There’s one feature that’s almost-universal to the hotel experience, whether you’re staying somewhere budget-friendly or ultra-luxe: white sheets and comforters. Bleachable linens make it easy to keep your bedroom pristine-clean with minimal effort. But getting those utilitarian staples to feel homey can be a tougher task. I think this black and white bedroom by Studio Revolution pulls the look off quite nicely, using a soft contrast to offset the simplicity of all that white bedding.
Why It Works
A true, stark, pure black and white bedroom would likely feel pretty hostile and offputting; there’s not much cozy or inviting in a high-gloss, artsy-mod, high-contrast decor. But this isn’t quite that; yes, the walls, linens, and bed frame are purposefully paper white. But it’s contrasted with matte charcoal, wood, gold, and cream that save the look from being overly stark. Left to me, I’d push it a little further. Think wood beams, textured paneling, wood shelves for live plants, or really anything other than simple white wall paint. But even as-is, the little hints of warmth and contrast make the so-simple white comforter feel like a purposeful design choice rather than a purely practical one.
Get The Look
Start with white linens: comforter (preferably textured!), sheets, and pillowcases that are bleach-friendly. Here, they’re paired with a white upholstered bed frame. For more color or contrast, opt for a heather gray or wood frame. Choose decorative pillows that mix shades of cream and gray, but avoid pure black and white. A simple bench and leaner mirror in wood or gold, plus wood flooring will add warmth and soften the palette. Here, the woods used all have ashy tones; warmer woods or metals will enhance the effect, without undermining the room’s modern feel. Gold-framed abstract art adds a touch of flair, while a black nightstand and swing arm lamp are both functional and stylish. But it’s the black and not-quite-white oriental-style rug that really ties the room together, keeping the comforter from overwhelming the space.
Pulling off a white comforter set without making your bedroom look like a hotel room is tough. Making a modern black and white bedroom look inviting and restful is even tougher. But bending the rules with off-white, off-black, wood, warm metals, or even live plants can help you pull off a look that’s both luxurious and practical.