13 White Living Room Ideas That Stand Out From the Crowd

white living room with sectional sofa and shiplap walls
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Not every living room needs a dramatic color palette in order to make a statement. Sometimes, white deserves the starring role. After all, ivory spaces can be lovely, airy, and glamorous especially if your home is blessed with natural light. If you adore the minimal look, feel free to keep things stark — but a well-placed plant or a funky, over-the-top pattern may be the perfect accoutrement to spice things up. Whatever your preferred aesthetic may be, here are 13 ideas that will guarantee your white living room stands out from the crowd.

1. Let natural materials stand out.

Your stone fireplace will never look better than when paired with white walls. Floor-to-ceiling stonework and stacked wood stand out against this otherwise-stark farmhouse designed by Bam Construction.

2. Play with pops of color.

Painting your walls white gives you license to amuse yourself elsewhere. Take inspiration from Jillian over at A Better Happier St. Sebastian's comfy and cozy living room: buy a velvet lounge chair in a rich burnt-orange hue and deck out your sofa in a royal blue throw and accent pillow.

3. Embrace natural light.

In this modern residence designed by Sheep and Stone, a white living room is the ideal backdrop for their view of the New York skyline. Floor-to-ceiling, black industrial-style steel frame windows not only let in gorgeous natural light, but they also let the view take center stage. A win-win.

4. Stick with simplicity.

white living room with plush sofa and ottoman
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When it comes to white living room ideas, there's no need to get gregarious with your decor. While a refined, neutral palette might be a wee bit more difficult to clean, it can make your room look and feel upscale like designer Erin Fetherstone's all-white living room. Infuse subtle color by adding a sprig of eucalyptus.

5. Add a little glamour.

white living room with sectional sofa and high ceilings
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Your white living room deserves a little glam. Don't be afraid to mix metal finishes. Gold, brass, and chrome accents add a hint of Hollywood Regency style in blogger Marianna Hewitt's posh California abode.

6. Layer in light wood.

If you're aiming for a Scandinavian vibe, dark woods like mahogany, cherry, or oak feel out of place. Keep your wood finishes light and bright like designer Samantha Gluck did in her living room makeover.

7. Keep the walls bare.

white living room with colorful geometric pattern area rug
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An art-free living room may be an unusual statement — but when those art-free walls are a crisp, pure white, the aesthetic makes sense. Bare walls amplify the room's airy feel. Not to mention, you get to have more fun with the floor like the team over at Studio Muir did by adding a bright and colorful area rug to this all-white space.

8. Toy with tile.

With the rest of your design scheme so pared down, now's the time to get creative with your tiling. Jenny from the Little Green Notebook used subtle gray and white cement tile to make her living room's fireplace surround all the more intriguing.

9. Add interest to the ceiling.

white living room with rustic wooden beams across the ceiling
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When all your flat surfaces are the same color, you need something to draw the eye. As seen in this white living room designed by Shea from Studio McGee, lining your ceiling with rustic beams will anchor the space and ramp up the warm and cozy vibe.

10. Drape soft textures.

white living room with black accents and area rug
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Sometimes an all-white living room can feel a little stale. To avoid this design faux pas add interest to the room with texture: try sheepskin throws, a knit area rug, and plush pillows like Amy from Homey Oh My.

11. Luxuriate in greenery.

white living room with green plants and stacked wood
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A fiddle-leaf fig never looked so vivid and green than when placed before a white wall. Yes, you'll have to be extra-careful about the dirt — if your pup starts digging in the tree's wide planter, your white walls might not be so white. But if New Darlings bloggers Robert and Christina's lovely living room is any indication, it's well worth the risk.

12. Craft an artsy corner.

If you're an artist, an all-white living room like Sarah from She Holds Dearly's may feel like the quintessential creative space. Without the distraction of bright colors and busy patterns, you can access the deepest corners of your mind. Or just daydream while staring out of the window — whatever works for you.

13. Stay stark.

white living room with gray sofa and black accents
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Stark Scandinavian style and minimalist design provide picture-perfect proof of the glory of white walls. Black frames and objets d'art add a graphic element to Nina from Stylizimo's living room, and a soft gray sofa is the perfect finishing touch.