Learn these white decorating tips and learn how to live in an all-white decor home!
An all-white decor is one of the most timeless interior design styles, ever. It’s the quintessential quiet luxury look that’s both serene, fresh, and inviting. Its versatility is also a huge plus, as it can help you achieve decor styles from coastal to farmhouse to elegantly chic.
Using white as a backdrop can transform a room with a simple change of accessories or the introduction of accent colors. With its ability to brighten and expand a space, white furniture creates an inviting and airy atmosphere, reflecting the beauty of natural light.
With all its pros, it also has its cons.
White can be a challenging color to live with when you take into consideration muddy paws, wine, food, and sticky-handed little ones.
But, don’t let that deter you! Although maintaining a white decor home can seem complicated and time-consuming, there’re a few tricks and hacks you can put into practice to keep your white furniture looking crisp and pristine, no matter your lifestyle!
So, if you’re craving an all-white home, here are my top tips on how to live with the all-white look:
White Decorating Tips – How to Clean an All-White Decor Home
To keep your white furniture spotless, a functional and gorgeous option is using slipcovers.
Having raised children in Miami and entertaining many friend gatherings at our beach home, washable slipcovers have become my best friends. They’re so useful to keep the all-white look, without having to go crazy with precautions.
You can opt for slipcovers made of washable materials that still have an organic-like feel, almost exactly like natural fabrics look and feel.
If you have kids running around or pets (as we do) and prefer something more budget-friendly you can go for a water-resistant protector for everyday use.
Another option is to use outdoor fabrics when selecting your furniture pieces, or going for something like white leather.
No matter what furniture or fabric you choose, to maintain the pristine beauty of white furniture you’ll need a practical and consistent cleaning routine.
By following these simple steps, you can keep your white furniture looking its best:
Dusting and Vacuuming
Keep your white furniture looking flawless by giving it regular dusting sessions using a gentle touch. Grab a soft, lint-free cloth or a trusty Shaver Lint Remover.
Pay attention to the sneaky areas, all the crevices and corners, so you can make sure every nook and cranny of your white furniture is clean.
Addressing Spills and Stains
When spills occur, promptly blot the area with a piece of paper towel or cloth. Remember that to avoid further spreading, you need to just pat on the stain and not rub it in. More tips down below 😉
Use Non Abrasive Cleaning Solutions
When it comes to cleaning white furniture, it’s important to use cleaning products specifically designed for upholstery fabrics. Abrasive chemicals with bleaching agents may damage the furniture’s surface and even cause yellowing or other discolorations. Opt for specialized upholstery cleaners recommended by the manufacturer or be safe and use gentle solutions, like dish soap and hot water.
Regular Deep Cleaning
Alongside your regular maintenance routine, it’s crucial to set aside some time for periodic deep cleaning sessions. A couple of times a year is more than enough.
These sessions dive a little deeper than your regular spring cleaning sessions. For more info on how to deep clean your home, click here. You can also consider techniques like steam cleaning or getting help from professional upholstery cleaners to tackle those stubborn, deep-seated stains.
White Decorating Tips: How to Clean Linens & Whites
I’m not a cleaning expert but have been a homemaker for many years and started my business of antiques and vintage items selling linens.
Here are some simple tips that work for me and have stood the test of time.
Linen & Towels
Our sheets and towels are all white and are washed weekly. I don’t use chlorine bleach because it weakens the fabric and shortens the life span of linens. Use the hottest water that you can and one of my favorite products for bed linens and towels that need some extra oomph in whitening is Oxiclean powder.
Less is more and I give them a longer soak in the washer (sometimes with a cup of baking soda) and occasionally a white vinegar rinse to remove any soap buildup.
Weather permitting, dry in the sunshine and if possible…lay on the grass. The chlorophyll will act as a natural brightener to the white.
*Never use fabric softeners or spray starch when storing fine linens, as it can cause them to yellow over time.
If you do get a stain on your white slipcovered furniture and don’t feel like taking it off for washing, I have had success with several methods that you could try. A spray and wipe off of Oxiclean Stain Remover directly on the spot as soon as you see it generally works well. If the stain has been sitting there awhile take a toothbrush and some hot water after spraying and work it out, taking care not to damage the fabric.
White Decorating Tips: Seasonal Maintenance & Refreshing the Look
One of the greatest things about using white in decor is how easy it is to accessorize. Swapping just a few decorative elements in your decor and you’ll have a completely new style, at almost no cost.
My favorite white decorating tips to spruce up an all-white decor? Use throw blankets and pillows!
When you have an all-white home decor, using different shades of blue creates a stunning and fresh update, perfect for refreshing your decor look in warmer seasons. And personally, it’s one of my ultimate favorite color combos!
You’ll still maintain that sense of harmony by using a white base, encouraging flow and bringing in a sense of airiness from room to room.
Here’s where using lots of texture with chunky cream throws and layers of ruffles will bring some depth and warmness to the whole space!
Do you have any favorite tips to share on living with white and keeping it clean? I’d love to hear from you!
Here are some of my favorite slipcovers, pillows, and cleaning gadgets to keep my white decor looking brand new. Click to Shop!
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