Simple Ways to Decorate With White

When it comes to decorating with white my love knows no bounds.

White is one of my all-time favorite colors second only to blush and I look for ways to incorporate it into the spaces of our home as often as I can.

I personally prefer a light and airy color palette.

Especially, when tones can easily be mixed and matched making spaces feel comfortable and cozy throughout the year.  

White is accommodating, useful, forgiving, and it goes with everything.

Here’s a look at simple ways you can decorate with white and incorporate it into your lifestyle…

Painted Walls…

The Crowned Goat Cottage and nearly our entire home, Journeys End, is painted in Valspar’s Bistro White.

It’s a warm white and definitely one of my favorite colors.

All the trim is painted in Valspar’s Ultra White and it’s a pretty shade as well.

Other Valspar colors I love are Du Jour and Quail Egg which are both creamy whites.

Two of the colors I’ve used most when helping clients choose a base color palette for their homes are Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White and Behr’s Swiss Coffee.

Liz Marie has a great post, The Top White Paint Colors if you’re interested in seeing even more neutral colors.

Decorating with White Furniture…

When I first started blogging, painted furniture was all the rage.

Even though its popularity has waned over the years, it’s still one of the most budget-friendly ways to decorate with white.

Painted Home Décor Accessories…

My Mom is one of those people who has never painted a piece of furniture because she worries she will “mess it up.”

While I understand taking on a big piece of furniture is not for everyone if you want to ease into adding fresh accessories to your home décor consider spray painting something small with white spray paint.

Everyday Dishes and Mugs, Ironstone Plates, Tureens, and Cloth Napkins…

Recently, my parents gifted me these everyday white dishes and I think about them every time I use a piece.  

They can be dressed up or down without a lot of fuss which I love.

I also think about the ironstone plates, the tureens, and the vintage cloth napkins my Mom and I have treasure-hunted over the years.

Incorporating dishes, pieces of ironstone, and cloth napkins into your home each day is another easy way to decorate with white.

Bed Linens and Curtains…

There is nothing better than crawling into a big fluffy bed at the end of a long day!

Adding white and neutral bed linens and curtains to the bedrooms in your home is another simple way to decorate with white.

From white bedsheets, shams, quilts, duvets, comforters, throw pillows, and blankets the options are endless.

Decorating with White Coffee Table Books…

At first glance, you might not think decorating with white coffee table books packs much of a punch.

But I love to keep them close because they give weight to tabletop displays and vignettes and are instant sources of inspiration too.

White Flowers…

Adding greenery is always a quick and easy way to freshen up any space.

If having fresh flowers in every room is not an option, consider using them in the most commonly used areas like the kitchen, the living room, the breakfast nook, your bathroom, and on your nightstand.

If you’re frequently out of town and having fresh flowers isn’t possible, consider using quality faux flowers.

There are a lot of fabulous options on the market right now.

Another simple option is to add a wreath and white flowers to your front porch or container gardens.

They always feel so warm and inviting no matter what the season.

A Classic White Button Down, Tee Shirt, Sneakers, and Pearls…

A classic white button-down or tee shirt, sneakers, and pearls aren’t exactly decorating with white.

But they will never go out of style and for that reason alone, I thought they deserved a mention.

If I’m ever in a pinch and have no idea what to wear to a meeting or on a Zoom call, these (and a navy blazer) are my go-to.

Here’s a Look At A Few of Our Favorite White Items From Amazon…

Quilt Set * For the Love of White * Mug Set * Tulips * White Button Down

Dinnerware Set * Sheet Set * The Art of Living with White * Tea Mug with Infuser * Bath Towels

Bins * Serving Bowl * Duvet * Decorating with White * Spoon Rests

Earrings * Storage Bins * Ramekins * Weighted Blanket * Cozy White Cottage

Table Runner * Sleeping Pillows * Stackable Jewelry Trays * Beautifully Organized * Mattress Protector

Decorating with white is a simple way to give the spaces in your home new life. Especially, as the seasons change.

It’s a fabulous basic that pairs well with almost anything so if you haven’t tried decorating with white yet, this time of year is the perfect time to try it.

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. These are such great ideas. I’m a huge fan of white, as well. I would love to share this on my weekly newsletter.

    1. That’s so sweet of you to share, Renae, thank you so much. I really appreciate it. Off to see what you’ve been up to and hope you have the best day, CoCo

  2. I love your color palette of blush and white! It’s so light and cheery!

    1. Thank you so much, Susan, I really appreciate it. I’ve tried a million times to quit blush but there’s just something about it that is so neutral is draws me back every time. Sending you hugs for a happy day, CoCo

  3. 100% agree. White is my favourite colour. I even had an all white garden one year.

    1. That sounds gorgeous, Pamela! White is always so fresh and clean no matter what the season. I’m definitely ready for some spring flowers. Hope you are too, CoCo

  4. Such a lovely post, CoCo!! You do white so well…I’m not as great at it as you. When we bought our home years ago, it was in desperate need of updating. Every. Single. Room. we painted white..Bakery Box by Behr and I still love that color today even after all these years of living here!
    White is timeless and it truly goes with everything! Thanks so much for the ideas and inspiration in this one, friend!! Hugs!

    1. That sounds like such a pretty color, Rachel! My parents are in the process of trying out colors for my childhood home. Every room needs to be painted and it’s going to be a big job so they’re being extra careful about the color they choose. I will definitely pass the color along to them so they can consider it. I love the way the light plays off it in your home. Sending you big hugs and hoping your week is filled with all good things, CoCo

  5. White is also my favorite home decor color, it always appears joyful to me. So many beautiful arrangements in this post its inspiring, What a pretty home. I love your when troubles disappear like lemon drops sign, Its going on my to do list. Beautiful

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Leanna, I really appreciate it. There is just something about white that never gets old to me even after all these years. Every year we used to go to my grandparent’s farm to watch The Wizard of Oz and have a big sleepover. It was always so much fun! They’ve both passed away now so I keep that sign in our kitchen in memory of them. They were so good to us! Hope your week is going well. I can’t believe how fast it’s going by already. Hugs, CoCo

  6. I am a sneakers and pearls kind of gal myself… thank you for sharing your ideas on decorating with white on Whimsy Home Wednesday. For a while every time I went to the paint store I was requesting white. I said to the gentleman who always waited on me, you are going to think everything in my house is white! His response was, well, I would rather think that because there are a lot of other things I could think. I have to say, as much as I love white, I have never painted an entire room white, or a piece of furniture. Every time I think about applying paint to a piece, I think I will mess it up like your mom things. Some of us are so afraid to dabble, maybe one of these days I will change my mind!

    1. I can totally relate to this, Cara! I just started painting small pieces at first and then worked my way up. It can definitely be scary but the more you do it the more confident you’ll become. Plus, most of the pieces I painted were thrift store finds so there wasn’t really anything to lose in trying, you know? I’ve yet to convince my Mom but I’m working on it. If for nothing else to show her it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. Hugs, CoCo

  7. 3 comments:
    1. Girl, you and me both with fabulous white!
    2. “If it ain’t white, it ain’t right.” Phil, Modern Family – LOL!
    3. “My colors are blush and bashful” (said in your best southern accent of course,) – Shelby, Steel Magnolia’s. 😉

    1. You are so funny and I am right there with you, lady! For my birthday my Mom did this “All about CoCo” game and it was SO funny. One of my sisters asked if she could get an extra point for writing down blush and bashful 😂 and of course, my Mom said YES 🙌 Sending you tons of hugs, CoCo

  8. Hi CoCo – White is my favorite color. It is my “go to” choice for everything from dishes to bedding to sweaters. I love how you can always dress it up or dress it down. Right? White can be sophisticated or homey. Anyway, I appreciate all the tips and ideas. Your round up of Amazon products is also fabulous. Thinking about buying: For the Love of White. Hmm . . .

    1. YES to everything you wrote, Anna! Being able to dress it up or down throughout the year is one of my favorite things about white. It’s just perfection. I have both of Chrissie Rucker’s books and they are both fantastic. I’m not sure if you know about The White Company (her company)or not but it’s awesome. Their mission to create sustainable products that can stand the test of time while creating a mindful legacy is definitely something I really appreciate about their mission. Plus their blog and website it totally dreamy. It inspires me every day! Sending you hugs, CoCo

  9. Your home is beautiful love love live the white but I do have to have some blue too!!

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words, Debbie. I adore blue and white too. It’s such a classic color combination and one you can use throughout the year as well. My parents have a lot of blue and white in their home and it always feels so warm and inviting. I’m not sure if you follow Miss Mustard Seed or not but she has a ton of blue and white inspiration on her blog so be sure to check her out. Hope you have the best weekend, CoCo

  10. Your home is so beautiful! I used to think white walls were boring, but not anymore! In fact, I wish I could snap my fingers and our entire house would be painted white! When we moved in every room was painted the same color of gray! We are slowly but surely changing that. My favorite thing about white is that you can add pops of color whenever you want to! Thanks for all the great tips for decorating with white! Pinning now!

  11. You are preaching to the choir here! I am a lover of all things white. Drives my kids crazy! But when you know, you know, right? Great tips. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

  12. These are some really beautiful ideas. I’m happy to tell you I’ll be featuring this tomorrow at Thursday Favorite Things (starting at 10:00 Central Time.) 🙂

  13. Great ideas CoCo, I especially love your napkin tied with a simple bow. You always make everything look perfect with simple ideas, love that!

  14. I love white, the guys at the paint store think my entire home is white. teehee. We recently remodeled our bathroom, and it is mostly white, and I have to say, it makes the space appear to be so much bigger. Huge plus! I love the way you have so much white and blush in your home, it has a clean palette, and is so feminine. I am like your mom, I have only ever painted a small plant stand, I am afraid of messing up a piece of furniture. I always admire those who have a penchant for it though.

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