How To Choose The Perfect Colour For Your Bedroom
Are you daunted by choosing a colour scheme for your bedroom? We know that finding the right colour for your bedroom can be difficult, especially when there are so many stylish shades on the market.
Your bedroom should be a beautiful sanctuary for relaxation, whether you dream of a calming space with classic white cotton bedding or you're looking to create a cheerful and bright atmosphere filled with colourful patterns. You want your retreat to feel intimate, quiet and tranquil, and choosing the right colours is the most important factor in getting the ambience you desire.
With an abundance of hues and undertones, we know selecting the right shade can be overwhelming. Here at DUSK, we’ve collected our best interior design tips and inspiration to help you select the perfect colour for your bedroom.
Choose Your Mood
To begin, think about the mood you want to set within your beautiful bedroom. Do you want your space to feel light and airy? Romantic and cosy? Or something different entirely?
Lighter colours will enhance the natural light within your bedroom, creating not only a relaxing hotel-like sanctuary, but also the feeling of a bigger and brighter space. Alternatively, choosing a darker colour palette will produce an intimate and cosy atmosphere, enveloping you within the room and giving you a space that’s perfect to unwind in after a long day.
The colours you choose will mimic the atmosphere you want within your room, from calming through to fun and energetic. Below, we’ve suggested some of our favourite colour palettes and design ideas, so you can achieve a variety of different feelings within your bedroom.
Calming neutrals are a classic look within a bedroom and will instantly create an air of sophistication. Working well with a variety of styling options, you can easily keep those neutral tones throughout your room or even introduce a pop of color with a pretty pastel pink or a sophisticated navy blue.
Our top paint picks for a natural color scheme are white, ivory, taupe and grey.
Keeping to a light colour scheme but introducing pastel hues can add a further depth to your bedroom, delivering a serene and elegant environment. When picking pastels, we suggest looking to nature to create a calm and cosy scheme.
Incorporating soft blues, greens, or pink and lavender will create an elegant and peaceful palette of colours. To add further depth to your bedroom, select soft furnishings within the same colour palette. For example, choose a pale sage or olive for the walls and add texture with our Oslo collection, or opt for pink paint and pair with our chunky, hand woven St Ives designs.
Go Bold and Bright
Bold and bright colours can look beautiful in a bedroom, the trick is the amount of colour you use. For a smaller bedroom, paint one accent wall in a lovely deep navy, rich green or even a bright coral colour and keep the rest of the walls light — this will create a balanced feel and stop your bedroom from feeling too bright.
For a more subtle effect, stay classic with neutral walls and white bed linen, then add accessories in the color scheme you have chosen. If you’re feeling courageous, give your space more energy by painting the ceiling or your furniture for a fun bedroom makeover.
To see how others have designed a scheme around their furniture, head over to Pinterest and begin saving the bedrooms that catch your eye — make sure you take a look at our favourite pinterest accounts for stylish bedroom decor inspiration.
Have fun pinning your favourites and when you take a look at your board, you’ll be able to identify a theme within the images you love. This could be a similar colour on the walls, the same kind of patterns, or even a particular style of bedding and blankets. Finding the unifying element will help you choose the perfect colour and scheme for your bedroom.
Just like fashion, there are many trends within interior design. In recent years, we’ve seen a surge in bedroom design ideas from boho textures through to industrial statements. To save you spending hours scouring the web, we’ve picked our favourite bedroom retreat decor trends to share with you.
Deep colours such as burnt red, navy and mustard make a room feel incredibly luxurious and intimate and can be paired to create a fashionable, vogue-ready bedroom. Try combining a navy wall with neutral or grey bedding or be more daring with mustard accents, such as cushions and curtains.
Simplicity and neutrals are in style, so keep your space bright and airy by bringing nature inside. By using natural colours on your walls, opting soft furnishings and introducing life with some luscious green indoor plants, you’ll achieve the boho bedroom of dreams.
Introduce an industrial feel to your bedroom with dark grey or metal finishes. Using brass metals as accents across the room will tie the whole look together while still giving a rustic feel. Style with white bedding, charcoal grey blankets and cushions to create a stark and unique contrast.
Glamour doesn’t have to be all about glitter and diamonds. This season it’s all about taking a more refined approach by incorporating elegant muted tones such as pink and grey. Match these colours with a beautiful faux fur throw and install elegant lighting for a luxurious edge to your bedroom.
Match Your Furniture
Matching the colour of your bedroom with your furniture is extremely important when it comes to decorating. For a classic scheme, we suggest sticking to one color, such as a white wardrobe, vanity and bed frame to help your bedroom feel sleek and unified.
All paints have a variety of undertones and hues; for example, navy paints may have undertones from purple through to grey, so make the most of expensive tester pots to try out a variety of colours. To get a real sense of a colour, we recommend painting a section on each wall, so you can see how the colour will look in different lighting at different points during the day.
Remember, it’s easier to match the paint with furniture in a room than vice versa. Unless you’re considering upcycling your furniture, choose a tone that complements your existing pieces.