Colour is an intensely personal thing. Some people love incorporating colour into every room of their house, while others prefer a more neutral approach. There is no right or wrong when it comes to colour combinations. But one room that shouldn’t be overlooked when it comes to decorating your home is the bedroom.
You’ll spend a lot of time in that room, so you should make sure it suits your style and taste.
Bedroom colour schemes can be exciting, soft, romantic, or evoke any emotion you want to convey.
Since they are the most personal rooms in our homes, you can feel free to experiment with colours you wouldn’t consider for other parts of the house. What works in your bedroom might not be a great choice for your living room. These bedroom colour scheme ideas should leave you daydreaming about what you might want to do with your own room.
How Colours Affect Moods
Colour has the ability to change how we feel. For example, it’s difficult to feel stressed while looking at the expansive blue ocean. It’s just one of the many reasons people flock to the beach.
And taking in all the greenery during a walk in the woods is a great way to cut back on your anxiety.
Sometimes a colour’s reputation can impact how we feel about it. Some people associate red with passion, power, or hatred. For that reason, a stimulating red might be a colour you’d like to stay away from when it comes to colour schemes for bedrooms.
Most people also have trigger colours — a paint colour that they absolutely hate for some reason. Seeing these colours can be annoying for them. There’s even a term to describe our emotional relationships with colour — it’s called colour psychology. Here is a roundup of some of the associations tied to several popular colours:
- Green: Healing or nature.
- Blue: Peace, loyalty, or tranquillity.
- Orange: Confidence or outgoing.
- Pink: Sweetness or compassion.
- White: Simple, innocent, or clean.
- Purple: Luxury or spirituality.
- Yellow: Sunny or happy.
The meaning of a colour can vary greatly depending upon which shade is used. For instance, navy blue is often associated with sailors and evokes feelings of strength, bravery, and honour. But turquoise blue, which looks like Caribbean waters you’d see on a vacation, gives a feeling of peace and tranquillity.
Great Colour Combos to Try
Which colour scheme you use in your bedroom will largely depend upon your personal style. Here are some colours or combos to incorporate.
- Black and purple: If you’re after a modern bedroom, black is a good hue to go with. Pairing it with other shades such as a muted greyish-purple or a neutral like grey or tan can give you a sleek, edgy look.
- Deep green: A forest or emerald green is an inspired choice for someone who loves nature. It can feel like you are living outside in a treehouse, but it’s also a stylish shade at the moment if you’re worried about staying on-trend. You can pair it with grey, tan, or another neutral.
- Navy and grey: For a masculine combination, navy and grey work well together. It’s classy, but a darker choice that can make a room feel intimate and warm.
- Pink and white: For a fairytale feel, it’s hard to beat a pink and white combo. This works well for a child’s room, but also can feel elegant and grown-up enough for an adult’s room. The key to making it feel current and adult is choosing a blush pink instead of a candy floss shade of pink. If white feels too basic for pairing with it, pink works beautifully with grey or taupe shades as well.
- Grey and teal: Teal is a bright, sunny choice for a bedroom, and when paired with a neutral colour like grey, it can be just the right pop of colour for a modern bedroom. If you’re leaning toward an industrial-chic type of decor, you can pair teal with black.
- Coral and cream: If you have a tropical-based home along a coast or on an island -- or you just wish you did -- coral is a bright, sunny colour that will play well in your bedroom. You can do a single accent wall in coral while using cream colour for the rest of the walls. Or you can drench your walls in colour, using cream or ivory for your sheets and accent pieces.
- Purple and charcoal: Purple is an amazing colour for bedrooms when you use the right shade. If you want to give off an ultimate feminine look, you can choose a lilac paint colour. For a richer look, choose a deeper purple. It can look luxurious and will absorb light, making your room seem darker, which is a good thing when you’re trying to sleep. Charcoal complements deeper purples wonderfully.
- Mauve and grey: Grey continues to be a colour of choice for people who are looking for neutral but trendy paint for any room in their house. Adding mauve to that mix can give you a soft touch of colour to make your room feel current and cosy.
- Plain white: If you’re looking for a sleek, delicate, modern look, sometimes the best bet is no colour at all. All-white rooms are trending right now. If you want an airy feel, you can use all-white furniture or light wood tones. For a warmer, earthier feel to the room, opt for dark woods.
- Grey and yellow: Yellow can make your bedroom look bright when used liberally, or sophisticated when used as an accent colour. Pairing it with grey or creating a colour trio with grey and white can prevent it from overtaking the room.
- Brown and white: Brown can feel like a safe choice for a bedroom, but when paired with multiple shades throughout the room, it can really spice things up. Use a varying range of browns, from light to dark, mixed in with white accent pieces for a neutral bedroom that looks clean and modern. If you’re not a fan of white, then sage or olive green would be an outstanding choice to pair with browns.
How to Find the Right Colour Scheme for You
There are endless combinations when it comes to bedroom colours. Before deciding on a colour scheme, it can help to narrow down what you’re trying to accomplish. What kind of room feel are you going for? Do you want a modern bedroom with an edgier colour palette? Or do you want a crisp white bedroom that feels airy and light?
Once you decide which kind of vibe you’re trying to achieve, you should also look at your room size. A small bedroom can feel even smaller with certain colours, but other shades can make it feel far bigger than it truly is.
If you have a small bedroom, you may want a cool, light colour because it can make your room feel bigger and airy, especially if you have a fair amount of natural light streaming in. You can achieve this feel with a white bedroom. Those who hate the sometimes sterile feeling of white walls can choose grey or even softer shades of green and blue.
If you’re a fan of colour but know that bright walls will make your room feel even smaller, you can choose a bolder colour for an accent wall. Another way to incorporate a bolder hue is by painting bedside tables to provide a pop of colour.
Which bedroom you’re decorating can help you decide how much to unleash your inner interior designer when deciding on colour choices. Those who are decorating a master bedroom can do what they please since they’ll be the ones using that room every day.
But if you’re designing a guest bedroom, you might want to play it safer with your choice of bedroom paint. A neutral, soothing tone might be a good selection for a spare room your guests will stay in. They might be put off by strong or bold shades or colour combinations.
If you feel strongly about making that spare bedroom stand out for those who stay there, you can opt for a luxurious set of eucalyptus sheets. Guests might not remember a unique paint scheme, but they will remember how well they slept while staying with you.
Once you’ve nailed down the colours you want, remember that accessories play a starring role in how your room looks and feels overall. Picking the right scented candles, sheets, furniture, and pillows can make a big difference in your room’s vibe.
Create Your Sanctuary
The colours you choose for your bedroom shouldn’t be just for effect -- you should enjoy them as well. You’ll be spending a lot of time in your bedroom, so you should love the look of it. It will become your oasis, a place where you can recharge and dream, surrounded by a style and shade that inspires you.