In the non-so-distant past I wrote a rather strongly worded post about my desire to live a colorful life. Of course, this affinity for vibrancy is evident throughout my home, where richly colored paint adorns most every wall (and several ceilings) and the rest of the space is filled with books, art and souvenirs from our travels. To me, all the color and mementos make a house warm and welcoming. Someplace that feels like home and not just a showroom of the latest interior design trends.
That said, I’ve recently noticed my drawn to rooms with a simpler vibe. Crisp white spaces with clean lines and lots of light that make you feel as if you’ve just taken a giant breath of fresh air. Perhaps I’m inspired by January. The start of a new year evokes in me a desire for a clean slate. And what could be more refreshing than adding lightness to your home?
In an attempt at open mindedness (something else that seems much needed in these politically tumultuous times), I decided to do a complete 180 and explore the virtues of all white decor. My goal is to pinpoint techniques for making bright white rooms feel welcoming. And so here they are, design tips for creating interiors with personality using white decor in any room...
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In the Bedroom: Here’s the spot to double down on all white decor. Create a romantic oasis by complementing white walls with white furniture and textiles. Use luxe fabrics and a couple of statement furniture pieces (bed frame, nightstand, lighting) to keep the space interesting and inviting.
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In the Dining Room: High contrast creates high drama. Offset white walls with restrained use of bold accessories in one or two contrasting colors. Chairs, rugs and wall art are all good places to incorporate color. A black and white palette creates a sophisticated space, while an unexpected pop of vibrancy, like turquoise, makes the room more playful.
In the Kitchen: This is a room where all white decor is expected. But with warm wood floors and a few unique accents, you can transform a sterile white kitchen into the heart of your home. Invest in dramatic overhead lighting, eye-catching bar stools or a statement making rug to elevate your kitchen design.
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In the Living Room: Just go for it! Here’s the room to play with your white backdrop. Explore extremes. Whether that means rainbow bright accents or monochrome restraint, fill this space with furniture and accessories that make you smile. By including a variety of materials (leather, velvet, marble, shag, metal), some eye-catching art, and a few strategically placed plants, you can be sure to create a welcoming space for friends and family to gather.