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Minimalism (shout-out to Marie Kondo) has its benefits, but we’ve seen so many all-white spaces that we’re reaching decorative fatigue. Lucky for us, Nate Berkusa lifelong fan of elevated neutrals (see: his go-to kitchen advice), always has a trick up his sleeve for making them interesting—and the latest is surprisingly simple. 

“Sometimes color is not the way to go,” he wrote in a recent Instagram post of a breezy, monochromatic living room. “These pieces all come from different eras/countries/styles, but blanketed in whites, they look great together.”

A ’70s Tobia Scarpa sofa is a welcome juxtaposition to the more traditional chairs. Mixed materials, like the marble tabletop and linen curtains, also play up the cozy, layered look. With this easy design mantra in mind, Berkus ensured the finished spot looks anything but boring—in fact, it’s the sunny enclave we want to spend every weekend morning in.

If your own cream-colored corner is feeling tired, the fix could be as straightforward as introducing some subtle contrast. Set a paper chandelier against a retro ’90s velvet sofa or bring in a shiny mosaic end table. Just be extra-careful about coffee spills.

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