Who doesn’t long for a bedroom that acts like a lullaby? If you’re sleep-challenged—isn’t everyone these days?—consider creating your own cloud chamber. Fans of all-white bedrooms use words like “tranquil,” “blank slate,” “no distractions,” and “Zen” to describe the appeal. There’s also an automatic tidy look that comes with opting for all white: a single color creates cohesion and, like a T-shirt, can stylistically go in any direction.
Too much etherealness, however, can be chilly and soporific (not necessarily in a good way). The key to a successful all-white approach is to introduce texture, slip in subtle patterns or varying shades of pale, and to accessorize with books, art, plants—or simply a wonderful view. Here are 27 standouts that demonstrate the great versatility of all white.
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How to select the right white for your room? For advice, take a look at 10 Easy Pieces: Architects’ White Paint Picks and How to Choose the Perfect White Paint.
Explore the whole project in our book Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.
Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon design what they call “considered furniture.” For years now, we’ve been fans of the couple’s London studio, Pinch, and recently took note of their Christo line of very inviting wooden beds that look like refined versions of classic children’s book illustrations come to life. They’re also seemingly sized for the three bears: there’s a single, queen-size, and four poster.
Of the Christo silhouettes, the couple say: “Shapes that are too dominant create a needy mood and convey a ‘look at me’ vibe that feels too self-conscious for rooms we want to relax in. One-note simplicity, on the other hand, risks being too beige. So in this case, we drew, modeled, redrew and remodeled until we were happy that the piece had stature and elegance while also feeling comfortable with itself.”
Oona cryptically tells us that the name of the line, “riffs on Julie Christie with a bit of informal grandeur thrown in. It sounds like a sweet nickname for a favorite godson.”
“Their furniture is both classic and simple with a contemporary overlay,” we wrote in our first post about Pinch Design back in 2009.
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I’ve always admired Maine Cottage‘s brightly hued wood furniture (their tagline is “where color lives”) but generally thought of it as the Lily Pulitzer of furniture companies: great for a traditional beach house or preppy country cottage but not really my style. Recently, though, I found myself perusing their website and found their offerings to be fresher and more appealing than I’d remembered, particularly their beds.
Here are some favorites, all solid wood and available in a variety of colors and sizes.
Above: The High Tide Bed, shown in Slate and Academy, starts at $2,495.Above: The Mabel Bed, shown in Bermuda Beach and Bark, starts at $2,195.