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Decorating in All White

Updated on February 2, 2017

White on White

I've never seen such a clean, crisp look as a room decked out in all white. The vast number of shades of whites and textures transform any room into an elegant suite.

For as long as I can remember my mother always had white furniture, carpet or accessories in her bedroom. White just has a way of making things look brighter and more refreshing.

White linens, furnishings and accessories allow you to add any color trends the decor. Just think of the possibilities for your home when you start with the basics in white. Take a look at some ideas for decorating in all white.

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White Done Right

Let's begin with Elegant White Bedrooms

What is Sateen?

What you need to know about quality linens.

General Fabric Definition/Description from the manufacturer. Sateen fabric has a soft, satin-like finish resulting from a four-over-one thread weave. Standard weaves, like percale, use a one-over, one-under stitch. The four-over weave puts more threads nearer the surface, resulting in a softer, warmer surface.

This fabric is usually made of mercerized cotton, but can be made of other fabrics, including cotton blends, polyester, and rayon. Mercerized threads give sateen fabrics a higher luster. Mercerization, named for process-creator John Mercer, involves treating threads with a cold concentrated sodium hydroxide solution. Mercerization also increases strength, dyeability, and resistance to mildew, as well as reduces lint. Sateens are manufactured in both light and heavy weights, which make them ideal for bedding.

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What is Egyptian Cotton?

Is there really a difference in cotton?

General Fabric Definition/description from the manufcturer. Egyptian cotton is used to make some of the highest quality bed and bath linens in the world. It is grown to produce a longer fiber than othertypes of cotton. The longer and finer a cotton staple is, the better able it is to be spun into finer count yarns, which in turn can be knitted or woven into soft, fine, and luxurious fabrics.

The staple length in Egyptian cotton averages 1-1/8 to 1-1/2 inches, but can reach over 2-1/4 inches, which is twice the size of any other cotton fiber. Products labeled Egyptian cotton are usually referring to the extra-long-staple cotton produced largely in the Nile River Valley. The humidity and rich soil around the Nile delta produce especially long cotton fibers, which are fine and vary from a light cream to dark tan color. Egyptian cotton is strong, durable, and if cared for properly, will be long lasting.

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How to make the perfect bed.

Comforter sets are designed to transform a room from bleak to bright and cheery in a matter of minutes. You can redecorate your bedroom affordably and with style. Comforters come in many sizes, including Twin, Full (Double), Queen, King or California king size. Almost everything you need to make over your bedroom. Bedding sets are comfortable, durable, beautiful and designed for year around use.

BROYHILL furniture-not just for the Bedroom - More with White

I have used Broyhill pieces all over my house including the foyer and sunroom. They are designed to fit the way you live...creatively.

Chezmoi Collection Comforter Sets

Available on Amazon.
Available on Amazon.

Chezmoi Collection 8 Piece Set

Set includes:1Pc Comforter, 1pc Bed Skirt, 2pc Shams (Twin 1), 2pc Euro Sham (Twin 1), 1pc Breakfast 12"x 18". 1pc Square Pillow 18" x 18". Machine Washable. Fabric Content: 100% Polyester. Made By: Chezmoi Collection

Refresh your bed linens for evening.

Stunning White Bedspreads & Pillows

Maine Heritage New England Tradition Bedspread - King - White
Maine Heritage New England Tradition Bedspread - King - White

The American Traditions bedspread from Maine Heritage Weavers is lighter in weight than their other candlewick/terry designs, but is still finished with their luxurious string fringe. It is adorned with a beautiful medallion centerpiece and a pine tree motif draping the sides. Woven from the finest quality yarns, American Tradition bedspreads are 100% cotton, machine washable, and preshrunk. Available in your choice of White or Antique, this bedspread is sure to compliment any bedroom decor. Measurements are inclusive of fringe: Twin: 80"x110"; Full: 96"x110"; Queen: 102"x116"; King: 120"x120".

 

Martha Washington's White String Bedspread

Martha Washington's Choice Bedspread - King - White - with String Fringe
Martha Washington's Choice Bedspread - King - White - with String Fringe

George Washington chose the original of this bedspread for his bride. The original weave, older than Christianity, was lost when textile machinery replaced skilled weavers. Terry loops create a hand woven effect with luxurious knotted fringe on three side and rounded corners on the bottom. Bates Fabrics had recaptured this weaving art and former employees continue this tradition here, at Maine Heritage Weavers. Made in USA. Care: Preshrunk. Machine wash gentle cycle, tumble dry low heat. Do not bleach. In White or Antique. Twin 80" x 110"; Full 96" x 110"; Queen 102" x 116"; King 120" x 120". Measurements include the fringe. Matching Pillow Shams also available.

 

For added attraction

decorate your walls with white

picture frames or sconces.

Next the Bath

Available on Amazon
Available on Amazon

Why Buy Cotton Towels Made in Africa?

"Think Globally and Act Locally."

Cotton made in Africa is a project that promotes the sustainable cultivation of African cotton to sell in products bearing the project's name. Funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the goal of the project is to increase the income of African cotton farmers thereby increasing the overall quality of life for themselves and their children. The purchase of African made towels in white, directly contributes to poverty reduction of more than 265,000 African farmers by creating sustainable trade rather than one time profit maximization.

These towels are manufactured in the USA by 1888 Mills, a leading textile manufacturer committed to environmental and social sustainability.

For more information please visit the CMiA website at www.cottonmadeinafrica.org.

White Cabinets for Decor or Storage - For every room of your house.

Whether you need a place for storing china, blankets or tissues, this wood storage cabinet is up to the task.

White Cabinet with Double Glass Doors

Elegant Home Fashions Madison Collection Shelved Double-Door Floor Cabinet, White
Elegant Home Fashions Madison Collection Shelved Double-Door Floor Cabinet, White

The Madison Avenue bath furnishings are an attractive addition to any bath dcor. Add style and storage to your bath with these refreshing furnishings! Each piece is made from MDF and has a white finish with glass windows. Elite double-door floor cabinet provides 2 enclosed shelves. Sturdy engineered-wood construction; pure-white finish. Transparent glass-paneled doors pull open with silver knobs. Shapely top molding and recessed panels; minimal assembly required. Measures 13 by 26 by 32 inches.

 

White Cabinet with Drawer

Elegant Home Fashions Madison Collection Shelved Floor Cabinet with Drawer, White
Elegant Home Fashions Madison Collection Shelved Floor Cabinet with Drawer, White

Just the right size for those small areas. Slender floor cabinet provides drawer and enclosed shelf. Sturdy engineered-wood construction; pure-white finish. Drawer and cupboard open with glossy silver hardware. Glass-paneled door; crown molding; some assembly required. Measures 13 by 15 by 32 inches

 

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Fabulous white furniture

and white area rugs

make any room

stand out from the rest.

Next the Kitchen & Dining Room

Casual Dining Table in Antique White Finish

With its simple forms, quiet traditional references, gentle curves, and distressed Antique Camden White finish, Camden by American Drew can create a country getaway, an urban loft or a classic antique den.

This group features rustic finish accents over poplar solids, maple and ash veneers, and select hardwoods, which lets the character of the wood show through. Camden enables you to fashion a perfect dining room corner to meet your individual requirements.

An 18" leaf extension extends this table to 82" for those extra guests. Base Style: Legs French Country Finish: Distressed Antique Camden White finish Material: Wood Top Seats: 6 Rectangular Shape Table Height: Standard Height Type: Casual Dining. Some assembly required, 18" leaf extends this table to 82" Dimensions: 30" H x 64" W x 42" D

Stunning Lacey White Curtains

Panel Tier Lace Curtains

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White Panel Curtains Add Light & Beauty

What a beautiful look. Sheer and elegant for the perfect touch of class. Woodland's pine bough motifs are an authentic, beautiful design from nature.

Crisp and clean-lined, they're appropriate in almost any setting and any season. Window treatments feature deep-cut scallops.

Add place mat and runners of reverse-weave table textiles for an attractive inset with contrasting regular-weave motifs.

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Mona Lisa Tailored White Lace Panel

I really like these curtains. To create this use one pocket top panel, 56" x 84", Engineered jacquard scalloped lace and Scalloped bottom, Color - White, 1.25" rod pocket

Why Chose Lenox?

Besides it's outstanding reputation for quality,

Lenox items can be mix matched with other patterns for a truly unique look and appeal.

In Lenox Tradition

Since 1889 the vision of Walter Scott Lenox has guided Lenox to set the highest standards for quality, artistry, and beauty. Today Lenox is among the world's oldest and most respected names in fine tableware and giftware and is favored by presidents, displayed in museums, honored with awards, and enjoyed in homes across America.

Elegant Lenox Dinnerware for Everyday - Selected Pieces 50% off for a limited time.

When you think of Bone China, do you think everyday or dishwasher safe? Well, you can with this selection of fine dinnerware by Lenox. It's elegant enough for guests, yet sturdy enough for daily use. Make every meal memorable with Lenox.

Fine China by Lenox - Voila Place Settings

Simply Fine Lenox Voila 4-piece Dinnerware Place Setting
Simply Fine Lenox Voila 4-piece Dinnerware Place Setting

A study in contrasts, Voila combines bold black lines with soft mica ones for dramatic effect. Its neutral hues let you add touches to reflect your own unique style. Crafted of Lenox fine bone china. Includes Diameter of dinner plate: 11", luncheon/salad plate: 9 1/4", all purpose bowl: 6 1/2"; capacity of tea/coffee cup: 10 oz. Microwave, oven, freezer & dishwasher safe. Guaranteed chip resistant.

 

Simply White Lexox Dinnerware

Lenox Simply Fine Effervescent 4 Piece Place Setting
Lenox Simply Fine Effervescent 4 Piece Place Setting

Crafted of Lenox fine bone china this design has countless specks, like grains of rice, create the bubbly motif that decorates each piece in this fine china set. Use for any occasion - iguaranteed chip resistant, so you don't have to handle it with kid gloves. Includes dinner plate, luncheon/salad plate, all purpose bowl, and tea/coffee cup. Microwave, oven, freezer & dishwasher safe, Diameter of dinner plate: 11", luncheon/salad plate: 9 1/4", all purpose bowl: 6 1/2"; capacity of tea/coffee cup: 10 oz.

 

The Exquisite Living Room

Designer White Leather Living Room Sets - Feast your eyes on a new way of combining shades of white.

White Sectional for the Living Room

White, white and even more white make this room magnificant. White walls, furnishings and flooring create a heavenly atmosphere.

I love this set and am so glad it is on the market. You can see why it is a big seller.

Perfectly Modern...Perfectly White - White Leather Sectional Sofa with Ottoman and Mini Bar-table Set

Don't stop yet.

Decorate with white paint,

ceramic figurines,

lighting or shelves.

Well, what do you think?

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @cdevries: Thanks for sharing that info. With your background in research I appreciate this data.

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      cdevries 3 years ago

      There's a historical rumor that the first all white room was for a Victorian woman whose husband made his fortune in coal. Nice lens!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @Merrci: Pets do change the way we decorate. I can attest to that. Nice to see you Merrci.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      It always surprises me how pretty all white can be. I've usually avoided it personally because of indoor/outdoor dogs that are able to turn white into brown in one easy swish. It is beautiful though, and serene. Very nicely done lens!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @lesliesinclair: I agree. Less is more sometimes and makes a big statement.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      Nice to hear about the African cotton project. White on white has always been my favorite bedroom color. I don't even hang my paintings in the bedroom because it would interrupt the whites.

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      PaynesGrey 3 years ago

      White rooms are so relaxing, lovely lens

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      Bercton1 3 years ago

      I have to agree with you,White background enhances the space thus making it bigger and lighter. Nice lens!

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      SavioC 3 years ago

      Yes I would love a complete white bed room & totally white bed spread. White walls . White Floor Tiles. White Curtains. But a grey bookshelf . Wow that would be great

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Where there is no white background thing does not look perfect at all! It is a beautiful lens that what I have to say now! :)

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love white sheets and table cloth.

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      Been here before, but had to come back with a *Squid Angel Blessing* for 2013. Love, love, love white home decor.

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      Delia 4 years ago

      How odd I don't see my comment when I visited before...I love White on white and accenting with color...this is a real nice lens and love all the images.

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      mrsclaus411 4 years ago

      White looks so clean and elegant.

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      i always prefer 'all white' for decorations. nicely done

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      At the beginning of this Lens, I wasn't sure if All White would Work but it can. Nicely done and well Presented! ;D

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      My mom always recommended getting white linens because you could easily bleach them if you need to!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love the cool, peaceful feeling I get when a room is decorated in all white. Beautiful lens!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Just dropping by again to satisfy my fetish for white bed linen and bathroom towels. Blessings.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Such pretty rooms. Not sure it would work for people with pets and children, but lovely decorating.

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      alina nicoleta92 5 years ago

      I think I'll try decorating my room all white. Super lens.

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      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      I am in the process of redecorating, (I have a new love) and I now am considering a white bedroom. I had a black and white living room years ago. I think this could indeed work, if, as you say, it is done right. I'm thinking of the contrast this could create, my african american skin, and my lady's pale with a hint of a tan coloring. I've got to give it some thought, it would be hard to keep clean. I really enjoyed this page. See you around the galaxy...

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      I love tone on tone, white on white, with all the varying shades of ivory and cream in between. I have had rooms like that. Now I have added bits of the ocean with the varied colors of sea glass.

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      Wow, these rooms are beautiful.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Such an interesting Lens, I specially enjoyed the bed making videos.

      I really agree with the comment made by ItayasDesigns

      "I love a mostly white room in varying shades of white! You can accent with little touches of color which then make the room sparkle with color"

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      jazziyarbrough 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens as white on white gives a room that immaculately clean look if done right. Thanks for the info on the Egyptian cotton as I was educated on that one! Have a blessed day!

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      jazziyarbrough 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens as white on white gives a room that immaculately clean look if done right. Thanks for the info on the Egyptian cotton as I was educated on that one! Have a blessed day!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I was drawn back to luxuriate in your all white. I love it.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Love white and have all white linen and towels but never done a room in all white yet but my next lounge furniture will be white. It also looks good on me. Great lens and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. Hugs

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I love a mostly white room in varying shades of white! You can accent with little touches of color which then make the room sparkle with color. Wonderful article! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens! I love white furniture and white bath towels, but for some reason I really have something against white walls! Possibly has something to do with renting places for too many years that wouldn't let us paint the white walls! :)

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      Mairis 5 years ago

      i love white

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      mary lighthouse15 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading. Whites are so cool and refreshing!

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      BigD3575 5 years ago

      I really like this lens..all white rooms are very pretty!

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      I love white decor accented with a few little pops of color. I don't have much of anything that is white because my kids are little, but it really is beautiful! :) SquidAngel Blessed!

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      all white is really attractive. ~blessed~

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      thank you for sharing this lens. my husband is the interior decorator and i don't meddle with his decisions. we have 2 kitchens, one downstairs and one upstairs. downstairs, the kitchen's theme is brown but upstairs, we have white cupboards (with light blue line design) on light blue wallpaper, flooring is also marbled white and light blue. angel blessed.

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      oxfordian 5 years ago

      I've always had white kitchens and white on white bathrooms with black and white ceramic tile floors. Now I am doing my bedroom all in whites and I really love it. You did a really nice job here in showing how well this can work. Here's a white angel blessing for you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the information.

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      Risteard O'Marcahain 5 years ago from Wales

      I Love White

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      BeyondRoses 5 years ago

      Years ago, I decorated all white on white, and ivory. Then I went into dark cherrywood. You reminded me how elegant, yet casual, white can be. I would like to do a dining area, and sunroom in white on white.

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      There are all colors in white and it's so easy to add little sparks of any other color to a room, decorated in white.

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      desa999 lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for enlightening us on the impact of white!

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      White certainly gives a room a crisp and fresh look! Decorating in all white is not for me, but beautiful if done correctly. Thanks for sharing the information. :)

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      My first roommate was into all-white decor. I like it in a room or two, but enjoy colors too much to go entirely white.

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      The all-white decorating is so crisp and clean looking. Nicely done!

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      davidangel 5 years ago

      White is my new favorite color!

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      stylishimo1 5 years ago

      Most of my rooms are painted white ( or were before my partner touched them with his greasy hand:-) I don't think it is boring at all, for me its relaxing and clean looking. I enjoyed your lens

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      Loved reading this lens. I love white/white and more white. Great job.

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