20 Dreamy Ideas for a Not-Boring White Bedroom

These neutral, chill-out zones from HGTV Magazine are anything but a style snooze.

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March 03, 2020

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  • 1. Hang a sculptural light: A fixture with widely spaced arms draws the eye up, enhancing the airiness of white. Shades turned toward the ceiling spare the glare.
  • 2. Add touches of gray: That way, you avoid a sterile whiteout. The gray bed and pillows with white designs are understated enough to keep the softness going.
  • 3. Bring in one cool piece: Having a focal point, like a wide woven bench, helps a light-color room’s quieter elements come alive.

Room design: Chango and Co.

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  • 4. Clear the air: Exposed Edison bulbs cast a dim-in-a-good-way light that offsets bright white walls.
  • 5. Pick vintage-y pieces: Weathered nightstands fit right into a mellow palette and give that lived-in look so white doesn’t seem stuffy.
  • 6. Get a pet stool or two: Furry ones deliver a hit of fun — and extra seating, too.

Room design: Kim Woods Interior Design

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  • 7. Don’t forget the details: Floral cutouts on the headboard and jumbo tassels on the throw add charm to white.
  • 8. Soothe with sheer panels: Gauzy curtains bathe the room in a glow so white, it’s extra ethereal.
  • 9. Opt for open nightstands: They create breezy spots for mini bursts of color — like a lamp, a vase or good old books.

Room design: Design Shop Interiors

  • 10. Paint it cozy: A creamy shade on the walls (this one is Pointing by Farrow & Ball) takes the chill out of a white space.
  • 11. Be reflective: Mirrored doors — thick frames make them modern — bounce sunny rays around for yet more warmth.
  • 12. Embrace texture: A chunky throw, fluffy pillows and a hanging juju hat amp up the snuggly vibe.

Room design: Urban Shore Interior Design

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  • 13. Mix in metallics: Presto! White gets exciting. Stick with wallpaper that has a small-scale pattern and coordinating pillows for shimmer that’s not over-the-top.
  • 14. Keep your head in the clouds: The temptingly soft look of a tufted headboard (this is the Stephanie bed from thecrossdesign.com) is just right for a white bedroom.
  • 15. Lighten the floors: You can’t beat blond wood for that calm, clean feel.

Room design: Andrea Rodman

  • 16. Define with design: A black border on the crisp white bedding and a graphic upholstered bench offer chic contrast that distinguishes a white space.
  • 17. Whitewash it: To lighten up the bricks, wall paint was diluted with thinner and swept on with a large brush (a roller would’ve given too much coverage).

Room design: Tharon Anderson Design

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  • 18) Wow with wood: It may be a neutral but it makes things interesting. No beams? Fake ’em! Foam versions are cheaper and easier to install than the real deal (check out foamfactory.com).
  • 19) Play with pattern: Sweet yet subtle motifs, like on the wallpaper and bone-inlay nightstand, style up white.
  • 20) Take it to another level: White is expansive … sometimes too expansive in a room with tall ceilings. A simple canopy bed fills the space beautifully.

Room design: Purity Designs

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