These white bedrooms prove that a simple backdrop needn’t dictate underwhelming decor; from uber modern bed frames and dramatic statement lighting to punchy headboards and artworks, these cool white bedroom ideas prove that white walls let the rest of the space do the talking.
But it’s not all drama either. A white backdrop is endlessly versatile, and can be the canvas to both a very modern bedroom or a more rustic, country-inspired vibe. In the white bedroom ideas below you’ll find a look to suit every kind of style.
Want to add interest to a white bedroom scheme? Go for stand-out artworks, a statement headboard, a four poster bed, or statement bedroom lighting. Or give your walls 3D texture; panelling can add oodles of drama to white walls while still leaving them white. An upholstered headboard can also help create a distinct focal point and add bags of texture.
Large framed artworks can punch up an all-white space. When walls are left white, it puts the focus on the rest of the room so you can let a stand-out artwork (or other feature) do the talking.
White walls could also help bring out any original features, for example exposed beams or brickwork. If you want, you can then bring a more rustic scheme up-to-date in other ways, for example with modern lighting, a modern bed, modern art and modern floating bedside tables.
If things feel too white, just changing up the bedding or adding a vibrant throw can bring a whole new look to the room. To warm things up further, opt for a warm white shade and bring out the undertones by introducing blush tones via lampshades, bedding or curtains.
A light, delicate palette is perked up by pretty pastel shades.
Get the look Visit The Linen Works for comparable bedding.
A bespoke wall-to-wall headboard with specially chosen fabric creates a distinct focal point in this white bedroom, and adds bags of texture.
Get the look: The headboard is upholstered in Navaho Grey fabric by Andrew Martin. The side cabinet is from Swoon. The light is from Menu.
The walls have been kept off-white, putting the focus on the artwork. The bed is from Ikea, painted the same colour as the walls.
Get the look: Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White emulsion is a match for the wall colour. This is Ikea’s Malm ottoman bed. The knitted throw is from local outlet Warm. Try Amara for similar. The photograph is by Eric Cahan. For similar wall lights, check out Vaughan.
This white bedroom design packs a punch with the cool modern bed and statement chandelier.
Get the look: Both the Bloom ceiling light and the Bourgie table lamp are by Ferruccio Laviani for Kartell. Find Love and Black Marilyn limited-edition prints by Peter Blake at artrepublic.com.
Wondering how to add oodles of drama to white walls while still leaving them white? Here's your answer.
Get the look: This is the Albini desk by Franco Albini for Knoll, teamed with a B&B Italia chair from Coexistance. The headboard and side table were designed by Gregory Phillips Architects and made by DHJ Furniture. The Artemide Tolomeo wall-mounted light is from The Light Corporation.
The colour palette may be all white, but there's plenty of drama in this space, thanks to the ornate bed frame and beautiful cornicing.
Get the look: The floorboards were supplied by Istoria by Jordan Andrew. This is the Cherub bed from the Signature range at La Maison London. The cushions and throw are from Graham and Green. The Tulip side table is by Eero Saarinen for Knoll.
A Seventies Italian chandelier drips sensuously from the ceiling, giving this rustic bedroom an up-to-date look.
Get the look: For a similar Italian chandelier, visit the Midcentury Modern show. The Louis XV caned bed and bedside table are by Simon Horn. The bedspread is made in Circolo by Ulf Moritz for Sahco.
A blush coloured lampshade and pink curtains bring out the warm undertones of this off-white.
Get the look: Lamp, Porta Romana. Drum shade made to order in Emotion Poudre cotton silk, Lelièvre. Edel bed, Lema at Forza.
Low-level furniture accentuates the soaring proportions of this white bedroom.
Get the look: for a similar grain sack bolster, try Anton & K. Find a throw like this at Designers Guild. Find a similar Berber rug at Moroccan White.
This white bedroom was designed with pared-back furnishings and subdued colours to add to the relaxed feel of the space. A bath in the bedroom adds a note of decadent luxe, as does the white four poster bed.
Get the look: The bath is from W4 Bathrooms. The curtains are in Romo’s Launay Thistledown linen. The side table is from DI Designs. Barker and Stonehouse sells a similar table lamp and shade. The bed is by The White Company.
An acid green headboard and an oversized artwork (on the wall to the right) give this white bedroom plenty of colour.
Get the look: For specialist advice on bespoke skylights, try IQ Glass. The headboard was designed by Studio Seilern Architects. The cashmere throw is from The Conran Shop. The artwork is from Gagosian Gallery. For original orthodox icons, visit Fine Art Icons.
The walls of this bedroom were painted white so as not to detract from the stunning original features which include a brick archway and a wood sloped ceiling. Modern floating side tables, a modern artwork and a painted bed frame work together to bring this church conversion up to date.
Get the look: The bed is from John Lewis and is painted in Pavilion Gray emulsion by Farrow & Ball, with a wax finish. The bedside cabinet was handmade from recycled Victorian roof boards, then sanded and waxed. Salvage specialists will be able to advise you on this. The painting is from Mineheart.
Simple, understated furniture and white painted floor boards lend a rustic, country vibe to this off-white bedroom.
Get the look: The walls are painted in Pure Brilliant White matt emulsion by Dulux. The bed and Stirling rug are from John Lewis. The bed linen is by Muji. The bedside table was made by Paul, using an old dolly tub and cut-down scaffold boards, then painted and waxed. The vintage Anglepoise lamp was found in a Cornish antiques shop.
Despite the white walls this room has a well-travelled boho vibe, owed to the Ghanian textiles, Mexican pots and collection of art and books. This room has lots of personality despite its minimal aesthetic.
Get the look: For a similar bed, try Heal’s. The silver print botanicals above the headboard are by Shirine. The Berenice table lamps are by Alberto Meda and Paolo Rizzatto for Luceplan.
Warm whites provide a soothing canvas, while a simple oversized bed frame and matching grey throw add sophisticated masculinity.
Get the look: This is the Modernica pendant light by George Nelson. The rug was made bespoke by Studio Four NYC. The bedside table is by Room & Board.
Large framed artworks punch up this all-white space.
Get the look: The drawings are by the late Russian artist and costume designer Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova. Christie’s auctions her work. For an original Thirties armchair like this one, try The Old Cinema. To source a vintage Josef Hoffmann chair, try 1stdibs. com. The Butterfly vase is from The Conran Shop.
Add interest to a cool, calming space with carpeting; here a striped carpet gives a white bedroom colour and pattern.
Get the look: This is the Carpetright Westmoreland Twist Carpet in Zebra Stripe, £7.99m2, and Renata Metal Bed Frame in Black, from £199.
This white bedroom is a very textured space, with a linen bed frame and a vibrant ochre throw. A bobbly rug underfoot would complement this space nicely.
Get the look: The bed is from Jardan in Melbourne. Find a similar design at sofa.com. The flooring is made from smoked limed oak. Find similar at Victorian Woodworks. A Stool 60 by Artek, available at Aram Store, is used as a side table. This is the Studioilse w084t2 light for Wästberg, available at Twentytwentyone.