There’s no denying that an all-white color scheme is clean, crisp, and sophisticated. But despite its obvious charms, it also tends to be one that many people avoid. Why? Well, there’s the challenge of making it feel comfortable and inviting, versus stark and museum-like. We’ve all been to those houses where you’re afraid to touch anything, let alone sit down—and you definitely don’t want your home to be one of them.
Then, there’s the practical aspect: While you may have fantasies about a pristine space for your always-angelic kiddo, the reality is, it’s probably not such a great idea to decorate your finger paint loving little one’s territory in an exclusively white palette. But when it comes to your master retreat, the effect can be quite striking—not to mention totally tranquil.
And while all this talk of potential pitfalls could have you even more trepidatious than before, don’t be: An all-white bedroom is basically a blank slate. Instead of stirring intimidation, it should stimulate creativity.
Need some inspiration? We’ve rounded up a selection of wow worthy sleeping quarters—plus tips from interior designer Amy Lee McArdle of Amy Young Designs—to help you pull off this dreamy look in your own dwelling.
Brittney Borjeson’s coastal casa echoes the ease and spirit of Sayulita. Her sun-drenched master marries the inherent serenity of white with Mexican artifacts and artisan-made custom furnishings. And who needs a TV when you have such stunning views of the sea and jungle?
“This shelter bed frame is like the white t-shirt of interior design: Everyone needs a timeless and chic piece like this,” says McArdle. Well-curated accessories, like a delightfully adorned nightstand, simple sheets, and small floral arrangement, round out this soothing space.
Anne Ziegler’s laidback Los Angeles home is an escape from the frenetic pace of daily life, and her bedroom is romantic and relaxing. “I love the sheer drapes and luxurious linens, while the black table lamp provides a nice contrast.”
This minimally-minded, whitewashed space screams SoCal cool with its light, bright, and airy vibe. Dip-dyed stools, copper-trimmed fixtures, a jute rug, and a California state print impart personality.
Lake Tahoe Tranquility
“This neutral guest suite has so many amazing layers of white and cream. It’s country chic with a crisp feel,” says McArdle. The wood-paneled walls have a slight blueish tint, but the sisal flooring tones that down a bit. And the woven area rug makes it feel extra cozy.
Earthy tones and natural elements, such as linen bedding and a sheepskin throw—a nod to the space’s past as a hunting cabin—infuse organic grace, and connect this hunting cabin turned family refuge to its scenic Topanga surroundings.
This Lower East Side apartment is a breath of fresh air in the middle of a bustling city. Unique accents, such as a cork stool, wall mount, and playful sleep mask enhance the easygoing attitude, and lend a sense of whimsy to the space.
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