Blue is the perfect colour for your bedroom. Able to contrast and complement other shades beautifully, it also has a deeply calming effect, as a colour that chimes with the sky and sea. Blue falls within a wide spectrum of shades, from the palest dusky blues that can create a coastal feel to deep inky blue-blacks that will cocoon you.
How you introduce blue into your decorating scheme can be guided by a few key factors. If you have high ceilings and/or large windows that will allow in plenty of light, you can dare to paint the walls with a dark blue, and add modern accent tones of pale pink or grey.
However, if you’re trying to create an airy feel – perhaps in a smaller space – a muted theme will suit better, based on a palette of aquamarine or dusky bluebell and white.
If blue isn’t for you, check our our bedroom ideas for more colour options
To add a rustic feel to your bedroom, beech, oak and walnut all contrast fantastically with shades of blue. Marry a wooden double bed and furniture with sky-blue bedlinen, add plump white pillows with a subtle blue stripe.
A beach-inspired makeover is also wonderfully effective and simple to achieve. Transform a simple divan bed with an oversized fabric-covered headboard with a nautical stripe, and dress the bed with complementing striped bedlinen.
Read on to discover more of our blue bedroom ideas.
1. Paint the walls deep blue for an inspiring bedroom-cum-workspace
With a day bed for deep-thinking (or sleeping) and simple shelving for doing make-up (and business), a space like this can be dual-purpose and stylish. Deep blue walls and whimsical wallpaper make it calm but also inspire creativity. The sofa-by-day, guest-bed-by-night is dressed in pretty tones of blush pink – lilac would also work as an accent colour here.
2. Introduce coastal stripes in blues, greys and neutrals
Immerse yourself in a laid-back scheme influenced by the seashore, featuring fluid outlines and coastal colours such as pebble grey, marine blue and sand. A painterly striped wallpaper in soothing blues and greys echoes the calming feel of the waterside – perfect for creating a welcoming place of escape.
Mirror the wallpaper design with striped accessories. Stick to horizontal stripes and soft ombre effects. The painted floor echoes the deep blue sea, while textures like rustic driftwood, woman sisal and soft, crumpled linen build ambience.
3. Combine lupin and cornflower blues
For a gentler look in a bedroom scheme, team a deep indigo blue with purplish coneflower blues, adding textural woods and plenty of soft textiles for a comfortable, lived-in look. Add a vintage feel with a heritage print from William Morris or Liberty. Small bursts of lemon yellow will make an instant but not jarring impact.
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4. Go tropical with a mix of blue and green
So the song goes, ‘in the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight…’ so why not use a jungle print as a backdrop to your own rainforest retreat? The look combines leafy greens, indigo blues and burnt orange and features a clever trick – as wallpaper can be pricey, the bottom third of the wall has been painted in a complementary teal.
Increase the sense of luxury with an upholstered bedstead in a rich velvet fabric, then layer with co-ordinating linen bedding. Create the feeling of a luxe treehouse retreat by introducing rustic wood and woven rattan lampshades.
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5. Use a deep all-American blue as the backdrop for a global look
Collect characterful, well-designed items of furniture and they’ll carry off any trend – like this bold, American-inspired look – with ease. A mellow grey-blue is the perfect relaxing backdrop that ties together the cool grey bed and the warm tan chest and orange accents.
A wall-mounts lamp saves surface space and lends the room a slightly industrial feel, as does the studded headboard and that fabulous multipurpose trunk.
6. Combine chartreuse and steel blue for an energising look
Create a vibrant Mid-century scheme by combining abstract patterns with curvy furniture in a retro palette of chartreuse, steel blue and grey. Don’t be afraid to clash prints. if a full wall is too bold for you, frame a section of wallpaper instead.
If you use one room for multiple activities (for example study and sleep) consider using paint to distinguish between the areas.
7. Use blue almost as a neutral
Maximalism is huge right now, but the clashing of prints and patterns can be daunting. You could play it safe by using a white backstop, but we think multicoloured fabrics have more impact against a deep blue like this one. You’ll also find it more calming against the chaos.
8. Style a serene sleep space in turquoise and coral
Go modern with fresh whites and bright accents that evoke the Caribbean or Miami Beach – you’ll wake up feeling like you’re on holiday all year round.
Use the height of the room to maximise bedside storage. Pick a pair of tall units to frame the bed and look for solutions with both cupboard space (for unpretty essentials) and open shelves for versatility. Insert smart boxes into cubbies for further organisation. A laminate floor with a rustic grain adds depth.
Pull things together by painting the walls and a piece of furniture in the same shade. Here, a coffee table at the foot of the bed is handy a place to put books, throws and decorative pillows just before you fall asleep.
9. Work from a duck egg feature wall
A pretty wallpaper was the starting point for this dreamy duck egg scheme. Accessories in shades of grey, biscuit and lavender give a more grown-up look than pinks. Mismatched lamps and bedside tables ensure the overall scheme isn’t too contrived.
10. Embrace a classic combo of white and midnight blue
Combine traditional tile patterns with fresh white walls and co-ordinating painted furniture. For this look, more is more. Layer Moroccan-style patterns, from geometric latticework to decorative Persian knots. The only rule is to stick to a strict colour palette.
Make a statement by painting a piece of furniture deep blue for a bold contrast against the blue-and-white patterned walls. For a classic, rustic look, leave the top unpainted but simply sand and oil it.