Kirsten Dunst's sophisticated living room colors evoke modern elegance with a warm ambiance, say experts

The actress embraces the classic combination of natural materials with a timeless paint color to create an incredible living room palette

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Trends come and go, but some styles never fade. The combination of natural wood and white paint is one such pairing. In Kirsten Dunst's home, the color palette gets a warm, rustic twist.

Dunst's living room starts with a base of dark-stained floors against cozy cream walls. On top of this combination, a natural wood table forms a sideboard where the actress stores her record player next to a raffia lamp. A caramel leather footstool provides record storage, while a black leather armchair creates a dark contrast against the rest of the light wood in the space. Behind the table, a blue and yellow-toned framed photograph brings a pop of color into the room.

The living room color combination created by these materials is always stunning. 'Combining warm wood with white creates a striking contrast that enhances both drama and sophistication in any living room setting,' States Dominique Bonet, the lead designer at LD&D. She continues, 'Natural elements such as the warmth of wood and the lightness created by white hues, alongside the inclusion of indoor plants, complement this aesthetic harmony.'

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Dominique Bonet

Dominique has led LD&D’s design team since co-founding the design practice in 2008, using her expertise in art direction and set design to guide the company’s vision and penetrate the high-end design market.

Decorating this way is a great way to create a timeless living room that will never date. Jennifer Ebert, interior design expert and digital editor at Homes & Gardens, states: ‘The brown and white color combination created by the natural materials in Kirsten Dunst’s living room is perfect because it is so versatile. In this case, she’s chosen shades that complement her framed photograph and create a cozy energy, perfect for dancing to her extensive collection of records. However, if she gets tired of the look in a few years, it’s easy to change out the accessories for a completely different look.’

'These elements not only elevate the visual appeal of the space but also foster a deeper connection with nature, promoting tranquility, rejuvenation, and overall well-being,' adds Bonet. This type of mood-boosting decor has become a popular interior design trend in recent years, where people are tapping into the power of natural materials to create positive effects for health. The look has benefits that go far beyond aesthetics.

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Bringing warm wood into your white living room will always be a good idea. Contrast is also essential in creating this look. For instance, this wood and fabric arm chair pairs nicely with a jute rug to recreate the warm and rustic, but modern feel of Kirsten Dunst’s space. Accessories like a wooden bowl bring an extra homey feel.

Kirsten Dunst’s living room is the perfect example of why a natural wood and white pairing will never go out of style. It’s cozy yet modern and rustic yet chic. Best of all, the color combination is incredibly versatile, allowing you to customize the style in a way that best suits your home.

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.