We only need to glance out our windows to find winter’s perennial-favorite color palette: white on white. Clean, serene, and the ultimate blank canvas, white is also the go-to color for interior designers, especially in the bedroom. But this season, we’re turning up the volume with a beyond-basic blend of whites. Here’s how we’re doing it:
1. It’s all about texture and layers. An all-white decorating palette can easily read as cold and unwelcoming if there isn’t enough textural interest, so choose fabrics with tons of character and a terrifically cozy feel against the skin. For winter, we especially love the contrast of smooth cotton sheets under a fluffy fleece blanket and a quilt or duvet that’s made for snuggling.
2. Don’t be afraid to vary shades of white. We’re taking a cue from Mother Nature on this one, and incorporating a variety of shades, from snow-bright to shadowy dove and just shy of ivory. Mixing whites, rather than sticking to a single shade, is a tried-and-true designer’s trick that will give your room an instantly upscale, sophisticated look.
3. Feature unusual details. This goes double if your textiles are made of similar fabrics, which can visually blend together and end up giving the room the dreaded art-gallery look. Here, we’ve mixed in a matelassé coverlet in a pretty quilted pattern, a vintage-inspired stitched decorative pillow, ruffled shams, and a lacy knit throw with fringed ends.
4. Top (bottom?) it all off with a luxuriously soft, lofty area rug. Nothing says cozy like a plush wool rug, and this hand-knotted beauty—with its versatile mix of white, ivory, and pale grey—is the perfect foundation for creating an indoor winter wonderland.
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