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Should You Consider a White Wardrobe in Your Bedroom?

Versatile, smart, timeless… this piece of furniture has a lot going for it

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A white wardrobe (or two or three) is a great option for your sleep space – the colour goes with everything, its light tone won’t take over the rest of the space and it’s ageless. Check out these ideas to find out the many ways you can use one in your own bedroom.

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Go for freestanding
White is the perfect colour for these freestanding wardrobes, as the pale shade helps them merge into the space and lets the patterned wallpaper take centre stage. The ornate shape of the wardrobes adds just enough detail to keep them interesting and the storage boxes on top bring a touch of natural warmth to the bright white tones.

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Use your space
Have an awkward shaped room? Go with it and make the most of every inch of space. In this sloped room, clever joinery has created a bespoke wardrobe that’s full of brilliant storage. Tall cupboards house clothes rails, drawers and shelving, while the top panels open up to reveal several cupboards. It’s a large piece of furniture, so by keeping it white the designers have prevented it from impinging on the space.

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Add some moulding
A good trick to make a piece of furniture look like it’s part of the room is to add moulding and skirting. Here, the bespoke white wardrobe has been fitted with a decorative moulding in the same colour, which carries on around the room. The same has been done with the skirting at the bottom and the two features give the illusion that the new closet was built with the property.

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Warm up with wood
If you’re thinking a plain white wardrobe will look too sparse, introduce some natural wood to give it texture and warmth. The light wooden handles and drawer details here work perfectly. The simple, straight design of the handles replicates the streamlined shape of the wardrobe, but their natural finish adds a warm feel to the otherwise plain closet.

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Try a hit of colour
Even colour lovers can benefit from a white wardrobe, as the plain shade works as an ideal foil for bolder tones. In this minimal room a magenta radiator brings an unexpected shot of bright colour and the cupboard opens up to reveal matching drawers and shelves.

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Panel for a traditional look
If you’re looking to give your room a period feel, try installing panelled doors on your plain white wardrobe. The panelling gives these ample cupboards a heritage feel that corresponds with the rest of the room. By adding details to the doors, the designers have also helped to break up an otherwise bulky piece of furniture.

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Mix and match
One of the great things about choosing a white closet is that you can easily match it with another piece of furniture. In this clever bedroom, the owners added to the existing white wardrobes either side of the bed. The three wall units at the top are from Ikea’s Besta range and have been fitted in the recess to form a wraparound storage area that frames the bed.

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Frame the doorway
Make the most of the light airiness of white by covering a whole wall with white wardrobes. Here, they’ve built a thicker dividing wall between the two rooms to incorporate cupboards. The designers have used all the space and have even included smaller cabinets above the doorway. In a darker colour this might have looked imposing, but the white doesn’t invade the space at all.

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Introduce contrast
Fancy a sharp, modern look? Team your white wardrobe with black walls to get the wow factor. The cutaway handles here add another element that turns a simple white closet into something more cool and contemporary. The tongue-and-groove panels soften the look though, and add a Scandinavian feel to the room.

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Work in a dressing table
The tall, lean cupboards here with slim handles are an ideal minimal design to sit next to a clever dressing table space. The simple lines of the wardrobes help to frame the space and accentuate the sloped corner above the table. For a striking contrast to the all-white space, the designers have gone for a bright orange paint on the skirting. Super cool.

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