Whenever I post pictures showing our furniture, I'm asked about living with so much white and "how does that work with children?"
Actually, our furniture isn't white. It's more oatmeal colored and here's a little bit about the subject:
When our boys were pretty young, we bought a new sofa and loveseat. They were bright white and slipcovered. I loved how they looked and yes, they got dirty, but about once every week or two, I'd throw the slipcovers in the washer and they'd be good as new. The problem was when company would visit. They'd see those white slipcovers and be intimidated. It's like they'd stiffen up and never really relax. Who wants that? Guests that are uncomfortable. So when we built our new home, I changed the slipcovers to a warmer tone. Oatmeal. And it was a really good choice. I've washed the covers once or twice in four years (because they don't show dirt), and our guests don't feel intimidated.
I pulled the cushions off, so you can see the slipcover base, and how much darker the actual covers are than traditional white:
Do I recommend white furniture? No, only because it's not welcoming. My recommendation: Just warm it up a bit and it's a perfect compromise.