Clean White Bedrooms

Francois Halard for Vogue
François Halard for Vogue

When you really get down to brass tacks there are a lot of positives to an all white space, particularly when it’s your bedroom. Lots of light, a nice airy feel, and a relaxing ambiance just to name a few. If you’re renting your home chances are you’re already stuck with a blank canvas, so take advantage of it!

Prue Ruscoe for Inside Out
Prue Ruscoe for Inside Out

Not only is white a great backdrop for all of your things (yes, STUFF is okay!), it’s also a fantastic gender neutral option that can result in a surprisingly dramatic vibe. Go all out with white everything or choose to accessorize with your favorite pops of color on the walls, floors, wherever you want to break up the colorless sea.

Elissa Crowe via Apt Therapy
Elissa Crowe via Apartment Therapy

Bring in various textures like quilts and rugs to roughen things up and add some visual appeal. Even if you opt to go with all white it’s important to make your bedroom cozy and appealing, and this is just the way to do it. Textiles will make your room feel less like a hospital room and more like home.

Gaelle LeBoulicaunt for Lonny

White walls give any room a sophisticated art gallery feel. Add a piece statement art or create a gallery wall to take your bedroom to the next level and add more interest, a place for eyes to naturally land in the space. Your room will feel anything but boring as a result.


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Gold in the Kitchen

Pencil & Paper

When you think of metallics in the kitchen you probably gravitate towards stainless steel or brushed nickel, maybe a little copper or bronze if you’re getting creative. But what about gold? While the warm yellow metal is a favorite in nearly every other aspect of life, it seems to get overlooked when it comes to this particular room.

You can use as much or as little as you’d like, but there are plenty of ways to bring this warm material into play. I love the way the floating gold shelves above look against that clean white wall, and they’re definitely unexpected.

Fiona Lynch

At the more extreme end of the spectrum lies these stunning gold upper cabinets. I mean, wow. The key here is how underplayed the rest of the materials are – a few shades of wood, a simple marble countertop, and black sink fixtures allow the those cabinets to really be the star of the space.

via decor pad

On the list of easy-to-install gold touches are fixtures and pulls. Of course put anything against white and it’s sure to pop like no other, but these chunky pulls have such a nice weight to them that their presence definitely doesn’t go unnoticed. The sink fixtures lend an elegant, polished look to this kitchen.

Nicole Davis Interiors

If you’d like to go a more traditional route consider a gold light fixture. Pairing a few together feels more unexpected, and a modern shape can add another level of interest.


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Black and Tan

Canary Architecture

There’s just something about black and tan. Yes, of course it makes for a lovely drink, but it also has the ability to make your home feel warm and sophisticated. Whether you’re relying on rich leather or warm wood accents, this palette offers touches of masculinity that lend themselves well to the perfect unisex space.

Brooke Holm

Worried that too much of the two hues could feel heavy and overbearing? Add plenty of white to the equation for a more modern take. White walls can not only make a room feel much larger than it is, they can also provide the perfect background for your favorite photos and art pieces.

Jeff Herr

You can also approach the black and tan look in a more subtle way as well, with small doses of both colors rather than a deluge. Break up the area with a few lightweight pieces – think metals – and bring in a few lusciously green plants to take the edge off.

55 Kvadrat

Like I mentioned before, black and tan can feel a bit masculine at times. Combat the tendency by bringing in furniture with softer edges and other pieces with finer lines. Plenty of cozy textiles will make the space feel welcoming and lived in while giving you just the right vibe.

Tan and Black Rugs
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Fashion Translation: Dreamy, Beachy Whites

Bear with me on this one: If there is one home decor trend that I am absolutely loving right now it’s the infusion of crisp, bright white. I know, I know… how boring. But, truly, when used in a modern way, all white can feel like a breath of fresh air in your home and wardrobe. For clothing, I like to take cues from the Elizabeth and James 2017 Resort collection. The use of all white feels measured and balanced in a very modern way. I love how tiny hints of pattern peek through the sheers, while the head-to-toe white looks are natural and textural.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth and James 2017 Resort via

This collection is fantastic inspiration for your home. I suggest keeping things minimal and simple, almost like a 1990s Calvin Klein ad (also trending this summer…). White rugs can definitely be risky in the home, especially if you’re a pet owner like me or a parent. But boy, are they worth it! If you’ve ever wanted your home to feel like a resort or beach house, this is how you achieve that look. I will eternally be a fan of pattern and can’t keep my boho inclinations away from this trend! Instead, I’ve found balance with monochromatic and tonal patterned rugs in an assortment of great motifs: ornamental old world patterns, modern grids, and simplified geometrics. Take your pick and you’re guaranteed a gorgeous beach-inspired outcome!


Shopping Guide:

Loloi Rugs Phoebe rug

Surya Trail rug

Safavieh Manhattan rug

Jaipur Rugs Scandinavia rug

Jaipur Rugs Fables rug

Dalyn Dover rug

Rugs America Cortland rug

Feizy Rugs Indochine rug


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