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Eight serene bedrooms with striking natural views

Far-flung homes from New Zealand to Patagonia feature in this lookbook that showcases bedrooms with calm interiors where glazing has been maximised and clutter minimised to keep the focus on the views.

Installing huge floor-to-ceiling windows is a no-brainer when a house is set in a prime location, whether overlooking Lake Tahoe or Chile's craggy coastline.

But the real key is to create pared-back interiors that don't detract from the natural vistas, using minimal furnishings and a natural material palette that brings the outside in.

Read on for eight minimalist bedroom interiors that make the view their protagonist.

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen's archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring bedrooms with bathtubs, statement headboards and wood-panelled dining rooms.

Kawakawa House by Herbst Architects
Photo by Patrick Reynolds

Kawakawa House, New Zealand, by Herbst Architects

A clerestory window wraps all the way around this home in the surf town of Piha, New Zealand, allowing light to filter through a canopy of pōhutukawa trees and into the bedroom.

This dappled effect is mirrored in the interior through the use of dark birch on the walls and light plywood on the ceilings, which help to draw sun into the living spaces.

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Estancia Morro Chico, Argentinia, by RDR Architectes
Photo by Javier Agustin Rojas

Estancia Morro Chico, Argentinia, by RDR Architectes

Wood, leather and wool help to add warmth to this otherwise spartan bedroom, which belongs to a family of sheep farmers in remote Patagonia.

A floor-to-ceiling window makes the most of the region's vacillating sunlight while providing views across the surrounding 27,000-hectare ranch and the wild steppe beyond.

"The general aesthetics of the project were inspired by the traditional architecture of the region, which demonstrated extreme austerity and an almost primitive simplicity," said RDR Architectes.

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Wooden bedroom in Finnish cabin
Photo by Marc Goodwin, Archmospheres

Niliaitta, Finland, by Studio Puisto

In the absence of bedside tables, most of the space inside this cabin near Finland's Salamajärvi National Park is occupied by a custom-made bed, placed directly in front of a glazed wall.

Local practice Studio Puisto kept furnishings to a minimum and covered nearly all of the surfaces in the same pale wood, so as not to compete with the natural spectacle.

"The interior is done purposefully so that it would only serve as a neutral blank canvas, second to the nature outside," Studio Puisto said.

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Atelier Andy Carson finishes coastal home in Sydney with stone and bronze
Photo by Felix Forest

Matopos, Australia, by Atelier Andy Carson

When Atelier Andy Carson renovated the home of gallerist Judith Neilson, the Sydney studio set out to provide a minimalist backdrop for her personal collection of art and furniture.

Meanwhile, finishes and window placements throughout the house were chosen to honour nearby Freshwater Beach, with the best views provided by the window seat in the primary bedroom.

"Thoughtfully placed windows frame vistas of the sea, while polished plaster interior walls reflect views of the blue and yellow hues of ocean and sand back into the home," the studio said.

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Casa Ochoalcubo by Ryue Nishizawa
Photo by Cristobal Palma

House in Los Vilos, Chile, by Ryue Nishizawa

This bedroom was carved out of a cliffside on Chile's Pacific coast, with a glass front and private terrace opening it up to views of crashing waves and craggy rocks.

The building's board-marked concrete slab roof is left exposed throughout the interior, paired with pared-back wooden furnishings and floors.

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Shelter by Vipp

Shelter, Sweden, by Vipp

A huge skylight stretches across the ceiling of this compact loft bedroom, set in a prefabricated cabin on the banks of Lake Immeln in Sweden, to create the impression of sleeping under the open sky.

To keep attention on the stars, the monochrome interior features moody lighting and slate grey felt panels that cover both the walls and the floors.

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Lookout House by Faulkner Architects
Photo by Joe Fletcher

Lookout House, USA, by Faulkner Architects

A huge bed is placed diagonally at the centre of this room, effectively displacing all other furniture but taking full advantage of the home's sweeping Lake Tahoe panorama.

For the interior, Californian studio Faulkner Architects brought together local materials including volcanic basalt, concrete made using local sand and walnut wood sourced from orchards in the nearby Sierra foothills.

"Consistent through the house, the quiet built environment is muted in colour and tonality, which allows the landscape outside to be the focus," said the studio.

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Casa X by Branch Studio Architects
Photo by Peter Clarke

Casa X, Australia, by Branch Studio Architects

Dramatic sloped ceilings finished in pale wood panelling envelop the bedrooms of this house on Phillip Island near Melbourne, with bedside pendant lights suspended from their highest point.

Glazing covers the better part of one wall, looking out over the trees that encircle the property to provide privacy despite the home's beachfront location.

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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 bedrooms with bathtubs, statement headboards and wood-panelled dining rooms.