Neutral bedroom ideas to help you nail the spa hotel aesthetic

Neutral lovers, gather round! Wish your bedroom felt cosy and cocooning? You’ve come to the right place – I’ve gathered top tips on transforming your sleep space into the ultimate zen sanctuary.

Your bedroom should be synonymous with serenity. But where should you start recreating this desirable tranquil aesthetic?

“Emulate the relaxing minimalist tone of a beautiful spa hotel by opting for a pared-back colour scheme of soft natural tones like biscuit, linen, and sand,” tells me John Rastall, head of home at furniture retailer Dfs. Soft pink plaster and limewash paint are ideal for taking your walls out of the ordinary.

Keeping a neutral colour palette throughout your scheme is key for achieving a calming effect.

Wynn XL bed frame, from £999, and Tahiti wave ceiling light, £85, Next.

Bailey Oates, colour expert at Earthborn, agrees: “Calming colours are the soothing essentials of interior design, offering a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Serene hues and timeless neutrals like beige, cream and grey act as a strong base for various interior styles.”

Welcome natural materials into the scheme through fluted wood storage units, hand-woven jute rugs, wonky pendants, and wool throws. Plus, airy linen – from bedding to curtains – with its chic crinkles helps you achieve that charming effortless aesthetic.

Byron sideboard, £899, Atkin and Thyme.

Neutral bedroom decorating ideas

Now, when it comes to decorating, John recommends starting with the bed, as it will help anchor the look, and picking furniture with curved shapes and soft lines. “The Cirrus bed frame is the perfect base for a soft and serene space. The lightly curved headboard and on-trend bouclé upholstery add interest without being too overpowering,” he says.

Cirrus king ottoman bed frame in cream bouclé, £749, Dfs.
Egerie bouclé ottoman storage bed, £399.99 for a double, Daals.

Next, dress your bed in organic materials such as linen or cotton, and layer cushions and throws for extra comfort. Personally, there is nothing that can beat that feeling of jumping into freshly changed bedsheets at the end of the day. Throw a steaming hot cuppa, some aromatherapy and a good book in the mix and I’m sorted!

Natural Vivienne 100% cotton quilted throw, £139, Secret Linen Store.

“Another important factor in creating a spa bedroom is a sense of luxury. Sophisticated accessories in luxurious finishes will add that touch of indulgence which will help make your bedroom feel like a retreat away from the outside world,” says John. For example, warm brass is ideal for adding a dash of glamour to your neutral bedroom. And, ensure you match your hardware for a cohesive look.

Lastly, layering your lighting is another key element when designing a spa-like bedroom. Include task lighting for practicality but play around with ambient solutions, too, so you can bask in a soft, cocooning glow in the evening.

The moodboard

To help you compile your own neutral bedroom wishlist, I’ve gathered some of my favourite products – from beds and furniture to soft furnishings – in creamy tones and a variety of materials, finishes and textures. Ready to shop the look? Scroll down…

1. Reeded wood sideboard, £1695, Cox & Cox. 2. Keal hand-woven jute rug in Natural, from £229, Industville. 3. Evisa bed, from £4250, Ligne Roset. 4. Wonky Wave natural woven palm basket pendant shade, £153, Pooky. 5. Inca console table in Dark Mango Wood and Travertine, £599, Cult Furniture. 6. Aster table lamp in Merlot and Clay Weave shade, £475, Heathfield & Co. 7. Leah cushion in Vintage Rose, £45, Secret Linen Store.
1. Antique Brass double dimmer switch with gold knobs, £79.99, Dowsing & Reynolds. 2. Metal and linen lounge chair, £595, Six The Residence. 3. Acacia Brooklyn side table, £295, Ella James. 4. Dried Plaster, £45 for 2.5 litres, Craig & Rose. 5. Orta aged brass and bronze cone table lamp, £199, Lights & Lamps. 6. Midland Hill footstool bench in Chamonix Mist, £599, Sofology. 7. Eichholtz Arcadia stool in Bouclé Cream, £595, Sweetpea & Willow. 8. Pointe Silk wall paint, Annie Sloan. 9. Sand Cone pendant ceiling light, £99, Houseof.
1. Swan neck wall light in white, £240, Fritz Fryer. 2. Cinnamon waffle throw, from £99, Piglet in Bed. 3. Gingerlily Mulberry Silk bed linen in Ivory, £470 for a double duvet cover, French Bedroom. 4. Lexington White Egyptian cotton sateen luxury bed linen, from £100, The Fine Cotton Company. 5. Cream Pearl linen throw, £129.99, True Linen. 6. Romy bedside table in whitewashed wood, £129, Dunelm. 7. New Zealand curly wool pouffe, £619, Lime Lace.

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