11 Ways to Pull Off a Clean White Living Room

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Björn Wallander

Think you can't decorate with white? Find out how top designers decorate living spaces that are both functional and fabulous.

yellow fuchsia accents
Eric Piasecki
Toned-Down Tropical Style

Though Florida is just the right place to use bright paint colors, Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller of Carrier and Company chose a refreshing shade of white for the sunny living room. The yellow accessories hint at the color scheme found in the rest of the Naples home.

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Björn Wallander
Glamorous Urban Oasis

Crystal chandeliers and pink pearlized lamps add sparkle to the living room of a Park Avenue apartment by Sara Story. However, the neutral palette helps temper the glitz factor, creating a sophisticated result.

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christina rottman living room
Jonny Valiant
Old World Sophistication

Though located in Santa Barbara, California, this home by Christina Rottman has a worldly air. In the living room, white walls keep the space from becoming too dark from the rich hues of the furniture and beams.

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Beatriz Da Costa
Pops of Pink

A Georgian-style home in Wellesley, Massachusetts, by Mary McGee combines historic elegance with eclectic flair. The rich raspberry accents draw the eye around the white living room.

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Bjorn Wallander
Lacquered White

White truly shines in the living room of an Austin home by Nestor Santa-Cruz. The glossy finish reflects light off the walls — and even the ceiling — to make the space feel even brighter.

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white living room gary mcbournie
Annie Schlechter
1970s Flair

Gary McBournie and Bill Richards transformed their 1940s Nantucket beach house into a colorful home away from home. To keep the bold hues from overwhelming the living room, they chose white paint to create a neutral backdrop.

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Erica George Dines
Lofty Ceilings

Dark beams contrast the white ceiling and walls in this genteel Atlanta, Georgia, living room by Shon Parker. The custom sofa is covered in a Duralee velvet; the tusk table and the ottoman, also in velvet, are from Baker.

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white living rooms
Christopher Baker
Simple Glamour

"No fuss" was designer Lynn Morgan's mantra when she decorated the living room of this Savannah, Georgia, rowhouse. "I wanted it simple, clean-lined, and inviting, with a little bit of glamour and a lot of comfort." An ottoman in Zig Zag by Alan Campbell lends modern oomph between a pair of Louis XV–style bergères. To highlight the architectural details, she painted moldings in high-gloss white. A David Hockney lithograph hangs above an antique mercury glass mirror. Garden stools from Emissary.

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white living room
John M. Hall
Modern Neutrals

In this dramatic and modern East Hampton living room, designed by Kerry Delrose, an Akari light sculpture from the Noguchi Museum Shop hangs above a Luxe console and leather-and-chrome lamps from Ralph Lauren Home.

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Francesco Lagnese
Light and Dark

Antique meets modern in the living room of a San Francisco Victorian. Designer Ken Fulk chose a black and white palette, softened with neutrals and natural textures. The chimney breast is papered with Ralph Lauren's black Yacare Crocodile, and a Ralph Lauren Peyton ottoman sits on a cowhide rug from Frank's Leather & Hides.

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white cottage living room
Amy Neunsinger
Coastal Chic

To give the California cottage living room an air of casual elegance, designer Lindsey Reid furnished it with "unpretentious" wicker pieces, and she painted the walls Benjamin Moore's White Dove "to convey a lightness of spirit." Adding a pretty punch: garden pinks and pale greens on cushions in Kent-Bragaline Chinese Lattice, and an ottoman covered in Celerie Kemble's Betwixt for Schumacher. Greek key hurricane from Hollyhock. Tamara Clark crab print.

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