Design Covet | Dark and Moody Bedrooms

  • Louisa House by Templeton Architecture

    As we prepare for the cooler months ahead, we’re revisiting seven moody bedrooms defined by their rich navy, charcoal and grey hues.

    While vivid colours often energise us and evoke feelings of joy and excitement, a dark and moody interior palette can create an atmosphere of complete relaxation. Dark tones in the bedroom provide a point of difference from the rest of the home, promote a better quality of sleep and can make a space appear larger. As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, we’ve curated seven bedrooms that conjure warmth and reprieve.  

    Shagwong Residence by Adam Jordan Architecture

    Shagwong Residence by Adam Jordan Architecture, located in East Hampton, New York, explores a moody palette in contrast to its beach surroundings. Designed for a client who specifically requested a dark home, each space – including the primary bedroom – elicits a sense of mystery through charred timber wall cladding, zinc metal and exposed concrete. The upholstered bedhead, soft grey bedlinen and a pair of vintage Atelier Caruso Halabala armchairs play on the tactile motif, cultivating a balanced and serene space overlooking the water.

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    Photography by Eric Petschek

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    Photography by Sharyn Cairns

    The Home of Interior Designer Charis James

    The South Yarra home of AKI Design founder Charis James lifts cues from the typical Parisian apartment. The main bedroom at the front of the 1890s terrace is doused in chocolate-toned limestone paint, setting it apart from the rest of the home. It’s here where Charis admits she feels the most at peace. “Our bedroom makes you feel as though you’re in a boutique hotel somewhere in Italy or Spain,” she says. The limestone paint texture creates depth, while the white skirting boards and ceiling outline the painted walls, highlighting heritage detailing within the space.

    Tribeca Loft by nune

    A young family of three engaged London and New York-based interior design studio nune to embrace the industrial bones of this century-old warehouse in Tribeca while creating a home that feels lived in and warm. The primary bedroom hones this approach, with inky wallpaper juxtaposed with creamy soft furnishings and a tactile woven rug. Brass accents found in the curtain trim, light fixtures and bedside table legs inject a subtle sense of glamour.

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    Photography by Nicole Franzen

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    Photography by Derek Swalwell

    Tidal Arc by Woods Bagot, Hecker Guthrie and Simone Haag

    Challenging the stereotypes of the quintessential Australian beach house, Tidal Arc House on the Mornington Peninsula references the home’s surrounding ominous cliffs, playing on a spectrum of charcoal and anthracite tones. Designers Hecker Guthrie have clad the bedroom walls in stained charcoal timber panels and called on accents of tanned leather, oxidised brass and muslin to complete the soothing space.

    Louisa House by Templeton Architecture

    Blue-grey traditional wainscoting panels reflect the charm and character of this heritage two-storey Melbourne house, also home to interior designer Lou Prentice. Black steel details in the lighting and bedroom furniture add a contemporary edge, enhancing the moody bedroom palette.

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    Photography by Sharyn Cairns

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    Photography by Sharyn Cairns

    TCL Residence by Mim Design

    This Californian bungalow in Kew lifts subtle cues from the 1930s Hollywood era through curvacious and upholstered furniture, seen in the panelled navy blue bedhead and sculptural bedside table. A sense of masculinity permeates the guest bedroom through the charcoal looped carpet and wall colour softened with denim-blue bedlinen and azure cushions.

    Malvern East by Wellard Architects

    Profiled wood panelling in aniseed forms the base of the primary bedroom in Wellard Architects’ Malvern East project. Located at the front of the home in the original shell of the 1920s bungalow, the bay window is accentuated through a contrasting white colour, spotlighting the traditional characteristics of the old home.

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    Photography by Derek Swalwell

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