IN PICS | Eight bedroom designs which prove neutral is never boring

Combining neutral materials and textures from natural stone to wood, linen, bamboo and more, these bedrooms have one trait in common: an atmosphere of complete and total tranquility

09 May 2021 - 00:02 By Robyn Alexander
A casually draped fabric canopy above the bed gives this bedroom a dreamy feel.
A casually draped fabric canopy above the bed gives this bedroom a dreamy feel.
Image: Greg Cox/Bureaux

1. DREAM CATCHER

Exquisite textiles are showcased throughout this home, located in hilly central Mallorca with almond trees, vineyards and a picturesque village nearby, but its owner's love of the very best linen is nowhere better demonstrated than in this ethereal bedroom.

Continuously collecting can be a very useful way to build beautifully layered spaces, it seems. "I always buy textiles" says the homeowner. "I don't always know what I will do with them or where I'll put them. I just buy what I love."

TIP: To recreate this look, try either Egyptian cotton or pure linen from the high-end Italian store Society, and only in either pure white or subtle tones of sandy beige.


The colours of the stone and wood add a sense of warmth to this minimalist bedroom.
The colours of the stone and wood add a sense of warmth to this minimalist bedroom.
Image: Greg Cox/Bureaux

2. HEART OF STONE

The main bedroom in this Mediterranean holiday home is all about showcasing the textures of the stone wall uncovered during a recent update.

An extra element of originality comes from the two stone hitching posts - originally used for tethering animals and discovered in the courtyard of the property during the renovation - that are set into the wall to hang and display clothing items and accessories.

TIP: Keep the focus on a feature wall by ensuring that everything else in the space is resolutely minimalist: avoid the temptation to add colour or anything beyond the essentials when it comes to decor. Here, a pair of standing lamps provide illumination and two slender floating shelves function as bedside pedestals.


Note the off-shutter concrete ceiling – a decidedly contemporary design touch.
Note the off-shutter concrete ceiling – a decidedly contemporary design touch.
Image: Greg Cox/Bureaux

3. INSIDE OUT

This master suite has spectacular views of the garden, over the vineyards and to the mountains beyond. Floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors enable those views, while privacy is created with sliding cedar screens.

From the garden, the bedroom appears to float, an impression enhanced by the planting where floor meets ground.

TIP: Elements of extreme simplicity - there is no added ceiling, with the off-shutter concrete roof left raw - combine with luxuriously ample curtaining to create a space that feels comfortably sheltered yet also wide open to the natural world outside.


A four-poster bed never fails to add personality to a bedroom.
A four-poster bed never fails to add personality to a bedroom.
Image: Greg Cox/Bureaux

4. FINE ROMANCE

Pure white walls, white ceilings and poured white Pandomo micro-cement flooring form an airy backdrop to the unpainted wood and natural textures that enliven this master bedroom.

The fireplace provides the assurance of flickering warmth during the winter months, adding yet another dimension to the romantic yet easygoing feel of the space.

TIP: Use decor elements to add playful and dramatic touches as required. Here, the vintage peacock chair and four-poster add personality to the room, while the sheepskins and ceramic pots on the mantelpiece provide extra tactility.


Pick ultra-wide floorboards for an up-to-the-minute feel.
Pick ultra-wide floorboards for an up-to-the-minute feel.
Image: Greg Cox/Bureaux

5. WOOD WORKS

In this main bedroom at a home in Cape Town, sliding doors open to a balcony with spectacular views, while inside, luxuriously large swathes of wooden panelling conceal plenty of storage space and, beyond that, an en suite bathroom.

The tactile wood panelling contrasts beautifully with the raw concrete of the staircase that leads up into the space, and is cleverly offset by a minimalist cream linen bedspread.

TIP: Naturals can look and feel very contemporary, depending on how they are used: the ultra-wide floorboards chosen for this space give it an up-to-the-minute feel, despite the fact that wood is the most traditional of building materials.


Textured bedding brings a sense of cosiness to this neutral bedroom.
Textured bedding brings a sense of cosiness to this neutral bedroom.
Image: Greg Cox/Bureaux

6. FARM STYLE

A Swedish filmmaker and photographer's Mallorca home is the manifestation of his dream of creating a house that was "very welcoming and with a warm, cosy feeling".

The architectural brief was to preserve the dwelling's original farmhouse features, which has made for rustic yet comfortable spaces.

In this bedroom, vintage linen combines with rustic wooden stools to create a traditional yet casual feel.

TIP: Layered textures make a simple space inviting, adding warmth without clutter. The natural river-pebble floor in this bedroom combines evocatively with the wooden ceiling beams and windows, classic wooden stools and tactile linen throw on the bed, adding further authenticity.


Airy white fabrics visually cool down this bedroom in a hot tropical setting.
Airy white fabrics visually cool down this bedroom in a hot tropical setting.
Image: Greg Cox/Bureaux

7. TROPIC WONDER

This enviable bedroom is situated in a holiday house near Vilanculos, Mozambique, called Casa Comprida - Portuguese for Long House.

It's right on the beach, with a traditional fronded jekka roof, and the homeowner asked the architects to create a way to suspend the very necessary night-time mosquito net from above rather than having a four-poster bed, so they designed a delicate yet robust frame that cantilevers off the back of the headboard to support it.

TIP: Airy natural linen and netting in white add much-needed elements of coolness in a tropical setting. Add chunky, rough-hewn furnishings and decor accents in natural tones to bring the colours of the landscape indoors.


The original mud bricks in this bedroom were painted white to enhance their textural charm.
The original mud bricks in this bedroom were painted white to enhance their textural charm.
Image: Greg Cox/Bureaux

8. COUNTRY LIFE

The architect owner of this holiday home in a small village in SA consciously chose authentic details - no skirting boards or tiles were added in its renovation, for example - to retain and enhance its rural simplicity.

As soon as the damaged interior plaster was stripped back, the original mud bricks used to build the walls were revealed, so these were simply bag-plastered and painted white to enhance their textured charm.

TIP: Painting the original timber floors and ceilings (as well as the walls) white has transformed this bedroom into a light and airy cocoon, perfect for breakfast in bed and summer afternoon naps. It's furnished, rather than fitted, aesthetic further enhances the rural feel of the space. — Bureaux.co.za


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