White Chesterfield sofa and zebra-skin rug
Alec Hemer

High Contrast

A buttoned chesterfield sofa is a stunning focal point in this living room. Accompanied by a vintage zebra-skin rug and a glass-top coffee table, the English antique takes on a modern flair.

Bits of black on the lampshade, rug, and coffee table provide contrast, while the leather-bound books add texture.

Kitchen table with slipcovered chairs
Tria Giovan

Informal Accents

A farm table anchors the gathering space in this appealing kitchen. Lightly finished wood countertops contrast beautifully with classic subway tiles and hardwood flooring. Slipcovered chairs keep the arrangement informal.

White room accented with wood

Wall-to-Wall Serenity

A neutral palette and natural textures (including a sofa slipcovered in cotton, a low-slung raw wood coffee table, and a woven sea grass footstool) create a living room that feels like an island escape.

Pale blue and white room
Tria Giovan

Tropical Eilxir

To create a sense of calm and cool in this living room, the designer stuck to a simple color scheme. Adding pale hues of blue and green create a nautical-inspired space in an appealing manner. Rough-hewn ceiling beams draw the eye upward.

White kitchen with painted floor
Tria Giovan

Classic Palette

The kitchen is the most often remodeled room in the house, and a white palette will never go out of style.

Here, beaded-board walls and a classic checkerboard floor look fresh (for a more subtle palette, consider pewter gray instead of black for the checkerboard). Windows free of curtains or blinds take advantage of the natural light that makes white sparkle.

White bathroom
Jean Allsopp

Fresh Flair

In this bath, the beauty’s in the details. Pewter nautical cleats take the place of standard hardware, and brass fixtures illuminate mirrors mounted over a custom vanity.

Even the flooring and countertops are unusual: Mosaic tiles form a subtle geometric pattern, and the counter is composed of a nonporous quartz material perfect for high-splash zones.

A woven-wood Roman shade on the window ensures privacy from neighbors while filtering light and contributing additional texture.

Beautiful white living room

Perfectly Frank

Infusing this living room with designer Frank Randolph's signature pale color was a big step toward the serene oasis these homeowners had in mind.

His off-white custom sofa nearly disappears in the sun-flooded, floor-to-ceiling window bay. Coordinating patterns on the occasional chairs don’t distract from the palette.

Antique wine jug in white foyer
Tria Giovan

Tropical Foyer

An antique wine vessel wrapped in wicker and grass pairs with a Parisian bistro chair in this stairway. Cool white walls and marble floors create a breezy interior and heighten the drama.

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