Design Inspiration – A White Palette with Pops of Color

When I got my mail last week I was surprised to see a Martha Stewart Living magazine in my mailbox. I don’t recall ordering the magazine – so it must have been a free subscription with purchase or something. I’m not exactly the Martha Stewart type – I like to joke that I don’t bake or cook, I simply “assemble” and I can’t remember the last time I did a craft for fun.

As I flipped through the magazine (which has some great ideas on organizing by the way) I came to an article on a Washington, D.C. home featured for its unique Swedish interior style. I was immediately enamored.

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The home belongs to Loi Thai and Tom Troeschel – owners of Tone on Tone, an antiques store in Bethesda, Maryland. (you can also read Thai’s blog, here.) Their antique store is unique because it specializes in Swedish furniture.

I love white interiors, but was always afraid that white was too plain. This article opened my eyes that white can be mesmerizing, as there are so many tones of white. Thai decorates his mostly-white home with a neutral but soft color scheme. He certainly recognizes that white, cream, beige, and gray are part of the same team.

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I love that he incorporates splashes of green. The green accents draw attention to focal points and give the space a garden-y vibe while still being polished and sleek.

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Thai’s home has inspired me to embrace my love of a neutral color palette. I love the green accents, but you could also add any accent color that is your favorite. The green is especially lovely because of the genius incorporation of beautiful topiaries.

IMG_7415I was inspired to pick up these green-tipped mums that you may recognize from my Instagram.

I like the idea of doing a neutral but pastel palette, with pops of peach, light pink, and periwinkle. These coasters are beautiful, and these vases would go beautifully on the dining table. If you are not blessed with a green thumb, a few gorgeous silk flower arrangements around the house will add pops of color and life. I have silk orchids in my apartment that I love (because I kill plants).

Mixing and matching some pillows (also love this one and this adorable one) on the couch and bed will make a white palette feel inviting. I added some pieces I found below, including a beautiful palm tree print, a geometric lamp, and a really chic bathroom set.

I can’t wait to go check out the Tone on Tone antique store. And I am proud to say I have such stylish neighbors 🙂

If you wan to be design-inspired, visit Thai’s blog!

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6 Responses to Design Inspiration – A White Palette with Pops of Color

  1. joi says:

    When I’m a millionaire I’m want to decorate my house like this 😀 haha

  2. Moriah says:

    I love the splashes of green, too – even when it’s just the lamps and furniture, something about it makes it feel like a garden!