Bedroom color schemes can completely transform the look & feel of a bedroom.
Create easy, graceful rooms with these popular bedroom colors:
♦ 70s London,
♦ British Seaside, or
With neutral bedroom color schemes, there's currently an interesting trend towards tones that hover between real color and neutral "non-color".
I've seen this a lot in Provençal homes:
You have to treat these almost-neutrals as proper colors (because they interact with other colors), but you may need to keep a muted, restrained palette fresh and interesting with
When you're (re-)decorating, hold off on the bedroom wall colors as long as you can.
There's always a bigger choice of paints than of fabrics, carpets & furniture.
Have you noticed? The Seventies are, um, kind of back. The decade that taste forgot. (Yes, I was there when it happened ... *sigh* :-)
Interestingly, nowhere was that decade more 'hip' than in London. So rather than heading for one of those appalling orange-green-brown combos, let's use retro 'pop' colors selectively and surround them with plenty of white, like this:
Actually, the classiest original Seventies interiors used loads of white.
If white isn't right for your bedroom, try neutral grays (i.e. grays that are made up of clean white and black, with no color admixtures), or cool (=bluish) greys).
To get from the Seventies palette (#2 above) to these 'sweet pea' bedroom colors, all you need to do is repaint the walls & door and slipcover the chair & 3 throw pillows. Voilà, you're in a different decorating universe!
Pastels are very popular bedroom colors - they are easy on the eye, soothing and refreshing at the same time.
The secret here is to limit the palette to two main colors (e.g. pale pink & aqua) and use any other hues (e.g. citrus green, lemon yellow) very sparingly.
Note how, against a white background, you don't need particularly bright or dark colors to create an impact. The reason is that when we look at an expanse of white, our pupils contract and make any color appear darker than it actually is.
Some bedroom color ideas for your headboard:
◊ Paper a wall section behind the bed with the Most Gorgeous Wallpaper you can afford. Varnish or cover with perspex for protection, and match your bedroom wall colors and bedding to this wallpaper.
◊ Have a gifted person paint some supersize roses or peonies ('painting-by-numbers'-style) onto plyboard or mdf, cut along the outline and bolt the board to the wall (example illustrated above).
◊ Bedspreads are another great source of bedroom color ideas: Make your bedspread the star of the show and choose a limited palette of bedroom paint colors in matching hues. Paint one of them as a rectangle on the wall behind the bed (in lieu of a headboard - see these examples of country French bedrooms!)
Victoriana have been moving more into the spotlight recently, with lots of paint colors, embossed wallpapers, wall & floor tiles currently available.
Traditional Victorian bedroom colors often build on a blue-brown base (with the brown looking slightly mousy or tan). The blue/brown foundation is then topped with a few deep, glowing hues like teal, vermilion and mustard yellows.
Original Victorian interiors can feel heavy, dark and gloomy, but contemporary bedroom color palettes don't need to go there! To brighten things up, just add tints like pale blue, fresh linen white and light grey.
(By the way, the "headboard" consists of scaled-up, mounted photographs of original Victorian wall tiles from a London fireplace.)
Popular bedroom colors that work well for Victorian-style interiors:
Let's take the blue-brown bedroom color ideas from #4 and turn them into a fresh, dapper, Shipshape-and-Bristol-fashion color palette. (For non-Brits: "neat, clean & in proper good order")
Nautical color schemes are among the most popular bedroom colors ever.
More bedroom color ideas:
If you would like to browse inspiring bedrooms by color, do check out my Photo Galleries of real bedrooms in popular bedroom colors.
You'll find easy-to-copy, inspiring bedroom color ideas in (mostly) European styles.