Clean Slate: Using White in Children's Rooms

Clean Slate: Using White in Children's Rooms

Friends, I know I will get laughed off the island. Yet before we dive into color, I'd like to focus one quick, teensy post on perhaps my favorite color for rooms: white. Yes, it's the absence of color if you're talking about pigment, but nothing plays off color like a white or ivory room. So please indulge me just this once, as I take a trip down memory lane to some of my favorite white children's rooms from Apartment Therapy's archives.

Contrary to popular belief, a white room doesn't have to be boring. It is a clean slate, and we love the Scandinavian style peace that a white room with pops of color brings. From barnyard chic to the thoroughly modern, a white space works with almost any style. Click through for a few favorites:

1. Indigo's Hyggelig Nook - "Hyggelig" is a Danish word that means "welcoming." Every detail of this room is imbedded with history and a great sense of love, not to mention, color.

2. Jasper's Joyous Jungle - Jasper's family upholstered an old chair in a brilliant cobalt fabric, echoed in a charming vintage poster.

3. Ruby's Gem of a Room White encourages a stylistic tension between modern furniture and a doily style rug and crocheted poof. The combined effect is a warm, sweetly contemporary space.

4. Sophia's White, Bright, Magically Modern Nursery Sophia's room redefines the term "pop of color." From oversize artwork to a happy friendly rug, even the child's own painting plays off the white walls.

5. Violet's Bright and Airy Space Our own Lauren Hufnagl utilized a cool, feminine color palette in peaches, greys, and greenish yellows against her ivory walls. The end result is so soothing, adults wish they could sleep here too.

6. Oscar & Boots' 150 Square Foot Bedroom An Alexander Girard rug, a wall full of art, and a fuchsia Fatboy. Need we say more?

7. Olivia Ellen's Copenhagen Charmer Charmer, indeed. Olivia Ellen's room utilizes accessories and accent colors to their best advantage. A handmade pink tapestry contrasts an orange plastic Vitra chair, which plays off an aqua curio cabinet. The whole effect is just brilliant.

8. Meg's Room for Three One thing that's for sure about white is that it's malleable enough for multiple genders and ages. Check out how Meg pulled this room together for her three kids, and don't miss colorful details like the paint hidden on the drawer sides.

9. Rowan's Place in the World Rowan's space is an enticingly gender-neutral space that encourages travel and curiosity about the world. Be sure to check this one out if you're not finding out the sex of your baby before you decorate.

10. Leif's Modern Victorian These parents turned a closet into a red telephone booth, and pulled the whole room together with a simple graphic black and white rug to create a space the whole family wants to play in. Well done!

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