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Neutral Bedroom Ideas – Ways to Create a Calming Sleep Space

Soothing and unassuming neutrals come into their own in the bedroom

by Monika Bürger
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Neutrals are the ‘no makeup’ makeup of interiors – it looks effortless but totally isn’t. Neutral bedroom ideas are ideal if you want to create a soothing space to retreat to after a long day that makes you breathe a sigh of relief.

Which is all of us, non? Whatever easy-on-the-eye hues you choose, rest assured that neutrals will never go out of style. They’re loved by the likes of Kelly Hoppen and Bobby Berk and are sure to create a cozy, inviting, and understatedly chic vibe.

Neutral Bedroom Ideas

There’s actually so much choice when it comes to decorating with neutrals in the bedroom. From fresh whites and buttery creams to earthy browns and soothing greys, neutral tones truly come into their own in the room we use to unwind and sleep.

Dulux revealed that an array of neutral paint colors reign supreme on its website. A grey called Polished Pebble and an Egyptian Cotton beige are the two most popular paints of all, followed by a blush pink and white. Read on for inspiring neutral bedroom ideas that will tempt color lovers over to the neutral side.

1. Layer Plenty of Different Textures

Image credit: Cult Furniture

When you’re working with a pared-back bedroom color scheme, it’s ALL about layering textures. This simply means bringing in a variety of materials. Take inspiration from the image above, which combines a riot of tactile elements. There’s bouclé and wool, linen, glass, and ceramics, as well as some lovely wood and a woven material on the chest of drawers.

By mixing a variety of neutral tones in differing textures, you’ll be able to create an inviting and cozy oasis. You could play with texture with a soft sheepskin rug by the bed, a velvet throw cushion, and a clear glass bedside lamp.

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2. Add Warm Metallic Accents

Image credit: Future Publishing Ltd / Simon Whitmore

Incorporating some kind of metallic element is always a good idea, whatever room you’re decorating. You could have warm copper or rose gold light switches, or perhaps some brushed gold bedside lamps to match the details on your bed frame (as seen in the pic above).

When choosing bedroom lighting ideas, from floor lamps to sconces, look out for metallic elements, as these will just bring that extra layer of interest and shine into your space.

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3. Make a Wooden Accent Wall

mage credit: Future Publishing Ltd / Katie Jane Watson

Create a wooden accent wall to add texture, warmth, and visual intrigue. You really don’t have to be a DIY expert to create something like this, and it’ll give you something totally unique on a budget.

The vertical wooden slats here help to create a clear focal point in the absence of a headboard. We’re also loving the cable knit throw, terracotta hues, and the plants that bring a splash of natural color.

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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4. Use Grey as an Alternative to White on Your Woodwork

Image credit: Lick

To offer a beautiful twist to any room, I recommend choosing grey as an alternative to white when decorating your woodwork,’ says Tash Bradley, Lick Head Colour Specialist. ‘Make sure you are matching the undertone to the colors on your walls to add elegance, character, and drama to the room,’ she says.

Opt for a dramatic dark grey as seen in the image above or something gentler like Lick’s Grey 01. Paint paneling, skirting boards, picture rails, and door frames to tie in with existing grey bedroom ideas.

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5. Create a Sense of Height With Fun Lighting

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Fairy lights, festoons, or simply a large pendant light can lift a space and draw the eye up, making it feel airier. Replacing an existing pendant light with something that makes a statement will instantly elevate the space.

The black festoon lighting here brings the outside in and creates some shape, contrast, and ambiance come evening.

Our shower curtains are the perfect focal point for any bathroom with our artists’ array of eye-catching designs. Hookless and extra long, these curtains will surely fit in any bathroom setup. Plus, they’re machine washable to avoid any soap scum or buildup.

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6. Create a Mini Gallery Wall

Image credit: Dunelm

Use the walls in your bedroom to display a selection of treasured prints, photographs, and mementos. The natural wooden frames here tie in beautifully with the calming neutral scheme.

Hanging prints on the wall can feel daunting but it will add character and detail.

Give your wall art an organic touch. The wall hanging’s various textures and patterns allow you to add a Bohemian dimension to your favorite designs. And for an added bonus, they are insanely easy to hang. Wall hangings available in two sizes.

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7. Add a Single Accent Color

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Molly Freshwater is co-founder of Secret Linen Store, which has just expanded its range of naturals, creams, and whites, as it predicts neutrals will continue to be extremely popular. Unless you’re wedded to an all-neutral scheme, she recommends using a splash of color to keep things exciting. Rich forest green works beautifully in the scheme above, creating a bed we just want to climb into.

Try having the less expensive pieces as your opportunities for pops of color – this could be prints, vases, candles, or even coloring books,’ says Molly. ‘Plants and flowers are also a great way to do this, bringing in life and color.’

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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8. Clash Patterns

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You can definitely afford to be bolder with patterns in a neutral scheme as there’s less to stimulate the eye. Striped bedding is a fantastic way to introduce some subtle color, from a soft pink to sky blue, or you can stick with a taupe or brown.

Pattern clashing might sound intimidating but throw away the rule book and experiment with a few different patterns united by a similar tonal palette.

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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9. Push Some Boundaries With Blush Pink

Image credit: Interior Fox

Is blush pink a neutral? We think so. ‘Muted colors, such as blush pink, can be worked into the interiors as a neutral tone,’ say, Jenna Choate and Mariana Ugarte, Co-Founders of Interior Fox. ‘Its softness sits comfortably within a neutral heavy interior, adding a subtle element that will elevate an existing scheme.’

Our outdoor 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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10. Choose a Theme

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Neutral bedroom ideas fit in seamlessly with absolutely any interior design style. Fancy going for a New York loft vibe or Parisian apartment? Neutrals will work perfectly.

Likewise, fresh white or cream walls and furniture form the perfect backdrop to a regency, Boho, or Mediterranean-inspired space. Layer on decor pieces that fit with your chosen style, which you can constantly swap out.

Our floor pillows are the perfect pick for seating in a pinch. They’re overstuffed and firm to never lose their shape and the high-quality print makes sure the design stays crisp and colorful. Available in round or square, with two size options.

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10. Create Interest With Shapes

Image credit: Future Publishing Ltd / Colin Poole

When planning out some neutral bedroom ideas for your serene and clutter-free space, look for interesting shapes in furniture or artwork. Striking silhouettes, whether it’s an armchair, side table, or print, will bring visual intrigue to your pared-back room.

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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How Do You Decorate a Neutral Bedroom?

Jenna Choate and Mariana Ugarte from Interior Fox say decorating with neutrals is about using a variety of tones. ‘When working with neutrals, it’s important to work with different tones, sticking to one color throughout the interiors can make a room look flat,’ they explain.

Mix it up by pairing cool tones with warmer tones to create points of interest in the space.’ Jenna and Mariana also say that using rattan, seagrass, distressed wood, and other natural materials will add dimension and depth.

How Do I Add Color to a Neutral Bedroom?

Working with neutral shades allows you to create a base that is easy to build upon depending on the season or mood,’ say Jenna and Mariana. ‘Add in bursts of vibrant color during the summer months or sumptuous and earthy colors during the winter. Whatever color you choose, introduce it through soft furnishings such as cushions, throws, and rugs.’

If you’re decorating with grey Tash Bradley from Lick suggests picking a grey with a colored undertone. Then, if you have a grey with a blue undertone, for example, you can pull out some of this color with blue accessories. Pick your accent color depending on how you want the space to feel. Tash says a grey with a pink undertone will create a nurturing feeling, green will bring life into a room and blue can be very soothing.

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