Home tour | A minimalist coastal villa in the Netherlands

Scandinavian style open-plan kitchen and dining room with neutral white and beige decor, contemporary dark wood kitchen units, white table, statement lighting, stone floor and soaring rafters | Home tour - a minimalist coastal villa in the Netherlands | These Four Walls blog

If you’re longing to spend what’s left of the summer at a breezy beachside hideaway, then you’ll love the subject of today’s home tour. Called Villa Zilverduin, it sits amid sand dunes on the Dutch island of Ameland and is the stuff minimalists’ holiday dreams are made of. What’s more, it’s packed with beautiful design ideas that can be transplanted into any setting.

The traditional thatched cottage has been renovated from top to bottom by Studio Toff, who create sophisticated, liveable spaces that combine understated Nordic design with a strong sense of place. It’s now a pared-back yet very welcoming haven, with crisp white walls and clean-lined furniture softened by natural textures, billowing linen curtains and sandy beige tones that echo the coastal landscape outside.

Home tour - a minimalist villa with black cladding on a Dutch island | These Four Walls blog

Most of the ground floor is taken up by an L-shaped living area, the centrepiece of which is a vast dining table set beneath sections of ceiling that have been opened up to the rafters. A cluster of low-hanging pendant lamps (Muuto’s ‘Strand’ design) acts as a focal point, emphasising the lofty proportions and creating inviting pools of light for relaxed meals.

The kitchen units are from Reform’s ‘FRAME’ range, developed by Note Design Studio and characterised by distinctive triangular edging. The mix of geometric lines and warm, richly grained oak is perfect for the villa, incorporating another nature-inspired element without detracting from the minimalist feel. White wraparound worktops create a wonderful note of contrast, while a compact wall-hung shelving unit adds a bit of additional storage without the need for upper cupboards – something which would look cumbersome and distracting in such a light, airy space.

Minimalist kitchen with dark wood units, white worktop, neutral decor, open shelves and stone floor | Home tour - a minimalist coastal villa in the Netherlands | These Four Walls blog
Airy dining area with neutral beige and white decor and statement pendant lights | These Four Walls blog

Minimalist kitchen with dark wood units, white worktop, neutral decor, open shelves and stone floor | Home tour - a minimalist coastal villa in the Netherlands | These Four Walls blog

The sitting area is tucked around the corner and decorated in the same palette of colours and materials as the rest of the ground floor, but it has a much cosier feel. The lower ceiling and large beige rug help to zone it from the rest of the space, while the low-slung sofa combines boxy shapes with an enticing softnesss. There’s also a contemporary wood-burner, set on a bespoke hearth that doubles as a cushioned bench seat for fireside lounging.

Home tour - a rustic minimalist Dutch coastal villa in beige and white | These Four Walls blog
Rustic-minimalist living room in earthy neutral tones of beige and white, with low-slung sofa, contemporary wood-burner, linen curtains, cushioned bench seat, oak coffee table and large rug | Home tour - a minimalist coastal villa in the Netherlands | These Four Walls blog

Cosy reading nook with beige linen daybed | Home tour - a minimalist coastal villa in the Netherlands | These Four Walls blog

The villa has four bedrooms – a bunk room on the ground floor, and three doubles nestled in the eaves above. They’re all simple, soothing sanctuaries, and Studio Toff has employed some very clever design tricks to make the most of the awkward dimensions. Shelves above the beds take the place of nightstands where space is tight, and the shape of the Trizo21 ‘Austere’ lamps neatly follows the slope of the ceilings. Banks of made-to-measure cupboards, meanwhile, squeeze as much storage as possible into the voids beneath the pitched roof.

Gender-neutral kids bedroom in beige and white, with minimalist wooden bunk beds and storage boxes | Home tour - a minimalist coastal villa in the Netherlands | These Four Walls blog
White hallway with grey stone floor and contemporary abstract art | Home tour - a minimalist coastal villa in the Netherlands | These Four Walls blog
Airy white bedroom with beige linen curtains, brass lamp, white painted floorboards and sloping ceiling | Home tour - a minimalist coastal villa in the Netherlands | These Four Walls blog

Minimalist white bedroom with painted floorboards and wall lamp | Home tour - a minimalist coastal villa in the Netherlands | These Four Walls blog

The bathrooms also maximise space. Some have showers behind half-height walls topped by glass screens; others occupy wetroom-style sections of loft, with basins in the bedrooms themselves. All are decorated in a calming pink-tinged beige, with sleek matt-white fittings, geometric-pattern tiles and marble accents.

Minimalist white and beige bedroom with marble sink, white painted floorboards and contemporary clothes hanging rail | Home tour - a minimalist coastal villa in the Netherlands | These Four Walls blog
Minimalist white and beige bathroom with marble sink, marble floor tiles and matt white taps | Home tour - a minimalist coastal villa in the Netherlands | These Four Walls blog

Minimalist beige and white bathroom with hexagonal tiles, white sink, white taps, white shower and half-height wall | Home tour - a minimalist coastal villa in the Netherlands | These Four Walls blog

If you fancy staying at this beautiful place yourself then it’s available for holiday rentals via Studio Toff’s website, with rates starting at €500 per night for up to eight people.

All photography by To Huidekoper for Studio Toff, via Reform

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