There are lots to choices to make when it comes to bedroom design – chic bed or luxurious four-poster? Capacious built-in in wardrobe or antique chest of drawers? – but, usually, your design always starts with a favourite bedroom colour scheme. And it’s an important place to start because it really can set the tone for the rest of the room. Your master bedroom design should be a glorious thing to wake up to in the morning and a haven to retire to at night so choose a colour palette which works well for you. (This is one place to ignore trends, unless a particular trend just so happens to resonate with you.) Create a room which you love being in and feels just right for your personal style; one which is as restful as it is inspiring and welcoming.
Whether punchy accent colours or tonal single-shade palettes, these bedroom colour schemes are the inspiration you need to envision your dream bedroom. For inspiration on other rooms, read our guides to Dining Room Colour Schemes and Living Room Colour Schemes.
Bedroom Colour Ideas: A Timeless Neutral Bedroom
A neutral palette like Hernandez Greene’s Upper West Side bedroom design will always be a classic and a hotel-like experience is guaranteed by its crisp white linens. Its season-less vibe works throughout the year from fresh spring days to cosy winter evenings and can be accessorised with any colour making it a complete design chameleon. Add cohesive but interesting features (that chandelier is incredible!) for a look which is serene and considered.
Image Credit: Taylor Howes
BEDROOM COLOUR IDEAS: BLUE & WHITE BEDROOM
The first thing to be noted about this tonal Taylor Howes scheme is just how tranquil it is. Blue hues will forever be a go-to for spaces which need a little (or a lot) of calm.
Image Credit: Jean-Louis Deniot/Xavier Béjot
BEDROOM COLOUR IDEAS: NEUTRAL BEDROOM
In true Parisian style, Jean-Louis Deniot understands that subtlety is the pinnacle of style. He chose a combination of slightly tinted tones for this apartment, located on the sartorial highroad of the Avenue Montaigne.
BEDROOM COLOUR IDEAS: PURPLE & PINK BEDROOM
Forget the stigma attached to such a feminine colour palette – subdued berry tones and purple-washed neutrals make an elegant combination.
Katharine Pooley forgoes her trademark azure tones in favour of this master bedroom scheme. The delicate framework of two cross-base stools (a bench version would work equally well) and an pearly oyster-hued rug elevate the space to ladylike chic.
Image Credit: Helen Green
BEDROOM COLOUR IDEAS: NEUTRAL & BLUE BEDROOM
If you have a larger space (or even if your space is smaller and you love the intimate vibe), consider including slightly deeper tones in your colour palette for a rich but balanced scheme. This welcoming palette of dark warm greys, blueberry and beiges is so inviting and the earthy tones maintains a level of serenity. Lighter woods (seen here in Helen Green Design’s betulla-finished chest) add an elegant lightness to a space.
This scheme capitalises on textures (fringed cushions are in) and creates unexpected contrasts with a colourful cloud of magenta hydrangeas which can be switched out for autumnal blooms later in the year.
BEDROOM COLOUR IDEAS: PEACH & GREY BEDROOM
Grey has been the neutral du jour for a long time now and not in the least for its ability to make previously repellant colours absolutely covetable. Who would’ve thought that peach could be completely transformed with the help of the unassuming neutral? Kudos, grey.
This airy twin bedroom applies the pastel carefully but without trepidation to the room’s pure white wood panelling backdrop, giving the beds’ end stools a colourful pop. Master tricky hues by sticking to simple materials and reserve textures (like these shagreen bedside tables and basket weave headboards) or complicated patterns for neutrals.
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BEDROOM COLOUR IDEAS: BABY BLUE & CREAM BEDROOM
Choosing a predominant colour and backing it with enthusiasm requires daring but often pays off like in this composed bedroom. Never has baby blue seemed more appealing!
A starburst headboard offers a modern take on Art Deco as does a matching chaise longue, which is reminiscent of glamorous old Hollywood movies. Deeper accents are found here and there in the room’s accessories but the focus always remains on the breathy soft blue.
BEDROOM COLOUR IDEAS: BROWN & CREAM BEDROOM
For those who are nervous about returning to the warmer side of the colour wheel, this 1508 London bedroom might be all the convincing you need.
Nutmeg-hued upholstery pairs beautifully with luxurious creamy tones like whisper white and sheer pink in a nod to smart but sophisticated. These tones work particularly well with dark woods and tend to suit transitional homes which aim to preserve traditional aesthetics.
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BEDROOM COLOUR IDEAS: LIME & NEUTRAL BEDROOM
Relaxed but possessing character, this bedroom is a perfect example of how a neutral colour palette can be enhanced with different accent colours and how colour trends can be brought in as time goes on.
Laura Hammett updates the space with the sharp tang of its celery green cushion and bedspread border whilst a touch of mineral green in the rug brings the colour in in a deeper dimension.
BEDROOM COLOUR IDEAS: PURPLE & GOLD BEDROOM
A classic case of contrasting colours, the antique gold and plums of this Belgravia mews bedroom pair together perfectly and are favourites for fans of rich tones.
Style the commanding duo with pink-based neutrals to create a look which is breezy yet mature. Billowy white sheers finishes the look.
BEDROOM COLOUR IDEAS: NEUTRAL & BLUE BEDROOM
A blue and white colour palette is intrinsically nautical making this a timeless fair weather look. By using a richer navy and deepening the white to a pearl and pale silver, the aesthetic is instantly made more luxurious.
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BEDROOM COLOUR IDEAS: NEUTRAL & GOLD BEDROOM
The mixed metals trend is still making serious headway so think about subtly mixing metallic colours in fabrics too.
The glamorous Townhouse Collection bedroom features satiny gold and silver Missoni with a table lamp by Pieter Adam. Its transparent glass and metallic inner is a modern take on the traditional buffet lamp.
To master the look, ground golds and silvers (both vibrant and muted tones) with a beige and white foundation for a bedroom that’s a little bit special.
Image Credit: Peter Mikic
BEDROOM COLOUR IDEAS: GREY & TEAL BEDROOM
Sharp and brilliantly ambiguous – this Peter Mikic bedroom perfects the art of unisex bedroom design. A botanical print in black and cream adorns a curved chaise longue, mixing a whimsical aesthetic with uncomplicated design. The chaise sits in the corner of a warm grey and cream space which mixes luxurious finishes with handsome one. The jolt of the teal glass table lamp and the headboard wall’s cobalt blue painting brings depth to the room.
When adopting this palette, proportion is key. Blend the hues appropriately by using a ratio of lights to darks in favour of the lights.
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BEDROOM COLOUR IDEAS: BROWN BEDROOM
A look that will endure through spring, summer, autumn and winter, this Finchatton bedroom employs a tonal array of muted purple tones for an effortlessly chic space which draws on the rustic side of the palette.
Ikat curtains, herringbone weaves and casual geometric patterns are the last word in contemporary rustic. Plus, the warm tones create a cocoon-like vibe which makes this kind of bedroom a winner on all fronts.
BEDROOM COLOUR IDEAS: WHITE & BLACK BEDROOM
The slick black of this bedroom’s cabinets is an easy way to ground a large, airy space. Used in moderation with relaxed light neutrals, à la 1508 London, black is a classic choice regardless of the time of year. Flawless finishes give this bedroom a sleek look but this palette would work equally well with rustic woods and tactile muslins.
Learn the effect of your bedroom colour of choice with our article on colour psychology.