A wee while ago we posted an infographic that included details from a study about bedroom colours and sleep. The researchers found that people whose bedrooms were blue, yellow, or green slept for longer, on average, than people whose bedrooms were purple, grey, or brown. Science is real, but we also know – from experience – that people tend to get the best night’s rest in a bedroom with a look they love. To help you out on the long road to Completely Perfect Home Design, we’ve come up with a list of bedroom colour schemes that always work. Pick a scheme you love, use it as a base, make it your own, and then, before you know it, you’ll be well on the road to serious bedroom perfection.
THE RICH TONES OF NATURE
You might remember this bedroom colour scheme from such events as: “going on a bushwalk”. Here we’re thinking colours like forest green, deep sea blue, and earthy tones of amber. Deep, dark colours can be a bit much if you slap them all over the walls – especially if the space is a bit small. Instead, consider featuring a single natural tone on one wall and then complementing the colour with your décor. Textured rugs in wool or kilim will almost always work well with a “tones of nature” colour scheme, as will richly-coloured quilts and bedspreads.
LIGHT, BRIGHT, WHITE
When you’re going for a bedroom colour scheme that’s less “colour” and more “white”, you want the design to land somewhere that’s more “clean and fresh” and less “stark and sterile”. To make sure your bedroom doesn’t end up looking like a hospital ward (albeit a slightly upscale one), consider using tones of white and off-white, as well as subtle patterns.
Mottled patterns, like the one on our Synthesis Doona Cover, below, add depth to a white-washed design!
PASTEL PAIRS: PINK AND ORANGE
We’ve said it before and we’ll almost certainly say it again – you really can’t go wrong when you pair two pastel shades. Pale pink and faded orange work wonders if you’re aiming to add a bit of the fun and personal into your home design – though you’ve got to be pretty confident if you’re going to paint some pastel walls. If you’re looking for a more subtle way to pair pastels in the boudoir, then smaller pieces, like ceramics and bed linen, can also do the trick!
SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE
Ok, forget the something borrowed part and let’s focus on the colour. If you’re steering away from neutrals like white and cream but don’t want to leap too far into the bold world of pinks, oranges, and reds, then blue tones are perfect. If you’re here for renovation tips and you’re dying to paint, then check out colours in blue-grey or warm pale blue. If you’re after soft furnishings, then try something in a darker royal blue. Cushions are great for adding depth and shade – plus, as an added bonus, they’re easy to add and remove from the bedroom, depending on your changing tastes.