5 Tips For Decorating with Different Shades of White & Cream


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There’s just something so heavenly about an all-white room. It’s no secret that I love simplicity, and these white rooms are the epitome of simple. It’s sorta like when it snows…everything gets covered in a peaceful blanket of white. It’s like a minimalist’s dream!

Now, before you go and say, Terra… this isn’t practical… let me just say this… sure, an all-white room probably isn’t going to be the perfect option if you have small children and pets, but there are a ton of performance fabrics, carpet, and paint options that are made for real-life… so you can enjoy this heavenly look without sacrificing practicality.

Ok, now that’s out of the way, let’s take a look at five tips that’ll make you mix different shades of white like a pro.

tip no. 01

Images via Domino & Palazzo Cristo

Determine your undertone color

The first step is to determine whether you’re going to stick with warm white or cool white. Warm whites have an undertone color of yellow, orange, and red, and cool whites have an undertone of blue, green, and purple.

Warm whites will be easier to blend with cream and beige, and white cool whites will mix best with shades of gray. Whichever undertone you choose, be sure to stick with it throughout your space.

Are you unsure about the undertone of something? Hold it up to a swatch of pure white.

tip no. 02

Images via Rye London & Pietboon

Don’t be afraid to mix white & cream

If you’re working with warm whites, then you’ve gotta mix white and cream! You might think they don’t go together, but they do! Shades of cream will help warm up the whites in your space while keeping it light and bright. Plus, it’ll also bring in some subtle variation.

Tip no. 03

Images via OOAA Arquitectura & Bein Design

Repeat the same colors of white throughout

Make sure to repeat the same tones of white throughout your space. From the big pieces of furniture down to small decorative accents, this will help keep it looking cohesive.

The key to keep it interesting is to make sure you use different textures. Don’t be afraid to blend all types of leathers, linens, cotton, velvets, and other fabrics.

Tip no. 04

Images via Alyssa Rosenheck & Alyssa Kapito Interiors

Pick your paint color last

Long story short- you can get any color of paint, but when you’re shopping for furniture, you’ll notice that your upholstery options are somewhat limited, so pick those first! There will always be a paint color that’ll go with it because you can bring in a sample swatch of the color you want to match, and they’ll custom mix some for you. Be sure to get samples first, of course.

tip no. 05

Images via West Wing Now & House & Home

Balance it out with a pop of black and wood

Did you notice that every one of the pictures above have a pop of black and/or wood? Yep, they all do! And it was all intentional.

Going all-white sounds gorgeous, but there needs to be a little something that helps ground the space. That’s where a pop of black or wood come into play.

Think about using black and wood accents with small decorative objects, lamps, hardware, picture frames, or with the legs of furniture.

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There you have it, five tips and tricks for mixing different shades of white! I hope these tips get you off on the right foot for a beautiful and serene space!

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  1. Kathi says:

    Thank you for ideas, I love white and cream.

    • Terra Link says:

      Me too, it’s just so clean and beautiful looking! And you’re welcome! Happy I could help 🙂

  2. Good day. Thank you for your ideas. I really love the white color in all its manifestations)))

  3. It is a wonderful article decorating with different shades of white cream, which can be the best option as per your need. I like how you have researched and presented these exact points so clearly.You must also check out https://foreverblinds.com.au/ it has some great insights too.

  4. Thank you very much for presenting this data about decorating with different shades of white cream, it’s known how to get approved but what are the next steps after getting the approval. Wonderful information, thanks a lot for sharing kind of content with us, great post!

    • Terra Link says:

      Thank you so much, Awnings!! So happy to help! Also, I appreciate you taking the time to let me know how much this post helped you! 🙂 Best of luck on your project

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