Kelly Rutherford inspires us to keep a white color scheme interesting with this designer-approved trick

The Gossip Girl alumna ensures her neutral color scheme retains visual intrigue with some curated additions in her living room

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We're all inspired by Kelly Rutherford's effortless, quiet luxury style, but what inspires Kelly Rutherford? According to her (incredibly chic) Instagram account, she's drawn to beautiful interior design. 

The Gossip Girl star frequently shares images of interior designs that she loves from talented designers, including the likes of Charlotte Reiss of Vivi et Margot, Laura Gonzalez, and Rose Uniacke, offering infinite home decor ideas. Recently, we were particularly struck by a post she shared from Copenhagen-based Studio Oliver Gustav. The post embodies Kelly Rutherford's interior design flair while simultaneously showing us how to decorate with white like a pro.

The photo shows a living room corner defined by white paint: a white door, white walls, and a white window frame. In front of this background, a white armchair takes center stage. The whole thing sits on gorgeously patinated hardwood floors. 

However, despite the abundance of white, the room doesn't look boring even for a second.

Instead, the talented antique dealer makes the look interesting with textural, contemporary, and decorating with antiques. The long gilded mirror and the narrow, gilded side table add baroque pizzaz to the space, contrasting the smooth, contemporary lines on the white armchair. On top of the table, a white geometric sculpture helps to tie the color scheme together and bring a modern energy to the older pieces. The transitional design makes a white color scheme look fresh and exciting.

'It's no surprise that Kelly Rutherford is inspired by this space,' says Jennifer Ebert, Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. 'The artful mix of vintage and contemporary styles creates visual interest for a refreshingly unique room. When thinking about curating our versions of "personal style," influences like Oliver Gustav's design help to lend a new perspective.'

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jen is the Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.

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Add some subtle, quiet luxury, Kelly Rutherford charm to any space with a gilded mirror, a gilded console table, and a white linen chair.

White needn't be bland, and decorating with antiques needn't be over the top. It's in the intermix that true art is created. Just like Kelly Rutherford, we feel inspired.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

Sophie is a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens, where she works on the Celebrity Style team. She is fascinated by the intersection of design and popular culture and is particularly excited when researching trends or interior history. Sophie is an avid pop culture fan. As an H&G editor, she has interviewed the likes of Martha Stewart, Hilary Duff, and the casts of Queer Eye and Selling Sunset. Before joining Future Publishing, Sophie worked as the Head of Content and Communications at Fig Linens and Home, a boutique luxury linens and furniture brand. She has also written features on exciting developments in the design world for Westport Magazine. Sophie has an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology and a BA in Creative Writing and Sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.