White is no longer merely a default colour for rented apartments and bathroom tiles. It's a way of life.
Modern boho chic, Scandinavian cool, futuristic fantasies and, of course, trusty minimalism – all of these trends and more rely on a cool, crisp white base, a blank canvas on which we paint the story of our personalities, and our lives.
No, white is far from basic; it's glamour, amped up and highly stylised for the 21st century. Here are seven of our favourite all-white homes – you won't believe how much can be achieved!
All-white broken up by hints of the palest grey is such a modern way to rock the white look at home. The designers of this Scandinavian-inspired living room worked with white ceilings, walls, and floors as a base, and then broke up the look with thin streaks of light wood and dusky monochrome tones.
We love the barely-there pattern on the woven rug, and the dandelion-style pendant lampshade hanging over the sofa. All-white interiors can sometimes look a bit sterile, but this small home has bags of personality despite the limited colour palette.
This enormous kitchen must be a chef's dream! Glossy white cabinets line the walls and house the ovens, while the room is dominated by a seemingly endless kitchen bar. Look at it – it seems to go on forever!
Pendant lights illuminate the preparation space, and further down the bar is laid out with cutlery and placemats, ready for the evening meal. It's a multi-functional space with serious minimalist style… we just don't want to think about the effort involved in keeping this kitchen clean…
Taking influence from both classic design and visions of the future, this crisp white living room is cool and chic without scrimping on charm.
The masterful spiral staircase cascades down into the corner of the room, looking almost like a barely-there paper sculpture. A gigantic, pure white sofa takes up almost half of the room, providing the perfect place for family and friends to curl up and watch a movie together.
Could you dream up a more relaxing bedroom than this? Taking minimalism to the next level, this room contains just a bed, a mirror, and nothing more.
The only interruption to this snowy landscape is the verdant potted plant in the corner, which provides a much-needed burst of nature and greenery into this highly stylised space.
You'll be hard-pressed to find a more serene bathroom – trust us, we've checked! This whiter than white bathroom draws most of the colour scheme from the minimal fittings and pale concrete floor.
Light pours in through the wall of windows, and bounces light through the rest of the glass-paneled room. On cloudy days, even the sky outside contributes to the feeling of light, bright whiteness!
Sleek, chic modernism has been a popular interior design choice with the world's glitterati since the 1990's, and for good reason. Fussy, all-out luxury is over – these days, class and elegance is proved not by how much you own and display, but by the quality of design and the tasteful selection of a few key pieces.
This room relies on an all-white base, broken up by stylish, comfortable sofas, a retro black coffee table, and dark grey window frames. Nothing else needs to be included – this glamorous living room is perfect as it is.
Could this be heaven? It certainly seems to be. Set on the coastline directly next to the azure water, this bright white home seems almost weightless.
Furniture is sparse throughout – all that is needed are the huge windows, white columns, and comfortable seating… bliss.
The possibilities of all-white interior design are endless, and so many styles and tastes can be moulded to fit this minimal colour scheme. Want more ideas? Check out this rapturing white house in Milan!