Quiet luxury has been abuzz in the fashion and design world for some time now, but achieving the quiet luxury trend in your living room is so much more than just a concept, it is a lifestyle; one that many people have been embracing wholeheartedly.
It is also not as unobtainable as it may at first appear. In fact, just a few well-chosen home decor ideas can turn a bedroom into a luxurious space that is perfectly composed and enriching. But why the sudden popularity of this 'palette cleanser' interior design trend?
In a world where everything at times feels so fast-paced and chaotic, more and more people are turning to quieter, softer decorating ideas at home. Now, more than ever, we seek comfort and luxury in our homes; spaces that exude warmth, elegance, and serenity.
5 ways to introduce a sense of 'quiet luxury' to the bedroom
If you are looking for main bedroom ideas, or even guest bedroom ideas, with a focus on quiet luxury, making these changes will not only make you feel like you’re on vacation (yes, even on a Sunday evening with a tough week looming), but you’ll find it easier to unwind and drift off into the deep sleep your body requires to truly rest and recover.
Below, with the help of interior designers and decorators, we bring you the best luxury bedroom ideas for those of us who prefer 'quieter' interiors.
1. Add subtle textural intrigue on walls
In days gone by, wall paneling's purpose was insulation – today it has evolved into an elegant and modern decorative flourish – perfect for a quiet luxury bedroom.
‘Paneling is an easy way to add texture, depth and interest to walls in all types of properties, historic and contemporary,’ says Rosie Ward, creative director of Ward & Co. ‘The key to success is to match the style of the paneling to the age and style of your home.
The wall above a bed is the perfect canvas on which to hang a piece of embellished fabric. In recent years, there has been an explosion of headboards with colorful appliqué or crewel work but commissioning a piece of textile art, such as this billowing ribbon concept, takes things a step further.
Textile artistry delivers warmth, substance, and elegance to a space that is very hard to replicate in other forms, believes contemporary British artist Aiveen Daly. This design, commissioned by Fenton Whelan for the show apartment at the new Park Modern development overlooking Hyde Park, features more than 1,500m of dove-grey Italian ribbon that has been pleated by hand and set in flush suede.
‘I love the element of surprise as you get closer and the depth and detail of the work are slowly revealed,’ says Aiveen.
2. Stick to classic color combinations
Classic, calming, and synonymous with nature, pale green-gray is a hue that keeps the peace.
‘An amalgamation of grey, green, and bluey brown, this shade has a moody, sophisticated feel and adds great depth to interiors,' says Francesca Wezel, founder, of Francesca’s Paints. 'It is perfect for quiet luxury bedrooms and would work well as a background color for artwork.’
Richard Angel, co-founder and CEO, Angel O’Donnell agrees: 'As it has this mercurial quality, it works well with an array of colors. Here, we’ve paired it with rust velvet, putty pink, and sapphire blue. It also works well with caramel tones and chalky off-whites. It’s a versatile base palette.’
3. Play it safe with new neutrals
Decorating with neutrals, inspired by colors from the natural world, adds a gentle and soothing touch to interiors that can be layered with textures and tones to ebb and flow with the seasons.
Quite luxury colors – inspired by nature – have an intrinsic calming influence, provoking a similar response to that from gazing out upon a beautiful country or seascape. The power of a neutral color palette to add warmth and elegance to a modern bedroom should not be underestimated. A soft scheme of harmonious neutrals creates a reflective backdrop to the ever-changing light of the seasons.
When putting together a layered, neutral scheme remember that warmer shades, such as creams, work well with cooler ones, including light greys. Senior designer at Crown, Justyna Korczynska suggests adding colors such as ‘a soft green on skirtings and architrave next to a neutral-colored wall, which is interesting and imaginative without being overpowering or too much of a contrast.’
4. 'Hush the house' with timeless furniture and furnishings
Originating from an organization and decluttering standpoint, quietening the home, also known as 'hushing the house' is all about creating a calm, muted space where the colors, shapes, and materials in our home can sing rather than shout. It's all about embracing a less-is-more mentality when it comes to our decorating ideas while maintaining warmth through color, texture and layering.
South Carolina-based interior designer Cortney Bishop is a master at perfecting a quiet luxury bedroom. Cortney is well-known for her modern design vision that runs the gamut of style and structure, balancing comfort with creativity and functionality.
She brings this to the living rooms she designs by combining neutrals with a ton of wood textures, which make the spaces feel easy to live with, airy and bright, but warm and welcoming, too. Here, the timber bed frame and calming color scheme gently embody the quiet luxury trend for 'steal wealth' decorating.
5. Craft a bedroom for relaxation
A quiet luxury bedroom should not only look elegant, but it should serve the purpose of providing a sanctuary for relaxation and rest.
'I like a bedroom to feel almost a little temple-like, which I think comes from a few qualities.' says interior designer, Tamsin Johnson. 'I want my bedrooms to have a feeling of grandeur about them, while also needing to be a cozy sanctuary and projecting a sense of calm. I like them to feel a little off-limits to everyone else – as if it is a privilege to enter the sanctum.'
'There are quite a few ingredients to work from when you’re creating a bedroom, but I often like to choose a beautiful bedroom rug to lay down on timber floors and build up from there. When you’ve got the rug, you can pick up on a detail or color from that and choose a beautiful headboard (I often favor boucle linen to offer a cool, neutral backdrop) and scatter cushions.'
'I try not to make a bedroom feel too detailed or ornamented, so the mind can rest, too. I’d usually opt for neutral walls, but the severity of white walls might be avoided for example, depending on the house.'
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