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4 Ways to Style the Coziest, Dreamiest White Bedroom

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You may immediately associate white with the bright and airy feel of spring and summer, but the shade is equally at home during the cooler months. (They don’t call it winter white for nothing!) And believe it or not, white can feel especially welcoming in the bedroom, where a neutral palette evokes not only a calming atmosphere but also one that’s inviting and wholly enveloping.

White also provides a pristine backdrop for furniture, art, and eye-catching accents—not to mention layers of comfy bedding, plush rugs, and soft textures. Read on for four ways to cozy up with white in your bedroom for a dreamy, soothing sanctuary—no matter your space or your style.

Photo by Frank Tribble

Photo by Frank Tribble

The Look: Traditional and Layered

Why it works:  With its lush textured canopy and velvet pillows, this bedroom feels like an intimate, hidden escape. Crisp whites are balanced with touches of chocolate brown (the wooden chest), warm gray (the heavy fabrics), and beautiful black (the toile) that keep the room from feeling stark or cold.

The unexpected touch: Stacks of books beneath the bed fill up an empty space, making it feel cozy, not cluttered.

Photo by Laura Resen

Photo by Laura Resen

The Look: Contemporary and Compact

Why it works: A dark shade may make a small bedroom feel intimate, but it can also draw attention to the lack of space. Here, warm white walls brighten the room, while layers and layers of blankets, throws, and pillows make the bed the focus for a retreat that feels snug but not cramped.

The unexpected touch: The matching mirrors, lamps, and nightstands add symmetry that enhances the serene vibe of the room.

Photo by Paul Costello

Photo by Paul Costello

The Look: Elegant and Modern

Why it works: This space mixes graphic pieces, such as the black-and-white four poster and nightstand, with ornate antiques to add warmth and patina. The white palette keeps the look cohesive, and the trunk and the chest of drawers can store extra blankets for when winter gets into full swing.

The unexpected touch: A shag rug layered on top of the summery sisal instantly updates the space for fall—and makes it that much cozier to step out of bed in the morning.

Photo by Tony Vu

Photo by Tony Vu

The Look: Rustic and Warm

Why it works: Exposed beams and an iron bed give this transporting bedroom the feel of a garret in France, but the style can work anywhere. The key is a backdrop of soft whites (think painted floors and vintage linens) warmed up with a toasty faux-fur throw and rich wood furnishings.

The unexpected touch: A streamlined campaign dresser adds a modern twist to the rustic elements and balances the ornate vintage accents.

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