32 White Bedrooms That Exude Calmness

Your bedroom, whether you share it with a partner or sleep peacefully alone, should be a reflection of your personality and your values. Most importantly, a bedroom should be a place where it is easy to relax. Some people may prefer to splash colors on the walls and bring in large tropical plants to create their own jungle getaway, but others will tend towards something a bit simpler and more zen. The bedrooms featured here are unafraid of dirt, dust, or red wine. The white palettes are soothing, bright, and welcome relaxation while beautiful furnishings, art, and accessories add just enough personality that each room feels like home.

Living Room Colors 2017

Top Living Room Colors – Green

Green is a great choice for a living room. You may choose a very pale mint green for a living room that’s short on windows to help lighten it up. Moss Point green feels surprisingly neutral and can work as a background to other strong colors or wood finishes you may have in the room. Midnight Clover green could be a terrific accent wall. The great thing about green is while it is very vibrant, it still feels relaxing and welcoming. Since green is such a natural color, it seems organic in almost every room. Green living room colors are a fun choice for a family home where the living room is really for living not just for show.

Top Living Room Colors – Gray

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9 Chic Design Solutions for Tiny Living Rooms

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Trust us, you can make a small space work.

You’ve finally scored the apartment or home of your dreams, but there’s just one tinycaveat: It’s a touch on the small side. Luckily, tiny homes can pack just as much glamour and wow-factor as a spacious McMansion—it’s just a matter of getting the right design approach down. Even if you only have a mere 300 square feet to your name, these space-saving tips will whip your digs into tip-top shape.


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Bulky couches, coffee tables and chairs have a tendency to weigh a small space down and make it feel cramped. Opt instead for leggy, streamlined styles (mid-century modern options are particularly on point) that will make your living room feel more spacious.


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Pieces that can pull double duty—like an innovative coffee table or an old-world trunk—are key when you’re short on space because they provide extra storage to keep clutter at bay.


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Use a collection of quirky mirrors to decorate the walls in your living room and add visual intrigue while creating the illusion of a large, lofty space.


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Free up floor space by taking advantage of unused wall space and add a mounted book shelf or a funky geometric unit to display books and unique decorative accents. An added bonus? Mounted shelving draws the eye upward, emphasizing ceiling height.


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Form and function—lucite, acrylic or plexiglass furnishings give you the best of both worlds, infusing your room with a touch of glamour and creating the illusion of more space.


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Floating window shelves do so much more than provide save space. These minimal shelves offer a seriously chic way to display petite plantings and provide a bit of extra privacy—which, in a big city, is always a good thing.


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Open concept has its perks, but it can also make a small living space feel even tinier, swallowed up by the rest of the room. Define your space with luxe accents, like an eye-catching rug, unique lighting and luxe textiles to make your living area feel like a distinct space.


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Balance is everything. A calming color palette gives this small space an airy feel, while plants and oversized artwork pack plenty of panache.


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Tiny spaces are conducive to big, clunky desks, but that doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of a work space. Wall-mounted options are a savvy solution, providing you with a small work station without taking up precious floor space. This is also a great option if you have an awkward corner or nook that’s too small for focal pieces.

11 Rustic DIY Home Decor Projects

Rustic style has morphed into a more eclectic look that has been styled well with everything from farmhouse to super modern. It can stand alone, or bring warmth into a more contemporary space. It can be a whole entire home theme, or it can be simple touches to add some character to a room. The great thing for DIY’ers is that rustic style is pretty easy to achieve in a DIY project, very forgivable of an oops! All it takes is some inexpensive materials, a few tricks of the trade, and a little elbow grease. Or, you could go to a home store and pay for it. But where’s the fun in that?

Love, love, love this DIY wood framed mirror from Shayna at ‘Wood Grain Cottage’. This looks like an expensive home store item, but with a lot more character. Cheap fence boards, cheap Walmart mirror. Great project!

 

These DIY rustic lanterns from ‘100 Things 2 Do’ are a Pottery Barn knock off, so you can guess what they might cost retail. Easy to follow tutorial, and these are really cute. I could think of a ton of places these would look great both inside and out. What about filling these with plants instead of candles?

 

Big fans here of ‘Stikwood‘, the easy peel and stick real reclaimed wood products that any DIY’er can use to make a room look awesome. I am dreaming of using this on the ceiling of our master bedroom… A pretty modern space that would just come alive with this! So yes, this is a DIY, but yes, it is also a product we are obsessed with. I mean, just look! Go check out their gallery of ideas, you will be inspired! (P.S. For all you budget decorators, remember, you could use this on a small project to save bucks… the front of a kitchen island? A small accent wall?)

 

This DIY rustic entry bench is from Rebekah at ‘Charming Imperfections’ via ‘Over the Big Moon’. Made from 2×8’s, this has a full step by step tutorial. Charming!

Make these Restoration Hardware inspired DIY curtain rods with this tutorial from Rachel at ‘Maison de Pax’. ‘Domino Magazine’ recently gave Rachel some honors, so pop on over there! This DIY cost only $15, btw. Elegant and rustic!

Speaking of curtain rods, these DIY reclaimed wood rods from ‘Olive and Love’ are being used by this blogger for shower curtains. You could use them anywhere!

 

From ‘Andrea’s Notebook’, this DIY rustic headboard is really easy, even for someone who has never done woodwork before. You could even get the cutting done at the home improvement store if you don’t have a saw. Love it with white and bright, clear colors… Our oldest daughter and her husband made one similar to this for their master bedroom, and it looks amazing. It’s hard to get the rustic look wrong, if you make a mistake, it just looks… well, rustic!

 

This DIY office memo board by Ashley from ‘Little Glass Jar’ is such an easy tutorial! I love the chicken wire, but even more I love those mini wooden clothespins they used as clips. Cute! Perfect project to warm up your home office or homework area.

 

This DIY rustic wood box centerpiece is from the ‘Liz Marie Blog’, which has always been one of our favorites. This project is a simple one made from a 1×6 piece of lumber. I love the little rope handles she made. This is the softer side of rustic! Sweet look!

 

This DIY wood striped wall from Taryn at ‘Design, Dining and Diapers’ is the perfect choice for someone who has been dying to have a wood wall, but doesn’t want that much work! This was only 5 – 1×8 pine boards and some nails… plus, a little bit of planning.

 

Ok, this cute DIY crate and pallet bookcase from Jen at ‘House of Wood’ is a pretty easy build, very cheap, and we are loving on her styling! She can not only build just about anything, she has decorating skills too! Lots of photos to take you through this, plus a warning you should pay attention to.

So bring some rustic flavor into your home, DIY style!

Room Crush: A Decadent Designer Green-on-Green-on-Green Living Room

Have you ever had a room crush? You know the feeling: you see the photo of a room so enviously gorgeous that it stops you dead in your tracks, and you can’t help but think about it – heck, you’re even talking about it to your friends who care to listen.

Sometimes, the crush is on a room that’s totally on your level; something you can Pin for later and aim to recreate with your own twist. Other times, it’s just something so pretty, so unattainable, so over the top, that it instantly steals your attention. This is one of those times, and this decadent space, designed by Jonathan Rachman for the 2017 San Francisco Decorators Showcase, is one of those rooms.

Room Crush: A Decadent Designer Green-on-Green-on-Green Living Room

Inspired by the friendship of couturier Hubert de Givenchy and his muse, the iconic Audrey Hepburn, as captured in the photograph by Jacques Scandelari, Jonathan created this marvel of a room with Paris in the springtime in mind. “I imagine them returning to Givenchy’s green salon on Rue de Grenelle to enjoy each other’s company while ‘April in Paris’ (duet by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong) plays softly in the background,” notes the designer. “‘Til April in Paris, chestnuts in blossom…’ I wanted to bring the Parisian Spring glamour and romance back, in a fresh current way, airy—not stuffy—fresh and classic.”

Room Crush: A Decadent Designer Green-on-Green-on-Green Living Room

This living room is all at once glamorous, modern and timeless; it’s also a study in how to do green-on-green-on-green in a way that doesn’t feel redundant. And that wallpaper…well, don’t get me started on that! “Silk Tree” is a custom de Gournay commission by Jonathan that took 12 weeks (expedited from the customary 22 weeks it normally takes to complete a similar project) to install and it’s the showstopper here. Hand-painted and embroidered in place, it’s a feat (and of course, a total luxury). It makes the voluminous room feel full, verdant, alive.

I’ll stop myself from gushing further on the walls, and dive into all the other aspects that make this aspirational room totally crush-worthy:

  1. Jonathan accomplished an all-green palette beautifully. The key here was mixing of shades (some warmer, some cooler), textiles (velvets, crushed velvets, silk) and patterns mix-and-match prints on the throw pillows, a faux bois scheme on the rug).
  2. When you’re maxing out on style in a room, then actually max out. Bring in real greenery and flowers to complement the leafy wallpaper. Regular window coverings? Nope, try a full-frame, scrolled valance. Small built-in dining bench? Take it wall-to-wall instead. And, of course, never ignore your ceiling, which brings us to our next point…
  3. The plaster and gold-leafed ceiling of this room could easily steal all the attention, except here, the designer was able to introduce this bold design element in a way that worked cohesively with all the other show-stopping additions to the room.
  4. Velvet, velvet, everywhere. As if an emerald green velvet Chesterfield weren’t enough, the luscious material reappears on a pair of wingback chairs, the extra long dining bench and on the dining chairs.

Empowering Design Lessons From a Stunning Rental Living Room

 

Isabelle’s house tour is endlessly inspiring to me, for starters because it’s just flat out gorgeous but also because it so clearly illustrates how all of the small choices we make can add up to something wonderfully, personally beautiful. And for those of us who are renting, that is pretty damn empowering.

Ok, first thing’s first: Isabelle’s rental living room is not exactly problematic to begin with. In fact, it has supermodel-level good bones for a rental. Yet what makes it solivably beautiful is the thoughtful and personal way Isabelle has decorated it.

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While Isabelle’s rental is a great canvas to begin with, like all rentals, it has its quirks, as she notes:

“Since the apartment is rented, I had to deal with original elements that I didn’t like, like the kitchen cabinets, the tiles, the ceiling that is not original. I focus on beautiful furniture and accessories to hide and distract the viewer.”

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Focus on Furniture & Accessories

Isabelle maximized the room’s organic beauty through her furniture and decor choices. Some of my favorite specific design elements that can be applied pretty universally to rental living rooms:

  • Isabelle’s neutral color scheme creates a balanced, cohesive room (without looking too matchy) that works to accentuate the beauty of her extra large windows and hardwood floors. While we all aren’t on the neutral train, her execution illustrates how effective using (at least a general) color scheme can be in creating a room that looks and feels pulled together.
  • Her use of neutrals with stronger moments of black throughout works to create visual interest and a softly elegant mood.
  • Her extra fluffy Moroccan rug anchors the room from an aesthetic standpoint while also adding warmth and coziness.
  • Her simple wooden decor elements and rattan basket planter perfectly echo the room’s beautiful hardwood flooring.
  • Isabelle may keep her colors neutral but she really plays with texture: organic and modern, soft, cozy textiles and hard molded plastic and wood—all of it works to build a room that is layered and interesting.
  • Her space-saving use of two smaller tables function as a coffee table would while keeping the flow of the room open. It’s easy to see how a traditional coffee table could swallow up a lot of this room.

(Image credit: Anik Polo)

Focus on Timelessness

Isabelle’s living room is not going to look dated nor will it “go out of style” any time soon, and that’s because it’s largely decorated from a personal standpoint. Implementing trends can be fun, and adding in a few of the newest looks is a great way to freshen up a room, but when thinking about the big picture – about how you want to feel day-in, day-out in your living room over a longer period of time – you can’t beat decorating from the heart using a vision that resonates with you personally. That’s a takeaway anyone can implement, renters and non-renters alike.