25 white living room ideas for an elegant neutral space

These white living room ideas prove that neutral never goes out of style...

Rustic white living room with white sofa and gallery wall
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White living room ideas just never go out of style. Whether you are unsure of where to go with your color scheme or a neutral lover that's now willing to give in to the recent trend of more color, you just can't go wrong with white. 

Far from boring, white walls are a blank canvas that can lend themselves to any style, whether that be maximalism or modern country rustic. Plus, we all know white's space expanding and light enhancing abilities, so it's the perfect shade for any sized room too. 

But as anyone who has ever typed 'white paint' into Google can tell you, white comes in more forms than imaginable. Off-white, pure-white, ivory, grey-toned whites, blue-toned whites, pink-toned whites, we could go on. And is it important you pick the right white for your living room, so be sure to look at the aspect of your room, which way does it face? How much natural light does it get? Before deciding on a white. And make sure to order samples too so you can see exactly what a shade looks like in your space. 

White living room ideas

Be inspired by our round up of gorgeous white living rooms, that prove this classic shade can be as striking as any bright...

1. Use a white backdrop to make stand-out furniture pop

White living room with colorful gallery wall

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This white living room is a calm, serene space, with white walls and edited furniture.

2. Use white walls to perfectly showcase black & white photography

Striking black & white nude photography adds a refined look to this white living room. On skinny legs, the furniture in this room seems to float above the floor, bringing a sense of weightlessness to the lofty space. 

white living room ideas with black and white photography

Get the look: The curved sofa, patterned armchair and Cubes rug are by Layered.

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3. Hang foxed / antiqued mirrors for timeless elegance

Aged, foxed mirrors give this white living room a sense of grandeur and work perfectly with the room's plaster work, while modern furniture and a new fireplace keep the space looking fresh.

timeless elegant white living room ideas

Get the look: This room is designed by Alexander Waterworth. For similar foxed mirrors, search our Livingetc website for our edit of favourites.

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4. Punctuate a white scheme with black furniture for a bold look

Black pieces punctuate this all-white room. Found objects make this place a home, such as the painted Afghani chest, which rub shoulders with heavyweight Danish designs. 

black and white living room ideas

Get the look: The PK31 three-seater sofa by Poul Kjærholm is available from Fritz Hansen at Republic of Fritz Hansen. The Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer is available at Knoll. The rug is a vintage Beni Ourain design. Try Larusi for similar. The green/yellow artwork hanging on the wall is by Charles Arnoldi.

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5. Add interest with oversized lighting, while sticking to white colour scheme

Here, a classic sofa is teamed with a funky pendant and a sleek glass table. It makes sense to mix old with contemporary here. The pale wood flooring brings the whole space together. In addition, a monochrome palette forms the backdrop and a tactile mix of natural materials, including linen, sisal and marble, features throughout.

white living room ideas with statement lighting

Get the look: The sofa is from George Smith. This is the PostKrisi 0049 pendant from Catellani & Smith. The glass coffee table is from The Conran Shop.

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white living room ideas with statement lighting

Get the look: This is the Ghost Ottoman by Paola Navone for Gervasoni from The Conran Shop. The fireplace was custom-made from blue limestone in Turkey.

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6. Go for linen upholstery and soft furnishings for a relaxed and rustic space

White walls, a tall, white ceiling, white linen sofa and sanded floors create a relaxed and rustic space.

white living room ideas with linen furniture

Get the look: The landscape is by the late Oliver Hall. This is the Ghost sofa by Paola Navone for Gervasoni. The floor lamp was bought in France. The walls are painted in Wevet estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball.

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7. Incorporate sculptural shapes for softness

A simple white theme is made interesting through sculptural, rounded furniture and accessories that echo the curves of the living room. The sinuous pieces of mid-century designer Vladimir Kagan inspired the design of the bespoke sofa. 

white living room ideas with sculptural sofa

Get the look: The sofa was custom-designed by Studio DB and upholstered in Ritzy White Sands fabric by Perennials. The coffee table is from Yield’s Duotone range. The rug beneath the coffee table is by Studio Proba and the rug in the foreground is by Studio Four. This is the Apollo mirror by Ben & Aja Blanc. The side table is Egg Collective’s Wu. The floor lamp is from Anthropologie. The cushions on the sofa are from Room & Board and the cushion on the armchair is by Studio Four.

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8. Go for sharp angles and bold colours for a modern, fresh take

The design of this living room was approached like an exercise in geometry. Shapes are perfectly balanced, so that the corners of the day bed are softened by the rounded mirror and the pastel rugs. The fireplace is inset with black tiles in a herringbone pattern, giving a traditional focal point with a twist. 

white living room ideas with pops of blue

Get the look: The daybed is by White Arrow. This is the Multi-Lite pendant by Gubi. The Semicircle rug is by Ferm Living.

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9. Choose durable, practical materials for busy homes

With small children and a dog living in this house, surfaces needed to be durable as well as beautiful, so easy-clean materials were used throughout, such as wool and jute rugs and outdoor fabric to cover the banquette by the window. 

white living room ideas with rustic scheme

Get the look: The dining table is by NJ Modern. These are J104 Hay chairs from the Danish Design Store. The rug is by Serena & Lily. The Dreamweaver lights are by Pop & Scott. The banquette is a bespoke design by Studio DB, upholstered in Beach Blanket textured fabric by Link Outdoor, with cushioned seating by Basil Horn. The cushions are a mix of Room & Board, Oliver Yaphe and Studio Four designs.

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10. Add wood panelling for texture

Wood panelling, linens and natural materials work together to create a relaxed and rustic-inspired space. A squishy sofa and rustic bench subvert the grown-up panelling to give a relaxed take on Edwardian style. Chunky oak floorboards prevent the space from feeling too austere. 

white living room ideas with linen sofa

Get the look: This is the Otto chaise from sofa.com. The rustic oak flooring is from AJ Rogers & Sons.

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11. Modernise a rustic scheme with metallics

Brass wall lights lend a glam touch to this rustic scheme, contrasting against the stone fireplace, rattan chairs and fluffy sheepskins.

white living room ideas with metallics

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12. Welcome Scandi-inspired style

Floor to ceiling glass windows flood this space with light, while the cream walls, matching cream ceiling and soft grey palette of the furniture create a calm and inviting atmosphere.

white living room ideas with scandi scheme

Get the look: The wood burner is from Rais. These are Designers Guild sofas. The pebble chair is by Australian designer Roslyn Campbell. The Eames elliptical coffee table for Vitra is available at Skandium. The rug is by Luke Irwin.

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13. Personalise a white scheme with a display cabinet

Neatly arranged shelves with a few pops of artwork add interest to this bright corner. 

white living room ideas with shelves

Get the look: The shelving is by Tamzin Greenhill Designs. The butterfly artwork is by Damien Hirst. The vintage chair is by Hans J Wegner.

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14. A white backdrop is a blank canvas for even retro schemes

Mid-century shapes and a classic Berber rug give this white living room a retro-inspired vibe. 

white living room ideas with mid century modern furniture

Get the look: This is the William sofa by Damian Williamson for Zanotta at Twentytwentyone. Find the Vitra Noguchi coffee table at Heal’s. The armchairs were brought over from France.The graphic black and white artworks are by Pierre Soulages. For a similar geometric cushion, try Lindsey Lang.

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15. Add bold colour through art pieces

Without the distracting details of period features on the walls, artwork can get top billing. The art and photography collection injects extra dashes of originality into this light, bright space.The large pendant light doesn’t feel overbearing – it just hovers elegantly, beautiful and poised. 

white living room ideas with modern art

Get the look: The lounge chair is by Martin Eisler. The paintings are by Jessica Dickinson. The photograph is by Nan Goldin. The mid-century light is from Caira Mandaglio – try 1stdibs for similar. The coffee table is by Fernand Dresse.

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16. Stick to grey accents for a calm space

Clean-cut interiors are punctuated with covetable furniture and contemporary art. This family room mixes luxe seating with conceptual art from LA. 

white living room ideas with grey sofa

Get the look: The sofa is by Minotti. The cushions are from The Conran Shop. The Delay artwork is by Shannon Ebner.

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17. Punctuate a calm scheme with thin black lines and angular pieces for a clean, contemporary look

Straight lines in the form of an angular floor lamp, the diamond chair, the shelving unit and the modern sofa all work to make this light space feel modern and sophisticated.The urban garden room is an inspired way to bringgreenery into a slender city space. 

white living room ideas with thin lines and sharp angles

Get the look: The Krossing modular shelving unit by Kriptonite is from The Conran Shop. This is the DLM side table by Thomas Bentzen for Hay. The plants were all bought at New Covent Garden Market. The mirrored panels in the garden are from Pure White Lines.

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18. Tongue and groove will help create a rustic backdrop

White panelled walls, wood floors, a jute rug and rustic style coffee table create a relaxed and informal living space. 

rustic white living room ideas

Get the look: The screen and sofa are by Jaime Beriestain. The coffee table came from Jaime Beriestain Concept Store. This is a vintage Stilnovo floor lamp. On the desk is the JWDA table lamp by Jonas Wagell for Menu. The photographic prints are from The Keyhole series by Erwin Olaf.

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19. Mix & match eclectic / curated finds to add interest

Although a taxidermy lamb might not be to everybody's taste, it's this eclectic collection of decorative 'objets' that create wit and whimsy in this white living room. It's a masterclass in how to add colour and interest in rental properties. 

retro white living room ideas

Get the look: The Jean-Michel Basquiat skateboard tryptch is from Tate Shop. The taxidermied lamb was found at a flea market in Paris.

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20. Keep things simple but textured

The inside and outside merges in this gorgeous extension, where the comfortable window seat is an ideal spot to perch and chat. Furnishings are spare, but not spartan, with pieces – such as the vintage leather sofa and the bench designed by Pinch – chosen for warmth and texture. 

scandi style white living room ideas

Get the look: Amara has a range of cube footstools. This is Blu Dot’s Free Range coffee table in Marble from Heal’s.

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21. Let statement art and furniture do the talking

An animated video artwork, The Night of Perpetual Day, hangs over the sofa. It’s a rework of ancient Chinese landscapes – you can peer at it and see a different tiny event unfolding each time. A portrait of Philip Glass takes over the wall next to it.

modern white living room ideas

Get the look: The animated artwork is by Yang Yongliang from Galerie Paris-Beijing. These are Nepal chairs by Paola Navone for Baxter. Andere Monjo’s Rain coffee table and the standard lamp are from Mint. The Philip Glass portrait is by Chuck Close at Barbara Krakow Gallery.

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22. Paint the floors

Throughout this apartment, the original oak parquet floor was painted white to enhance the low-key mood. The space is designed so that all the key living areas lead to the terraces at the back of the flat – it adds to that easy living feel.

Open plan apartment with small living room and built in day bed

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23. Paint the brickwork, but keep the texture

This flat has minimal possessions, and is all about space, luminosity and tranquility rather than objects. The less is more aesthetic stretches to every detail – the large white panel, for example, is a period roof tile discovered in an antiques market in Girona.

rustic white living room ideas

Get the look: For unusual architectural salvage, try Lassco. This is Jan’s New Sofa by Paola Navone for Linteloo. The Brick stools are by Paola Navone for Gervasoni. This is the 265 wall light by Paolo Rizzatto for Flos. The sculpture is from Objeto de Deseo in Barcelona.

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24. You can still create a Western inspired theme

The living area was inspired by The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana, known for its cowboy-luxe aesthetic. The hide rug, leather armchairs and an antique water buffalo head help to recreate that look. 

white living room ideas western style

Get the look: These are Saddle Up chairs and the Tux sofa by Stuart Scott. The Diana table lamps are by Santa & Cole. The bespoke cowhide rug is from Whistler Leather. The black-stained engineered-oak floor is from Pietra Wood & Stone. This is the All This Love sculpture by Anne Gillespie. The vases and faux flowers are from Abigail Ahern. The decorative dog is from Graham and Green.

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25. Add traditional details like chandeliers to complement period properties

These interiors radiate serenity, with design inspiration from Brazil’s Jader Almeida and 19th-century France reflected back in sumptuous leather and antiqued mirror glass. Antiques mix with contemporary designs such as the high shine rocking chair with butter-soft leather.The antiqued mirror and crystal chandelier compliment the original marble fireplace and classical cornicing detailing. 

white living room ideas for victorian terrace period homes

Get the look: This is the Licce Lounge chair by Jader Almeida for Sollos at The Conran Shop. The sofa is from Loaf. This is the Pedrera coffee table by Barba Corsini for Gubi. Larusi sells a similar Beni Ourain rug. The chandelier is from Agapanthus Interiors. These are Tom Dixon’s stone wall lights. The sculpture is by Jonathan Page. The Casper vase, on the mantelpiece, is by Astier de Villatte.

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