How to Style White Rooms
In an otherwise chaotic world a white room can feel like a haven of simplicity. However, styling a livable, inspiring white room can be a tricky affair. Here are some tips to get creative when decorating a white room.
Vary materials and finishes
To keep it interesting choose varied materials and finishes while decorating a white room. Mix classic subway tile and marble floors to create a modern rustic bathroom. A glossy white lacquered dining table, textured sofa, and painted wood chairs complement the matte white walls and wood floor. If you have white brick walls pair it with an antique wood bed frame, a fluffy rug and white linen sheets.
Mix furniture styles
In order to avoid the flat and cold look of a white room, mix furniture styles and periods. For instance, mix antiques and vintage items with contemporary and modern classics. Give your room a timeless look using a contemporary white pendant light, a mid-century rocking chair, and vintage painted metal bar stools.
Accessorize with multiple finishes
Choose accessories with multiple textures to create an inviting space. You can mix tassels, and sequins with leather. Use a vintage white painted mirror to embellish white walls. Cream and white orchids, airy white curtains and linen bedding in shades of white will give a serene look to a white bedroom. Ensure a cohesive look by layering textures.
Warm it up with wood
With natural materials like rattan or wood you can instantly warm up a white room. Mid-century pieces will shine on white walls. Dark wood antiques and a pale wood table will be perfect in a contemporary white apartment.
Use metallic's or mirrors for a bit of sparkle and shine
In a white room warm metallic's like gold, copper and bronze will catch the light. In lost corners and in dead spaces mirrors placed opposite windows can create depth and bounce the light. You can even opt for mirrored furniture.
Bring in greenery
You can enliven a crisp white room using indoor plants. If you don’t have a green thumb, opt for something that is more low maintenance. For instance, you can add a touch of green by incorporating textiles decorated with palm trees or banana leaves, and wallpaper with fanciful jungle scenes. Fresh or dry flowers and even a bunch of eucalyptus leaves, which will last longer, are great options.
Use black graphic accents
Give definition to a white room by using black graphic accents. A contemporary canopy bed or one statement piece of bold black furniture is all you need to cheer up a white room. You can include black accents like a black lighting fixture, framed black and white sketches and even accent pillows with black touches. You will get a similar effect if you use dark gray.
In addition to varying textures, materials and finishes, think about using a variety of shapes. For instance, an over sized round mirror or a sofa with rounded corners. To create a sculptural quality mix squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, and ovals.
Choose warm lighting
White rooms beautifully reflect natural light. But at night they can look a little stark. To avoid this choose bedside table lamps with silk or cotton shades that will produce a flattering, warm light. When accented with cooler globe lights a room decorated in warmer shades of cream will look serene and sleek.
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