10 Ideas of How to Decorate a Bedroom With White Walls

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10 Ideas of How to Decorate a Bedroom With White Walls
Tom Greenspan
December 21, 2022

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Have you become tired of white walls feeling that color is in vogue and produces a better ambiance in your bedroom? Why has the white wall fallen out of favor with interior designers after being the mainstay of the decor industry for what seems like millennia?

A decor anomaly needs to be addressed in defense and celebration of white walls in a bedroom setting. White walls provide the perfect segway into furnishings and artwork, such as a vignette you have put together as a statement.

Our article will make its case for white walls in your bedroom and leave you under no illusion that it’s the best possible base color for your bedroom. Mainly because of the clean and fresh lines allow other colors to radiate and become the focal point without adding color elsewhere.

Buckle up, and let's dive into this subject and learn:

  • Levitation
  • Don't deviate
  • Yellow peril
  • Casting shadows

How can I spice up my white bedroom?

There are many ways to make your bedroom look fantastic while retaining the brilliance of white walls and a white ceiling. Once you learn the techniques and become inspired you will be amazed and overjoyed with your creativity.

Here are a few tips to help you on your way to creating a beautiful bedroom with white walls:

  • Change the bedroom's ambiance by using warm lighting, or a soft white glow on the temperature scale for the bulb.
  • Be bold and adventurous with bed linen, black is a perfect choice, it will contrast with the white walls and will be the best backdrop for vibrant colors.
  • Make use of a patterned bedspread, white will make the pattern stand out making your bed look glorious.
  • Use full-length drapes in your bedroom and select a color that you adore, it will certainly not clash with white walls.
  • Add some class to your bedroom, use a white sheepskin rug for comfort and warmth underfoot.
  • Use textures and color freely in your bedroom, and make a temperature blanket for your bed, the array of colors will be dazzling and it will personalize your bedroom.
  • Add tall leafy green house plants to your bedroom, it will make your bedroom feel closer to nature and provide a burst of exuberant color in the bedroom.

These are just a few tips to whet your appetite before we get into the body of the article. Let's go!

1. In a restless world like this

Bravo if you know the words in the title. But we do live in a restless world and it's important that your bedroom is a peaceful relaxing sanctuary, that is inspired by color and textures with objects that are design statements and more that are meaningful to you in your personal space.

Without white walls, so many outstanding bedroom designs would have never been conceived and if they were the colors would be muted to fit in with a classless common accent wall that just about everyone has in their homes.

In this bedroom, the heavy drapes are majestic with their deep ruby red, and the bed throw is enormously enabling it to show its glorious presence to the full in what some would have described as a clinical bedroom!

Lanterns for candles give a soft glow to the bedroom and the introduction of old wood chests is masterful.

The charcoal gray bed is the ultimate contrast to the electric mix of furnishings making this bedroom's beauty shine bright as the sunsets.

How to create this look?

You will need brilliant white walls before you can start to consider making a beautiful bedroom like this, White walls will allow you to use any deep color for your drapes and be adventurous with your bedding.

Stay clear of muted tones, they will be washed out in a white bedroom.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most complex level to achieve these bedroom shelves is a 6.

It's a 6 because you will need to have awesome design cues and be inspired by the presence of such an awesome color scheme through furnishings and accessories.

It goes without saying white walls are easy to paint.

2. Levitation 

Having white walls in your bedroom can be treated like an artist's canvas, you can be as creative or subdued as you wish with your designs but you must not forget to use floating shelves to place your ornaments on.

A white wall is a perfect showcase for wood floating shelves as the white and natural tones of the wood seem to be inextricably tied together. Use natural earthy tones for your ornament and add some plants for a vibrant look to the bedroom.

The truth is you could use any shelves and they would look perfect against the white wall background.

Did you know psychologists research the subject of colors and how they affect you? This is what the research says about white in your bedroom.

According to psychologists, Research shows that white spaces have a positive effect on mood and energy. White spaces are known to help you experience restfulness, airiness, calm, and joy. In color psychology, white generates a sense of purity, balance, and harmony.

So why is white considered to be clinical and cold?

How to create this look?

Floating shelves are relatively easy to mount on a wall and can be very strong at supporting weighty objects. You can decide on the length and thickness of the shelf but use natural wood for the best appearance.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most complex level to achieve these bedroom shelves is a 4.

You will need a drill and spirit level to ensure the shelves are level, it's worth checking to see if your wall is flat when using longer shelves, this will prevent a bow effect at the rear of the shelves.

3. Don't deviate

Being committed to white is all it takes to create a bedroom that has a feel of space and calmness that envelops the whole bedroom. If you have a dressing room then opt for white storage as in the image.

Your clothes and accessories can bring some shades of color to the bedroom and if you have a wood floor let the wood bring soft tones of nature to your bedroom.

In this dressing room, the black handrail and door surround provide just enough contrast to a wonderful space that has enveloped the dressing room.

Try not to deviate from white so you can keep the theme consciously on track.

Did you know white is not considered to be a color? Purists insist on this point even if white has other colors for the spectrum it's still considered not to be a color but a shade! How confusing is that? To add to the melee black is also not a color!

How to create this look?

Keep it white even in your dressing room, with white shelves, and draws the dressing unit iscomplimented by the shades of your clothing which is more than adequate for contrasts in this room.

Incidentally, white laminates units are cheaper than wood so you can save a few bucks taking this route.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most complex level to achieve these bedroom shelves is a 5.

Go the ready-made route if possible but to fit a recessed wall you may need a custom-built unit for storing your clothes.

Use a filler strip to hide the fact that the floor is not level in this dressing room.

4. Yellow peril

Having a large bedroom painted white may seem like a bridge too far for some of you but the opulence and enveloping nature of brilliant white creates a stunning effect in the large bedroom.

Modern artwork is a creative statement in this bedroom saying you are a person of the times and are somewhat fearless in your approach to life, however, you are creative.

Did you feel that white is not a versatile color and is not forgiving of bold vibrant colors like the outstanding yellow sofa?

The sumptuous yellow sofa is gorgeous and inviting but when paid with an all-white bedroom the colors become a marriage made in heaven.

Of course the ceiling to floor neutral drapes, and the soft glow bulbs in the lamps will make the room feel like a cohesive masterpiece of art.

How to create this look?

Use white walls to their full advantage and make use of striking artwork to imprint your personality and style on the bedroom.

Introduce a bright bold color that will make a loud visual impression on the bedroom.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most complex level to achieve these bedroom shelves is a 7.

There are a lot of design cues in this bedroom from the modern artwork to the white rug with a neutral tone border and the birch wood floor.

The yellow sofa's luxurious and vibrant color is a carefully scheduled plan to make the maximum impact on this bedroom.

5. Be bold and brash

Muted tones have no place in an all-white bedroom so you will need to consider what color you can introduce to the white bedroom that is not going to be enveloped and washed away with the dominance of white.

This leaves you with many options provided they are not wishy-washy tones. These tones may not be the best choice for a white bedroom but the concept of bold brash color is evident, you need to go either dark or bright and vibrant.

The conflict in this bedroom is coming from the floor color, remember that wishy-washy tone that gets enveloped, well look no further for a tone that is not suitable in a white room. Now if your floor is this shade it's not really a big issue because you can introduce a vibrant rug or a white rug to mask the problem.

In some cases the period and style of the furnishings can be an equal problem when being used in a white bedroom such as the pieces in the image, the period is wrong making the furnishing seem obsolete.

How to create this look?

It's not a look to be created, it's a look to be avoided if possible. Select furniture that is contemporary when you have white walls. 

If this is your floor color consider using an expensive rug that is eighth white with a border or a bright vibrant color like pink.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most complex level to achieve these bedroom shelves is a 1.

Take the visual cues from the bedroom and decide what's right for you, it seems as if the furnishings are not contemporary enough to fit such a light decor, it may be the design and color of the furniture but it certainly makes an awful look for a bedroom.

6. It's curtains for this room!

Having white walls and a white ceiling is enormously impressive in a bedroom and you can accessorize and introduce a large selection of bold colors, but, on occasions, you may need a different vibe to your bedroom for a special occasion like a long-awaited liaison with an admired friend.

It is not a viable option to redecorate as you love your white gleaming bedroom. So, introduce ceiling-to-floor drapes in a tone that will set a different mood and ambiance in your bedroom. You can use drapes on walls to add a different color and some warmth and texture to the bedroom.

Drapes are intriguing when not placed against a window, it is almost irresistible not to take a peek at what lurks beyond the drapes.

Use a color drape that is neutral such as gray, this way it's easy to revert back to the enveloping white bedroom with its expensive qualities.

How to create this look?

There is a skill to hanging drapes so you may need some professional help, the best tip is the make sure your drapes are well pleated and have a decent weight stitched into the bottom of the drape so they hang perfectly.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most complex level to achieve these bedroom shelves is a 9.

Hanging drapes around a bedroom is no mean feat and it will take a lot of careful measurements and track installation can be challenging. 

Think twice before trying to hang drapes on every wall, there are better options like hanging a Moroccan-style rug on the wall or bringing flowers in the bedroom that is deep in color for a romantic liaison.

7. Less is more

It's a very true saying that less is more in some circumstances and in this beautiful bedroom there is not anything that could be added to make the bedroom look more inviting and sensual.

If you live in a high-rise apartment and wall space has been replaced by glass then it's the perfect opportunity to make the most of light entering the bedroom while keeping white the main color theme of the bedroom.

White voiles give a translucent diaphanous effect on the bedroom that is sensual and evocative making your bedroom a lavish place to be!

The white floor could be achieved with a white rug and the beech effect bed frame and bedside table have been accented perfectly with a bright orange teddy and beautiful deep purple Tulips.

Keep the bedding white, the color balance of the bedroom is correct, it is hard to improve on something by adding more if it's already perfect.

The sliding door wardrobe has the same minimalist vibe and is acceptable for a bedroom of this stature and readiness.

How to create this look?

Think minimal and when you have achieved the look don't be tempted to add anything. The use of voiles is perfect for large expanses of glass and is great for wall coverings.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most complex level to achieve these bedroom shelves is a 7.

It's more a work of art than a bedroom makeover, the use of translucent drapes is perfect, you will need to use violes so you can find a brilliant white.

8. Casting shadows

As the sun goes down and dusk approaches the lights come on to eliminate our lives until we sleep, but there is much you can do with lighting in an all-white bedroom and one cool way to bring some diversity into the bedroom al white theme is to use a lampshade that cast shadows.

It could be a lampshade for a pendant light that is moving in the breeze of an open window or from the air conditioning in the bedroom. The rolling shadows will create a theatrical vibe in your bedroom that is peaceful and mesmerizing to watch.

Bedside lamps can throw large shadows on white walls which contrast the white walls with images from when you were a child playing shadow making with your siblings.

Artificial light can transform your bedroom into a glowing wonderland of gold tones from the warm glowing colors.

If you use LED lights they have a color range of red, green, and blue that will add some interest to your already exciting bedroom.

How to create this look?

Select a lampshade like a wicker Moroccan-inspired lampshade and create shadows across the bedroom for a north African vibe in your bedroom where they use white as their main color scheme.

LED lights will bring a different vibe to the bedroom but are great fun at night and work brilliantly well with white walls.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most complex level to achieve these bedroom shelves is a 3.

Adding a lampshade to two is a simple solution to varying the lighting in your bedroom, change the lampshade during the day, and switch off the circuit at the main fuse board before replacing lampshades.

9. Parrisene innocence

It's a misconception that you need to have a contemporary style bedroom to have a pure white room, white wall, and white ceiling.

This Parisian-inspired bedroom has taken the use of white to new levels of suburb stylish, innovative decor for a bedroom.

Despite the laminate floor and the modified chest of draws to give it a Paris vibe and the ornate french style mirror in a muted gold is extraordinarily beautiful when juxtaposed against the innocence of the pure white bed linen.

The rug keeps the bedroom grounded in a time gone by and works extremely well within this bedroom.

Headboards can always detract from the theme of a bedroom as they never seem to match the colors perfectly due to material choices. However, this bedroom has a sublime white headboard that keeps the theme of the bedroom intact.

A green tint from a plant and a gorgeous bedside lamp is the belle of the bedroom. Using brass plates and candle stick holders takes you back to when Louis was king in France. It's an evocative image that works superbly well in this bedroom.

How to create a look?

Keep it white all the way and introduce some furnishings from a Parisienne design to complete the theme. Opulent bedding in clean white is a gorgeous statement of purity.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most complex level to achieve, these bedroom shelves is a 5.

It's not a difficult look to achieve, finding the mirror may be a challenge but they should be available online or from a renaissance website.

Keep everything brilliant white and you can't fail as you replicate the image.

10. Picture perfect

If you have a view like this then you will want to cherish that view through every season of the year, and what better way to frame the perfect picture than to make the perfect picture frame from a white bedroom wall? 

The white does not interfere with the view and showcases what's the most important image to you without distractions.

With white not being recognized as a color, you would naturally assume that the color is inert and not capable of making a statement when showcasing a beautiful garden scene. However, the opposite is true, and this is why you see many ornate picture frames painted white to add depth and clarity to the image while remaining a thing of beauty in its own right.

The view can be a garden image or a landscape that is miles away, or the ocean raging during the winter storms, the importance is the picture frame in all white to add depth and clarity.

How to create this look?

It's a simple one to create. If you have a room with a view use white paint to the frame to view perfectly, if you can remove the drapes do so for uninterrupted pleasure.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most complex level to achieve these bedroom shelves is a 2.

White paint, remove the drapes, and hey presto the perfect picture frame has been created.

Walls of inspiration

It seems hard to comprehend the lack of attention that white walls get when you consider the scope and opportunities presented to make your bedroom a spectacular space that could be considered the start of creating when it comes to decor.

How do you make a white room pop?

It's easier than you think, and with a little imagination, you can create a room that will be the envy of your friends. 

Bring some natural tones from wood into the bedroom such as the floating shelves or a natural; tone wood laminate floor.

Use bold colors such as vibrant yellow as illustrated in yellow peril. Taking this approach to furnishing your bedroom will go a long way to making your bedroom feel lived in while bringing a warm glow to the bedroom.

Use lights for inspiration

If you feel your white wall needs livening up a touch, use lights, contemporary lighting solutions can change the ambiance of your bedroom at the flick of a switch. You can purchase bulbs with a temperature rating that has nothing to do with the temperature but the bulb's glow.

A cold temp bulb is bright and very white with a hint of blue light whereas a warm temp is the opposite and glows warmly.