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Il Sereno by Patricia Urquiola patriciaurquiola.com Image: Patricia Parinejad

Where better to catch a full eight hours’ repose than in the dreamiest of bedrooms? Find inspiration for updating your bedroom with easy-to-achieve looks that encourage relaxation

Living Large

Contemporary homes with generous open-plan layouts present an ideal opportunity to reinvent the bedroom into a functional piedà-terre: a comfortable and inviting informal lounge for laid-back entertaining. Ottomans can double up as casual seating, making them a considered option for more compact areas.


New Neutrals

While grey in its many iterations remains a stalwart neutral, it’s been temporarily shelved to make space for a new spectrum with warmer undertones. Think gentle taupes, dusty pinks, sage greens, ochres and duck-egg blues for a scheme that embodies serenity.

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Mix and Match

Pick a neutral as a base colour, then layer it up with different shades of that hue as well as complementary accents for a cohesive feel. The soft, almost washed-out tones of the new neutrals ensure that they can easily be combined for a cool, eclectic aesthetic.

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The Home by ferm Living fermliving.de; Hotel St George Helsinki stgeorgehelsinki.com
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Image: Nicolas Matheus

Bed Brad Letto bed by Ceccotti Collezioni, Limeline; cushion Magical scatter cushion in Old Port, Haus at Hertex; lamp Boule lamp by Sebastian Herkner for Pulpo, Casarredo; blanket Lilac yarn blanket, KARE; mirror Slant standing floor mirror by Kino, Design Store


Modern Bohemian

Forget the hippy connotation of the boho look. Now it’s all about channelling the free-spirited ’70s style into a sophisticated, worldly aesthetic that combines jewel tones like regal purple, midnight blue and matt gold against a crisp white backdrop

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Layer It Up

Call it ‘considered maximalism’, but even sworn minimalists will appreciate a more orderly layering of eclectic elements to introduce a bit of drama into an otherwise ordinary space. Play with shapes and scale for a surreal look twice effect. Replace conventional white surfaces like ceilings with a strong focal colour, and swap the standard percale linen for a bolder alternative.

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rodolpheparente.com Photo by Olivier Amsellem

cushion Posh scatter cushion in Velour Midnight Green, Sofacompany.com; headboard Petal cane headboard from, Design Store; bed Fantasq bed by Samuel Accoceberry, Roche Bobois; lamp Ellisse lamp by Federico Palazzari, True Design; cushion Posh scatter cushion in Velour Amber, Sofacompany.com


Monastic Organic

Achieve a serenely earthy aesthetic by using a monochrome colour palette as your base and offsetting it with tactile touches in natural materials. Mix heavyweight linens and wool or mohair carpets with chalky walls and sleek contemporary pieces in wood, rattan and jute

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Seaside Abode by Norm Architects normcph.com
Surface Interest

Unless you’ve inherited an old farmhouse (in our dreams), you might not have the luxury of stone flooring and arched ceilings. But you can get the look by introducing raw finishes such as textured floors and walls in putty tones. Create contrast by decorating the space with minimalist, clean-lined furniture, using mirrored cupboards as an intriguing focal point. From linen to light fixtures, keep it current with white additions.

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Hôtel La Maison Champs Elysées designhotels.com; The Home by ferm Living fermliving.de
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Image: Guillaume de Laubier

headboard Bishop cane headboard, Design Store; lamp After Glow table lamp by Vincenzo De Cotiis for Ceccotti Collezioni, Limeline; blanket Wild Honey woollen blanket by Hinterveld, Knus; bed Cindy bed, Tonic Design; rug Hill rug, Bofred


Pattern Mad

A hot trend to try is the mixing and matching of repeat prints and patterns. Choose from ornate geometrics, abstract motifs or pretty botanicals, and take a fearless approach when throwing them all together. Matching pyjamas optional

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The Home by ferm Living fermliving.de
Balancing Act

Go as bold as you like with patterns, but be sure to balance out the detail with blank areas. Choose a primary colour theme for your scheme and ensure it runs through the patterns and solids for a cohesive look. Add contrast by identifying an analogue hue that complements your primary colour.

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Bloomsbury Collection by Clarke & Clarke Available at Home Fabrics homefabrics.co.za

mirror Neo classical painted gilded mirror, The Crown Collection; fabric Moorea fabric in Cream on Coral by Anna French, St Leger & Viney; tray Design bone tray, Cécile & Boyd cushion cover Feather scatter cushion cover, Ardmore; cushion Duna scatter cushion, Mezzanine

Compiled by: Sanri Pienaar Assistant: Pieter von Wielligh

Looking for more how-tos or inspiration? Read How to Perfectly Illuminate Your Home10 Ways to Create a Meditation Space at Home and The New Spring Colour Palette next.