10 Tips To Keep In Mind When Decorating An All-White Bedroom
March 30, 2016
White rooms need a thoughtful tweak or two to bring on the sweet dreams.
By Becky Harris, Houzz Contributor
Ah, the all-white bedroom — sounds like falling asleep on a fluffy cloud in heaven. But as simple as going all-white sounds, without some thought, the results can be a stark disaster that will keep you up at night. Moves like adding a few subtly contrasting hues, creamy tints, metallic finishes, patinated pieces or a range of textures make mostly white bedrooms the stuff of dreams.
1. Bring in unusual textures. The feathers of the Juju headdress and the fringe and metallics on the Moroccan wedding quilt warm this room with their creamy tones and interesting textures. They also add a global feeling within the limited color palette.
2. Go for Shabby Chic. A fluffy white bedroom is a hallmark of Shabby Chic style. A generous hand with white is the element that prevents things from leaning too shabby. It adds a crisp touch to patinated pieces, such as the vintage French chandelier, that are typical of the style.
3. Make the most of natural light. Walls, ceiling, trim and shutters painted the same color bounce the light. The surrounding whites bring out the beauty of the dresser, while throw pillows and the coverlet add subtle contrast.
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4. Use a tone-on-tone strategy. This beautiful bedroom keeps things cool in Florida’s hot climate, yet the creamy ivories are anything but chilly. The patterned fabric on the upholstered bed is a standout in spite of the only slight contrast in hues. Painting the walls, trim and supports for the coral pieces emphasizes their sculptural qualities.
5. Add one big moment of contrast. The painting is made all the more dramatic by this crisp, all-white backdrop. Even the furniture and bedding appear to be the exact same hue of white. The saturated colors in the painting are richer thanks to the surrounding white.
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Using the contrast on a big element like the floors is another good strategy. Here, walnut floors add depth and warmth across the room. Note the way this room has also brought in interesting textures with two large sheepskin poufs and two smaller silver poufs. Off-white walls and the rug balance the bright white of the sofa, coffee table, trim and ceiling.
6. Paint the ceiling a different color. In this elegant bedroom, a soft silver lowers the high ceiling just a smidge and lends a cool contrast to the roaring fireplace. A white marble fireplace surround, glass chandelier, large mirrors and a mirrored dressing table bring in the glitz.
7. Add interest via the walls. Whether beadboard, tongue and groove or shiplap (seen here), the lines and textures that these boards create add a coastal cottage feeling.
This room is modestly sized at about 11 feet by 11 feet, but using white certainly helps it feel larger. Of course, windows with spectacular views of Nantucket Sound certainly don’t hurt either.
As we island-hop over to nearby Martha’s Vineyard, we see that the exposed framework lends a similar coastal summer house feel. Ruffled bedding and subtle florals finish off the idyllic cottage look.
8. Bring in just one bold color. While these homeowners are landlocked, they still sought the easy-breezy feeling of an ocean cottage like the ones we just looked at. Pollen green adds an earthy vibe to this otherwise all-white room.
9. Think modern. Every inch is at a premium in a New York City home, so going all white and uncluttered with clean lines is a great idea. Classics like the Louis Poulsen table lamp and George Nelson bench nod to midcentury design, while the upholstered bed, rug and window treatments provide comforting softness.
10. Soften with ruffles. An all-white palette helps these low ceilings feel higher, while the curved furniture and ruffles soften the look.
Tell us: Have you ever gone almost all-white in a bedroom? Please share with us in the Comments how you made it inviting.
[Photo: Monika Hibbs]