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101 White Formal Living Room Ideas (Photos)


White is one of the most popular colors for living rooms. It's clean, neutral and works with other colors. Get inspired with this huge collection of amazing white living room designs and ideas.

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White formal living room with blue furniture and hardwood flooring.

White formal living room with blue furniture and hardwood flooring.

Classy white formal living room with artistic wall decors. It also features a fireplace and a cozy sofa set.

Classy white formal living room with artistic wall decors. It also features a fireplace and a cozy sofa set.

A modish and large formal living room featuring an elegant sofa set along with a stylish fireplace.

A modish and large formal living room featuring an elegant sofa set along with a stylish fireplace.

The stylish fireplace keeps the temperature in this formal living room warm. The elegant black sofa set catches attention while the ceiling lighting surely is stunning.

The stylish fireplace keeps the temperature in this formal living room warm. The elegant black sofa set catches attention while the ceiling lighting surely is stunning.

A very stunning formal living room with cozy sofa set and romantic lighting fixture.

A very stunning formal living room with cozy sofa set and romantic lighting fixture.

The lovely ceiling looks perfect together with this formal living room's style. The cozy sofa is just perfect together with the stylish fireplace.

The lovely ceiling looks perfect together with this formal living room’s style. The cozy sofa is just perfect together with the stylish fireplace.

The cozy sofa set is just a perfect fit together with the fireplace and the rug.

The cozy sofa set is just a perfect fit together with the fireplace and the rug.

A stunning formal living room featuring white walls and high ceiling. The blue long couch looks very elegant.

A stunning formal living room featuring white walls and high ceiling. The blue long couch looks very elegant.

The stylish hardwood flooring fits perfectly well together with the sofa set and the white walls. The flushmount lighting looks very classy.

The stylish hardwood flooring fits perfectly well together with the sofa set and the white walls. The flushmount lighting looks very classy.

The glamorous chandelier showers down this formal living room with fancy bright lights. The walls look very elegant as well.

The glamorous chandelier showers down this formal living room with fancy bright lights. The walls look very elegant as well.

This formal living room boasts elegant chandeliers set on the stunning shed ceiling. The sofa set looks dashing together with the hardwood floors.

This formal living room boasts elegant chandeliers set on the stunning shed ceiling. The sofa set looks dashing together with the hardwood floors.

A modern home boasting a very stunning formal living room with a glamorous chandelier and modish sofa set. The flooring looks perfect together with the ceiling.

A modern home boasting a very stunning formal living room with a glamorous chandelier and modish sofa set. The flooring looks perfect together with the ceiling.

Modern formal living room with cozy sofa set and a stylish rug covering the white classy flooring.

Modern formal living room with cozy sofa set and a stylish rug covering the white classy flooring.

An elegant formal living room with a coffered ceiling with dazzling seats and a charming fireplace.

An elegant formal living room with a coffered ceiling with dazzling seats and a charming fireplace.

A large formal living room with charismatic sofa set and rug on top of the carpet flooring. The glass top table looks very stylish as well.

A large formal living room with charismatic sofa set and rug on top of the carpet flooring. The glass top table looks very stylish as well.

This formal living room features class sofa set on top of the hardwood flooring. There's a fireplace as well, under the stunning high ceiling.

This formal living room features class sofa set on top of the hardwood flooring. There’s a fireplace as well, under the stunning high ceiling.

The white walls surrounding this formal living room match well with the classy tiles flooring. The sofa set looks gorgeous as well.

The white walls surrounding this formal living room match well with the classy tiles flooring. The sofa set looks gorgeous as well.

A classy formal living room with cozy sofa set and an elegant large fireplace.

A classy formal living room with cozy sofa set and an elegant large fireplace.

This formal living room boasts a stunning high ceiling and carpet flooring. The cozy sofa set looks perfect together with the elegant black fireplace and dining nook.

This formal living room boasts a stunning high ceiling and carpet flooring. The cozy sofa set looks perfect together with the elegant black fireplace and dining nook.

The stylish fireplace of this formal living room looks very attractive. The rug on top of the hardwood flooring looks perfect with the room's style as well.

The stylish fireplace of this formal living room looks very attractive. The rug on top of the hardwood flooring looks perfect with the room’s style as well.

White modish formal living room featuring white sofa set matching the walls and ceiling. The hardwood flooring is the perfect addition to its style too.

White modish formal living room featuring white sofa set matching the walls and ceiling. The hardwood flooring is the perfect addition to its style too.

A handsome formal living room with smooth white flooring matching the walls and ceiling. The wall style looks so stylish together with the white sofa set.

A handsome formal living room with smooth white flooring matching the walls and ceiling. The wall style looks so stylish together with the white sofa set.

Large white formal living room featuring brown hardwood flooring along with stunning pendant lights just above the classy sofa set.

Large white formal living room featuring brown hardwood flooring along with stunning pendant lights just above the classy sofa set.

This formal living room boasts a splendid setup. The fireplace looks perfect together with the chic sofa set.

This formal living room boasts a splendid setup. The fireplace looks perfect together with the chic sofa set.

The brown leather seats provide elegance to this beautiful white formal living room, which also features a stylish fireplace.

The brown leather seats provide elegance to this beautiful white formal living room, which also features a stylish fireplace.

A spacious formal living room with cream sofa set near the fireplace and is set on top of the large tiles flooring.

A spacious formal living room with cream sofa set near the fireplace and is set on top of the large tiles flooring.

White formal living room lighted by a dazzling chandelier. The room also features a cozy sofa set and a classy fireplace.

White formal living room lighted by a dazzling chandelier. The room also features a cozy sofa set and a classy fireplace.

A modern great room featuring white walls and ceiling along with the hardwood flooring. Scattered recessed lights brighten the area.

A modern great room featuring white walls and ceiling along with the hardwood flooring. Scattered recessed lights brighten the area.

Simple yet modish formal living room with stylish seats and a fireplace lighted by appealing track lights.

Simple yet modish formal living room with stylish seats and a fireplace lighted by appealing track lights.

A charismatic formal living room featuring massive rug covering the hardwood floors. The sofa set looks perfect together with the white walls and ceiling.

A charismatic formal living room featuring massive rug covering the hardwood floors. The sofa set looks perfect together with the white walls and ceiling.

Large modern formal living room with elegant black seats matching the staggering black piano. The rug looks very stylish as well.

Large modern formal living room with elegant black seats matching the staggering black piano. The rug looks very stylish as well.

The black elegant piano is very striking together with the rug covering the hardwood flooring. The fireplace looks perfect as well.

The black elegant piano is very striking together with the rug covering the hardwood flooring. The fireplace looks perfect as well.

Classy white formal living room with an elegant fireplace and a chanting sofa set on top of the brown rug covering the hardwood flooring.

Classy white formal living room with an elegant fireplace and a chanting sofa set on top of the brown rug covering the hardwood flooring.

This formal living room features a high ceiling and hardwood flooring. The track ceiling lights are very tantalizing.

This formal living room features a high ceiling and hardwood flooring. The track ceiling lights are very tantalizing.

A modish formal living room with a stylish rug on top of the hardwood flooring. The ceiling lighting looks so stunning together with the fireplace.

A modish formal living room with a stylish rug on top of the hardwood flooring. The ceiling lighting looks so stunning together with the fireplace.

A modish formal living room with a stylish rug on top of the hardwood flooring. The ceiling lighting looks so stunning together with the fireplace.

A modish formal living room with a stylish rug on top of the hardwood flooring. The ceiling lighting looks so stunning together with the fireplace.

The high ceiling and the wall decors along with the fireplace give this formal living room an oozing elegant look.

The high ceiling and the wall decors along with the fireplace give this formal living room an oozing elegant look.

A perfect combination of the classy fireplace and glamorous sofa set. Added by the window curtains, this formal living room looks so fabulous.

A perfect combination of the classy fireplace and glamorous sofa set. Added by the window curtains, this formal living room looks so fabulous.

Large white formal living room featuring reddish hardwood flooring covered by a white classy rug matching the white sofa set lighted by a glamorous chandelier.

Large white formal living room featuring reddish hardwood flooring covered by a white classy rug matching the white sofa set lighted by a glamorous chandelier.

This white formal living room offers a stylish fireplace and a ceiling with skylight. The sofa set looks perfect together with the white flooring.

This white formal living room offers a stylish fireplace and a ceiling with skylight. The sofa set looks perfect together with the white flooring.

The fabulous chandelier of this white formal living room offers radiant warm white lights brightening the space occupied by a nice sofa set and a piano on the side.

The fabulous chandelier of this white formal living room offers radiant warm white lights brightening the space occupied by a nice sofa set and a piano on the side.

Simple yet elegant formal living room with a handsome set of sofa in front of the large fireplace. The ceiling along with its lighting surely is a stunner.

Simple yet elegant formal living room with a handsome set of sofa in front of the large fireplace. The ceiling along with its lighting surely is a stunner.

Large white great room offering a beautiful set of sofa along with a classy dining table set.

Large white great room offering a beautiful set of sofa along with a classy dining table set.

The seats in this formal living space are so wonderful together with the large fireplace.

The seats in this formal living space are so wonderful together with the large fireplace.

A spacious formal living room featuring an elegant couch set on the hardwood flooring topped by a classy rug. The ceiling offers a stunning skylight.

A spacious formal living room featuring an elegant couch set on the hardwood flooring topped by a classy rug. The ceiling offers a stunning skylight.

The violet shade in this formal living room adds elegance together with the grand piano in the corner. The tiles flooring looks perfect together with the room's style as well.

The violet shade in this formal living room adds elegance together with the grand piano in the corner. The tiles flooring looks perfect together with the room’s style as well.

A classy formal living room offering a sleek sofa set and a stylish center table on top of the charming rug set on the hardwood flooring.

A classy formal living room offering a sleek sofa set and a stylish center table on top of the charming rug set on the hardwood flooring.

The white sofa matches with the white walls of this formal living room perfectly. The ceiling boasts fabulous designs as well.

The white sofa matches with the white walls of this formal living room perfectly. The ceiling boasts fabulous designs as well.

Small formal living room with cozy sofa set and a stylish wall, lighted by scattered recessed lights.

Small formal living room with cozy sofa set and a stylish wall, lighted by scattered recessed lights.

It should come as no surprise that the most popular wall color in living rooms is white. White is bright, clean, even if you think it’s a little boring, you should consider it a “blank canvas” for all your design ideas.

Out of the 552,888 living rooms and 14 colors analyzed, 16.46 percent (or 90,994) have white as the dominant color.

Why White?

White for interior design is a double-edged sword.  On the one hand, it’s clean, pristine, pure; the color of perfection.  On the other hand, it can be viewed as sterile, non-emotional and even cold.

Fortunately, top designers understand this and there’s such an easy fix or it.  Use white as the background color such as on walls and/or the ceiling, but add warmth and/or brightness into the mix. Wood floors, wood ceiling beams, interior shutters, shelving, and wood molding can bring some warm wood tones into the room.  You can also add color via furniture, rugs, bookshelves (books always add nice color to a room), flowers and art.  In fact, in this way, white is the ideal “main” color for living rooms because it forms a nice canvas upon which you can design the ultimate room.

Finally, if you’re designing your home, plenty of windows or a few large windows can bring in plenty of light and the outdoors which can soften the sterile feel of white.

Let’s check out the data

Below are a series of three charts showcasing how popular white is for living rooms.  The charts include living room walls, floor and “overall.”

Walls

Walls is where white reigns supreme.  It’s the color used on 34.3% of living room walls.  In fact, white walls are a popular color for most rooms of the home.  I’m sure this is no surprise.

What is surprising is how close beige is, coming in at 31.4% of walls for living rooms.  I find that surprising, but then people do like their earth tones.  I prefer white, but that’s just me.

Chart showing white as most popular wall color

Floors

It’s no surprise that white isn’t in the top 3 most popular living room floor colors.  Hardwood is so popular and unless painted white, it’s brown.  Beige is by far the most popular carpet color and so it takes second.  Gray is a bit of a surprise as being so popular, but these days some hardwood has strong gray tones so the floor is described as gray.

White is the 4th most popular floor color with 4.78% of living room floors being white.

Chart showing white as not very popular living room floor color

Overall

For the “overall” living room color scheme, white comes in second most popular with 15.7% of living rooms being considered overall white.

Chart showing white as second most popular overall living room color

Is white furniture a good idea for your living room?

I’d be a hypocrite if I said no because we have a stark white sofa and armchair in our living room.  It looks fabulous against the medium hardwood and the huge amount of sunlight we get through the large bay window that faces south (we’re high up on a hill so we enjoy sunlight well into the evening).

In many cases, wood floors will provide sufficient warmth to an otherwise white living room.  We have a couple of wicker side tables and a very light beige stone fireplace as well.

However, if you have white walls and a white ceiling, you can go with almost any furniture color you want.  That’s what makes white so great.

Choosing White as Your Dominant Design Color

Before you decide to put some color on your living room walls, why not consider putting on a new coat of white paint? White represents cleanliness, peace, precision, innocence, and simplicity.

While white is often considered to be drab and dull, it can be a great foundation for any design or size of the living room. Whether you’re interested in a Contemporary design or are inspired by the Scandinavian style, you will notice while browsing our living room design gallery that you can use white in virtually every living room design.

Selecting a Shade

You might think that white paint is white paint, but there are shades of white that might suit your design style or the size of your living room a little better. While there aren’t any strict rules about using white paint in a living room, it’s best to use bright white in smaller living rooms.

If you have a large living room, you can certainly stick with regular white paint, but if you choose a darker shade of white, it may make the big space look more inviting.

Accenting in a White Living Room

While a white living room starts out as a clean slate, the design style can become cluttered very easily; choose your accent pieces carefully, as you would with any other dominant design color.

White pairs nicely with every color, particularly red, blue, and black, but unless you have a superhero or patriotic theme in your living room, be careful about how you use those three colors.

If you have wood floors, wood built-ins, or exposed wooden beams in your living room, don’t forget to treat the wood tone as an accenting color, too. Whatever the wood tone is (warm, cool, or neutral) you should pair other accent colors with the wood tone.

When adding furniture or decorative accessories to your living room, don’t forget about balance. Even though white allows for a lot of creative freedom, color balance is always important.

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