When it comes to deciding on a color scheme for the bedroom, there are lots of aspects to take into account. Do you aim to create a calming atmosphere or a glam residence? Does the space need accentuating, or could the room use a cozy color palette? Are you looking to fashion a feminine boudoir, a bachelor pad or something a little more gender neutral?
From clean, neutral color palettes to the bold and beautiful, our selection of interior experts have provided us with a bunch of bedroom color scheme ideas. Browse through our collection of inspirational images and advice to find your ultimate bedroom color combination.
The bedroom is a very important room in any home. It’s the place where you go to recharge your batteries after a busy day and relax both physically and mentally. A bedroom shouldn’t be a place just for sleep, but a place that also stimulates the imagination. And while white or beige might be a great idea for a bedroom color scheme, I for one, am fascinated with darker colors. The main reason is simple: anything you place on such a backdrop will pop out and create a wonderful contrast.
All you need for that to work is a darker color backdrop and play around with more vibrant colors that can be found in pieces of furniture, accessories, curtains, art etc. For example, if you choose to go for a patterned headboard for your bed or use playful cushions, the result will be absolutely fab and easy to achieve (not to mention easy to switch up). Oh and let’s not forget about the potential of art on such walls! After all, life is full of color! We should all celebrate that!
Although minimalist Scandi style is all the rage right now, for me, my bedroom is my boudoir and that’s the vibe I try and create when decorating it. Although neutral colors and contemporary furniture are popular in the bedroom for their relaxing qualities, I much prefer to let my personality run wild and create my own space. I love vintage glamour and strong colors, so my bedroom replicates that entirely. I went for a monochrome theme with large floral patterns and intricate attention to detail.
When it comes to interiors, usually I’d say I love light, bright and airy rooms – unless it’s the bedroom, where I prefer a darker space to relax in. I just love this rich blue wall which looks so peaceful and tranquil – ideal to switch off from the world after a long day. The dusty rose bedding and white marble cushions give this room the perfect balance of light and dark, with peonies adding life to what could be quite a dark corner. This looks like it would be my sanctuary away from the world!
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To balance drama with restfulness in a bedroom, I believe in going for one bold color, and possibly a small amount of an accent color, then keeping the rest of the palette restrained with calming tones. The main color in my bedroom comes from my blue bed, and I have bedding and curtains in shades of gray and white to create a serene and cozy space. A little greenery brings life and a touch of gold elevates the decor. If I fancy a seasonal refresh, it’s easy to add cushions and/or flowers in soft pink, coral or mustard.
Painting the bedroom in dark colors adds glamour and a feeling of being enveloped. This particular color palette is perfect for a bedroom; so perfect I used it in my own home! The dark indigo is the color of the night sky, meaning it is the best color to sleep under and it works beautifully alongside the warm gold tones of the wardrobes opposite. The whole room was painted in the same color, making the overall feel peaceful. The turquoise and red accents are small but essential, touches – lifting the blue and tobacco colors and creating the perfect balance.
The key to creating a color scheme for a bedroom is balance. Quantities of color are important, but it is how the balance of colors make you feel, which will really impact the overall scheme. This scheme includes dark, inky blues, which create a sense of drama, warmth, and anticipation. They are balanced beautifully with muted and pastel pinks and grays which contrastingly create a softness and sense of stillness.
The clean whites in the door and whitewashed flooring are used to offset the bold colors and control the scheme. The addition of natural, woven, rattan and ceramic accessories make the room feel home with a sense of connection to nature. Overall, the color scheme works really well because it includes a balance of light against dark, smooth against textured and soft against hard, which creates an environment where you can feel restful and balanced.
My bedroom is my sanctuary. For me, my bedroom has always been my safe haven and somewhere I can just disappear into. I think my neutral color scheme of white, beige, and metallic highlights really offers the relaxing sanctuary I want from a bedroom. I like to incorporate different textures into the room, from the wool blankets to rich cotton bedding.
My bedroom was designed around my favorite color – white. In here, though, I have a few shades of white. My vintage French bed in a creamy white with gold leaf accents and carved florals take center stage in the room. Everything else is delicate and pretty to ensure a serene space. I replace the fresh flowers weekly after a visit to my local farmer’s market.
The bedroom is the one space I am most muted in my color choices, I think calm and gentle tones make it easier to switch off from the outside world. Our bedroom (pictured) is painted in Ammonite by Farrow and Ball which is a really soft and chalky gray, a calm and simple shade, in some lights it’s barely there which makes it a perfect neutral backdrop for unwinding in my eyes. I like pared back uncluttered bedrooms with a Scandinavian vibe, so I have accented it with natural woods, plants, natural materials and monochrome bed linen and accessories. The floor is painted in an inky black which is great for giving depth to the lighter colors used in the rest of the room.
Soft, sensual and sophisticated, the neutral color palette of creams, soft browns, dove grays, blush pinks and occasional gold accents help create an elegant, calm and feminine interior.
I think bedrooms are a room that should really reflect us as individuals and should be far less about peer pressure and trends; visitors don’t tend to spend much time in our places of rest, bedrooms should be a place of sanctuary, somewhere we go at the end of a tough day to relax and wind down to get a good night’s sleep, and so should be selfishly embraced as our own personal space. This room (home of the Swedish interior stylist, Johanna Laven) is both calm and refreshing but still manages to be cozy and intimate with the use of beautiful textiles and art.
For our master bedroom, I wanted it to be calm, relaxing yet not boring. Working in the digital world means we are constantly mixing things up in and around my house, but for my bedroom I wanted it to be a retreat at the end of the day. Mixing the cooler tones of blue, green, and gray with small graphic hits of graphic black peppered throughout made it the perfect place for me to catch some ZZZ’s every night.
Gray is not boring! I love how warm and inviting a gray bedroom can be. It can be both cozy and calming all at once. This example demonstrates how you can layer different shades of gray, making use of textures, to create a bedroom that is tranquil and definitely not boring. This bedroom has accents of white and gold, but it’s all about those textures of gray. Notice the linen, wool, faux fur against the wood, metal, and glass. It’s a neutral palette with interest which is the ultimate luxury for me.
We always advise our clients to go for more muted colors in the bedroom, to get a good night’s sleep, as it’s been proven that too much visual stimulation before bed can lead to restless sleep. That’s why we love this bedroom by The Estate Trentham with its organic color scheme but with added interest in the split wall color and colored flex on their lighting. We also like how they have mimicked the earthy tones of the bed linen with the small but beautifully positioned landscape painting above the bed. It’s a soothing bedroom we would fall asleep in straight away.
If you think gray if just for adults, think again! This neutral hue can marry up with many colors to create a fresh, timeless look. I created this teen room by mixing grays in a variety of patterns and added bright fun accessories with a touch of gold. It all pops against the white furniture.
It is well-known that colors affect our brains and how we feel. For a bedroom, I’ve always recommended keeping the room as peaceful and relaxing as possible, as it is a space where we spend a large portion of our day. We can create a peaceful setting by including natural materials such as wood, cotton, wool, raffia, etc. For the walls, whites, grays, or light blues will enhance the natural materials’ own colors. Including things that make you happy in coordinated hues will help create the perfect space to recharge after a long day.
A bedroom should reflect the personality of the homeowner-a place where only they can feel 100% at ease and calm. Neutral tones and soft metallic hues set the tone for an elegant and tranquil retreat. Warm grays, champagne, gold and silver, with a crisp white accent create a haven for relaxation – what a bedroom suite truly should reflect! I love adding unexpected textures, such as fur, acrylic, and chain to the subtle feel of silk and velvet to enhance the drama in a space. This master bedroom look can easily be achieved through a metallic color scheme, plush fabric selections, and abstract artwork.
There are seasonal colors all around at the moment and it’s certainly influencing the colors I’m choosing to style within the home. In fact, it’s great fun to embrace the seasons and colors outdoors and allow this to theme the way in which you decorate, design and style within your home too.
Think autumnal colors and we often think of golden yellows, warm browns, and glowing oranges. These colors sit beautifully together and work in harmony. Style together against a wall of a similar color palette and you will instantly add a warm, earthy feel-good glow to your home. This picture features my Mairi Helena Gray Tailor Thistle wallpaper and cushion which I’ve styled alongside a neutral soft gray and drawn on the warm yellow with the addition of a throw and cushions.
Alternatively, pick one strong color such as a vibrant red leaf of a sycamore or Acer tree to style alone in a room to act as a contrasting burst of color.
I just love the simple color palette of this bedroom combined with the playful mix of patterns. It creates a relaxing vibe that’s perfect for unwinding at the end of a long day. And, this is an easy look to create. Start with white paneled walls and a light wood floor. Then, add in a bold black and white print rug and striped sheets. Some brass metal pieces add a touch of warmth to the room as well as a few small wood accents. Finish off the look with a gorgeous green striped bedding set. I’m in love!
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