A peaceful bedroom doesn't have to be plain.
Create a natural, chic and restful bedroom with muted, chalky palettes and natural linens, cottons, woods and wickers. The softer shades help create a soothing setting, while earthy tones and organic fibres bring life to a pared-down room. Layer different shades of one colour rather than multiple hues – the more limited the palette, the more restful the space will be – but keep things interesting with layers of texture. With a blank canvas as your backdrop, it’s then easy to charge it up with new bedding, throws and artwork. A neutral palette will also help absorb any brightness and make the space feel more peaceful. These are some of our favourite rustic bedroom ideas.
The panelled wall is made from old scaffolding boards, which were washed with watered-down Skimming Stone estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The dado rail effect was a nice mistake – boards had been put up to where it is, but it didn’t look finished. So the owners added this thin horizontal strip which breaks up the wall a bit.
Get the look: The scaffolding boards are from Hadley Reclaimed. The ceiling rose is from London Plastercraft. The headboard was home-made. Love Your Home For Less does a similar design. This is the Craft Series storage chest by Another Country for Heal’s. The check throw and the Flowertree Pastels cushion by Maxine Sutton are also from Heal’s. This is an Ikea table lamp. Bought from Lassco, the reclaimed floor is from Bush House, where the BBC World Service was broadcast until 2012.
This bedroom's restful feel comes from multiple layers of texture and consistent colour.
Get the look: The Coppola pendant by NH for Swedish brand Rubn is from Twentytwentyone. The Harlosh bedside table and Imo bench are both by Pinch.
Here, horizontal panelling creates a boutique-hotel vibe (the super-king-size upholstered bed helps too).
Get the look: This is the Inferno bed from sofa.com. The Chehoma wall light is from Holloways of Ludlow.
Soft colours and materials were used for this guest bedroom, such as brown and taupe, and linen and cashmere.
Get the look: The bedside stool is from ABC Carpet & Home. The bedside pendant lights are vintage barn lights. This is a Cirrus Hugger ceiling fan in Gloss White. The artwork on the wall is by Charlotte Hagen-Cazes.The doll sculptures on the bed are by Anne-Valérie Dupond. This vintage bed linen is from Anne Becker. The cashmere blankets on the bed are from India. This is bleached white oak flooring.
Texture takes precedence over colour in this restful space.
Get the look: The bed is from ABC Carpet & Home. The storage bench is from Ochre. The bedside table is from US retailer Design Within Reach – West Elm sells similar. This is a Phillip Jeffries wall covering.
A mix of textures in the same shade create interest and intrigue to this stunning space. A raised, painted wood platform sits on a polished concrete floor, and is framed by painted brick walls and light, linen curtains – all white. The wooden stool helps add some warmth to the white space.
Get the look: For a freestanding tub in this style, visit CP Hart. For similar rustic-style accessories, try French Connection Home.
This light and airy bedroom has a glass screen that opens on to the sea. The sliding doors open on to a glazed balcony, keeping this space in touch with the elements and flooding the room with sunlight.
Get the look: The Malm bed and wall light are both from Ikea. This is the Void pendant by Tom Dixon.
This neutral bedroom sits in an oval tower, so the furniture curves into the space, being gently hugged by the walls. Porthole windows in the bedroom add to the ocean-liner look.
Get the look: The bed is by Hastens. The Calvo side table is by Lee Kirkbride. The Iona tall cheval mirror is by Pinch.
This airy, light, white space is anything but boring. The impressive ceiling height is broken up with a ceiling fan, a tall four poster and a raised platform. Instead of a headboard, the bed is placed against a freestanding room divider wall that's tiled in pretty mosaics.
Get the look: For a similar four-poster bed, try Orchid. Check out The Linen Works for similar bed linen. Find a wall light like this at Jieldé. Topps Tiles sells white mosaic tiles.
In this modern scheme, sleek, bespoke storage contrasts against exposed brick walls and wooden shutters. The wardrobe design has concealed inset handles that are based on dandelion seeds being blown in the wind. A low bed with minimal furniture and clutter creates a restful feel.
Get the look: For similar wardrobes, find a recommended cabinet maker locally to build to your own design via ratedpeople.com.
To offset the neutral tones of the bedroom, the floors have been painted in black lacquer, and a collection of antiques and classic 20th-century designs has been added to the scheme.
Get the look: The chair is by Verner Panton. The bedspread is from Rue Verte.
Bespoke herringbone parquet flooring flows from the landing and corridor into the bedroom, creating a seamless and restful flow.
Get the look: The headboard is bespoke – Paola Navone’s Ghost bed for Gervasoni is similar in style. The bed linen is from The Linen Works. The cushions and throw are from Larusi. This is Ochre’s Moon side table. This is the IC table lamp by Michael Anastassiades for Flos. The chandelier is from Agapanthus Interiors. Find similar flooring at Element7.
This bedroom has that ‘weekend lie-in’ vibe courtesy of darker walls and soft pink bedding. Highlight linen’s natural feel by adding organic materials, such as the rattan and wood side table seen here. Charcoal-grey walls contrast with the pretty pastel hue for a modern look.
Get the look: This is the Piglet’s Blush double duvet cover, £129; and pillowcases, £32 for two. Design Vintage sells similar rattan and wood side tables.
The chimney breast was extended to match the exact width of the super-king-size bed and the walls have been distressed and painted to resemble the musty mystique of a flooded château. Layers of paint and varnish build up the elegantly decayed look.
Get the look: Get the look: The paint effect was created by Jason Hawkridge using Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue estate emulsion. The rattan bed is from Crown French Furniture. The bed linen is by Larusi.
The exposed brick walls created a stripped-back, industrial mood, while the ultra modern side table and sculpture keep it contemporary. Sanded floors, a low bed and tall ceilings create a spacious but restful atmosphere.
Get the look: These are I-Night System Inclinart side tables by Presotto. The cushions and throw are from Heal’s. This is the Boy on a Swing artwork by Dan Parry-Jones, bought from Edgar Modern.
This lofty space has a hint of oriental influences. Old document boxes are stacked as bedside tables.
Get the look: Try Decorator’s Notebook for similar Asian quilts. Find faux birds at RE. The cushions are from Caravane and Akin & Suri. Buy similar light flexes and fittings at Dyke & Dean. Find vintage document boxes on eBay.
The winged wooden headboard and nature-inspired colours in this room give a sense of comfort.
Get the look: Country Shaker can make a similar bespoke headboard. For natural-fibre rugs, try Armadillo & Co. Urbanara has similar earth-toned throws and blankets. Ikea's Skoghall oak veneer nesting tables, £95 for three, are a good match.