Choosing a bedroom colour scheme is important when deciding how you want your personal bolthole to make you feel. This may be reflecting a love of colour, a love of bright colours, opulent tones, or whites and neutrals.
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.
Create order in the room with tailor-made storage and streamline shelving for essentials to avoid clutter. And if you enjoy the look and feel of natural wood, a bed with an oversized wooden headboard will look really effective. Mix up walnut, beech and birch with natural cotton bedlinen in shades of taupe and white, and finish the look with sisal and woven rugs for a wonderfully natural look.
If you love romantic bedrooms, add a touch of boudoir chic by opting for rich velvets and an opulent palette of greys and silver. Achieve some old-style glamour in your bedroom with an upholstered velvet bed and luxurious satin throws or bedspreads. A glass chandelier adds a wonderful centrepiece to a room, together with pewter or mirrored furniture and richly textured rugs.
A pop of colour is having a big impact on decorating styles at the moment. Introduce your favourite shade of hot pink or bold green into your bedroom colour scheme with colourful bedlinen, cushions, or for the really daring, a feature wall. Marry together two hot colours such as turquoise and pink and bring the room alive.
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Create a calm and relaxing bedroom in shades of coastal blue and white. Take a subtle striped wallpaper as your starting point and use it on a feature wall behind the bed to make it the focal point of the room. Use slimline shelves as a headboard to add tailor-made storage for bedside essentials and accessories. Line the back of the shelves with a co-ordinating small-scale paper in a tonal shade of blue.
Finish with crisp white cotton bed linen teamed with accent cushions in French navy. Accessorise with white ceramics, driftwood, bleached wicker and shells.
Similar striped wallpaper
Wood isn’t just for rustic rooms. This chic bedroom combines polished walnut, oak and birch with natural linens, textured woollens, soft grey walls and sisal flooring for a grown-up, contemporary feel.
Have an oversized headboard made in walnut veneer to anchor the scheme. There are clever concealed shelves behind the front panel to hide clutter.
Layer the bed with natural linen bedding, knitted throws and tactile cushions so that it looks inviting and feels cosy. Mix wood finishes such as oak and birch for bedroom furniture and accessories – mid-toned woods like these work naturally together.
Mandal bed frame
After purple bedroom ideas? Cosy up with dusky shades of heather and grey. Soothing shades like these are perfect if you want a space to feel warm and relaxing.
Let a vintage-style floral print be the starting point for your colour scheme. The purple background colour of the duvet is the strongest shade used in the room – don’t overuse it or the effect will be too garish.
Take your other colours from the floral print, with its muted shades of heather, lilac, grey and soft beige, and use these for walls, flooring and accessories: heather and grey painted walls, a lilac throw on the bed and soft beige carpet and chair.
Glass lamps hung low each side of the bed create subdued pools of light – perfect for a sleep-inducing scheme.
Similar upholstered bed
Fancy a fresh new look in the bedroom for spring? Then why not say it with flowers?
The zesty yellow floral wallpaper is the star of the show in this bedroom. Teaming it with chic shades of grey, tones the whole scheme down and prevents the paper being overpowering.
Keep other patterns to a minimum and go small-scale rather than large, such as the grey damask pillowcases and herringone throw.
Balance the bold walls with simple, streamlined furniture, like the tailored headboard, plain side tables and upholstered ottoman.
Simple but oh-so sophisticated, an all-white bedroom scheme like this just oozes glamour.
Make an oversized lace-pattern wallpaper the starting point for the room. With a barely-there paper you can be bold with pattern – the bigger the better.
Add a supersized headboard made from MDF painted glossy white for maximum shine. Attach floating shelves as bedside tables and add low-hung pendants to minimise clutter.
All-white bed linen is a must for this look – just layer it up with pillowcases, cushions and throws with lace or crochet details. Different textures are the key to making the scheme three-dimensional rather than flat.
Team a palette of super-charged brights with black for a chic tropical look in the bedroom.
The oversized pattern on the bed linen is the focus of attention in this bedroom. The ‘look-at-me’ design draws attention to the bed, while other patterns are kept relatively low key.
Pick out key colours from the bed linen to co-ordinate your colour scheme, such as the fuchsia pink on walls, cushion and throw, turquoise pendant lights and ottomans, teamed with simple black-and-white furniture.
Lastly, try creating a wallpaper panel behind the bed to frame the area. This subtle black-and-white patterned paper helps to balance the hit of bright colours.
Turn your bedroom into a luxurious retreat with a sophisticated palette of pewter and platinum.
While the look is ultra-glamorous, the effect is easy to achieve if you keep to similar tones throughout the room. Mix shades and tints of the same colour, from dull pewter to polished platinum.
Start with a statement bed, like this upholstered sleigh-style bed in a plush pewter velvet. A glass chandelier hung low over the bed helps to grab the attention, and will glisten and sparkle against all the metallic tones around the room.
Carry on the luxe theme, with metallic wallpaper panels either side of the bed. Hang just one drop behind each bedside table, so even if it’s a pricey paper, you can get the luxe effect without spending a fortune.
Henrietta upholstered bed
Indulge your girly side with a glamorous vintage-look bedroom in shades of blush pink, oyster and silver.
Use a palette of pale pink to create a soft and dreamy backdrop for your bedroom. Paper walls in a barely-there print with carpet in a toning shade.
The beauty of this bedroom is all in the detail. From the antique-look brass bed and vintage-style furniture to the glamorous glass chandelier.
Dress the bed in blush-pink bed linen to carry on the colour theme, layered with lacy cushions and a silk eiderdown. Go all-out on finishing touches, from gilt-framed mirrors and pictures, silver lamps and candlesticks, to glass jars filled with pretty soaps and toiletries.
English Classics wallpaper
Hanna double bed
Try a patchwork feature wall to add character to your bedroom.
When it comes to the bedroom, you’ll want a calming colour palette, especially with a busy effect like this, so soothing shades of duck-egg, taupe and grey are ideal.
Create the patchwork effect with squares and rectangles of wallpaper in toning colours, making sure each section is different from its neighbour – even if you’ve fallen for an expensive design you’ll only need one roll, so this project needn’t cost a fortune. For a similar effect you could use paint instead of wallpaper.
When it comes to furniture and accessories, less is more, so keep to simple shapes, unfussy styles and plain toning colours that won’t compete with your feature wall.
Bring a taste of the kasbah to your bedroom with this vibrant North-African-inspired scheme.
The striking Moroccan-style print on the bed linen is the inspiration for the colour scheme, with walls painted in vibrant pink and white with a patterned border for decorative detail – the one pictured here is from a fab selection by Henny Donovan.
Choose exotic furniture and accessories in keeping with the theme, like the striking shaped headboard, embossed metal furniture and hanging lanterns.
Add a decorative flourish with jewel-coloured lamps, contrasting cushions and a vibrant medallion rug beside the bed.
Wallpaper one wall in a bedroom to create a beautiful feature. Choose a funky design like this retro style and paper the wall behind the bed to make a focal point in the room. Then pick out accent colours from the wallpaper and find accessories in those shades for a cohesive look.
Orla Kiely by Harlequin at John Lewis
For a really bold bedroom look, experiment with colour, as seen in this striking nautical scheme. Choose a stand-out wallpaper in shades of blue and hang it horizontally to make the room appear longer. Add seaside-inspired accessories, such as model boats, driftwood frames and framed prints of the coast to complete the look.
If you need a quick bedroom makeover to brighten up your scheme, simply paint a feature wall in a vibrant shade. Pick a colour that will complement your existing furniture and stand out to create a warm and inviting feel. Hang a mirror on one wall to spread light around the room and to make it feel bigger.
Dulux at Homebase
A bold and beautiful bedroom doesn’t mean you have to go crazy with colour. Keep it simple and stylish with monochrome. Look out for a modern wallpaper design and choose accessories in white, grey and black to tie the room together. Pop a few complementary cushions on the bed to add character.
Create a calming yet elegant bedroom retreat with a bold wallpaper design in sultry shades of deep brown or purple. Add a pop of colour with bed linen in a complementary warm, bright shade – pink works so well here – and hang a chandelier-style ceiling light for extra sparkle.
Similar ceiling light
Use a patchwork throw and vintage prints and posters to give your bedroom a cool retro look. Team with second-hand furniture – try your hand at upcycling with a lick of paint – and a retro-style wallpaper pattern to create a simple but bold scheme that’s full of character.
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