There's a fine line between bland and beautiful when it comes to decorating around a white sofa. These living rooms got it just right.
At a contemporary home in L.A., the living room’s sofas are by , the 1950s chairs are Danish, the cocktail table is by , the end tables are from , and the antique stool was a Japanese rice box. The antique mirror is Indian, the mantel is original, the pendant is by , the floor lamp is by , and the sconces are by .
In the living room of Kate and Rem Reynolds’s townhouse in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, the sofa from is upholstered in a fabric by , the design showroom Kate Reynolds co-owns. The chaise is by , the cocktail table is Danish, the Akari pendant light is by , the shades are of a fabric, and the Moroccan rug is vintage; the walls are painted in and the trim in , the photograph is by , and the cameo portrait is by .
In the living room of a luxurious Palm Springs house, there are vintage Barcelona chairs, back-to-back sofas by , an Arco lamp by and a floor lamp by . The wall is sheathed in Venetian plaster, the ceiling is cedar and the floors are poured-in place terrazzo.
In a San Miguel de Allende home, the living room’s sectional is custom, the armchair has a slipcover in natural white linen, and the leather chair is from the . The cocktail table is an inverted polished tree stump, a stone mill wheel serves as a side table, and the 16th-century monk’s chair in the entry hall is from . A Persian rug is layered on a cowhide, and the painting of the Guanajuato countryside is by Margarette Dawit.
This Ibiza living room features local-limestone floors covered in custom Spanish esparto rugs from Antonia Molina. Walls covered in a sandy lime plaster, and a wood-beam ceiling set a rustic tone in the living room. Custom sofas by Atelier Tapissier Seigneur and curtains in a quilted Braquenié fabric; the Oeil cocktail table by Pierre Chapo is vintage, the lacquered-coral sculpture is by Maurizio Epifani, and the painting over the mantel is by Alex Katz.
The pristine beige palette of this Palm Beach apartment is anchored by a neutral rug with a thick ivory border, and accented by a glass chair by Jacques Adnet and René Coulon. A 1970s Italian cocktail table is by Gae Aulenti. The concrete wall plaques are by Radu Comsa.
In the living room of Jay and Yvonne Fielden's Connecticut home, a white sofa gets a boost from vibrant reds anchored by neutral tans.
In designers John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross's New Jersey home, black-and-white pillows add flair to the all-white sofa while still allowing the colorful bookshelves to take center stage.
In Clora Kelly and Helge Skibeli's Shelter Island home, a modern white sofa gets a cheery upgrade thanks to citrus-toned pillows (which also help tie in the room's artwork.)
In architect and designer Sig Bergamin's Manhattan apartment, there is no shortage of pizazz, best illustrated by the expertly-styled pillowscape on the white sofa. Turquoise pillows add pops of contrast to the otherwise earthy red-and-brown color scheme.
In photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank's Manhattan living room, the striking white sofa covered in a linen by is accented with pillows by . The rug is by .
In Ellen DeGeneres and Portia DeRossi's home, a sofa covered in white Belgian linen from Brenda Antin plays host to a simple but impactful orange pillow. The earthy tone highlights the rest of the room's natural elements without competing.
In Patricia and Gerrity Lansing's weekend retreat, a white sofa gets a major upgrade thanks to twin pillows in a bold blue zebra pattern, which echoes the color scheme found in the room's coffee table, armchair and artwork.
In perhaps one of the most serene homes ever on the Greek island of Santorini, it's the purple pillows, handwoven in Greece, against a stunning landscape of white that bring flair to the room in an understated way.
In this classic living room in a Washington D.C. condo designed by , tan pillows with simple but elegant embroidery elevate a white, custom-made sofa. The bergère and stool are in the style of Jean Michael Frank and the reproduction Khotan rug is on a custom-made sisal by J Brooks Designer Floors.
In the living room of Meredith Melling and Zach Iscol's retreat on Martha's Vineyard, designed by Ariel Ashe and Reinaldo Leandro of , the sofa by is covered in a and dotted with patterned pillows with bohemian spirit. A custom walnut cocktail table and stool provide an earthy contrast to the crisp white.
For the blue and white living room in actress Ellen Pompeo's Hollywood villa, the custom-made sofa is cushioned with pillows covered in Indian cotton throws. The Afghan wool dhurrie is from the 1930s, and the candelabra is by Picasso.
In this Upper East Side apartment, designer dressed up white with even more white. The white sofa is paired with a white chandelier in the style of Diego Giacometti and rustic Chinese-style chairs. The marble table is from R.E. Steele Antiques and the floor is painted.
Designer anchored the white sofa, dotted with bright green pillows, in her Pacific Palisades home with a silk rug from . A painting by Gottfried Helnwein makes a dramatic appearance next to the French doors that open to the terrace.
Fashion designer started with a completely white palette, including a crisp white sofa by , in her family's Florida getaway, then added droplets of bright colors and attention-grabbing artworks. The cocktail table is by and the painting, Elaidyl Alcohol, is by .
In the den of actor and producer Ellen Pompeo's home, designed by , the sectional sofa is upholstered in a white linen by , covered in vibrant pillows and paired with woven-sea-grass stools by . The upholstered screens are all by .
In the living room of Mona Nerenberg and Lisa Bynon's Hamptons home, which they designed with Mark Cunningham, the creamy white sofa is by , as are the armchairs. A rustic cocktail table by , and the apple-matting rug from Nerenberg's shop, , in Sag Harbor, New York, add a rustic air to the otherwise prim-and-proper white furniture.
In the living room of an 1870s carriage house, the custom sofa is covered in a cotton and topped with pillows of various muted hues. The cocktail table is by , the dhurrie is 19th century and the Egyptian light fixture is from .
In the living room of philanthropists Ellen and Daniel Crown's Manhattan apartment, the custom-made sofa is covered in a chenille and complemented with sunny yellow pillows and a blue and white pillow. The armchairs are upholstered in a fabric, the club chairs are in a leopard print by and the 1940s cocktail table is attributed to Jacques Quinet.