Neutral Bedroom Ideas

Stressful times call for a restful, neutral bedroom retreat

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On the hunt for some gorgeous neutral bedroom ideas? From lovely linens and warm woods to whimsical window treatments, neutral bedroom design is timeless. 

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When the temperatures drops and the world seems stressful, a calming cocoon will ensure a good night's sleep, so we've uncovered plenty of neutral bedroom ideas for carving out your own chic retreat.

Soothing neutrals, such as crisp white and soft grey create a pleasing palette that's both fresh and relaxing. To keep a backdrop of white walls and white ceilings feeling cool and calm, rather than cold and austere, layer textures, such as woollen throws, rich velvets and soft linen bedding, as this will balance the hard surfaces and bring a tranquil vibe to your bedroom.

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Pastel pink and other ice cream shades will evoke far-off summer days, so accessorise with these colours and switch them with the seasons. Heavy drapes will feel luxurious and cosy. 

If you like the idea of light, floaty sheers, but are concerned about early sunrise wake-up calls during the summer months, consider pairing them with shutters (or a black-out blind).

Plantation-style shutters will block out light and provide privacy, as you can open the slats to suit even when the shutters are closed, while solid shutters, will give complete window coverage and are generally left open during the day, so you may need a sheer blind or panel if you're overlooked and want to prevent anyone from peeping in.

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That said, there are other options, such as Tier on Tier or Half Solid shutters, if you'd like to be able to close the lower half for privacy and allow light through the upper half. So speak to a specialist about the various options available.

Mixing white and pale neutrals with darker tones can offer cool comfort too, as you will see in the neutral bedroom ideas ahead.

For year round comfort, colourful, sumptuous rugs and cosy throws and blankets can be introduced and light curtains swapped for heavier drapes in the cooler months.

ATTIC HIDEAWAY

Corrine - neutral bedroom ideas

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The low ceilings in this attic room instantly evoke a feeling of escape, away from the hubbub below. Crittal windows lead to an ensuite, for added self-containment.

EDGY ARTWORK

The Ellen von Unwerth print in the master bedroom is of model Omahyra Mota, Jean Paul Gaultier’s muse.

Julia Thompson house

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URBAN RETREAT

Rebecca Wakefield house

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This bedroom was furnished with a mix of vintage finds from antique markets and Ebay, and High Street buys.

Get the look The floorboards are finished with a Dinesen wash.  The side table is from West Elm.

ETHEREAL ELEGANCE

Houghton house

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From the grey oak flooring and smoky glass pendant to the pale white walls, ceiling and wood work, this bedroom is a lesson in layering.

FAINTLY FLAMBOYANT

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The flamboyant Rococco shapes in this bedroom are toned down by the subdued shades.

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ACCESSORISE ALL AREAS

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The thick pile rug, sumptuous velvet throw and floral blind and cushions turn this room from cold to cosy.

DECO DESIGN

Milly's house

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There's a hint of Art Deco style with this striking headboard. The dark floor grounds this neutral scheme, which lets the design do the talking.

CALMING TONES

Calm Colour

Calm colours and linen textures keep this master bedroom serene. 

Get the look: Bed and lights next to bed, Restoration Hardware.

COOL COCOON

All White

This white, clear space is a relaxing place to sleep. 

Get the look: The bespoke wrap around headboard in Romo’s Launay fabric is by Alter London in Romo Launay fabric. The sphere lights are by Michael Anastassiades. The cushions are from H&M Home. The bedside tables are from West Elm.

TEXTURAL MIX

Textured

A vintage oushak rug and French jug lamp infuse this neutral space with a sense of history. A soft, earthy palette keeps things light and neutral.

A vintage oushak rug and French jug lamp infuse this neutral space with a sense of history. A soft, earthy palette keeps things light and neutral.

PALE AND INTERESTING

French Grey

French Grey sets the tone in this calming sleep zone. 

Get the look: The paint is French Grey from Little Greene. The bed is the Store bed from Loaf.

AU NATURALE

Natural Linens

Linen bedding and a rough timber bedside table reflect a natural look. 

Get the look: The Lauren Ghost bed was designed by Andrea Parisio for Meridiani. This is a GRAS wall light. The bedside table is the Brick Trunk by Paola Navone for Gervasoni.

NEW HEIGHTS

Soaring Ceilings

Formerly a bathroom and the kids’ room, the master bedroom lacked height. Part of the ceiling has been removed to reveal the soaring roof rafters and bring the cabin-chic look the owners love. 

Get the look Walls, Cornforth White Estate Emulsion, Farrow & Ball. Bed, Feather & Black. Bedding, The White Company. Harlosh bedside table, Pinch. Hector wall lights and Doma pendant light, Original BTC.

LOW SLUNG

Low Furniture

Low-level furniture honours the soaring proportions of the interior. 

Get the look for a similar grain sack bolster, try Anton & K. Find a throw like this at Designers Guild. Find a similar Berber rug at Moroccan White.

SOFT TONES

soft tones

The owner’s minimalist style ensures the bedroom sleek and serene. 

Get the look: The built-in wardrobe is by Evoke. This is the Kanik side table by Trunk. The duvet cover and blanket are from The Conran Shop. The pink sheet and pillowcases are by Caravane.

ICE CREAM SHADES

ice cream shades

A light, delicate palette is perked up by pretty pastel shades. Shutters and curtains guarantee shut-eye is undisturbed by an early sunrise. 

Get the look: Visit The Linen Works for comparable bedding.

CALM AND SIMPLE

Calm & Simple

This monastically simple bedroom design is instantly calming. 

Get the look: The lamp is from 1stDibs. The artwork was painted by a family member. The bed covering is from Holland and Sherry. The bed is from Hedge House furniture.

RUSTIC SIMPLICITY

Rustic

This bedroom owes it's calm, rustic feel to the neutral walls, stonewashed linen and simple furniture. 

Get the look: The walls are painted in Pure Brilliant White matt emulsion by Dulux. The bed and Stirling rug are from John Lewis. The bed linen is by Muji. The bedside table was made by Paul, using an old dolly tub and cut-down scaffold boards, then painted and waxed. The vintage Anglepoise lamp was found in a Cornish antiques shop.

HEAD FOR HEIGHTS

Boho

Simple glass pendants hang down either side of the bed in this boho bedroom, while the wood headboard stretches wall to wall. 

Get the look: Pendant is the Bolle Sole Pendant by Galotti e Radice, Available through MASS Beverly, Los Angeles. Bed throw by JG Switzer, Available through Dacha Home, Los Angeles. Decorative pillows: Antique Turkish / Dacha Home. Rug is from MEHRABEN.

RAISE THE RAFTERS

Peaceful Loft Space

This attic guest bedroom makes the most of an awkward shaped room, and boasts a beautifully restful, neutral palette.

LOVELY LANTERNS

Hanging Lanterns

Large pendant lantern lights hang down on either side of this bed, instead of traditional wall lights. The effect is both modern and relaxed. 

Get the look: pendants by global lighting, bed is from room and board, bedside tables from chairish.

STREAMLINED SHELVING

Recessed Shelf

Recessed shelves allow little pockets to display books and decorative items, and also act as space-saving bedside tables.

MID-CENTURY STYLE

Cosy & Layered

Wood, leather, brass, and textured fabrics all work to give the master bedroom a cosy, layered look.

ELEGANTLY AT EASE

Pistacchio

This guest bedroom features soft carpeting, an upholstered curved headboard and a calming palette with subtle pistachio walls. A navy lacquered bedside table and accent cushions in mustard and navy add a sophisticated air.

SCREEN TIME

Cane Headboard

Layers of green evoke a soothing atmosphere in this master bedroom. A cane screen serves as a headboard adding subtle drama while retaining a calm aesthetic. 

Get the look: Headboard made by Moore & O’Gorman. Bed with similar detail, HK Living. Penelope bedside table, West Elm. Green light, Anthropologie

ROOM WITH A VIEW

Neutrals

Neutrals create a soft, cosseting vibe instead of a minimalist one. The room connects to the garden via slim-profile Crittall-style glazing. 

Get the look: Chest of drawers, Porada. Stool, Caravane. Lamp base, Pooky. Pendant light, Pinch.

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

Glass Wall

A 4.5 metre-high glass panel in this mezzanine bedroom looks down over the living spaces below.

HOTEL CHIC

Restful

A cool palette creates a restful atmosphere in this cool Copenhagen bedroom.

TRUE ROMANCE

Romantic

This king-size bed features a bamboo frame, draped with a twisted linen sheet, while bed linens and cushions are all thick linen. The crumpled linens and age-worn wood create a timeless aesthetic and a romantic vibe.

RICH RUSTIC

Neutral And Natural

This bedroom feels calm and textured despite the Seventies Italian chandelier, thanks to the exposed beams. 

Get the look: For a similar Italian chandelier, visit the Midcentury Modern show. The Louis XV caned bed and bedside table are by Simon Horn. The bedspread is made in Circolo by Ulf Moritz for Sahco.

CLEAN AND CRISP

Clean & Crisp

This calm and tranquil bedroom has enough warmth and texture to stop it being monastic. 

Get the look: The bedstead is by Feather & Black and painted in Mole’s Breath eggshell by Farrow & Ball.

ASCETIC ELEGANCE

Black & White Photography

Black and white photography decorates this calm bedroom, with photographs taken on the owner's travels, in this case in Kerala, India. 

Get the look: The cedar stool is part of the Riva 1920 collection from Heal’s.

OH THE GLAMOUR

oh the glamour

This couple were very specific about the floor colour they wanted, so they did test upon test to get it absolutely right. 

Get the look The floorboards were supplied by Istoria by Jordan Andrew. This is the Cherub bed from the Signature range at La Maison London. The cushions and throw are from Graham and Green. The Tulip side table is by Eero Saarinen for Knoll.

CLEAN LINES

clean lines

This pared-back space leads to a dressing room and an en-suite bathroom. Solid shutters keep out the light in the morning. 

Get the look This is the Modernica pendant light by George Nelson. The rug was made bespoke by Studio Four NYC. The bedside table is by Room & Board.

IN THE FRAME

in the frame

This bedroom was designed with pared-back furnishings and subdued colours to add to the relaxed feel of the space. 

Get the look The bath is from W4 Bathrooms. The curtains are in Romo’s Launay Thistledown linen. The side table is from DI Designs. Barker and Stonehouse sells a similar table lamp and shade. The bed is by The White Company.

PRETTY IN PINK

pretty in pink

Chic, serene and classic were the watchwords when designing this house. For this reason, the owners majored on pastels when it came to choosing the colour scheme in the bedroom. 

Get the look For a matching wall colour, check out Fired Earth’s Manna Ash matt emulsion. The desk is by Ofist. Try The Conran Shop for similar. This is the Nerd chair by David Geckeler for Muuto. The Alcova ’09 four-poster bed is by Antonio Citterio for Maxalto at B&B Italia. This is the ST04 Backenzahn side table by Philipp Mainzer for e15, available at Viaduct.

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