Readers Chime In: White Walls vs Colorful Walls

I love interacting with my readers because it gives me a chance to learn what your opinions are on certain design topics.

A few months ago, I posted a series of questions on my Facebook page to get a feel for how my readers felt about some popular design trends.

The responses were so engaging (and at times hilarious) that I had to round them up into a blog post.

Today, I’m sharing the responses my “Readers Chime In” question about their wall color preferences.

I asked the age old question: White walls or color on the walls?

Here’s what you had to say:

Color Lovers

To my pleasant surprise, the majority of people who responded said they prefer color on the walls!

I love that my readers aren’t afraid of bold colors!

Patrice P., Melonee C., Terry A., Donna W., Karen B., Denni C., Rikki B., AC L., LaTarya T., Geneva P., Shavon Z., Pat C., Cynthia C., Susan J., Denetris M., Sharon W., and Besty W. all say, “Color!

Designer: Arianne Bellizaire

Designer: Kate Marker

Designer: Amanda Nisbet

Designer: Coleen McGill

Yes To Accent Walls

The second most popular response was adding a bold color to an accent wall.

Jamie H. says, “Color Accents.

Joselyn T. says, “White, with an accent color!

Crystal N. WAS a fan of accent walls, but recently had a change of heart.

She says, “I have always had a accent colored wall in my home until last week. I painted the open plan living room, kitchen, and hallway Agreeable Grey. Now, my details pop out so much more!

Designer: Laure Hay

Thumbs Up For White Walls

A few of you said your go-to wall color is white, or at least a variation of the color white.

Some liked true white walls…

Nicol P. and Muhammad S. say “White walls!

Designer: Clair Hammond

Designer: Coleen McGill

Designer: Coleen McGill

…others pale walls with just a hint of color.

Patrick T. says “At least some color, even if it’s a shade of white.

Designer: Nicole Gibbons

Designer: Arianne Bellizaire

Could Go Either Way

Finally, a handful of my readers were undecided.

Pam R. says, “I like both. I don’t like weird colors masquerading as white.

Rhonda B. says, “Both.


Regardless of your preference, two readers had a solid grasp on the environmental factors that affect how successful your chosen wall color will be in the space:

Angie S. says, “Light and bones matter.

Wendy N. says, “Depends on the room’s architecture and what’s in the room.

Pro Tips

Before you run off to your nearest paint store, here are a few things you should consider.

First, understand the important role lighting plays in how your wall color is perceived.

After all, color is actually just the way our eyes perceive light!

The dictionary defines color as “the quality of an object or substance with respect to light reflected by the object, usually determined visually by measurement of hue, saturation, and brightness of the reflected light.”

So, regardless of how a color looks in the paint store or on that Pinterest photo you love, the amount of natural sunlight AND the color emitted from the artificial light in your space will change the color’s appearance once it’s up on the wall in your home.

Second, understand how the color you choose will support the existing furniture and finishes in the space.

Choosing a paint color should not be done in isolation.

In fact, it should be one of the last steps in your decorating process because it’s the element that can tie everything together.

This leads me to the final tip:

Bring your chosen color options into the actual space so that you can see how the colors work with the other elements that will live in the same room.

You can do this but testing with sample paint pots.

Here’s a video from a collaboration I did with Pottery Barn a few years ago to show you how to test your colors to get the best results!


I had so much fun reading everyone’s responses. Thank you to everyone who chimed in! If you didn’t get a chance to answer, it’s not too late!

Let me know in the comments whether you prefer white walls or color walls!

P.S. In keeping with this theme, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite paint colors in a post coming up soon!

Author: Arianne Bellizaire

Interior designer, blogger, and public speaker Arianne Bellizaire creates spaces that are beautiful yet highly functional for her clients. She served as one of only nine 2015 High Point Market Authority Style Spotters, and she has been featured in Rue Magazine, House Beautiful Online, GoodHousekeeping, EditorAtLarge, U.S. News & World Report, Roomhints,, USA Today, and MyFitItUpLife!

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