Looking for bedroom colour ideas? You can’t go far wrong with purple. Proud and regal or soft and sweet, its range of tones is unrivalled. Often associated with royalty due to its expensive and long-running history, purple remains a popular and thought-provoking shade suitable for all tastes.
In order to create the bedroom of your dreams with this regal shade – whether it’s a main bedroom or a guest bedroom – think about the mood you want to set up. Stronger shades such as aubergine and damson evoke drama and stimulate the senses. The colour purple is associated with wealth so when teamed with extravagant fabrics such as sumptuous velvet you can build up a luxurious scheme that makes an opulent, even exotic statement.
At the other end of the spectrum, the lighter shades of purple are more soothing and gentle. Not so sugary sweet, lilac or soft lavender are pretty and feminine. The tone is light enough to give walls interest while remaining fairly neutral and can look appealing in pretty florals and gingham fabrics. Furnish with pale wood furniture or a traditional metal bed.
As seasons turn nature is bursting with purple autumnal shades that work so well for adding warmth and texture in our bedrooms. Rich berry shades or Highland heather hues teamed with tactile textures and earthy tones create cosy, snug-as-a-bug rooms you won’t want to leave.
Alternatively, purple can be surprisingly fresh when teamed with crisp white or complementary green and yellow. Begin with a neutral backdrop and white painted furniture then bring in purple printed fabrics, a painted focal wall or wall-to-floor curtains. Accessorise with a soft, quilted throw and zingy cushions while a velvet upholstered chair or headboard adds a little luxury. The uplifting vibrancy will be a pleasure to wake up to.
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Use crisp white, cream and amethyst to balance a rich focal wall. While still visually stunning, this rich berry is pared down with white adjacent walls, bed and pale flowing curtains. Painted furniture jumps out from the strong background, while layers of lavender and lace bed linen is charming and lady-like. On the white wall, a trio of feminine mirrors adds a vintage touch.
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The refreshing floral feature wall marks the start of a complementary purple and green colour scheme in this modern bedroom. It is then continued with an inviting purple throw and zingy lime cushions. The neutral carpet and white furniture balance the room to keep the look bright, while a velvet chair and headboard adds a little luxury.
The bed in this loft-style bedroom has been dressed simply in pale purple. Exposed brick walls and a unique customised bed featuring reclaimed antique shutters is softened by the pretty bedding. Mix and match tones of flax, oyster and lilac for a relaxed, calming, uncluttered feel to the room. ‘Oyster catcher’ motif scatter cushions add a little interest to the preloved style scene.
Purple is a great colour for teens who have grown out of baby pink, but still fancy a girlish look. Intricate patterns and quirky accessories in this vibrant scheme creates a fun folk-style look, which bursts out from the room’s fresh white wall and metal bed frame. Pops of acid green on the shelves add to the fun adolescent style.
Dare to be different and create the ultimate boudoir den. An exotic atmosphere is instantly created by this lustrous gold focal wallpaper and then enhanced by an oversized headboard upholstered in smartly striped velvet. Make the bed even more inviting with layer upon layer of satin bed linen in silvery shades. The opulence is completed by not one but three gold metal pendants.
‘Purple and turquoise?’ you say. Well yes, it really works, and works with ‘wow’! Alone, this dual painted purple bedroom could be dark and eerie, but a panel of turquoise floor-to-ceiling curtains and matching jewel-bright satin bed linen lifts the scheme adding uplifting energy. An artistic ragged-edge, gold chinoiserie wallpaper above the bed makes a decorative and opulent alternative to a headboard.
As purple is also often associated with romany traditions it naturally looks the part in eclectic schemes. Classic country pieces are brought up-to-date with the rich chocolate box combination and sumptuous fabrics. Brown, blue, yellow and green are elegantly pulled together and balanced by the blackcurrant silk curtains and super-sized paisley print bed linen.
Here is a perfect example of how purple can be a dainty accompaniment to a delicate scheme. The pretty look is brought to life with a flock of purple and orange birds flying over a beautiful eau-de-nil sky. An understated lavender headboard and cushion picks out the light amethyst feathers while simple bed linen and furniture adds to the country charm.
Purple was a popular choice in the 1980s and 1990s and works equally well with today’s modern trends. This ultra contemporary purple bedroom is adorned with fabulous ombre walls. The rich mulberry gradually graduates into a natural stone. A minimalist metal four-poster bed is tastefully draped with identical fabric while neutral bed linen and a curved lantern adds a hint of the Orient.
The boldness of purple makes it a good choice for masculine themes. By layering checks of different scales in soothing greys and rich purples you can build up a cosy mood with a mannish edge. Make an instant impression on a sculpted headboard by choosing a tactile classic blanket pattern with Highland charm. A violet painted border above the picture rail frames the room to make it all the more inviting.
Create a sumptuous bedroom scheme with a luxe mix of paisley patterns in a rich palette of purple and silver, satins and silks. Make the bed the focalpoint with a fabric panel behind providing a dramatic backdrop for the carved wooden headboard and layered linens, bedspreads and throws.
Go for all-out colour with dramatic painted purple walls as the backdrop for your scheme. With such a bold colour choice, try to keep co-ordinating colours lowkey, with pale flooring, washed wood furniture and a mix of floral, stripes and spot fabrics in a calmer, muted colour palette.
Use a favourite colour to create an eyecatching paint effect. Choose a simple pattern that will work on a grander scale such as the damask print on the bedspread and replicate it in a larger format on the wall. Choose toning paint shades in a moody hue to create an atmospheric effect.
Let a gorgeous Chinoiserie-inspired wallpaper be the starting point for a glamorous bedroom scheme with its pretty cherry blossom florals and shimmering metallic background. Co-ordinate with statement bedroom furniture in a burnished silver finish, with accents of purple and amethyst on bedlinen and soft furnishings.
Cosy up a cool bedroom with a warming colourscheme in deep purple and berry shades. This plum-coloured textured wallpaper adds warmth and a tactile element to the scheme, with a plush velvet upholstered headboard and bedspread echoing the sumputuous mood. Add accents of smart black wood and metallics to accessorise.
In a small bedroom or if space is tight keep to purples on the paler side of the spectrum, such as cool lilacs, lavenders and pinks, to keep the look light and airy and create a feeling of spaciousness. Team with pale flooring and light-coloured furniture that wont overcrowd the space. Up storage levels by swapping bedside tables for two storage units positioned either side of the bed, plus a pair of upholstered ottomans at the foot of the bed.
Give a teen bedroom a bold, retro vibe with an eyecatching sixties-style wallpaper in vibrant purple and lime. Continue the theme with sleek furniture, low-level bed and the obligatory statement chair. A full-length mirror and black and white fashion canvas make fun finishing touches.
Add colour and edge to a simple white bedroom with a statement bed in a vibrant pink and purple floral. Choose an oversized pattern that will cover the expanse of the headboard and add impact, rather than too-small a floral, teamed with pink bedlinen and everything else kept sparse.