The Colour Collections – How To Use Colour in the Bedroom

I think a lot of people play it safe in the bedroom (alright, alright, calm down you lot in the back row there!) and tend to keep their colour scheme quite neutral. For years I lived in magnolia painted houses and thought I was going all Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen when I added red cushions and curtains in my bedroom and a rug that looked like it was the love child of Mr Blobby and Sponge Bob Square Pants.

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My current bedroom colour scheme. It has changed quite a few times mind! Bedding by www.emmajshipley.com currently on sale at www.anthropologie.com

As you probably know, these days I like to add colour in every room and the bedroom is no exception. I get that a lot of people want to keep the bedroom a calm and relaxing place to retreat but I find waking up in a bedroom full of colour more invigorating, mood-boosting and inspiring.

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The other angle of my bedroom with Emma’s bedding and cushions, on sale at www.anthropologie.com

I do tend to use a lot of white in my home, but I have to offset that with pops of colour and always try to stick with 2/3 tones in each room. I find all white rooms quite clinical and uninspiring and they actually have the opposite effect on me, they can sometimes stress me out! Probably because I also hate house work but my kids seem to have consistently muddy hands (?!) and see the blank canvas as an opportunity to be creative. Think felt tips…

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One of my first photos of our bedroom and a complete blank canvas. I cringe at my earlier photos now! We still had floorboards at this point and I wish we had never carpeted our house!

You can add pops of colour in the bedroom in the from of artwork, rugs, pictures, curtains or paint. I find the bedroom the easiest to experiment in (I said calm down in the back row! ). A bit like how we dress and see fashion, we sometimes decorate to seek approval from others and as the bedroom is often off limits, this is where you can really let go and try out different colours and trends.

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An absolute riot of colour! Personally, I wouldn’t mix so many tones together (I don’t think the grey goes with the beautiful jewel tones of the bedding) but this Emma J Shipley bedding would look fabulous with similar paint colours and exposed floorboards. I’d even paint the top of the walls and ceiling in a deep purple! Bedding from www.anthropologie.com

How to use colour in the bedroom

As I said previously, find 2 or 3 tones that you love and stick to them. I’ve compiled some of my favourite colours to use in the bedroom to give you inspiration.

Dark Navy Blue

For me, dark blue can be just as calming as white. It envelopes you in cosiness and is a superb shade for the walls and bedding. It is also such a versatile colour, you can match it with mustard, pink, green or just keep it simple with white.

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One of my all time favourite bedrooms. The dark blue wall is almost velvety in colour and really makes the wicker headboard and earthy tones stand out. Photo credit: avestyles.com
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Again, this dark blue really helps frame the wicker headboard and it is all pulled together with pink bedding and gold accents. The perfect colour combination! Image credit: abigailahern.com
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My bedroom with yellow and mustard accents
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It would appear I have a thing for wicker and rattan head boards 🙂 Mel shows us how to use dark colours and still keep the rest of the room simple. Image credit: @my_grey_place
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Or, just keep the room simple and add dark blue bedding for dramatic effect. Image Credit: mydomaine.com

Pink

Possibly my favourite colour for the bedroom is pink! So many people think that pink in the bedroom should be just for girls but I completely disagree. Pink is the colour of nurture, of empathy and kindness, so what better place to have this colour than the bedroom? There are so many different variations of pink (as with any colour), it is easy to pick a shade or tone that suits you and, like blue, can be paired with many different shades.

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Two sides of one room, and a lot of pink!
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A softer blush pink paired with monochrome tribal bedding would suit even the most stubborn pink haters. Image credit: debenhams.com
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This amazing bedroom by jeweledinteriors.com shows how pink in the bedroom can be extremely subtle, but still make a big impact

Emerald Green

There are so many different greens out there; mint, khaki, olive and sage, but emerald green is consistently my favourite colour and my blog post about using dark emerald green in the living room is my most read! I think green is very reassuring and the fact it is such a popular shade is probably down to very primeval reasons, it makes us feel connected with nature.

Emerald Green is such a statement colour, it is probably best to keep your bedroom quite neutral when using it by adding lots of earthy tones and wood furniture. If you feel the room needs another colour to break up the green, you need to look no further than pairing it with pink.

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You really need nothing else when this emerald green panelled wall is stealing the show! Image credit: @graceinmyspace
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I am immediately drawn to these colours. I think I would actually find them having a calmer affect on me than white. The dark greens and peachy colours kind of suck you in and cuddle you! Image credit: muralswallpaper.com
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Dark emerald green accents in this floral wallpaper from rockymountaindecals.ca with lush dark green plants and green accessories. The dark wood and rattan in this room really set off this wonderful colour.
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OK, so I’m never going to be able to afford a house with a bedroom like this, but I just had to share. No words!! Image credit: Paweł Pęcherzewski

Mustard

A bit like pink, mustard seems to be the colour that is friends with everyone but is a little bit guilty of taking the limelight when not introduced as the main one! I’m not sure I could imagine a room completely mustard but it is fabulous for adding a bright and cheerful colour to a room that already has white/grey/navy blue tones in it.

Either use it in your soft furnishings, bedding or colour block mustard on your walls. You could even paint your ceiling mustard to give your room an instant cheerful lift, read my blog post about the “fifth” wall here

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The pop of mustard from the throw instantly brightens up this monochrome bedroom. Image credit: @nest_twenty_eight
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Another superb designed room by Sofie, the mustard ceiling helps pull this whole scheme together without being to overpowering. Image Credit: @threeboysandapinkbath
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I think the mustard tones in our bedroom has to be one of my favourite colours paired with the dark blue.
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Kimberly shows how pink and mustard work beautifully together. Image credit: swoonworthy.co.uk
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Again, the colour doesn’t have to be overpowering. I love this room with it’s discreet pops of mustard.

Lilac

Now, I’ll admit it, lilac has never been one of my favourite colours, I’ve always found it a bit insipid. It brings back childhood memories of being a Girl Guide and helping out in a local nursing home, surrounded by lilac and violet soft furnishings and dear old women wearing knitted lilac cardigans whilst drenched in the smell of Tweed perfume.

But I’m beginning to come around with this version of purple. Purple itself can be a very luxurious colour and lilac is it’s more affordable (and subtler) cousin. Plus, lilac can be a fabulous colour if you are looking to move away from an all-white bedroom and add a bit of interest. Pair it with jewel colours like amethyst purple or ruby red and you’re on to a winner!

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This beautiful bedroom transformation by Melanie shows how lilac can create a tranquil and elegant bedroom. Image credit: @melanielissackinteriors
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This bedroom is pretty without being to feminine and instantly calming. Photo credit: idealhome.co.uk Photography: David Brittain

Rust

With autumn approaching and everyone (apart from me it seems) wishing the warm summer weather away so they can cosy up and put their omnipresent wood burners on, rust or burnt orange is the perfect colour for the season. Earthy and bohemian, it is a neutral colour that packs a punch and works perfectly with green and blue.  

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The rust bedding works perfectly against the backdrop of the dark green (or is it blue?) wall. Image credit: sfgirlbybay.com
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Rust bedding creating a serene and autumnal bedroom. Image credit: rawsunshinecoast.com.au
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Kyla’s home features heavily on my blog. I just love her bohemian style and use of earthy tones. Image credit: @kylamagrathinteriors

Grey

And finally, grey! Although I don’t really class grey as a colour as such, more an essential neutral. It feels a bit like the black sheep, caught between the two siblings, white and black. I felt the need to include it as it is such a versatile shade and can be used in pretty much all colour schemes. Grey is very good at quietly taking the back seat when you introduce a brighter, bolder hue, providing a fantastic contrast.  Grey can also help bring out the beauty of natural materials, be the integral colour for a Scandinavian scheme or even be the main backdrop creating a blank canvas to create your colourful bedroom.

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This bedding by Emma J Shipley works perfectly against the grey botanical wall hanging.
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Again, the grey of the bedding and throw is a subtle addition to this room with it’s oversized floral prints. Bedding: anthropologie.com

 

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This wonderful grey painted panelled wall provides the perfect backdrop to the bedroom. Image credit: thriftydecorchick.com
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As minimalist bedrooms go, this is pure grey heaven. Image credit: redonline.co.uk

I could go on and on with colours and bore you all to death, but I think these 6 colours are always going to be popular in the bedroom even when trends come and go. There’s something for everyone if you choose one of these shades, even for the colour adverse among you. Which colour would you go for?

Mel x

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