We moved into a new home recently and, despite putting a lot of colour and visual pattern in other rooms of the house, we made the choice to keep our living room a nice, pristine white. There’s just something about a monochrome white in the main social room that makes our space feel fresh, welcoming, and more expansive! Just because we’re sticking with white for the colour palette, however, doesn’t mean the decor scheme has to be boring or unimpressive. We’ve been keeping our eyes open lately for all kinds of nice white DIY decor ideas that will suit our new space.
Just in case you’re also on the lookout for homemade decor projects that will suit an all-white living room very well, here are 15 of the very best ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance!
1. White woven upholstery project
Have you got your hands on a nice white vintage piece of furniture, like an ornate looking antique chair, but the cushion is either too worn out or not white like the frame is? Then we think perhaps you’ll get a kick out of the way Lilyfield Life shows you now just how to reupholster it using white fabric, but also how to do so with a lovely woven pattern that really adds some visual detail to the room without deviating from your colour scheme!
2. White cement book ends
In addition to establishing an all-white colour scheme in your living room, are you also trying to build a slightly industrial chic looking aesthetic in the smaller details? In that case, we’re pretty sure this next idea from Hawthorne and Main might be just the one for you! We love the way they used home-mixed concrete to form rectangular book ends and then painted them white so they suit the palette but still show that rough concrete texture for a little extra character.
3. Large spherical faceted pendant lights
Are you the kind of person who adores nothing more than making paper based crafts, but you’re talking about more than just simple cut and paste crafts, since you’re a huge fan of structured origami? Then we’d be willing to be not only that you’re also a fan of geometric decor pieces, but that you’ll also completely adore this unbelievable DIY faceted pendant light that, believe it or not, really is made from paper! Reduce, Reuse, Redecorate shows you how they created it in order to pay tribute to an Anthropologie design, but made entirely of paper that was folded in the same way you might remember folding those little paper fortune tellers that were so popular in middle and high school.
4. White painted plastic animal book ends
Did we actually really catch your attention with the whole idea of making white book ends to help your reading material partially look like a decor piece rather than just a stack of books, but you’re just not sure that the concrete concept we showed you there will quite fix your room’s current aesthetic? Well, if you’ve ever been a fan of things that look a little more kitschy, then we’d encourage you to take a better look at the way Little Yeti cut a plastic deer toy in half and painted the two ends white, creating the illusion that the deer is stretched all the way through the centre of the books.
5. DIY white marquee letters from cardboard
If you’re the kind of personalized crafter who has always been a big fan of the idea of decorating your room with monograms, then we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Grey Likes Nesting made this fantastic white marquee-style letter than really adds some fun vintage style to the room! Of course, you could paint the base of your cardboard letter any colour you please, but happen to think that this white version looks very pristine and impressive indeed.
6. White cloth strip and lace chandelier
Even though you’re feeling very intent on sticking to the white look we’ve been talking about all throughout, are you still wondering whether you might be able to make something that looks a little more Boho chic, since that’s already the atmosphere of the rest of your room? In that case, we have a feeling you might get along a little better with something like this stripped fabric, lace, and white ribbon DIY chandelier outlined step by step on Beholden.
7. DIY lace doily pendant lamp
Has your favourite idea on our list so far actually been the one that involved a white pendant light made with a little bit of lace, but you also can’t help wondering whether you might create a version that involves a lot of lace instead, since it has always been one of your favourite things to create with? In that case, we’d be willing to bet that this beautiful lace doily pendant lamp that’s made using a technique close to papier mache, but this time with fabric, will be right up your alley. Get the full details for trying it out yourself on EmmmyLizzzy.
8. DIY modern white paper ornament
Have we actually still got you thinking about the concept of making something geometric, structured, and beautiful out of paper but you’re just not sure that you’re quite up to the challenge of making something as large as the paper pendant lamp we showed you earlier? Well, that doesn’t mean you can’t still make something cool and decorative! Instead, check out how How About Orange made this spiky modern white paper ornament that’s actually a lot easier to do than it looks.
9. White painted wine crate wall mounted jewelry boxes
Now, we understand that you might not hang jewelry in your living room and so, at first, this next idea might not make much sense beyond its colour, but we actually happen to think that these stunning wall shelves made from turned and painted drawers would make great trinket shelves too! Find out how they’re done in more detail on HGTV. You might skip the drawer knows and thread spools that they’ve put inside theirs for necklaces and rings, or you might put them in and get creative with what you hang there in your living room! Feel free to customize.
10. White and gold leaf map wall art
Are you the kind of travel lover who is not only filled with wanderlust but also loves to show off how much you adore gallivanting whenever you possibly can? In that case, we think you just might be the perfect person to try your hand at this lovely framed wall mosaic idea that displays a mostly-monochrome white map with just a tiny touch of gold leaf detailing. Find the full instructions for making it happen on Sugar and Cloth.
11. White DIY hanging macrame chair
If you’re going to put in all the time and effort it takes to make yourself some kind of gorgeous white decor piece that will really grab people’s attention, would you rather make yourself more of a challenging statement piece that will really feel worth it in the end? Well, if you’ve got any experience in macrame and knotting or weaving based techniques, then we think you just might be the perfect person to give this white DIY hanging macrame hoop chair outlined step by step on Classy Clutter a try!
12. Easy white clay candle votives
Are you the kind of DIY enthusiast who always prefers to make something from complete scratch if you can, especially if it means that you can literally mould something with your hands? Then we’d be willing to bet that you’ll feel a total sense of satisfaction after working with clay! These easy white clay candle votives outlined step by step on A Beautiful Mess are the perfect example of what we mean.
13. Modern metallic, wood, and white dreamcatcher inspired wall hanging
Are you feeling completely enamoured indeed now with the whole idea of doing some kind of weaving or macrame hoop project but you’re a total beginner to the concept and the hanging chair we showed you feels a little too far beyond your reach? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll get along a little better with something like this simple but modern looking dream catcher inspired wall hanging from Almost Makes Perfect that’s made from a metal crafting hoop, wooden beads, and thin white rope.
14. White sparkly DIY faceted vase
Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about the concept of created something with your bare hands from scratch but you’re just not sure you need more candle votives right now? Maybe you’re just hoping to find something a little more sparkly than a lot of what you’ve seen so far! Either way, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Oh Happy Day made this awesome geometric inspired faceted vase that’s made with white clay and then covered in white iridescent glitter.
15. White painted and colour blocked succulent planters
In addition to being a craft lover are you also a total green thumb who loves making just about anything you can into an opportunity to add more plants to your house? In that case, we have a feeling you’re going to get along very well indeed with this idea from HGTV that’s also a great craft for those who love painting projects most! Check out how they painted some typical terra cotta pots and trays white and then used tape and a contrasting paint to do some pretty colour blocking. We love the way they made more than one but used coordinated shades in order to create a complete set.
Have you made other kinds of simple white DIY decor before that would suit an all-white living room but you don’t see anything quite similar to what you created on our list? Tell us all about what you made and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!