White paint doesn’t always get the respect it deserves. Too often it’s considered a default, or a color for people who can’t pick a color.

But white is consistently voted the ‘most popular’ and ‘most likely to succeed’ member of the color spectrum. And in so many cases, it’s white that allows other colors to pop. As Maxwell says, “A good white wall is like a nice formal dress shirt – it’s the perfect foundation. It holds the space of the room while directing attention to the art and the furnishings.” Here are five beautiful rooms that show that white paint is the hero we’ve been waiting for.