A white bedroom scheme will work regardless of your style of home. Evoking purity and cleanliness alongside confidence and sophistication, white is a wonderfully versatile colour for the bedroom. Take a look at our white bedroom ideas for inspiration and advice.
IS WHITE A GOOD CHOICE FOR A BEDROOM?
If you can’t make up your mind, colour-wise, there is absolutely nothing wrong with going for a pure white bedroom – and adding colour and texture with your decorating choices. White on the walls and floor can create a cohesive feel if used around the house. An all-white scheme encourages flow and continuity from one room to the other.
WHICH WHITE SHOULD I USE?
The key is to find the right tone. A bluish-white gives a crisp finish, particularly in light-filled south facing rooms – it will lend an architectural feel but avoid using it in cooler north facing rooms because it will make the room feel colder. Use red or yellow tinted whites to lend warmth and brightness.
‘As with choosing any colour, the right white depends on the other surrounding colours, materials and elements,’ explains Kelly Wreastler. A warm white is better for light reflection on skin tones and works with just about any material or hue. A white that has more blue in it, providing a colder tone, is best when paired with materials and colours in that same tonal range. Try to limit whites to one or two at most in the same space.’
WHITE BEDROOM IDEAS
White is a more complex than most people think. As well as providing a clean neutral background, it’s a great colour for bringing out the tones and textures of pieces placed within its context. As there are no distractions every choice becomes critical. Unique colour combinations can create either a visual tension or harmony – both are equally beautiful. A neutral room doesn’t have to be boring. Be bold!
1. PAIR WITH NEUTRALS
A classic combination of black, white and gold has the power to add drama and refined sophistication to any scheme. Choose furniture with strong shapes and clean lines that will stand out against a bold black and white scheme, and keep accessories simple for a modern look.
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2. MODERNISE WITH MONOCHROME
Don’t be scared to use a monochrome palette in the bedroom. The right balance of pattern and texture can be used to great effect, creating a light and dreamy feel.
Depending on whether you choose equal measures of black and white, more white, or more black, the combination can evoke different tones, lending itself to schemes that feel glamorous, moody or bright and cheerful.
Learn how to use white in the rest of your home. See Decorating with white – pure, fresh and oh-so sophisticated
3. KEEP IT SIMPLE
Simplicity is key in this holiday-style guest bedroom where sheer curtains and white metal-framed res keep the look bright, with texture provided by soft mohair throws.
4. PRETTY UP A PERIOD PROPERTY
It’s important to be sensitive to the environment and the architecture when designing a space. White can create all kinds of different moods. Depending on the time of day and quality of the light, I love white for its ability to create serene, calming environments. It works well with all colours but it particularly brings out the warmth of natural materials.
5. BALANCE WITH GREY HUES
Subtle greys balance out all-white schemes. White looks much better with a contrast colour – grey lends a soft, calmness to white. ‘I was inspired by going to photography exhibitions and walking around the National Gallery – I started to realise how good paintings and photographs looked against grey. It doesn’t overtake the other colours in the pictures,’ says interior designer, Kelly Wreastler.
6. PLAY WITH TEXTURE
Working with a neutral palette broadens opportunities for accessories. Think of white as a canvas to then layer texture onto, through furniture, textiles and lighting. Shots of metallic – natural wood, faux fur, leather – help to rough things up, stopping the look from going too clinical.
7. ADD CHARACTER WITH COLOUR, TEXTURE AND PATTERN
White doesn’t have to be minimal, with such a pure and unfussy colour, you can layer up detail and texture without it looking over the top. Steer clear of hard contemporary lines, go for furniture with feminine detailing and elegantly curved shapes – a distressed paint finish will add a rustic quality to your pieces.