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Bedroom colour schemes

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Are you having difficultly choosing a colour scheme for your new or existing bedroom? It may seem daunting, especially with the choice and range that is out there today. It's important before considering what's in fashion or trending, to take a moment and think about your personality. The bedroom is the most intimate space in the home, so it is only fair that you should be able to show off your flair and individuality away from the prying eyes of guests and family. 

To aid you in your quest, we're here to give you a helping hand and steer you in the right direction of the dreaded colour chart. Take a look…

Serene blues

Peacock Wallpaper Feature Wall in White Bedroom:  Bedroom by Design by Deborah Ltd
Design by Deborah Ltd

Peacock Wallpaper Feature Wall in White Bedroom

Design by Deborah Ltd

When we think about the colour blue, we generally only have positive thoughts. Such things as a clear sky, an endless horizon line and even the water of the sea or a lake. Blue is known to have a calming and restorative effect, and despite its manly appeal, can look delicate and feminine too—it just depends on the shade. It has been proven that blue can help to lower our blood pressure, slow our heart rate, and help us to feel cooler in the environment we are in. In saying this, blue is an obvious choice for a bedroom, whether it is mixed with white for a beachy feel or green for an earthy vibe, you can be sure that your space will be an oasis of respite and calm. 

Stormy greys

Cathedral Ceiling In Main Bedroom - As Built:  Bedroom by Arc 3 Architects & Chartered Surveyors
Arc 3 Architects & Chartered Surveyors

Cathedral Ceiling In Main Bedroom—As Built

Arc 3 Architects & Chartered Surveyors

Grey is elegant and luxurious, especially when silver is introduced. The wonderful thing about grey is that you can select the base notes of the shade—perhaps you want to mix it with white, or lean it towards blue. In this example, we see many shades of grey mixed together to create a uniform and balanced look. In some way it is whimsical and charming, in another it is cool and collected. Of course, the textures you choose to employ will determine the final look—stick to crisp linens and cottons for a modern and minimalist look, or wools and thickly woven fabrics for a more rustic appeal. 

Peaceful purples

Double bedroom:  Bedroom by Lodgico Ltd
Lodgico Ltd

Double bedroom

Lodgico Ltd

Purple is the most regal colour of all—as you know, especially in English aristocracy, was only worn by the elite or those in royal standing. Purple is an interesting choice as it is a culmination of two vastly different shades—red and blue. One tone is fiery and passionate, the other is cool and relaxed. In this instance, it makes a wonderful shade for a bedroom as it combines two emotions we like to feel in a bedroom—passion and calm (perhaps not at the same time!). It can be paired to great effect with cool tones like white or grey or stronger colours like yellow and green for vastly different looks. 

Sumptuous browns

Show flat in Ascot, UK:  Bedroom by Lujansphotography

Show flat in Ascot, UK


Just like the colour blue, brown also has restorative qualities and can be used for retro, modern and classic themed bedrooms. The fact that it symbolises nature and the earth means that it is a great relaxing and calming choice for a bedroom, one just needs to take care when selecting a shade. Brown works well when paired with other tones of brown or beige, but can look outdated and tired if not chosen properly. Avoid pairing with yellow or green, unless of course you are wanting to stage a 70s revival. Stick to white or pale blues for a sophisticated and elegant effect. 

Passionate reds

Master Bedroom suite:  Bedroom by LLI Design
LLI Design

Master Bedroom suite

LLI Design

Red is a powerful and passionate colour. This comes as no surprise as its the symbol of both love and lust. In this instance, we see a pinkish shade of red, which looks feminine and elegant. Matched with the cooling effects of white and grey, the red is a feature, or a pop of colour rather than a dominating force. While it does command our attention, the boldest shades of the colour are limited only to the throw rug at the foot of the bed and the pillows in front of the bedhead. You can also choose a shade of red that throws brown or orange, in turn, changing the finished product to a more earthy and hippy feel.

Rainbow revelation

Colourful boys bedroom:  Bedroom by LLI Design
LLI Design

Colourful boys bedroom

LLI Design

At the end of the day, if you can't decide on one scheme, why not add all the colours of the rainbow together all at once? In this bedroom we see a bold and eclectic mix of patterns, textures and colours and as you can see, it works really well. The vibrant blue feature wall is a great base, and furthers the various tones seen in the quilt covers and artwork. This is great for both kids and adults alike, just pay attention to the other furnishings in the room to create a distinction between the target age groups.

To see more bedroom ideas, check out the following ideabooks:

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What is your favourite colour scheme for a bedroom? Let us know in the comments below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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