5 bold colour schemes for bedrooms

Go for a dramatic combination to liven up your bedroom scheme

Indigo and white

  • If you want to try indigo as a block colour, go for a statement wall, then break it up using artwork in white and pale-wood frames. Keep pieces of furniture and flooring light to lift the look.
  • Preserve the simple impact of this combo by sticking to just one shade of blue and one shade of white. If you mix up too many deep blues or neutrals, it will lose effect.
  • There are lots of fabrics and wallpapers in these hues to choose from. For a softer look, try dye effects, such as ombre or dip-dye, or for a stronger, graphic style, go for batik and ikat designs.

Add an accent shade: deep orange

Rani kilim pouffe, £129.95, Myakka

Brights and white

  • Brights look great against a white background, as the pops of colour have impact without being too much. If modern furniture isn’t for you, try vintage or painted pieces for a folky take.
  • Don’t be afraid to clash prints.
    Opt for modern florals, geometric motifs, ikats and graphic stripes on wallpaper, fabric and artworks for an eye-catching, contemporary scheme.
  • Express yourself with this look and create a rainbow feel with a palette of hot pink, fluoro yellow, cobalt blue and punchy orange.
  • Let the accessories take all the pattern, then choose a bold hue from your print to use in plain, block-colour furniture.

Add an accent shade: pale blue

Knitted cotton throw in Smoky blue,
£69, Secret Linen Store


  • This timeless palette can add drama and impact to any room in any style, from industrial chic tor modern Scandi to country or romantic.
  • Break up the pops of black with as many neutrals to soften the contrast. Pale wood for flooring or furniture is a perfect partner.
  • Ramp up the drama with more black such as black flooring or walls, or lighten the look with more white and pops of black for furniture or bed linen.
  • Use pattern to transform a monochromatic scheme, floral or toile fabrics will add a give a more romantic finish; graphic prints will feel more Scandi and traditional prints will add a masculine edge.
  • Add greenery for an organic feel.
    Dot succulents and green plants around the room displayed in monochrome pots and hanging planters.

Add an accent shade: chartreuse

Chenille spot cushion, £15, Very

Aubergine and slate

  • Mix purple tones, layering different weights of the same colour can add depth and prevent a scheme from looking flat. Blend a palette of different purple tones – from dusky mauve to the deepest aubergine.
  • Add bold, oversized flower prints in redcurrant and mulberry to lift this look. Limit pattern to cushions, bed linen or lampshades, set against large areas of block colour.
  • A rich colour palette works best when you keep the room unfussy and arrangements orderly. Think hotel chic with symmetry such as two matching light fittings or side lamps.
  • Underline the glamour with decorative accessories and lighting in dull bronze or silver finishes.

Add an accent shade: Fuchsia

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Westonbirt pink linen cushion, £45,
The French Bedroom Company

Citrine and teal

  • This happy duo will work best in a contemporary setting, from mid century to contemporary minimalism.
  • Teal is a great colour for when you want to unwind, so it’s perfect for a bedroom. It’s bold but also calming, so it’s a good choice for a feature wall. Break up the block of colour with white-framed photos and artwork, and dot citrine soft furnishings and accessories around the room to lift it.
  • Choose statement wallpaper, bold bed linen, a patterned window treatment or a look-at-me rug in these strong shades. Don’t overdo it though – limit pattern to one or two key pieces to avoid your room looking chaotic

Add an accent shade: silver grey

Luna silver rug, from £175, Cox &

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