Color scheme ideas for bedrooms

Written by stephanie williams
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Creating a colour theme for your bedroom that is both personal and pleasing is important and can be somewhat challenging. Standard white or cream walls make a clean, classic look, but can be uninspiring when choosing bed linens and accent pieces. Considering some new colour combinations can help get the ball rolling as you put together a bedroom that is uniquely your own.

Blue and Green

Blue and green colour schemes can be used to make a very tranquil-feeling room. Using muted tones of these colours along with earth tones, whites, greys and small touches of black can make a room feel calm and balanced. To create this look, choose a very light colour for the walls. Use as few colours as possible throughout the room and try not to create a lot of contrast. Stick to solids instead of prints or patterns when choosing fabrics.


Purple can be used to make a more glamorous look. A room filled with different hues of violet, lavender and plum can make a stunning effect when paired with velvety and silky fabrics. Choose a medium shade for the walls to create a low-lit feeling or use wallpaper with a monotone pattern for some subtle flair.

Brown and Cream

Browns and off-whites that conjure ideas of coffee, chocolate and cream, make a room look sleek but feel cosy. This theme works well with cottons for a gender-neutral room or with velvet fabrics and beaded accents, such as pillows or lampshades that can make a room feel more feminine. White or medium shade colours for the walls will offset the darkness of the browns you use in your bed linens or carpet so as not to make the room feel too dark.

Pink and Peach

Pink-and-peach-themed rooms allow you to use fun colours without the drama of red or orange, which can sometimes be overbearing. Use a soft pink or peach colour for the walls. For a comforter, try a patterned bedspread that includes the colour you've chosen for your wall. Pale blue or yellow accents for lamps and throw pillows can cut the sweetness of the pink or peach walls and possibly pull from other colours in a patterned bedspread.

Red and Green

Red and green usually brings the holidays to mind, but if you use a pale, mossy green, a muted red, and mixed some light brown tones, it can create an original and rustic feel. Accenting the rooms with antiques and old photographs in vintage frames can give the room a romantic, European feel.

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