Bedroom colour ideas – to brighten and lift your scheme

Simple pattern, subtle textures and soothing colours will create the perfect refuge from the stress of a long day.

Looking for bedroom colour ideas? Colour is important in all room schemes, and it’s only too easy to forget about colour in the bedroom.

For a classic, timeless look, we sometimes err on the side of safety and choose a completely neutral scheme, forgetting that a little lift of colour can cheer up a room immensely. Painted finishes work well for timeless schemes, and of course, can be updated at a later stage if you’re confident enough with a paintbrush.

1. AN ENDURING COLOUR COMBINATION

Sumptuous layering of texture and patten is the key to this serene blue-and-white bedroom scheme. A bold headboard fabric creates a focal point, complemented by a curtain and cushions in similar shades, while the valance and throw add essential warmth and softness.

Bedroom colour ideas

Photography: Jake Curtis

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2. SERENE GREEN

In this restful scheme, colour and patten has been concentrated on the bedlinen, upholstered headboard and coronet curtains, successfully drawing attention to the elegant bed. Additional bold green accents bring cohesion to the space.

Bedroom colour ideas

Photography: Jan Baldwin

3. RICH LAYERS

Tones of grey, sand and caramel create a gentle, cosseting feel, while the clean lines of the geometric rug offer a striking counterpoint to the soft, painterly wallpaper.

Bedroom colour ideas

Photography: Jan Baldwin

4. TROPICAL PARADISE

Layer upon layer of the softest washed linens in soothing shades of anthracite, green tourmaline and steel blue are an inviting choice for a bedroom, with a delicate silk screen providing privacy.

Bedroom colour

Photography: Sarah Maingot

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5. COSY CORNER

Shades of teal with warming pops of ochre are a harmonious combination, while a four-poster bed with an upholstered headboard and curtain makes an inviting focal point.

Bedroom colour ideas

Photography: Jan Baldwin

6. THE DARK SIDE

Give your bedroom a fresh, timeless vibe with a cool, calm and collected blue and white palette. Who says you can’t use bold colours in country bedrooms? If you’re a true fan of blue, you’ll love this striking bedroom. Use indigo and navy blue as if they were neutrals and you will find you can combine them with just about any colour. Add in bold accessories and daring patterns without a second thought.

If you want a calming feel to your bedroom colour scheme, then the nautical shades of blue and white complement each other beautifully. Choose subtly striped wallpaper for this coastal living room theme, teamed with white bed linen and a navy wool throw. Plump white pillows overlaid by cushions in contrasting shades of navy blue follow the coastal theme through. Alternatively go for all white bedlinen and accessories, experiment with fabrics and textures introducing embroidered bed linen, silk cushions and lace wallpaper.

bedroom colour schemes

Photography: Adrian Briscoe

7. SUMMER SUNSHINE

Yellow inspires optimism, creating a summery feel; team it with charcoal and grey for modern look. Choosing an intricately patterned design for the walls immediately gives this room a gentle exoticism. The contemporary four-poster bed, which picks up on the dove grey of the wallpaper, makes a statement without overpowering the scheme.

Colourful bedroom

Photography: Jan Baldwin

8. SHADES OF GREY

Don’t shy away from using dark colours in the bedroom. You’ll be using this room primarily at night, so it’s the perfect showcase. But think cosy and warm rather than gloomy. Dark blues, mid-tone greys and warm greens are all good options if you want to add a shot of colour.

Colourful bedrooms

Photography: Michael Sinclair

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