White walls painted in Snow Day by Clare. This stunning home is a lesson in how to make shades of white paint work in every room in your home.

How to Make White Walls Work in Every Room

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If you haven’t been following Megan Schlachtenhaufen and her husband’s gracefully paced renovation journey, on the blog Undecorated Home, then you’ve been missing out. Their DIY approach and professional-level results offer tons of inspiration. But there’s one specific characteristic of their decorating that really resonates with us: all white walls. It’s an unlikely choice for a lover of vintage with eclectic taste in home décor but it offers a lesson in why white walls can actually work in every room. Peep Megan’s buzzed about home below and learn just how to make shades of white work for you too.

A bold door pained in Blackest by Clare is the perfect contrast for all-white walls. This stunning home is a lesson in how to make shades of white paint work in every room in your home.
Blackest - the blackest black paint color by Clare
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If There are White Walls, Add Black Trim

Nothing says look at me like high contrast colors and in the case of black and white decor, the contrast also evokes a feeling of drama, elegance, and edge. To add a focal point to her foyer, Megan painted the door frame in Blackest Trim by Clare. The dramatic black paint acts almost as a picture frame showcasing her beloved two acres of nature beyond. The layers of complementing textiles tone down the backdrop of bright white paint so it feels airy and clean opposed to antiseptic.

Fresh Kicks - a bright white paint color by Clare

Fresh Kicks

Think of your favorite white pair, straight out the box. That’s the feeling of this one. Fresh and modern, this is our cleanest, brightest white, with no undertones.
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White Walls painted in Snow Day by Clare feel cozy in this all-white modern dining room layered with mid-century furniture, lots of texture and green plants.
Snow Day - a cool white paint color by Clare
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Anchor the Room with Different Shades of White

While it may seem counterintuitive to count on the lightest hue in the room to ground your space, shades of white paint and décor do just that in Megan’s dining room. Starting with the cool and wintery Snow Day by Clare (an unintentional nod to the local Wisconsin weather), all of Megan’s main pieces of furniture, except the table, echo the white walls. Sheer white curtains hung high soften the setting making the making the cool shade of white paint on the walls seem practically cozy.

White Walls painted in Whipped, a warm white paint color by Clare, make this bedroom feel warm and inviting.  Lots of texture and plants add a cozy vibe.
Whipped - a warm white paint color by Clare
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Limit Your Color Palette

White walls will feel right at home next to other simple, solid colors. Limit the actual colors in a room to three and avoid heavy use of pattern, just as Megan did here. The green, pink, and blue are reminiscent of nature (Megan is a gardener after all), so the organic hues work well with soft and delicate white paint colors like Whipped, a warm white paint that's our best-selling color. The lush green hanging plant and vintage Karastan rug add small doses of bolder color to keep the solids from feeling boring.

"The color is so perfectly soft and warm and the paint itself is outstanding!" – Megan Schlachtenhaufen

Whipped - a warm white paint color by Clare

Whipped

Dreamy and whisked-to-perfection, this is the warmest of our whites with a soft, delicate feel. Our best white for north-facing rooms but versatile enough to work in any space.
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White walls painted in Snow Day by Clare. This stunning home is a lesson in how to make shades of white paint work in every room in your home.
Snow Day - a cool white paint color by Clare
Snow Day

calm, bright, and sophisticated

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Pile on the Texture

With so much texture and layering in this space, you barely notice that the living room’s white wall paint. From sheepskins to pillows and throws, Megan uses textiles to refresh older, less coveted furnishings as a way to hold off until she can afford some of her dream products. (Don’t you love this idea?) Underfoot the rug creates a soft base layer of more texture that warms up the space. However, the real distraction from the white paint color are the multitude of tassels cascading down one of Megan’s original, handmade wall hangings.

For more white paint inspiration check out more images of Megan's stunning home below and shop our expertly curated shades of white paint here!

Snow Day - a cool white paint color by Clare

Snow Day

Like a serene winter wonderland the morning after a first snowfall. This is our coolest white, with just a touch of warmth to liven it up.
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Snow Day - a cool white paint color by Clare
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White Paint Every Room Snow Day Clare Paint 11
Snow Day - a cool white paint color by Clare
Snow Day

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Whipped - a warm white paint color by Clare
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Whipped - a warm white paint color by Clare
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Whipped - a warm white paint color by Clare
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