Create an Indian-summer bedroom

Drench your home with Bollywood brights and exotic blooms in clashing, jewel-like colours

Use the rich and colourful subcontinent of India as inspiration for your bedroom. Drench your bolthole with Bollywood brights and draw on the rich palette of hues inspired by this wonderful Eastern paradise. Create a riotously rich palette of jewel-like pinks, greens, aqua and gold to create a summery and exotic vibe to the space. Opt for fabrics and furniture that are rich in pattern, texture and scale – fill the space with a marriage of the contemporary and traditional.

A bright and bold feature wall is a fantastic way to create a sense of an Indian summer in your bedroom. Choose a bold floral print in red, pink and green, jewel-like colours that contrast together beautifully. Wallpaper designs of exotic blooms act as a stylish showstopper to the space, look for paper with unusual textures and interesting detail.

A four-poster bed adds height and scale to a bedroom – for a contemporary look opt for a modern four-poster with a white painted finish. Dress the bed with crisp white bedlinen and overlay it with exotic bedspreads and satin throws in citrus-lime, pink and green for an Indian summer vibe. Pile up floral scatter cushions on the bed to add an enticing and stylish element to the bed – just imagine you’re a Bollywood princess at rest.

Distressed furniture adds a wonderful magic to the room – and they’ll look like Indian-colonial heirlooms. Choose a wardrobe in a distressed duck-egg blue vintage-style. Marry this style with complementing wrought-iron bedside tables with a distressed-paint finish and introduce bold citrus glass lamps with sunshine-yellow lampshades to brighten the colour scheme.

Store bedding and blankets in a country-style wicker chest at the foot of the bed. Opt for natural wicker tones for a vintage style, fastened with a leather buckle.

1/7 Indian summer bedroom

bedroom with double bed and side table

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Drench your bedroom with Bollywood brights and exotic blooms in clashing, jewel-like colours. Use a four-poster bed to define the layout, adding height and structure to your scheme.

2/7 Use statement wallpaper

pink wallpaper with floral print

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Create a feature wall of dramatic floral wallpaper in bright colours. Want a more subtle look? Use the wallpaper in alcoves instead.

Bindi 397851, £53.50 per roll, Eijffinger range, Blendworth

3/7 Choose a simple four-poster

four poster bed with blue mattress

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Add a touch of pared-back luxury to the look with a simple white-painted four-poster bed.

Find great-value four-poster beds like this simple Eland design at IKEA.

4/7 Choose a vintage-style wardrobe

vintage style wardrobe

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Choose big pieces of furniture with a distressed finish - they'll look like heirlooms.

Visit Pale & Interesting for a wide range of beautiful vintage-style furniture pieces.

5/7 Add bright accents

Citrus glass lamp and lampshade

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Citrus is a key accent colour - and these bold lamps are perfect for brightening up the scheme.

For a wide range of lamps including this Giselle design, visit John Lewis.

6/7 Scatter bright cushions

Bright cushions with bold floral patterns

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Pile up the bed with colourful cushions.

For a wide range of Eastern-inspired, colourful cushions, visit John Lewis; for bright cushion cover fabric visit KAI; and for exotic bedspreads visit Lulu & Nat.

7/7 Choose a country-style chest

country style wicker chest

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Store bedding and blankets in true rural style.

We love this Byholmer chest, £46.97 from IKEA.

Want more inspiration? Check out our ideas for creating an Oriental-style bedroom and take a look at our bedroom channel page.


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.