How to Live Like a Style Blogger
It’s the easiest way to decorate: Paint your walls white, and bring in big, happy hues. This cheerful Charleston house shows how to pull it off with flying colors.
Meet the Designer: Chassity Evans, from Look Linger Love blog
Chassity and her husband, Josh, bought their Charleston, South Carolina, bungalow four years ago, they were looking for more than just a location change—they needed a style switch-up, too. "Our old house felt heavy, with closed-off rooms and ornate details, so we wanted to lighten it up this time," says the mother of two children (Lilly, 6, and Fletcher, 4) and creator of the fashion and lifestyle blog Look Linger Love. "I realized that a clean, airy backdrop—white walls, light floor—gives you freedom to play around with colorful accents, just as neutral clothes are a blank canvas for bright accessories." With some clever color-mixing moves, she turned their home into a stylish yet easygoing space. "It's the look we always wanted," she says. "We're staying put for a long time."
Follow the Rainbow
The key to using colors of all stripes? Repeat one or two so the space feels cohesive. Here, homeowner Chassity Evans piled on the
pink (pouf, pillow, rug, blankets) to tie the room together. She also showcased the various shades in creative ways: layering throws on ladders, leaning art on a windowsill, topping a graphic rug with a striped one. For balance, neutral lamps and classic wood tables
offset the bright hues.
To buy: Florence and Olivia down pillows, $128 each, luliewallace.com. Potato Print blue slate pillow, $139, rebeccaatwood.com. Artwork, susiebettenhausen.com. Peruvian Heirloom wool rug, celadonathome.com for similar. Custom sofa, taylorburkehome.com for information.
Contain the Color
You can go crazy displaying all kinds of art when you “cage it in” on recessed shelving. This all-white built-in, in the kitchen, shows off a rotating collection of family favorites: works by local artists alongside Lilly’s and Fletcher’s paintings. “Normally you’d see something like this in a living room, but why not try a gallery in a kitchen? Getting to look at art while I’m cooking makes me feel connected to the rest of the house,” says Chassity. She stashes plates and platters in the cabinets below.
A small space is the ideal place for a risky design move. “I always loved the look of Popham’s tile
but was afraid to commit, so I finally went for it with this 15 ½-by-7-foot floor space,” says Chassity. She grounded the look by painting
the brick wall white (Pure White by Benjamin Moore) and keeping
the rest of the space spare, with only a rustic display stand for art and a straw basket for shoe storage. (Coats and backpacks live in
a nearby closet.) “Walking in through an
airy entryway makes
me smile every day,” she says.
To buy: Venice basket, $88, elizagranstudio.com. Artwork (far left), sallybenedict.com.
Frame It in White
Let a big, bold painting be the standout piece in a room by keeping all of the other elements quiet. That’s the strategy Chassity used in this breakfast nook, pairing a vivid watercolor painting bought online with neutral, toned-down furniture. The wood table’s pedestal base offers extra legroom, and the swiveling vegan-leather chairs—originally meant for the home office—are easily wipeable and a cinch to climb in and out of.
To buy: The Original Watercolor Giclee Print on Canvas, $650 (42 by 90 inches), shopblackcrow.com.
Span the Full Spectrum
The trolls are in charge of this playroom’s palette (hot pink! bright orange! neon yellow!). Any colorful grouping looks deliberate when you display it on shelves painted the same white shade as the walls, to blend in. Chassity anchored the space with a four-foot-wide deep blue sofa and a (stain-hiding) overdyed rug. Even the windows got a dose of color, with the kids’ paintings adhered with washi tape and a playful pennant hung right above.
To buy: Winsdor Overdyed Grove rug, $309 (four by six feet), rugsusa.com. Honeycomb wall shelves, $59 each; Straight & Narrow book ledges, $25 each: landofnod.com. Canvas wall banner, $75, sharptoothstudio.etsy.com. Chas love seat (similar to shown), $750, pier1.com.
Dial Down the Tones, Pump Up the Pattern
A bedroom with lively prints can still feel restful if your color choices are calming. Here, Chassity used accents in sea-inspired shades: a nautical-navy headboard, aqua green pillows, and walls painted sky blue (Woodlawn Sterling Blue by Valspar). Symmetry makes a space soothing, too, so she flanked the bed with matching nightstands and space-saving sconces.
To buy: White with Peacock Green throw-pillow cover, $58, celadonathome.com. Articulating Industrial Brass Scissor lamp, $299, photonicstudio.etsy.com. Sierra Hemstitch duvet cover, from $349 (full/queen), matouk.com. Custom headboard, taylorburkehome.com for information.
Layer Your Whites
With spectacular architecture and design
elements (herringbone-tile floor, glossy tub), there’s nothing more impactful than white. The ultimate finishing touch: a wavy white pendant. “The shape reminds me of the water,” says Chassity.
“It makes this room relaxing and elegant
at the same time.” Striped towels, kids’ drawings, and a potted palm add just the
right splash of color.
To buy: Stray Dog Designs chandelier (similar to shown), straydogdesigns.com.