7 Creative Ways to Embrace Your White Walls

January 13th, 2018

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So you moved into a brand new apartment- congratulations! Your first instinct may be to rush over to Sherwin-Williams and pick out some fantastic hues for your new abode. And while a pop of color can certainly liven up a room, the benefits of an all-white living space are vastly underrated. White walls help to open up the space and create a bright, lively environment. So whether you’re opting to keep a clean slate, or just hate the idea of physically painting your living room, read on for 7 creative ways to embrace those white walls in your apartment.
  1. Artwork: White walls take the focus off a room’s architecture and allow you to highlight the details, which is perfect for art lovers. (Hence why you see this clean hue at nearly every museum). Consider adding canvased paintings or simple prints to your home for a chic, artsy vibe. Stack smaller framed designs on top of each other to draw the eye upward, or feature a single statement piece over your sofa.
  2. Tapestries: If you’re looking for a more bohemian quality in your home, then consider adding a tapestry. These large hanging pieces add a pop of color and a gypsy style to any room. Plus, they’re incredibly easy to hang and transport if you’re ever on-the-go.
  3. Fancy Frames: Who says you need photography to embrace artsy picture frames. Sure, you can fill them with your favorite kodak moments, but don’t be afraid to go against the norm and hang those puppies solo. Go thrifting for some vintage frames, or hit up etsy for one-of-a-kind handmade items. They’re a fun way to add some color and texture to your room.
  4. Mirrors: If you’re working with limited space, then white walls and mirrors are the way to go. Both help to create a feeling of expanse. The ivory walls bounce light around the room, giving your home a light, airy feel. Adding mirrors helps to reflect that light and further open up the space. A definite win-win.
  5. Wallpaper: Now before you have flashbacks of crazy, kaleidoscope-esque wallpaper from the 1970s, rest assured: there are plenty of creative options these days that don’t resemble the overzealous patterns found at your grandma’s house. Rather, opt for a much more natural approach to this decor. If you’re going for a rustic vibe, consider a wooden-paneled accent wall. This realistic wallpaper gives you the quality of a cozy cabin without ever leaving Manhattan.
  6. Hanging Shelves: Some of the best decorations can also be practical. Incorporate mounted shelves to help break up any empty wall space, while also utilizing vertical storage. Once you’ve set that up, you can continuously change what is stored on your shelves. Swap out poinsettias for tulips to reflect the changing seasons. Or keep your favorite books within eyeshot for potential conversation topics with dinner guests.
  7. Just Embrace It: Go for the minimalist approach and lean into the all-white look. Having a clean, open space creates mental clarity. So if you’re happy with your apartment as it is, then embrace it!