Beach house great room with coastal white slipcover couch, white wood plank ceiling, white cabinet against white wall. I would go for slip covers in a sand color and white accents. I have pets that would be to hard on white furniture.
At a Pennsylvania flea market, we found an Amish hope chest whose painted decoration had worn away over time, leaving a tracery of blues, greens and reds. We replicated its colorful patina on our Rebecca Trunk.