What better way to brighten up your bed for summer than with an all-white refresh? White is the ultimate contrast for popping a hint of hue, so you can make a big statement with one eye-catching color. It also has a blank-slate feel that makes a room seem airy, easy, and restful (and often larger).
There’s one more important reason why white decorating is pretty fabulous: it’s easy to get it right. The key to decorating with white is to focus on a few key elements:
Layers! With all-white rooms, especially bedrooms, piling on the layers will give a rich, dimensional appearance and a plush, snuggle-in ambiance. You can go with just one shade of white, but we love the look of layered whites, from snow to the palest dove, and ivories, especially those that lean toward the creamy end of the spectrum.
Texture! Think smooth cotton duvet on top of a fluffy fleece blanket and silky Tencel sheets, or a quilted matelassé coverlet paired with a nubby sweater-knit throw and linen shams. Try mixing—and remixing—as many textures as you can to find the warm-cozy-sophisticated balance that all-white rooms often have.
Dressmaker details! Large and small, obvious and subtle, details are the cherry on top of this particular sundae. We love details like beading, ruching, pintucking, ruffles, embroidery, and appliqué, all of which add depth and individuality to a bedroom.
Pile on the throw pillows, and shams! We usually opt for a minimum of three, following this general rule: choose at least one set of shams that matches your middle layer (matelassé coverlet or blanket) or bedcover (duvet, quilt, or bedspread), and add in two additional white decorative pillows or shams in either the same shade of white or a slightly different shade, and in complementary patterns/textures.
Are you loving the all-white look? Let us know in the comments below!