5 Tips for Mastering a Perfect White Bedroom

Updated 04/19/19
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Nothing is quite as calming and serene as an all-white sleeping space. Spa-like, airy, and ethereal, these rooms demand relaxation and comfort -- as all well-designed bedrooms should. Designing a compelling space with such a limited palette can be challenging, but by heeding the below advice, you'll be on your way to crafting your own heavenly retreat and sleeping in a cloud in no time.

#1: Incorporate a Variety of Textures

With such a restrained use of colour, it's extremely important to use a variety of textures in these spaces. Tactile seagrass wallcoverings, furry pillows and blankets, rich wools, and soft linens all in shades of white and cream add dimension and visual interest which may otherwise have been created by a varied colour story. Consider all of the available surfaces from ceiling to floor as opportunities to add additional layers of textural intrigue.

 

#2: Pay Attention to Furniture Forms

A lack of colour means every element in your design should somehow stand out whether it be through its texture, form, or function. Select interesting furniture and lighting pieces with unusual details or lines to prevent boredom and make each component of your design sing. Sculptural chairs, nightstands, and lighting are the perfect places to start.

 

#3: Utilise a Variety of Shades

Further create dimension in your space by incorporating a variety of "white" or "neutral" tones to highlight the room's various components. An ivory throw on crisp white bedding, or a pale grey lacquered nightstand will still feel airy and light while adding depth and complexity to the look.

 

#4: Add Metallic Accents

Chrome, bronze, and brass components will add sparkle, shimmer, and glamour to your bedroom retreat. Incorporate these finishes through unique light fixtures, photo and art frames, and decorative accessories. Their reflective surfaces will distribute light and brighten the overall space.

 

#5: Accessorize with Care

Once your white elements are set, layer in decorative accessories like you would in any other space to add small dashes of colour and life. Worn books, vases with flowers and branches, meaningful objects, and photos belong in any personal space -- limited colour palette or not.

 

Photographs: 1. The Line 2. Amber Interiors (designer and source) 3. Bryan Patrick Flynn photographed by Daniel Collopy 4. Darryl Carter photographed by Morris Moreno for Elle Decor 5. Elin Kickén (designer and source) 6. Elkie Brown (stylist and source) 7. Griffin Balsbaugh Interiors (designer and source) 8. Kristin Kerr (designer and source) 9. Photographed by Gaelle Le Boulcaut for Lonny 10. Mali Azima (photographer and source) 11. Mali Azima (photographer and source) 12. Rose Uniake (designer and source)

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