Crisp white walls are an enduring staple in every interior designer’s diet. As the neutral shade is the perfect blank canvas to build any interior style upon, timeless white walls are guaranteed to increase the value of your home. But how can you create interest in your décor if your apartment is dressed in white? Here, we explore an array of simple decorating ideas to create stylish interior walls and take your apartment from simple to stunning.
Artwork has the power to completely adjust the mood of a room, as the colour palette, size and context can influence the surrounding features and become a strong focal point. No matter what pieces you select, everything from paper posters to framed prints and canvas paintings will break up the stretch of white space. Don’t be afraid to mix and match with a gallery wall by pairing an assortment of portrait and landscape pieces; just ensure you create a cohesive look by using the same frames, sticking to a distinct palette or choosing a consistent theme.
If your white walls frame windows, hang curtains in contrasting colours to complement your interior scheme – such as navy blue for Hamptons style or blush pink for a contemporary theme. The drawcard of curtains? The vertical dash of colour draws the eye up along the white walls while creating an illusion of height in smaller apartments.
Attaching horizontal shelves to neutral walls is a clean, minimalist way to create a space to display your books, plants, photographs and other personal items. Floating shelves are a straightforward DIY project that can instantly elevate the look of your walls, and bring colour and personality to a room depending on the pieces you choose to display.
Wall sconces literally light up a room. Check out trusted lighting brands like Beacon Lighting or The Montauk Lighting Co for inspiration and lights to brighten up your white walls. Both boast a range of decorative wall sconces that can add character to your room through their combination of unique textures and alluring metals. In the living room, install them on either side of a couch; for the bedroom, try above the bedside table.
Q: Mirror mirror on the wall, whose walls are the fairest of them all? A: YOURS, of course, if you follow our five decorating ideas. Whether you opt for an ornate gilded mirror that exudes grandeur or a clean-cut unframed mirror, they’re an excellent option for creating the mirage of more space in your apartment while adding interest to plain white walls.