Suki Waterhouse's bedroom proves we don't need to be afraid of color – or mixing design styles

The British actress's stylish bedroom is a masterclass in the use of tasteful color.

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When it comes to creating memorable and unique spaces, color is our friend. However, for those of us who are not as used to using brighter shades, incorporating bold hues can feel intimidating. Another oft-successful but frequently-feared design choice is mixing different design styles in one room. Suki Waterhouse's bedroom shows that we need not be afraid of color nor mixed styles. 

Her bedroom constitutes an approachable and understated version of eclectic style. Dark, natural hardwood floors, white walls, and white bedding form the grounding base of her stylish bedroom decor. Fun details like a crystal chandelier, farmhouse patterned headboard, tiffany-style lamp, and modern red velvet armchair incorporate pops of Suki's personality. It's the kind of space that shows that our nervousness around color and pattern is unwarranted.

Interior designers love Suki Waterhouse's understated approach to colorful bedroom design. First, they say the 'base' of neutrals helps to give the brighter colors in the room a relaxed feel. Artem Kropovinsky, NYC-based interior designer and founder of Arsight,  says: 'The room is made calm by the use of the off-white color scheme, which serves as a background for other pieces. The floor is made of dark wood with a rough texture that gives it a natural feel and depth.'

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Artem Kropovinsky

Based in New York, Artem Kropovinsky, founder of Arsight, has a decade of extensive and considerable global design experience. Prioritizing minimalism, sustainability, and authenticity, Artem, alongside his team of professionals, works on projects in the US and worldwide.

Jennifer Ebert, digital editor and color expert at Homes & Gardens adds: 'If you are new to color, you can't go wrong with using a white base. It helps to break up bright shades in the room, keeping them from looking overwhelming. It also helps other details to feel more casual, helping to keep your space cozy and liveable.'

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Jennifer Ebert

Jen is the Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.

Designers also say that Suki has done an excellent job making her bohemian bedroom look interesting. Artem states, 'A dark red armchair adds some personality to the room and brings it to life. Florally patterned upholstery combining white, muted green, and brown introduces nature into the space without overwhelming it.'

He continues, 'The broad mix of styles ranging from rustic rough floors to contemporary looking armchair creates dynamic and interesting space. Despite all these elements, there is a sense of balance and coherence in the presence of a neutral base color tying together different components. It is an interior design aimed at creating an inviting personal climate focused on comfort and self-expression.'

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If you want to use more color or pattern in your interior design but don't know where to start, looking to rooms like Suki Waterhouse's bedroom as inspiration is a great beginning. If you're convinced, our explanation of how to use a color wheel for interior design is the perfect second step.

Sophie Edwards
News Writer

I am a London-based News Writer at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.