I'm of the opinion that white (and nearly white) in the home is hit or miss.
Depending upon the way it's used, the objects surrounding it, and the way it's lit... white can be austere, harsh, or just plain un-welcoming; however, it can also be clean, simplified, and help put your mind at rest. When my mind is at rest, I feel more open to epiphanies and much more likely to stumble upon creativity. But I never consciously realized how cozy white could be until tonight. While randomly sorting through the "Home Inspiration" folder on my desktop, I couldn't help but notice my own predilection for white in the home.
I've rounded up just a handful of the images for you here, and found several cohesive elements that help tip these room from severe to serene. Notably: Furs, plants, soft textiles, whimsy, natural light, woodgrain, and warm neutrals. You'll find nearly all of those elements in each of the images below.
From a shaggy dog, to a cowhide, wolf pelts, and lots of sheepskins... cozy, natural elements, such as furs, instantly soften edges and warm the rooms they occupy.
Ahhh, natural light...
Nothing beats it. Nothing else even comes close. It's that gorgeous diffused glow that seems to illuminate inanimate objects from within. It flatters, feeds, and helps us function. Even better? It's free!
Look at all the textiles at work above and below... a Kilim rug, embroidered woolen wall tapestry, pelt on the floor, throw blanket on the mid-century chair, and fluffy duvet, act as an invitation to sit down, snuggle up, and ahhhhh... relax. Note, the whimsical animals in the tapestry.
Woodgrain + Plants.
The natural greens of plants instantly sets a mind at ease. The warmth of woodgrain and straw help soften the hard lines of this very contemporary room. Note; the whimsy of the sheepskin pillow.
I love the unexpected duo of bathroom and bedroom sharing a space.
Warm neutrals: Copper, linen, leather, straw, rust, taupe, and even worn-out ballet slippers are the perfect accompaniment to a shocking true white... creating a comfortable balance and toning down the austerity, without losing the wonderful sense of clarity that white creates. Can you find the whimsical element in this photo? It's got ears!
So there you have it... my white moment. What's inspiring you right now?