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Colorful bedroom ideas – 10 favorite schemes chosen by experts

by Monika Bürger

Colorful bedroom ideas can reflect our personalities, can correct the warmth of the light that comes into your space, and can even affect poor proportions positively. And, because bedrooms are rarely seen by anyone but ourselves, we can pick colors that we really, really love.

More than any other bedroom idea, color can create an atmosphere, too – perfect if you want to conjure up a haven to retreat to at the end of the day.

Bedrooms are a really personal space which should provide a feeling of sanctuary within the home. The warmer and muted neutrals and natural hues are perfect for creating a comforting environment in spaces where we want to relax,’ explains Ruth Mottershead, creative director at Little Greene.


If you are looking at bedroom color ideas and wondering whether to stray from the safety of neutrals, these spaces will give you a boost. We’ve spoken to 10 of our favorite experts and asked them for the colorful bedroom ideas they love the most.


lavender bedroom with lavender wallpaper and bedding
(Image credit: Jonathan Adler)

Who better to ask than H&G regular Jonathan Alder about the colorful bedroom ideas he favors most? Unsurprisingly, this famed lover of color has chosen a playful shade that will suit anyone looking to adventure – but not too far – from grey bedroom ideas.

I’ve always been lavender skeptical, perhaps because I’m insecure in my own masculinity? Well, I’m insecure no more! Lavender is the pastel du jour and I am obsessed with it. Lavender feels dreamy and floaty and surreal. And lavender plays well with others – navy, chocolate brown, taupe, and white.’

It’s easy to get lost in sleep in our warm yet lightweight comforters. Colors pop on this bedding staple and they will surely be the focal point of your bedroom’s decor. Choose from either synthetic microfiber or our natural fiber cotton. Available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen and King sizes.

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A fall color scheme in a bedroom with deep red walls, yellow stool and neutral bedding
(Image credit: Davide Lovati)

Small rooms, even poorly lit, can take more color than you can imagine,’ explains Patrick O’Donnell, Brand Ambassador at Farrow & Ball.

Farrow & Ball’s archive color, Etruscan Red, exudes richness and depth, and the earthy notes feel incredibly warm. These shades are ideal in bedrooms with darker furniture – to make them soften into the walls. Extend the wall color over doors and fitted furniture to extend the sense of the length of the walls.’

What is the best color for a bedroom that you want to feel really warm, especially by lamplight? Etruscan red is deep and dark and will look almost brown under lamplight. If you want to go brighter so that the room remains red even under artificial light, as in the room above, choose zingy colorful bedroom ideas.

Express your style all over your home with a feature-worthy rug. They’re made from a woven, polyester chenille for a soft and textured look. Plus, choosing from our wide array of designs, you’re sure to find just the rug to match your decor. Rugs are one of the best, attention-grabbing pieces to design a room around. Use the colors within the rug to help choose art prints, furniture fabric, and accent pillows.

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pink and white stripe painted wall with sage green headboard and chest of drawers
(Image credit: Annie Sloan)

We asked the paint specialist Annie Sloan, for her favorite color for bedrooms:

Pink paints are fabulous and instantly bring warmth and sophistication to a space when used correctly. A pastel pink ceiling casts a soft-focus rosy glow on inhabitants, ideal in dining spaces or bedrooms. Offset any potential over-sweetness and steer your interior towards Beverly Hills comparisons rather than love motel associations by investing in a more premium paint with a high concentration of pigment

Use vertical stripes to make walls appear taller, plus it’s a great way to incorporate more color into your home when you can’t decide on a wall color or if you’d like to experiment with a statement shade without committing to a whole wall of color.’

Give your pillows the makeover they deserve. Whether it’s for your fancy new memory foam or your old go-to from back in the day, our pillow shams are sure to do your pillows proud. Choose the natural fiber cotton or soft, premium microfiber—our pillows shams are soft and cozy with colors that really pop. Available in Standard or King sizes.

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blue bedroom with yellow bedside table
(Image credit: Gunter & Co )

Blue bedroom ideas needn’t feel cold, according to Irene Gunter, founder of Gunter & Co

Whenever we’re working on the interior design and cornerstone finishes of a project, such as choosing the right paint color for a bedroom, we consider everything from light (is the room north- or south-facing?) and how it affects color, to how the room will be used and how the paint color will tie in with the interior scheme of not only the room but also the house as a whole.

‘I love using rich blue colors in north- and south-facing rooms. In naturally dark rooms, this gives a cozy feeling whereas in bright rooms it creates an uplifting and bold statement,’ advises Irene Gunter.

Our Framed Canvas Prints add an extra touch of refinement to our gallery-quality canvases. Select from four different frame colors: black, white, maple or walnut to suit your decor taste and show off your favorite artists’ designs. Framed canvases are available in seven different sizes.

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green twin bedroom with red and white painted ceiling
(Image credit: Farrow & Ball )

Colorful bedroom ideas aren’t limited to the walls – extend your paint effects to the ceiling, too.

A graphic ceiling of hand-painted stripes adds a wonderful design dynamic to a room otherwise painted in a restful green,’ says Patrick O’Donnell, Brand Ambassador at Farrow & Ball.

And the whimsical painted faux headboards add a secondary nod to the playfulness. No room should ever take itself too seriously, and this space delivers smiles by the bucketload.’

Cozy up with our unbelievably soft throw blankets. Crafted with sherpa fleece, these blankets actually get softer the more times you wash them. Coordinate with throw pillows and rectangular pillows for whatever nook needs a little extra dose of comfy. Available in three sizes.

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two tones of pink painted bedroom with linen bedding and wooden paneling
(Image credit: Paint & Paper Library)

Andy Greenall, head of design at Paint & Paper Library gives his advice on this contemporary pairing of colors:

It’s important to consider the function of the room and the atmosphere you want to create when choosing colors for any room. Private spaces like bedrooms are perfect for indulging in bold and beautiful tones that will appeal to you; I recommend looking at deep and warmer shades to provide that cozy and tranquil feel – the rich and bold ‘Beetlenut’ on your panelling works fantastically against the soft and warm ‘Plaster V’ to create a striking bedroom design that still feels cozy and warm, whilst a deep red like ‘Grenache’ can be used on your woodwork, doors and any wooden furniture for added depth to your scheme.’

From sideshow to show-stopper, our side tables will be a stunning modern accent to your space. Selecting from our wide array of artist’s designs printed with a satin finish on birch wood, you’ll take any room from zero to a hundred. Available in a square or round table top, and black or gold leg colors.

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green bedroom with three shades of green painted on the walls, pale blond wood bedside
(Image credit: Little Greene)

Green bedroom ideas are very now.

At the moment, we are all seeking soothing, earthier tones, to recreate the soothing properties of our natural surroundings. A natural palette of earthy tones works particularly well to evoke a sense of calm and restfulness,’ advises Ruth Mottershead, creative director at Little Greene.

The true color of nature, green is perfect for bedroom schemes. The gentle blue-green ‘Aquamarine’ is beautifully complemented by the subdued ‘Aquamarine Pale’ and can be paired with a darker green like ‘Ambleside’ for added depth to your scheme. These colors combine so well with natural wood including structural wood as well as wooden and rattan furniture for added tranquility.’

Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Individually cut and sewn by hand, each pillow features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper and faux down insert. Keeping an assortment of throw pillow designs on hand is the easiest way to give any space an instant refresh. Available in four sizes.

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pale green grey bedroom with painted bed frame
(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

Bedrooms are deeply personal spaces and should be decorated accordingly. Of all the layers that make up an interior, color is perhaps the most versatile and can be chosen for myriad reasons – to highlight areas, change the perceived shape of a room, create warmth, intimacy, or drama – but, hopefully, they will always bring solace to the occupant,’ explains Joa Studholme, color curator at Farrow & Ball.

Light is one of the most important things to take into consideration when choosing colors for a bedroom. The amount of natural light and the direction that the room faces will have an enormous impact on a color’s appearance. The same color can look different from room to room, at different times of the day, and even in different seasons. This is what makes the color so exciting and alive!  

In south-facing rooms, Cromarty is a peaceful option, and bedrooms feel much more restful if all the trim and the walls are painted in the same color so that your eyes aren’t distracted by the contrasts.’

Dress up your duvet with our eye-catching duvet covers. These ultra-soft duvet covers feature sharp, vivid prints on the front, with a crisp white on the back. Choose from either synthetic microfiber or our natural fiber cotton. Available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen and King sizes. Duvet insert not included.

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pink bedroom with teal bed and accents of yellow
(Image credit: Sofa.com)

Choosing adventurous color combinations for rooms can really bring them alive, especially if they have little going on architecturally. If you find coordinating tricky, using a color wheel is helpful.

I love this color scheme of teal, blush pink, and mustard,’ says Patricia Gibbons, the design team at Sofa.com

When creating a color scheme like this for your bedroom opt for a streamlined palette using two main colors to create a balanced and cohesive feel throughout the room, and a third as a less used accent

‘If you have an upholstered headboard, for example, this would be one of your two dominant colors in the space, choose a wall color to complement. The general rule of thumb is to pair a color with a neutral as the foundation if you are going for a traditional scheme. 

We are also seeing customers seek out paint or wallpaper in a similar color to their bed and soft furnishings for a striking yet unified look.

You can always incorporate various pops of color and pattern on accent pieces and through the use of accessories. This will create impact by adding depth and character, tying everything in together harmoniously.’

Our floor cushions are the super comfy and style-forward option for outdoor seating. They’re UV coated to protect against fading and water resistant so you can avoid scrambling to bring them inside whenever there’s a touch of weather. Grab a few to have on hand whenever seating is hard to come by or for a fun option for kids to use out in the yard.

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claret coloured bedroom with patterned bedhead and pale accessories
(Image credit: Gunter & Co )

The beauty of this cocooning claret is that normally the tendency would be to lighten up a dark small bedroom with a pale shade, but instead, both walls and ceiling are painted in this velvety color, and it’s certainly caught our attention as a cozy shade to consider. The light floor, patterned headboard, and console act as a contrast to keep the scheme balanced visually. 

‘We worked with a palette of rich colors to make the most of the daylight on offer in the property, using a warm and rich shade in this darker space. Together with a beautiful collection of artwork and a curated mix of antique and bespoke designed furniture pieces, this homeroom is like a warm hug,’ says Irene Gunter, founder of Gunter & Co.

As experts in the field of sitting down, we thoughtfully crafted our Floor Pillows to be overstuffed, plush and firm. These cushions never lose their shape, and the high-quality print makes sure the design stays crisp and colorful.

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To best plan, colorful bedroom ideas, start with the one that resonates with you the most. It could be a deep dark shade that makes you feel calm and safe or a bright, uplifting color that makes you feel refreshed in the morning. Green is known for its relaxing properties and a pale blue is great for making a bedroom feel larger if it’s on the small side. Then it’s a case of picking a shade that suits your bedroom’s light levels – both at night and during the day – and the warmth of the light. East- and north-facing bedrooms get colder light; west- and south-facing get warmer light.


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