the floral upholstery.
Whitewashed stairs may not be the most original, but we surely can’t say the same for this inspired ombre scene. A series of warm hues transform an ordinary area in the home into a statement-worthy spot packed with style.
Whitewashed walls in the little ones’ rooms may err on a rather dull approach to decor. Nonetheless, it also establishes the ideal backdrop for an eclectic slew of furnishings and playful decorative accessories – just take note of Boris and Jack Gachot’s personalized space!
Originally published July 2017. Updated January 2018.