How to decorate a room with white walls – try these 8 ideas

A living room with white walls might not sound like the most inspiring of spaces, but opting for a simple white lick of paint for your living room provides you with ample design opportunity to turn your space into something spectacular. In fact, white is the perfect living room color idea, creating a blank canvas on which your decor can really take center stage, where wall art and furniture can really shine. 

‘I personally love featuring white walls in my interiors because of the beautiful range of different ways you can style them,’ says interior designer, Nina Magon. It’s a flexible shade too, adapting to any kind of interior design style you might want to go for, from Scandi-inspired to maximalist, white is the perfect foundation. Read on for the interior design experts’ thoughts on their favorite ways to decorate a white-walled room. 

Oonagh Turner

Oonagh Turner

Oonagh is a content editor for, bringing her experience in writing on luxury properties and an enviable little black book of designers to offer professional advice. Here, she asked designers how they make sure white walled schemes don’t underwhelm.

How should you decorate a room with white walls?

1. Use bold wall art to elevate your walls

Art displayed in a living room with white walls

(Image credit: Davin Lindwall. Design: State Studio)

White walls in the living room provide the best background to showcase your collection of wall art, where a patterned wallpaper or bolder color on the walls might distract from the art itself. In this project, by State Studio, designer Laura Arledge added interest to the space with pieces of art that spoke to her tastes, and found that white walls allowed for her to display art in varying heights throughout the room. ‘I sprinkled in layers of art stacked on the floor to make the space feel more like a rotating art gallery,’ she says. ‘We also have a low wooden tray next to the coffee table stacked with coffee table books and then we used the fireplace hearth to stack magazines and lean art up against the stone. Starting low and working high helps to keep your eye moving around the space and keeps things interesting with unexpected placements,’ she says.