White walls always look clean and classic. Pair them with white furnishings and accessories and you've got an immaculate bathroom, an elegant bedroom or one of these other stunning spaces that prove white is underrated.
White shiplap walls in the bedroom of this Nantucket boathouse, designed by Gary McBournie, creates a nautical vibe that feels festive, yet classic.
"I like the serenity of pure white linens and very soft, muted colors," designer Brooke Davenport says of the master bedroom in her Los Angeles house. The custom headboard is upholstered in a Scalamandré linen and the Minotti chaise longue is covered in a Donghia fabric.
"The challenge in the master bathroom was using every available inch of space," says Ray Booth, who co-designed this Houston, Texas, home with Elizabeth Kennedy. They went with a mostly-white palette to make the room feel more spacious.
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 's black Yacare Crocodile.
Decorator Cristine Gillespie found inexpensive mirrored bedside tables for the master bedroom of this Los Angeles cottage at . White bed linens are by .
In the master bathroom of photographer Amy Neunsinger's light-filled Los Angeles home with a loft-like feel, a claw-foot tub from adds a period touch.
Designer David Jimenez wanted the bathroom of this Kansas City colonial to feel like a retreat: "I love the idea of stepping into a bathroom and having it feel like a spa." Counters and floor tiles are marble.
The tiles in this Georgia house's bathroom shine. "Many people use matte tiles these days, but the lustrous, spa-like finish of polished tile — it feels expensive," designer Jim Howard says.
To mimic the ocean outside this Laguna Beach bathroom, designers Heidi Bonesteel and Michele Trout added a border of turquoise blue tile. Underneath it, the walls are finished with foot-square tiles, which give the room a clean, spa-like look because there are fewer grout lines.
Designer David Netto transformed the interior of a Southampton shingled beach cottage into a cozy Scandinavian cabin. "I've always loved the Swedish design sensibility, that sense of lightness in their rooms — their interiors feel young," he says. The master bedroom's Corian wall makes a clean backdrop for art.
Double French doors in this master bathroom designed by Karyl Pierce Paxton open to the courtyard of this New Orleans Queen Anne cottage, screened by a 10-foot cedar fence.
The master bath of this Arizona home, by Dana Lyon, with its luxurious Empire tub and polished nickel Etoile fixtures by , has a view of a private enclosed garden. Antique chandelier, bottles and sign from Sage Antiques.
"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." To highlight the architectural details, she painted moldings in high-gloss white.
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 Home.
Frank DelleDonne mixes a laid-back California look with underlying European formality in this New Jersey house. Antiqued mirrors on the built-in closets add mirrors on the built-in closets add "a little bit of smokiness and mystery" to the master bedroom.
Designer Tom Stringer calls the rehab of this northern Michigan lake cottage Renovation-Lite, because he consciously avoided overhauling its charming eccentricities. A coffee table designed by Stringer holds stacks of old National Geographics. "They added the perfect yellow punch. They're so classic — just like blue and white. But we also knew they'd be great rainy-day reading," he says. Throughout the house, walls, trim and ceiling are 's White Dove.
The living room of this New Jersey house is made for entertaining: "I can go from cocktails to dessert in the same space," design Frank DelleDonne says. He hosts small dinners at the round table, a reproduction of an 18th-century piece by Barton-Sharpe.
Symmetry is restful to the eye and contributes to the feeling of calm in this Arizona living room, designed by Dana Lyon. A new sofa was made to match the graceful lines of its Louis XV counterpart. Both are upholstered in 's Halstead Linen.
In this San Francisco house, the 16' x 32' living room is divided into two seating areas. Designer Orlando Diaz-Azcuy arranged a pair of Tiplady Knole sofas from George Smith to face each other in front of the fireplace.
In the living room of an Austin, Texas, house, designer Sara Scaglione updated traditional upholstered pieces with slipcovers in Hamilton Adams Belgian linen. Curtains in 's Debutant in Birdie add a touch of luster to the room, while the walls are painted 's Silver Lining, a soft, milky white.
"We were so lucky to come across this marble. It's no longer available and there was just enough for the master bathroom. The architect paid a lot of attention to the placement of the veining to show off the beauty of the stone," designer Nancy Boszhardt says of this suburban New York house.
For a traditional-style Long Island house, designer David Kleinberg based his design of the master bathroom sink-stand on a French iron console. The rug is 1950s Swedish by Marianne Richter.
In the master bathroom of this Palm Beach condo, designer Vicente Wolf placed Clodagh Collection's Zen cast-concrete tub on a concrete slab inside the glassed-in shower enclosure to make it "a sculptural focal point." Wolf designed the nickel-and-mahogany console-style vanity and fitted it with glass sinks.
Determined not to decorate this Oyster Bay, New York, beach house with predictable blue and white, designer Christina Murphy chose tropical green as an accent instead. A freestanding Empire tub by is positioned under a skylight.
In a Palm Beach guest bedroom, designer Meg Braff created a retro but elegant look. Braff bought the vintage chest and then found linens by Jane Wilner with a similar fretwork motif. She added Oly's Claire bench "so the first thing you see from the living room isn't the bed." The light fixture is vintage: "I'm a great fan of vintage fixtures. They bring a lot of personality."
"I wanted to frame the bed with curtains so that it feels enveloping, like a room within a room. It's my modern version of a canopy," designer Lindsey Bond says of her updated Alabama cottage bedroom.
In order to make the large, open rooms of a northern California house more livable, designer Myra Hoefer's idea was to choose a white, monochromatic palette and mix in lots of texture. The result: An effortless blend of West Coast ease and French elegance.
Photographer Amy Neunsinger transformed her Los Angeles home into a simple yet modern home. In the master bedroom, the pickled white wood floors combined with white walls create an ethereal feeling.
"In the master bedroom we used carefully placed punches of blue," designer David Kleinberg says of this Long Island house. The blue porcelain lamp by Paul Hanson is from the 1950s, and rests on a 1930s English oak table. Ocean views are framed by curtains in Julienne Taffeta Stripe from .
Creating a home on Shelter Island, New York, for his family, architect Cary Tamarkin pared back design ideas to the essentials. The guest room's simple bed frame was made with painter's linen stretched over a wooden platform and the ends of leftover cypress beams.