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How to Decorate with White

White looks cozy in winter and beachy in summer, it’s clean and uplifting, and best of all, it’s incredibly easy to work with. If you love the look of white spaces, but want to make sure your beautiful white rooms never come across as cold, clinical, or boring, read on because these tips are for you!


Photo: Domino Magazine

Think of white as a canvas for color. I love changing up the look of my home fairly regularly, and using a white “base” can make this so much easier. In the living room shown here, for example, a white sofa, coffee table, walls, and shelving provide the framework, and the lavender and leopard print cushions add a fun pop of color. This makes working with color super easy, because in such a small dose you can be quite bold and it will always work!


Photos: top, Rachel Ashwell; others Domino Magazine

Add texture. If you prefer to keep things very monochromatic, that can absolutely work, too! The thing to remember is, the less color you have in a room, the more texture you should add. Think of beautifully textured wood floors, fluffy rugs and sheepskins, natural fibers, and woven baskets. All of these things will help your eye read the space as warm, inviting, and interesting, even without any color!

When in doubt, add a bouquet! In my humble opinion, no white room should ever be without a small bouquet of flowers. Even a single bloom in a bud vase can add that much-needed pop of visual interest to a space. Notice that in every single photo I have chosen to illustrate this post…there are flowers!

Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Feizy Rugs Indochine in white; Safavieh Tibetan 100 in white; Surya Grizzly Shag in white; Martha Stewart Rugs Hand Knotted Piazza Rug in milk white.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Bright as Sunshine

There is no happier color than yellow, don’t even try to convince me of it. Sunshine, flowers, butter. So have you ever thought of – or have you ever – had it hang out in your home?

I love the idea of having one statement making piece of furniture in a bold color. It would be the ideal fix for a piece that is in desperate need of a little update or one you picked up at a garage sale and aren’t quite sure what do with to make it yours.
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Or maybe you have a more permanent feature in your space that could use a little kick. The goldenrod yellow radiator above almost takes on the feel of a piece of art in its new hue, especially against that beautiful navy wall.

Armelle Habib

I can’t help but smile when looking at these yellow chairs! Actually everything about this entire setup is a dream, but I digress. There are plenty of yellow dining chairs readily available, or you could just as easily paint a set of your own. Wouldn’t a mismatched set look fantastic? The yellow would unite them in such a fun way.

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A slightly more involved project would be something like these show-stopping kitchen cabinets. Don’t you love the way they pop against al of that stainless steel and grey? Because I do. This would be a fun update for older cabinets, in fact I’m thinking of something similar for my own.

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I’m planning on ripping the carpet off of my stairs in the near future and this photo has been major inspiration. A coat of paint on a stairway can be a fairly easy job, provided there’s no hidden repair work lying underneath. And this yellow just calls for feet running up and down them!

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For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Fashion Translation: Pretty-n-Pink Florals

If there are two things that will ALWAYS have a place in my heart, it’s florals and pink. Put them together and you have tons of sweet, springtime inspiration for home and wardrobe. When it comes to fashion, you should totally take this trend literally — go for it with pale pink, bubblegum, and magenta. Look for feminine silhouettes and sumptuous, silky, satiny fabrics. But for the home… change it up a bit.

Photo Credit: Mohito via Fashion Gone Rogue

When it comes to adding pink into the home, I suggest really putting some thought into it, lest your living room look like a nursery! It’s quite the fine line. Selecting a gorgeous ornate bohemian-style rug is a great option. I suggest looking for rugs with lots of pattern, but in a color palette that grounds the pink. Whether it’s skinny lines of black (hello, Surya Wilmington rug) or soft tones of ivory, white, and other neutrals, be sure to really pay attention to the color. If you DO want to go floral, look for rugs in unexpected color combos.

Shopping Guide:

Surya Wilmington rug

Colonial Mills Westminster Blush Pink rug

Surya Hillcrest pink, burgundy, beige rug

Nourison Impressionist pastel rug

Capel Genevieve Gorder Elsinore Mandala rug

Loloi Rugs Lola Shag

Jaipur Rugs Winslow Sebree rug

Surya Transcendent rug

For more inspiration from Joanna, follow along with her at Jojotastic!

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Pretty In Pink

I’m gonna put it all out there. I love pink (ok, and Molly Ringwald too), but hands down it’s one of my favorite colors. Every single shade from blush to bubblegum to hot pink to coral to deep dark magenta, pink makes me squeal with delight. Lucky for me, Pantone announced Rose Quartz as color of the year, so pink is trending – especially in home decor. No longer is pink only for Barbie and her Malibu dream house. No way José. This color is simple, modern, and beautiful.

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Via Dwell

There are so many ways to celebrate this fantastic color in your own home. You can be bold and make a statement with bright splashes or keep it subtle with hits of soothing bashful blush. Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “Woah, she’s crazy. Pink is soooooo not versatile”, but i beg to differ. Let’s look as some of my favorite pink color combinations, shall we?

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See, I told you pink wasn’t just for little girls and grandmas. Pink can be sophisticated, glam, or romantic.

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Via Russell Smith

Another thing to keep in mind when decorating with pink is that you don’t have to stick to one shade. Experiment a bit by mixing fuschia with blush for balance. You want to be impactful, not distracting.

Have I convinced you to add in some pink to your home decor? Where would you put it? In the bedroom? Living room? Dining room? I presently have pink and navy in my bedroom and am gearing up to decorate my dining room with the same color pairing. Here are a few of my favorite rugs that will make pink shine in your room and give your space that “Wow” factor.

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1 Surya – Zahra – Magenta, Teal, Eggplant

2 Loloi Rugs – Lola Shag – Blush, Ivory

3 Loloi Rugs – Lola Shag – Pink, Purple

4 Jaipur Rugs – Ann – Raggedy – Red

5 Oriental Weavers – Kaleidoscope – Pink, Navy 

6 Surya – Luna – Coral, Sea Foam, Lemon, Violet

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