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Instagram Pics That Prove White Rooms Rock It for Home Value

Skip the hassle (and expense) of color fads. Be a smart homeowner and stick with white.

Image: Jan Skácelík

Yesterday’s chic home colors were teal and brown, today’s are a muted palette of gray, lavender, and blush. Tomorrow, who knows?

If only you could get away with simple, easy white.

Psst. You can. Check out Instagram. White rooms get so much Insta-love. And no wonder, because white for interior walls is a no-brainer for home value. See why:

White Shows Off Your Home's Best Features


This tiny Venice cottage looks so big through that photographer’s lens. @lukegibsonphotography I loved this particular staging job because it was basically a mini remodel. From the very ugly duckling that it was through to that Ta Da moment was very satisfying. Done in less than 4 weeks with lots o character & love when we finished it. #staging #howyouhome #myhyggehome #anthrohome #boholuxe #howwedwell #bohoismyjam #modernboho #organicmodern #thenewbohemians #anthropologiehome #homewithrue #societyofdesign #eclecticdecor #jungalowstyle #showmeyourboho #smmakelifebeautiful #styleathome #ggathome #myoklstyle

A post shared by Janice McCarty-Aesthetic Mind (@janicemccartydesign) on Feb 14, 2018 at 10:16pm PST

Like a canvas, this pure hue acts as a backdrop for your home’s highlights, making floors, cabinetry, fireplaces, and doorways pop.

And every time those easy-to-spot architectural details give you a little “wow” moment, remember who else they’re sure to wow: future home buyers.

Plus white walls work with any architectural style.


If white hydrangeas were the only flowers left on earth, I think I’d be okay with that. 🌿 (but don’t hold me to that during peonies season)

A post shared by Laura Button Helmick (@helmick_hacienda) on Feb 15, 2018 at 8:48am PST

Even better, if your home’s bones are a little-bit-of-this, little-bit-of-that, white can tie it all together.

It's the Best Color to Paint a Kitchen

Interior of high end kitchen with white walls Image: Tracy Echelberger, photo

REALTORS® rank a kitchen remodel as the project most likely to have the “wow!” factor that will help sell a home quickly. You’ll White appliances cost about 10% to 20% less than other options. spend less if you choose white for that remodel.

Plus, white is clean and fresh, two words you definitely want to associate with your kitchen.

And no future home buyer is going to walk away saying, “Can you believe that white kitchen? What were they thinking?”

It Looks Fresh and Clean


This sweet home has been in the care of its new owners for a few weeks but I wanted to share the professional photo. The tile added a ton of character to the space. The mirror is missing because it arrived broken. This lower level was unfinished and by adding a bathroom, a bedroom, laundry room, family room with bar area and a flex use space there was approximately 1000 square feet of livable space added. 📷 @spacecrafting_photography

A post shared by Amber Miller (@ambermillermn) on May 8, 2018 at 7:43am PDT

Like your kitchen, “clean and fresh” are words you want your entire home to evoke. Dirt, mold, mildew, water stains — none of them can hide against white surfaces.

And the sooner you see the grime, the easier to deal with it.

Houseplants (and Humans) Love It

Houseplants and dog in a white room Image: @thelittlethings_love on Instagram

Whether you share your home with giant fiddle-leaf figs, wee succulents, or every green thing you can get your hands on, white’s knack for maximizing light makes houseplants super happy.

Which, in turn, is likely to make you happy — because plants clean the air, giving you a home that’s not just beautiful, but healthier, too.

It Makes Bedrooms Serene


I’ve been putting off photographing this angle as the darn radiator messes with the aesthetics! 🙄 But we just got new blinds - nothing fancy - just some white slatted ones - and it’s so nice being able let the light in without fear of all the neighbours peering in! #bungalowlife … . . #myhomestyle #myhomevibe #bedroomdecor #neutraldecor #cornerofmyhome #pocketofmyhome #whitewalls #colourmyhome #interiorinspo #earthinspiredhome #mycuratedaesthetic #bedroominspo #parquetfloor #myreno #howtheyhome #scandistyle #nestandthrive #myhyggehome #mynestandburrow #loafershomes

A post shared by Mim, Surrey, UK (@makingoverthemimsion) on Sep 19, 2017 at 12:11pm PDT

Your home should be an escape from the color and chaos of daily life. Your bedroom should do double duty in that regard. White will do that.

Make your bedroom whites feel warmer with classic lighting — like bedside sconces or a small chandelier on dimmers. Use warm light bulbs, rather than lights with a blue tint (like some LEDs) since blue light works against white’s calming powers.

White Makes Rooms Look Bigger


Rise and shine! Now if only our current weather situation would give us such beautiful light peeking through the windows ☁️🌧☁️ Love this space by @honey_and_hen . . #yourrealtor #cloudsfordays #shiplap #whitebathroom #naturallight #kw #perfecthomeshouston

A post shared by Perfect Homes Houston (@the_pattys_) on Feb 15, 2018 at 5:28am PST

In the same way white makes rooms look brighter, it can also make rooms look bigger. (It’s the magic of color reflection at work.) Painting the walls and trim all white lets the eye flow around the room without stopping, which helps create the illusion of largeness.

It Puts All Eyes on Color


Want to add a touch of personality to your @ikeasverige bookshelf? Just paint the back of the shelf with a color that you love. 👌🎨 This is IKEA’s Billy bookcase and I painted the back before I assembled the shelf. Instant love. 💞 #diy #ikeahack #pineapplewonders

A post shared by Pineapple Wonders (@pineapplewonders) on Feb 12, 2018 at 4:19am PST

Choosing white doesn’t mean divesting the entire room of color. After all, color is a major way to make your home feel like you. Using white as your home’s base makes the colors you do use steal the spotlight, putting more you into every square inch.

It's Not Really Cold and Sterile


It’s finally sun porch season. Happy Sunday! #amagansett #socharming #hamptonsliving

A post shared by Susan Kaufman (@skaufman4050) on Apr 30, 2017 at 3:59am PDT

White gets a bad rap for being cold – even sterile — at times. But these rooms? We’re ready to move in.

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