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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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Winter White Interiors

Susanna Vento
Susanna Vento

White might seem like the furthest color from your mind when it comes to winter decor, especially if there’s snow on the ground outside your windows. However, it has to be one of my favorite looks. Maybe it’s the clean slate appearance that comes to mind in the new year, or maybe it really is a desire to mimic nature. Here are a few tips for achieving this fresh and clean look.

Fru Fly

Fru Fly

Mixed Textures. Not only do different textures — like the wood, paper, and laminate look above — add dimension to a palette that could easily feel flat, they all add an element of coziness.

Decordots

Decordots

Lots of Light. Plenty of white in your home is already going to make it feel larger and lighter than before. But by throwing open all of the window shades (curtains, drapes, what have you) you’re going to add to the illusion of a big ‘ol space that’s oh so inviting on the coldest of days.

vtwonen

vtwonen

Black’s Best Friend. The combination is tried and true, so if all white isn’t your thing, don’t fret — just add some black (or grey, or tan, or whatever). The thing about a mostly white palette is that any hue you add to the mix in moderation is going to pop like WHOA.

White Rugs

1. Dalyn Dover  2. Jaipur Rugs Bergen  3. Jaipur Rugs Devin 4. Surya Grizzly Shag  5. Rugs America Gramercy  6. Jaipur Rugs Alta

Don’t Forget the Floor. Not only will a throw rugs keep your tootsies warm this winter, it will also add tons of that texture we talked about. Feel free to layer a few on top of one another for a super chic luxe look.

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White Hot Summer for the Home and Wardrobe

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There’s no cooler summertime look than head-to-toe white. Crisp, cool, and collected, white practically screams sophistication… but of course in a very soft, polite kind of way. This is a look that lends itself to a multitude of styles. From preppy to boho to glam, wearing head-to-toe white works for all aesthetics and attitudes. Don’t be afraid to layer shades of white, too. We love the way crisp, cool white shirting mingles with antiqued ivory lace and crochet work. Keep the silhouettes architectural and simple for a look like this for maximum impact. In terms of accessories, we suggest keeping those fairly minimal and pared down as well. Place the emphasis in one statement piece, whether it’s a great strappy sandal, wide brimmed hat, or large carryall tote.

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When incorporating this look into your home, it’s all about texture, texture, texture! Keep tones in the same family: bleached out whites, crisp ivory, and pale ecru. Then, create a layered look, much like your apparel ensemble. We suggest opting for a layered rug aesthetic. Don’t be afraid to mix tonal patterns, like this Safavieh Adirondack rug, with textural, almost 3-dimensional rugs. We love the idea creating the perfect loft space, so experiment with overlapping a multitude of rugs. Because this look is all about the monochromatic balancing act, consider adding touches of metallic (especially bronze) and camel colored leather or suede. Accents like this will make your space feel posh and very Soho loft. Just like with your garment silhouettes, keep furniture shapes simple, clean, and architectural, just like this side chair. The proportions of this chair are as unexpected as an all-white, texture-based interior!

Photo Credit: Because I’m Addicted, Fash for Fashion, and Harper and Harley.

Shopping Guide: Dula Alta rug, Safavieh Adirondack rug, Dula Dalarna rug, and Joanna extra wide side chair.

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Winter Whites

Winter Whites

As the new year quickly approaches, I can’t help but think about renewal — in my life, my wardrobe, my home. After all, a new year is the perfect time to start over from scratch. Aside from the typical resolutions (ahem, those pesky last 5 pounds) come January, I plan to focus on simplification. Visually speaking, crisp, clean neutrals are a great place to start, especially in my wardrobe. Often times when getting dressed for the day I get caught up in the possibilities? Sometimes it’s just too much. Come January, I want to give in to my longing for ease and pare down my selections to shades of neutrals. Right now I am craving creamy ivory, rich oatmeal, and stark white, especially after the sparkle and dazzle of the holidays. Let the pattern from texture, be it chunky cable knits, tonal herringbones, or even a subtly woven stripe. Plus, don’t forget the accessories. Is there anything more perfect than ivory leather?

Shades of Neutral in the Home

This freshening renewal can happen in the home, too. Calming down your color palette can be centering for your soul. Be brave — whitewash your walls with an accent wall of oatmeal, slipcover the sofa in a neutral-colored herringbone fabric, or even swap out the boho ethnic rug with a natural un-dyed jute number like this rope border rug. Tackle that storage resolution with this wound-rope Simply Home basket, perfect for storing unused toys, extra throw blankets, or even that growing stack of magazines. Now is the time to embrace neutrals for a calming and refreshing 2014.

Photo Credit: LA Cool & Chic, Elizabeth and James sling bag, and The Street Style.

Links: Simply Home basket, rope border rug, Surya neutral runner, Surya accent pillow, and wide white side chair.

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