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Ten Reasons Why I’ll Always Prefer White Walls

January 24, 2018Susan

White walls are easing me into writing about interiors this year. Let me share my thoughts with you.

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Photo by Emmylou from Chiascuro Photography

My focus will always be more on my own home than it will be on interior trends, as I don’t tend to follow them.

Aside from the costly nature of trying to keep up with trends, there is more to life than being a consumer, don’t you think?

As a blogger, I’m bombarded with emails about new trends every day. I’ve never been one to keep up with the Jones, and I think that is why many of you readers have stuck around so long! Thanks!

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I like to pick and choose from what is current, but I will always mix it with what I already have, along with things from the past, like antiques and vintage.

Today I wanted to share with you my love for white walls. I see White Walls as a central element in my home, like a good foundation, my walls are ready and able to hold and enhance art, books, midcentury furniture and so on. Basically, whatever I throw at a white wall, I know it’ll look good.

gallery wall bohemian living room with green velvet corner sofa

I don’t see white walls as a trend. I see them as a basic interiors 101, and that is why I think some people hate them. They see them as boring.

I’ve got ten reasons why I think white walls are great and will endure.

Here’s why I love them;

  1. It’s a timeless interiors look. A classic, it never dates.
  2. There’s a reason why most galleries opt for white walls, it put the focus on the art. In this case, whatever is in the room.
  3. It’s relatively cheap, great for budget decorating. Mistakes with colour can work out costly.
  4. It’s the safe bet when there are so many ideas around, sometimes you just want a simple, easy decorating life.
  5. You don’t have to worry about your colour being discontinued when you need to do touch-ups.
  6. For me, I’m happier in a lighter coloured, or white-walled room. It makes me feel energised and light, it helps me feel positive.
  7. I can see everything without putting a zillion lights on (another expense)
  8. Things always look crisp and fresh, even if the room needs a clean.
  9. White walls help me curate and organise all the visually stimulating things in the space, African masks, artwork, books etc
  10. I love dark walls in photos, in films, and in my friend’s homes, but to actually live in? I need that airy feeling that only white (and versions of white) can bring.
artist studio uncle manchester white walls
UNCLE apartment building art studio

I recently attended an Abigail Ahern Masterclass (I received a complimentary ticket) and I fully expected it to be all about dark wall paint. It wasn’t, although that is what she is known for, and what she prefers on walls. As it turns out we put rooms together in an extremely similar way, we just paint our walls different colours.

I love Abigail’s images of dark rooms she has created, but I could never live in them. What about you?

white walls over dark walls
Photo by Abigail Ahern, inside her home

It’s rather lovely, isn’t it?

But, as I’ve said, as beautiful as it is, White walls are the best fit for my home and me. I do have other colours on my walls, In rooms I’m unconscious in (LOL) or don’t use as often; in my bedroom and my dining room. The majority of the rest of the house is white-walled.

Found this interesting? I found a great article on Design Sponge all about the White Wall debate.

What about you? Are you light or dark when it comes to walls?

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Comments (40)

  • MissPond

    January 24, 2018 at 7:52 am

    We’ve just started the process of buying a new build. Alas this means magnolia. But once we’ve settled I’m hoping it means we can get going with white walls!

    1. Susie

      January 24, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      How exciting! Best of luck lovely x

  • Kate

    January 24, 2018 at 8:07 am

    I hear ya hun, I’m definitely a white wall gal (although I do occasionally have a fantasy flirt with a colour alternative in my mind..) xx

    1. Susie

      January 24, 2018 at 11:55 am

      OOh it’s defo good to flirt with colour!

  • Nafisah Atcha (@Bamblingsofnafy)

    January 24, 2018 at 8:10 am

    It is so strange how the shade of a room can make such a drastic change to atmosphere.

    1. Susie

      January 24, 2018 at 11:52 am

      It really does, such a personal choice too x

  • KarenAnita

    January 24, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Contrary to popular belief I actually quite like white walls! (Not the stark brilliant white. and beige isn’t happening though. No way haha) But after trying to live with an off-grey white in our last house it was just not for us. My toddler sees them as a challenge haha! I love that you just own it though Sus. It’s all about how a colour makes you feel. I think the dark wall thing is only taking off because people are getting braver with decorating, not because it wasn’t ever popular before. The white walls are definitely part of the “Sus brand” and I love it for that 🙂

    1. Susie

      January 24, 2018 at 11:51 am

      Aw, that’s such a lovely comment Karen and it’s cheered this dreary day! Thanks so much!

  • Carole King

    January 24, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    With dark walls at home and light walls (not exactly white but a version of) at the cottage, I think I have a foot in both camps. I like both and feel lucky I am able to have both. Your white walls look amazing. It’s true art and treasures look great on white. x

    1. Susie

      January 24, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      I was thinking about your office when writing this actually Carole! I do love that room x

  • Kimberly Duran

    January 24, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Oh your timing is so good because I’ve been thinking that the first thing I’m going to do when we move house is paint a few of the rooms white so I have a nice clean canvas to work from. Also, I love AA’s style but nope, couldn’t live in it. I tried having a room painted in a dark colour that I use during the day and I realised how much I hated it. Far prefer living in lighter spaces 🙂 Is there a particular white paint brand/colour you’d recommend? xx

    1. Susie

      January 24, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      Ah thanks, Kimberly, it’s really interesting how it can affect your mood, isn’t it! I use a lot of Valspar but also B&Q’s own brand too

  • Kirsty

    January 24, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    We don’t have many white walls, but I do love a good white!!!! Lovely post susie!!! I love seeing your home!

    1. Susie

      January 24, 2018 at 7:42 pm

      Aw thanks so much Kirtsy! Likewise x

  • Morgana (@coffeeworksleep)

    January 25, 2018 at 9:49 am

    I’m a white wall girl too. It’s lucky that I am really, considering we moved into a new build with white walls last year and we’re not allowed to paint them yet! As much as I love the dark wall trend I know I’d get bored and want to change it. At least with white walls you can change up the theme and colour scheme without having to touch the walls. Great post! x

    1. Susie

      January 25, 2018 at 11:12 am

      Yeah, that’s exactly it!! Thanks for popping by x

  • Tiff Grant-Riley

    January 25, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Got to agree with the white walls, so long as its in an already bright room…otherwise it risks looking flat and cold, in which case I’d go for a grey. I do love shots of dark though, as you know! As for trends, I feel exactly the same, sometimes it makes me feel anxious, thinking of all the “stuff” that becomes unfashionable so quickly and dumped. Sigh…

    1. Susie

      January 25, 2018 at 11:44 am

      Great minds eh! Thanks Tiff!

  • Juan Sandiego

    January 25, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Abigail Ahern’s pitch-black schemes work because her house has massive windows and high ceilings. Unfortunately, that look cannot be translated to smaller houses (despite what Instagram may say). I like white because it brings comfort.

    1. Susie

      January 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm

      Amen! You do need large windows, we’ve got them but I still love white!

  • Steph Renovation Bay-Bee

    January 25, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    I have a mixture of colours in my house, apart from the kids room the walls are pretty neutral. I am hoping to have a extension and I am planning on painting that white as its so easy to put things with!

    1. Susie

      January 30, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      You’ve had so much done to your house, You must be an expert on coloured walls now!

  • Anastasia Nicole

    January 26, 2018 at 2:23 am

    I love richly colored walls, in theory. In my home I prefer white walls. It’s like having a blank slate to create on.

    1. Susie

      January 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm

      That is exactly my thought!

  • Lazy Daisy Jones

    January 26, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Like you we have a mainly White House, the colour is in the accessories. However we have a dark bedroom that I love it is a calm cocoon from an ever technical world !
    Never say never eh?

    1. Susie

      January 30, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      Yeah, I’ve seen your bedroom and it’s stunning. Ours is a comforting pink so agree completely about the cocooning nature of it in the right space

  • Lucy

    January 26, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Totally with you on this. My whole home pretty much is white. I am toying with some grey as I think it brings out colour but I do find dark colours quite oppressive. Great post x

    1. Susie

      January 30, 2018 at 12:37 pm

      Thanks Lucy, that’s a very accurate word you’ve chosen there actually!

  • Candy Pop

    January 26, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Another white wall fan – all three of my homes were painted completely white.

    I enjoyed seeing a few of your home shots. Have a great weekend, Sue. xx

    1. Susie

      January 30, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      White is perfect for the minimalist in you! Thanks darling x

  • Tamsyn

    January 26, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I love white walls and they were a lifesaver when I moved into my house, I just painted it all white to create a blank canvas. Starting to add a little colour now though!

    1. Susie

      January 30, 2018 at 12:37 pm

      They are great to get an idea of space and shape and light arent they!

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely

    January 27, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    I’m a huge fan of white walls, too. I always get asked if they’re really practical with having two grubby kids but they absolutely are because it takes half an hour to repaint a wall if they get too mucky. I love the light they bring, too.

    1. Susie

      January 30, 2018 at 12:35 pm

      They are so much more practical I feel! Great point x

  • Anca

    February 1, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    I love white walls too. All my walls are white and not because of a trend. It’s just so much easier to keep clean, especially with a huge dog (wipe and repaint parts of the walls).

    1. Susie

      February 2, 2018 at 11:28 am

      Yes! Dogs/kids/furniture being moved around- so, so true x

  • Via B Design

    February 23, 2018 at 2:51 am

    I’ve always been a fan of just keeping it simple white too, but my family loves having color on the walls. It didn’t occur to me that a paint color could go discontinued, so true.

    1. Susie

      February 24, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      That happened to us in a flat we previously lived in, it was so hard trying to get a match!

  • Helen Snell

    March 14, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    I would rather white than really dark but do like a bit of colour so I have some walls off white and some bright in the same room. The dark wall trend I think I would find depressing to live with. I need light, bright sunny spaces!

    1. Susie

      March 14, 2018 at 5:48 pm

      Helen, I agree with you completely!

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