When you think of sleeping on a cloud, what color comes to mind? If you're anything like us, you start to conjure up images of crisp, white linen and cozy neutral hues. There's just something about an all-white bedroom that exudes comfort in a chic, classic way. While decorating with white can be daunting (will it look stark? what if I spill?), when done well it can create a dreamy bedroom you'll never want to leave.
If you're thinking of going colorless in your bedroom, here are some ideas to inspire you.
Mix in Natural Elements
Mixing nature fibers into your all-white bedroom is a great way to add a bit of warmth without sacrificing that crisp, monochromatic color scheme. Rich, textured wood furniture or hanging wicker baskets add a lovely contrast to the sharp white color palette in this room while providing a bit of color to tone the brightness a bit.
Pair Blue and White
Myth: A white bedroom scheme must be all white. Here we see how mixing in a single color can add a bit of depth to a white bedroom while still keeping the overall look cool and light. Light blue or denim is a great choice, but anything with a cool undertone looks classic against white.
Go Wild With Greenery
If you're anything like us, you probably wish your home was a living greenhouse. Houseplants can loads of personality to a room, but in an all-white color scheme, they really shine. Consider pulling a wide variety of plants into your white bedroom for a pop of natural pop of color.
Lacking natural light in your bedroom? A well-made faux plant can look just a good as the real thing.
Sprinkle in Color
As mentioned, color is not off-limits in a white bedroom. To make it work, pick one or two colors to pull in and keep them simple, with similar undertones to the shades of white throughout your room. Too many colors and you lose the soft, neutral feel of an all-white bedroom.
Opt for Off White
If a crisp white is just too stark for your taste, capture this look with a warm off-white shade instead. A paint color such as Sherwin Williams White Duck SW 7010 is a great choice for a bedroom: it's warm but neutral, and it provides a bit of depth to your space while still feeling clean and bright.
Layer on Textiles
Layering your bed with cozy sheets, blankets and duvets is not only a way to encourage yourself to spend all day in bed, but it can also add a lot of coziness to an all-white bedroom. Layering five to six types of textiles on your bed gives your room that sleeping-on-a-cloud feeling and adds warmth to your neutral space.
Embrace Calming Beige
Beige may be part of the brown family, but it plays extremely well with white. A lovely tan or beige headboard or duvet cover can be a great neutral addition to a white bedroom—just pick a shade with a similar undertone to the white walls.
Go Bold With Accessories
One of the greatest benefits of decoring an all-white room is you have the freedom to go bold with your accessories without overwhelming the space. Splurge for throws or blankets with embellishments or fun details instead of sticking to the simple options.
Embrace Exposed Brick
If you're lucky enough to have exposed brick in your bedroom, consider painting it white for a rustic look. Exposed brick can add a lot of warmth and visual interest to your bedroom, but red brick can look dated and dark. Instead, paint it a crisp white for a wonderful accent wall.
Mix in Leather Details
In a dark room, leather accents can look heavy and overpowering. But in a room with a white palette, they give the space an elegant, chic feel. Look for a leather headboard or bench to add a touch of masculinity to a crisp, white room.
Decorate With Shiplap
Another great way to add a bit of texture to your white bedroom is with a shiplap accent wall. Shiplap is an easy DIY that looks clean and neutral, but adds just a touch of extra visual appeal to give your room more character.
Try White in a Kids' Room
A white color palette in your child's room may be a bit unexpected, but it offers a wonderfully clean canvas to add embellishments and accents throughout. White can create a cozy, whimsical bedroom look for a kid, especially with a few pops of color throughout.
Give Your Bedroom a Hotel Vibe
If you dream of creating a luxury hotel bedroom look in your own room, a white color palette is a wonderful choice. White or tan hues look incredibly elegant in a bedroom and can give you that chic, streamlined look reminiscent of a 5-star hotel.
Consider Your Throw Pillows
Throw pillows are a simple way to add a bit of comfort to a white room. Mix in a few patterned or solid throws, either in white or a light color that plays well with the rest of the space.
Try Scandi Style
If you're into Scandinavian design, a white bedroom is a great choice. Scandi design is simple and pared-down. It's uncluttered and cozy in a streamlined way, and a simple, neutral color palette works best in these spaces.
Embrace Your Architecture
If you have an interesting architectural element, such as a charming sloped ceiling or a wonderful built-in fireplace, a simple white theme is a great way to let those natural components of the room take center stage.
Add Black Accents
There's a reason black and white is such a traditional color combo. If you are looking for a way to add a bit of color to your white bedroom, consider a sharp black accent, such as a painted dresser or a cozy throw. The contrast is eye-catching, but still feels minimalist and neutral.
Try a Pop of Orange
A wonderful burnt or rusty orange is a great shade to pair with a white bedroom. Orange adds a pop of energy to your space, but a muted version is toned down enough to play well with a simple white color palette while adding a bit of personality to the room.
Focus on the Rug
A rug with a touch of color or design is a great way to ensure your white bedroom doesn't feel stark or bland. Avoid overly busy or patterned rugs, but a color or two is a great way to add an element of contrast to the room.