There is a fine balance to be sought when choosing bedroom color ideas. You’ll want a shade that encourages relaxation, good sleep, and happiness. Above all, what you choose must suit you, and you alone.
‘Bedrooms are personal spaces. These are rooms to retreat to, be yourself and remove yourself from the public spaces in the house. When deciding how to design a bedroom, I invite you to consider how else to use a bedroom as sleep? ‘ asks interior designer Natalie Tredgett.
‘Some use their bedroom all the time, others really just to sleep. However you use or want to use a bedroom, the colors you choose will evoke the mood and encourage how it feels.
‘The first thing that often comes to mind when one thinks of a bedroom is that it should be peaceful and calming. Natural and practical. The bed is the most important piece of furniture in the room. However, focusing on other parts of the room – and giving them equal focus – can open the door to creating an environment that is much more than “just a bedroom”.’
Natalie Tredgett is a London-based interior designer known for her inimitable use of color in combination with distinctive artwork. Natalie founded her studio in 2012 after establishing herself under design guru Nicky Haslam. She trained in Interior Design at KLC, holds an MBA from the University of Edinburgh, holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and has a background in management consulting.
1. Use warm, cocooning colors
‘Oranges, browns and aubergines are warm and cosy. Their nod to nature soothes the soul. They are invigorating and contemplative colors – absolutely appropriate for rooms where we want to retreat, read and rest. These colors are amazing in the natural light and just as relaxing when lit up at night,’ says Natalie.
‘To bring calmness and cool it down, add blue and green. These cooler colors add some freshness and deepen the complexity of warmer palettes. Better yet, painted decoupage geometric shapes stuck to the wall like wallpaper.
‘By using contrasting cooler colors you break up the warmer shades. They give the room an imaginative and artistic character. The effect is dreamlike, inspiring and peaceful. The paint colors here are by Edward Bulmer (opens in new tab). The walls are brick, the blue is Gater, the green is Roger and the ceiling, which looks white in combination with the palette, is a mauve called Laylock. The finishing touch is the cushion fabric, which encapsulates all the colors – this is from the Haines collection, by Decors Barbares (opens in new tab).’
2. Let a fantastic material be your inspiration
‘This bedroom was designed with playfulness in mind,’ says Natalie. ‘The centerpiece is the bed and the canopy fabric dictates the color palette for the room. The picturesque material is a nod to an artist at work.
‘Creativity and imagination are at the heart of this room. The bed frame is designed like a sofa to encourage reading, games and lounging and giggling with a friend or two. The inner curtains of the canopy can be drawn around the bed to give the feeling as if you are in a mosquito tent bed in a far country.
‘The palette of the room was built from the back of the picturesque material by Pierre Frey (opens in new tab). To calm its boldness, complementary lighter pinks and gray blues are drawn from its colors.
‘This sentiment is further enhanced by adding a similarly colored rug. The rug’s geometric shapes offset the organic shapes in the painted material and increase the interest of the room. The overall blue-grey color of the walls is used to bring in the bed as its central part. The color is Table Cloth by Paper & Paint Library (opens in new tab).
3. Bring in the morning sunshine with yellow
Considering yellow bedroom ideas? Be inspired by this space.
‘The sun streams into the south facing windows of this bedroom. It was hard to ignore the exterior when considering the interior. Sunflower yellow was the obvious choice. Yellow is the color of the sun and all its luminous sources.
‘Yellow is positive, happy and optimistic. It’s a great color to wake up to and start the day. Its natural contrasting companion is blue. Here, a blue-grey is used on the walls and bed cover to balance the yellow in the carpet, wall art and accessories.
‘The pure white chair, bed valance and curtains enhance and culminate to the chandelier. The balance of these colors playing off each other moves in silence. It provides the perfect backdrop for a mid-morning break to catch up on the news and catch up with friends.
A nap is even encouraged by throwing on the bed, which means no need to make it up. Here, a textured animal print is playful and warm. Wall color is Wilcote by Konig Color (opens in new tab).’
4. It’s all about the bed
Bedideas can be your color inspiration. And styling a bed with color can be incredibly impactful, with headboard ideas the focal point.
‘Small bedrooms don’t have to be limited by their size, and color should never be limited to just the walls. The bed can be the most impactful object of layered mastery,’ says Natalie.
‘Firstly, the headboard is an opportunity to create this impact and provide a focal point to the room. Create a bold shape or choose special materials that stand out.
‘For the bed valance, there is power in repetition. One can repeat the main board fabric, use the back of the fabric or change it to a coordinate fabric.
‘Next are the cushions, and especially the larger ground cushions. I love the layering opportunity that bringing in complementary colors provides. Don’t be afraid to play with contrasting colors – colors that are the inverse of the main board fabric both in saturation and pattern. For example, if the main board fabric is pale and geometric in nature, use more colorful organic shapes to achieve impactful layers. The added benefit is that it offers the opportunity to add more color options to pull from, such as additional decorative pillows.
‘Here, building on contrasting shades can be a good way to inject more complexity. Finally, is the throw. For me, this is an opportunity for playfulness, color and art. It is the finishing touch and can make or break “the bed”. Like a scarf or hat for an outfit, the rule of thumb is to accessorize, add drama, but never sacrifice comfort. The main board fabric here is by Vanderhurd (opens in new tab).’
‘Colour is emotional. It warms, invigorates, calms and encourages behavior. Lean into the colors you like. Remind yourself what makes you feel good and start there. Then build complexity by adding complimentary and contrasting colors – further enhance the palette with patterns and objects to continue to stimulate and bring joy. Before you know it, you’ll be retreating to the bedroom more often for rest and rejuvenation from the outside world.