These days, we're seeing a lot of whitewashed rooms. It's easy to see why - there's a comfort in pale neutrals, a cleanness that provides a calmness and tranquility. And going white is a risk-free decision, as your white accessories will go with just about anything if you decide to paint the walls or slipcover the sofa.
Of course, with any strong theme for a room (or house), there's the chance of doing it wrong. A room full of white can be warm and inviting - or it can be sterile and dull. We've compiled a few Wildflower suggestions on keeping your neutrals noticeable.
1. Embrace subtlety.
If we had to pick a signature look at Wildflower, it's a subtle blending of tones. Contrasting a creamy white with natural beige tiles, or a soft gray with a clean white, creates a dynamic look without a lot of jarring contrast. We use this same sort of principle when building a bed by blending champagne, pebble, and a soft blushing pink.
|Standard Vivian Case in Pebble - $92 / Alyssa Euro Sham in Sand - $150 / Madera Case in Petal - $60 / Madera Sheet in Petal - (Flat) $266 (Fitted) $278 / Eloquence Bed Frame - $4125|
2. Go bold.
While we love the soft look of understated contrast, there's something really special about highlighting the perfect piece in a white room. Whites and neutrals offer a great canvas to display items that might get lost in a more embellished space.
Here, a large collection of framed work is balanced by the consistency of
images and the muted colors of accessories. High ceilings help in
keeping a feel of calm in what could be a busy space.
In this room, an oversized painting stands out amidst the minimalist
walls, while eclectic accessories highlight the owner's individual
taste. The bold leopard-print rug is balanced out by clean white
furniture and more graphic fabric prints. Finding balance in white
spaces is key, especially when purchasing a more striking piece.
|Our Sieger Tulips ($2395), subtly accented with gold leaf, would look gorgeous on white walls. |
Lighting is another great way to add a dynamic look to a white room. Go
big with a neutral toned chandelier, or hang a set of industrially inspired
pendants to add interesting contrast to a soft look.
|Sea Chandelier - $2700 / Dye Basket Pendant - $189|
3. Keep it natural.
Adding organic materials, like unpainted wood or found items, is a great way to create warmth in a minimalist white space. A butcher block counter top or raw wood headboard can keep a space looking homey, and the natural tones of wood stand out beautifully against solid neutrals.
|This reclaimed wooden bed frame ($2000) has a deep tone and natural texture that contrasts beautifully with white.|
4. Get textural.
One of the most important ways to keep a white room from feeling lifeless is adding texture in as many forms as possible. Layer rugs, seek out sculptural pieces, fall in love with fur and found objects.
|Driftwood Lamp with Linen Shade - $473 / Fur-Covered Mad Men Inspired Office Chair - $695|
|clockwise from top left: Blowfish Vase - $95 / Coral Sculpture - $188 / Ceramic Deer Skull - $438 / Fleur Lamp - $618|
In bedding, balance out subtle tones with different feels of linen, soft cotton, wool and ruffles.
|Alyssa Euro Sham in Sand - $150 / Madera Case in Petal - $60 / Raw Silk & Organic Cotton Pillow - $225 / Linen Blanket in Flax - $478 / Bella Sheet in Petal - (Flat) $266 (Fitted) $278 |
Allow vintage pieces to steal the show. Don't be afraid of mixing and matching - neutrals almost always compliment each other. These vintage burlap cases add character and contrast to a light room.
|Vintage Jute Trunk - $345|
5. Trust yourself.
Of course, our advice in putting any space together is this: trust your gut. If you fall in love with something that doesn't look like it's from the magazines, don't worry. Creating your space is all about bringing together pieces that reflect your unique taste and style. Love the process. And of course, call us with your questions.