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Bedroom in Palau apartment in Barcelona

Eight calming bedrooms with minimalist interiors

For our latest lookbook, we've gathered eight minimalist bedrooms with peaceful designs, ranging from a Mexican bedroom with a concrete bed to a cosy space in a former girls' school in Puglia.

Natural materials including wood and stone were used to finish these eight bedrooms, which also feature muted colour palettes and little in the way of decoration.

Leaving walls bare and keeping the amount of artworks and personal items to a minimum can help create a more soothing and clutter-free bedroom.

Beige, grey and warm brown hues, meanwhile, make for relaxing spaces free from eye-catching colours.

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen's archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring terraces and balconies, marble-lined bathrooms and cave-like interiors.

Bedroom, Casa Tres Árboles in Valle de Bravo by Direccion
Photo by Fabian Martinez

Casa Tres Árboles, Mexico, by Direccion

Designed to resemble a "monastic sanctuary", this weekend retreat in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, aims to celebrate the contrast between shadow and light in its interior.

In the pared-down bedrooms, the walls were painted in dark colours to contrast the warm wooden ceiling beams. A wooden bench at the end of the bed and tactile linen textiles give the room a slightly rustic feel.

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Bedroom inside Bangalore home
Photo by Aaron Chapman

Cabin House, India, by Taliesyn

Cabin House's interior was informed by the vernacular architecture of its location in south Bangalore's Jayanagar neighbourhood.

Earthy finishes were used for the home, which features bare concrete walls and plenty of wood details. A wooden bedframe and flowers create a friendly atmosphere in the mezzanine bedroom.

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Bedroom interior of Pacific House designed by Alexander & Co
Photo by Anson Smart

Pacific House, Australia, by Alexander & Co

Australian studio Alexander & Co aimed to create contemplative spaces inside Pacific House in Sydney.

In the minimalist bedroom, walls were rendered in concrete and matched with carpet in a darker grey colour. Sculptural bedside lamps and transparent floor-to-ceiling curtains add a softer feel to the spartan interior.

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Bedroom of Tokyo apartment by Keiji Ashizawa
Photo by Tomooki Kengaku

Hiroo Residence, Japan, by Keiji Ashizawa

Custom-made wooden furniture and art pieces are dotted throughout Hiroo Residence. Designer Keiji Ashizawa used muted tones to make the most of the sunlight in the central Tokyo apartment, which has several large windows.

In the bedroom, wood panels cover entire walls and hide away technical functions behind the beds. Rounded ceramics add discrete decorative touches.

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Interiors of Fisherman's cottage
Photo by Gavin Green

Fisherman's Cottage, Australia, by Studio Prineas

The bedroom in this Australian home is located inside a concrete extension to an old fisherman's cottage.

Here, a solid-stone bath doubles as a bedhead and mirrored walls were used to make the small room feel bigger. To not clutter the space, accessories were restricted to a few glass trays and vases as well as a striped throw.

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Bedroom in brutalist home
Photo by Rory Gardiner

Casa Alférez, Mexico, by Ludwig Godefroy

A bedside nook sits underneath a high window inside this brutalist holiday home, which features wooden floors and walls made of board-formed concrete.

Architect Ludwig Godefroy also designed built-in concrete furniture for the house, including a concrete bed. A pale grey version of designer Verner Panton's classic Flowerpot lamp adds a glossy detail to the room's rough texture.

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Interior of Casolare Scarani in Puglia by Studio Andrew Trotter
Photo by Salva López

Casolare Scarani, Italy, by Studio Andrew Trotter

Architecture practice Studio Andrew Trotter converted a girls' school in Puglia that dates back to 1883 into a grand family home with plenty of decorative arches.

In the cosy minimalist bedroom, a jute rug covers the stone floor made from crushed rocks and mortar, while the colour palette was kept to creamy whites as well as warm brown and tan hues.

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Bedroom interior of Palau apartment by Colombo and Serboli Architecture
Photo by Roberto Ruiz

Palau apartment, Spain, by Colombo and Serboli Architecture

"Imperfect" original features were highlighted during the renovation of this apartment in Barcelona, which features white-washed walls and wooden floors.

In the mezzanine-level bedroom (above and top image), wicker doors front an entire wall and cover the closet. An organically shaped mirror and an orange chair make the calm space feel more playful.

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This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen's archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring terraces and balconies, marble-lined bathrooms and cave-like interiors.