Photos: Using White in Interior Design

"Can I see it in white?" Absolutely.

White remains the most requested neutral from our friends in interior design. The popularity of white in design isn't new, but what changes from decade to decade is where, how, and how much white is used in a space. Here are a few ways you can use the absence of color in your home this season. 

7 Ways to Use White in Interior Design

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photo courtesy of Revamp Interior Design, Greenpoint Townhouse. Bedding from AREA includes GEMMA and CURRENT decorative pillows and EDITH throw.

1. White bedding is a timeless choice.

Don't confuse 'timeless' with boring. White bedding is in style no matter what style is in. It works in a sleek minimalist interior or a plush traditional bedroom. White textiles are versatile.

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photo courtesy of Rethink Design Studio, Tybee Island Beach House. AREA bedding includes SIMONE duvet.

2. Modern white walls in traditional homes.

White walls complement traditional homes with architectural details like decorative molding or shiplap. You can see every shadow, enhancing the texture.

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photo courtesy of Tineke Triggs, 16th Avenue Residence. AREA LIAM decorative pillow in Fig.

3. White rooms for the art lover.

Art galleries are painted white to ensure that the work remains the central focus of the room. In the example above, the painting is clearly the star of the show with other details playing supporting roles.

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photo courtesy of John Douglas Eason Interior Design, Boerum Hill Townhouse (in progress). AREA bedding includes SALLY blanket, JASPER throw, and HEATHER sheeting.

4. Strokes of light.

White reflects light and black absorbs it. Using white as an accent color in a dark-hued room allows you to illuminate select areas in the space. 

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photo courtesy of John Douglas Eason Interior Design, Midtown Aerie. AREA bedding includes OLIVER blanket.

5. Leave room for personality. 

Broad strokes of white will give your collections room to breathe. Treasured art, vibrant throw pillows, and bold sculptural pieces don't compete in this comfortable bedroom.

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Townhouse photo courtesy of MKCA. AREA LIAM throw pictured.

6. Redirect attention to architectural details.

A predominantly white palette turns the attention in this master bedroom away from the bed and to the stunning marble fireplace and herringbone floors.

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photo courtesy of LETS SAY, Brooklyn Townhouse. AREA bedding includes SIMONE duvet.

7. Create the illusion of space.

As New Yorkers we understand that everyone has one room they wish were just a bit larger. By employing white walls and light colored bedding, rooms feel airy and expansive.

How will you use white in your home this season? For tips and insight into the design process at AREA, browse our Designer's Notebook.

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