Kourtney Kardashian's bedroom demonstrates the power of subtle decorating – and experts love this 'old money' aesthetic

Embrace the power of a subtle neutral palette in the most private space in your home

Kourtney Kardashian
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The quiet luxury trend first garnered favor on the fashion catwalks before making its way into the interior design industry. With this, we've welcomed a wave of laidback, casual yet polished styling to our homes – an 'old money' aesthetic that has dominated our social media feeds, as well as our decorating choices. 

Thanks to the pared-back stylings of designers such as Jake Arnold, Waldo Fernandez, Heidi Caillier, and Clement Design, we have seen a return to a more low-key approach to living. It’s less austere than minimalism, but more refined than anything we've seen in recent times.

It's no secret that Kourtney Kardashian is a purveyor of this subtle styling. Never one for bold or bright room color ideas, Kourtney's bedroom, designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, checks all the boxes of the trend taking the Internet by storm.

The simplest way to achieve an 'old money' aesthetic is with quiet luxury colors that reflect the warm neutrals found in nature, such as taupe, sand, ginger, and ochre.

The power of a neutral color palette to add warmth and elegance to a bedroom should not be underestimated. A soft scheme of harmonious neutrals creates a reflective backdrop to the ever-changing light of the seasons. 

When decorating with neutrals a key element is the importance of layering with textures and tonal shades. ‘Touch and comfort are key sensory triggers in a bedroom. When decorating with neutrals, it is crucial to add in natural elements and pile on texture; a soft rug underfoot, or a diaphanous drape at a window can truly transform a room. Natural materials, such as weathered wood, slouchy linen, or marbled surfaces, connect us back to nature and add interest,’ says the founder of The White Company, Chrissie Rucker OBE.

A neutral bedroom with thick comforter

Similar neutral bedroom, designed by Albion Nord

(Image credit: Albion Nord)

Layering a floor-to-ceiling neutral scheme creates year-round luxury and warmth in a bedroom. Not to be confused with cold and bland palettes, new neutrals are warm by nature.

When putting together a layered, neutral scheme, similar to the one above, remember that warmer shades, such as creams, work well with cooler ones, including light grays. 

Natural palettes bring a timelessness to a room design. Weave a textural color palette of oatmeal with accents of brown furniture for a chic yet cosseting bedroom. Even when working with neutrals, consider how light works in the room, using pale biscuits or pink-tinged neutrals for south-facing rooms.

Senior designer at Crown, Justyna Korczynska suggests adding color with artwork against a neutral-colored wall, which is interesting and imaginative without being overpowering or too much of a contrast.’

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Jennifer Ebert

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.