Dressed Up Basic Color Scheme
Sky Blue + White + Fuchsia
Blue and white are a common bedroom color scheme duo, but throwing in fuchsia takes the scheme from basic to unique. The duvet and bolster pillow served as the inspiration and also guided the right color ratios. Blue, the background of the duvet, is used the most, while white plays out in medium doses, and fuchsia is kept as an accent, which keeps the look refined, not theatrical.
Beach Resort Color Scheme
Sand + Weathered White + Sea Glass
Bring the look of a beach resort home with a palette inspired by a seaside locale. Start with a base of sandy browns and weathered whites and layer in dusty blues and greens. Think beyond color when putting together a beachy scheme. Here, hand-glazed woven raffia wallpaper and slate tiles convey seaside textures.
Peppy Color Scheme
Coral-Orange + Aqua Blue + Latte White
Neutral walls and furniture in shades of similar warm white create a cloudlike backdrop for vibrant coral-orange and aqua blue. Abstract floral print shams on the bed provide the inspiration for the color scheme and the rest of the room's elements follow suit. To start your bedroom color scheme, find a pillow or bedspread with colors you love and build from there. Often, bedding comes in coordinated sets, but don't be afraid to break them up. Mix and match, or leave parts of the set out. For example, nix the bed skirt that matches the pillows and opt for a version in a solid color that blends with the rest of the bedding.
Choosing Your Bedroom Color Scheme
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Cabana Color Scheme
Pale Azure + Cabana White + Tropic Accents
What could be better than relaxing beneath a comfortable cabana? Bring that feeling to your bedroom with a scheme of watery blue, crisp white, and a few tropical accent hues. For a serene look, keep the color of blue you use consistent and limit bright colors to small doses.
Modern Garden Color Scheme
Dusty Peony+ Grass Green + Pure White
If you love garden hues, but prefer a modern design approach, use a muted version of a floral hue, paired with a zingy green and plenty of crisp white. Here, dusty peony walls and saturated tones of grass green punctuate white bedding and furniture.
Fresh and Fun Color Scheme
Citron + Rose + Cloud White
Just because bedrooms are for resting doesn't mean the color palette has to be boring. Here, a complementary pair (green and pink, a variation of red) provide dynamic contrast. The colors are bright, but not overly rich and saturated, which keeps the look cheery, not overwhelming.
Boldly Sophisticated Color Scheme
Indigo + Parchment + Gold
Impart a rich feeling in your bedroom with color. In this bedroom, indigo blue walls and equally rich espresso-finished wood floors are offset by shades of parchment and cocoa brown. Using gold as an accent color lightens the look, but the elegant tone keeps in step with the room's sophisticated feel.
Bright Bedroom Color Schemes
Watch and see how to brighten up your bedroom with color. These three color schemes show you how to brighten your bedroom in degrees -- from partly sunny to full-on bright.
Earthy Color Scheme
Linen + Pale Taupe + Moss
The key to a successful neutral bedroom color scheme lies beyond the colors. Texture, pattern, and a bit of shimmer will make neutrals sing. In this bedroom, neutrals with the same undertone, ranging from linen to taupe are punctuated by matelasse bedding, scrollwork carpet, and a mercury glass lamp. Moss green, a shade of green muted by brown, fits in with the room's neutral colors, while still adding a much needed spot of color.
Sunset Color Scheme
Fading Sun Yellow + Flame Orange
Drift to sleep in a space enveloped in colors inspired by the setting sun. Here, pale yellow walls are serene and warm, while orange accents bring vibrancy and warm wood furniture brings structure. A warm color scheme benefits from a few cool accents. In this bedroom, green stripes in the rug and blue pillows do the trick.
Modern Purple Color Scheme
Icy Gray + Orchid + Lavender
Purple is making a comeback and looks oh-so-chic when paired with sophisticated grays. Mix strong geometric patterns with feminine purple for a look that's fresh, not frilly. In this bedroom, pale lavender bridges the tonal gap between the pale grays in the space and the saturated orchid blanket.
Fashion-Forward Color Scheme
Slate + Lemon + Cloud
The oh-so-fashionable color palette of gray and yellow makes a bold statement in this petite bedroom. A rich slate on the walls leans heavily toward the blue end of the gray spectrum and is the star of the scheme. Cloud-color bedding continues the gray parade, and yellow on the pillows, ottomans, and accessories brings a partly sunny vibe to the chic grays.
Updated Traditional Color Scheme
Powder Blue + Fern
A foundation of blue and neutrals keeps this bedroom traditional, but variations of green give it flair. Don't be afraid to play with shades in your color scheme, like in this bedroom. A deep emerald shade appears on the headboard, while a lighter fern green colors the bed skirt and rug. The combination looks coordinated because the colors share the same undertone. To teach yourself how to spot these combinations, take a look at paint color strips. All of the colors on a strip share an undertone, but vary in intensity. Pick a strip of colors you like and use it to help you pick accents for your room.
Warm Neutral Color Scheme
Goldenrod + Pewter + Cream
For an unexpected twist on the popular gray-and-yellow scheme, pair paler grays with muted yellows and creamy whites. Paler grays can read as metallic and sophisticated, while not-so-bright yellows are more subdued. Using creamy white with yellow undertones, rather than pure whites, will also come across as yellow, but in less of a knock-your-socks-off manner. Warmer grays will also do the trick.
Snowy White Color Scheme
Pearl White + Cream + Black
Evoking the look of freshly fallen snow, this cottage-style bedroom combines pearly whites with softer yellow-based whites for a look that is undeniably soothing and graceful. A mirrored nightstand and oval mirror above the bed break up the blanket of white, as do hints of black.
Shimmering Neutrals Color Scheme
Silvery Gray + Weathered Wood + Mink
Pull together a palette of grays for an instantly elegant space. Keep the undertones warm and the space will never feel uninviting. Here, soft gray walls stand back and let tall ceilings, beautiful patterns, and sparkling accents stand in the spotlight. Fabrics such as velvet and damask will lend a shimmering effect, without being in-your-face sparkly.
Modern Color Scheme
Bright Sky Blue + Cool White + Warm Oak
Blue is a quintessential classic, but its enduring legacy works in modern settings as well. To achieve the look, sky blue is used with crisp white as well as clean-lined furniture and accessories in this bedroom. The wall color, a shade lighter than the bedding and drapes, maintains the modern monochromatic color scheme, but pulls back the walls slightly to allow the other elements, such as the architectural bed in warm oak, to shine.
Classic Global Color Scheme
Poppy Red + Mink Gray
Gray gets pulled into the excitement of red, creating a traditional bedroom alive with global-inspired motifs. Red bedding and pillows turn a simple sleigh bed into a focal point and mink gray walls temper the rich red and crisp white palette. Block and ikat prints bring global flair to the space. The curtains dial back on red and rely on a palette of brown, black, and orange, a move that acknowledges the red's presence, but seeks to not overuse the crimson hue in the space.
Serene Green Color Scheme
Seafoam Green + Tidal Blue + Surf White
A beach-inspired color scheme strays from being too "theme-y" when there is nary a beach motif in sight. In this bedroom, seafoam green and watery blues evoke a seaside look, while traditional elements, such as the upholstered window cornice, an antique chair, and a graceful headboard maintain a level of sophistication.
Elegant Neutral Color Scheme
Antique Whites + Crisp White
Forget the notion that your whites have to match. A mixed bag of neutrals can create a visually interesting space with a few simple tricks. Keep your palette of whites within the same family, so that they all share similar undertones. In this bedroom, warm whites in varying intensities color the walls, trim, and bedding. Texture and repetition also bring the palette to life. Using each color more than once makes the mixing look more intentional. Here, light mocha appears on the trim, stool cushions, and shams, while linen colors the artwork and drapes.
Fresh Cottage Color Scheme
Linen White + Sunny Yellow + Dove Gray
White is a go-to choice for bedrooms because of its soothing, simple properties. Plus, it can be interpreted as modern, traditional, cottage, or vintage. In this cheery space, the neutral goes cottage, with splashes of yellow on the bedding and plenty of style-specific accents, such as the wrought-iron bed and eclectic gathering of accessories. Hints of gray keep the color palette fashion-forward.
Dramatic Color Scheme
Navy Blue + Snow White + Lipstick Pink
Dark colors equate with drama in a bedroom setting. For a more steady approach to drama, use a dark color in one large dose and let the rest of the room's elements remain bright. In this sophisticated bedroom, rich navy blue colors the walls and is a backdrop for the burlap white headboard, bench, and nightstand. Snow white bedding with lipstick pink trim and white drapes are also eye-catching against the deep blue.
Pink Panache Color Scheme
Blush Pink + Candlelight Yellow + Charcoal Black
Pale pink grass cloth sets this room aglow and softens the angles of the vaulted ceiling. Mixing white bedding with pink sheets and shams ensures the color remains sensuous, not saccharine. Candlelight yellow tones in the artwork and a large area rug offer contrasting color, but also contribute to the glow of the room. Black brings structure to the bedroom via a curvaceous bed frame, table lamps, and the frame on the painting.
Oceanside Color Scheme
Watercolor Blue + Sandy White
Simple, but hardly simplistic, a two-color palette is a welcoming break from a color-saturated world. In this light-filled room, the judicious use of white reflects the incoming natural light, making the blue walls appear almost iridescent. A more saturated palette on the painting above the bed serves as a contrast point and a reminder of just how light and delicate the rest of the room is.
Black and White Color Scheme
Ebony + Powder White + Pale Citron
Black and white are anything but basic when played out in a symphony of pretty patterns and textures. White drapes soften expansive walls and high ceilings. The fabric is thin, which makes the drapes floaty, rather than bulky. In a room that gets a lot of natural light or has high ceilings, an element with a bold visual presence will anchor the room. Here, a black upholstered bed grounds the space and a white geometric pattern unites the piece to the rest of the room. When incorporating color with black and white, go with a barely-there color to keep the room's emphasis on graphic elements. The muted citron walls in this room are subtle, but still add interest.
Natural Color Scheme
Sage Green + Bark Brown + Swan White
Colors and motifs from nature introduce charm to this quaint bedroom. The flowering branch fabric used on the window shade and bed skirt inspire the room's palette. A coordinating stripe fabric on the shams continues the green and brown color play and an ikat pillow offers an unexpected twist in motif. The pure white duvet, trim, and lampshade offer a clean counterpoint to the bedroom's muted colors. To avoid color overload, match paint swatches to a pattern, but then use the color at the top of the swatch for your walls. Here, the wall color has similar undertones to the browns in the room's fabrics, but is several shades lighter.
Perfectly Aged Color Scheme
Country French Blue + Antique Whites
Capture the charm and grace of a bygone era with a palette of blue and tan in shades that appear antiqued. Keep the blues reigned in and employ a limited range of shades to maintain a sense of elegance. Here, the wall color matches the blue in the bedding and table skirt perfectly. Take a little more liberty with the whites. Using pure shades alongside shades in varying degrees of antiquing gives the room a collected old-time look. Bright white linens and freshly painted white trim indicate that the room has been maintained and freshened, while the patina on the chair and aged white plates nod to the past.
Cozy Cool Color Scheme
Granite Gray + Down White + Grass Green
Envelop an expansive room in a blanket of coziness with a rich, yet warm wall color. Here, a saturated gray with warm yellow undertones is the color of choice. An abundance of white contributes a modern vibe, while hints of zingy green on the headboard and chevron throw pillow inject life into the demure color scheme.
Monochromatic Color Scheme
Taupe + Cream + Squash
Monochromatic color schemes are poised for success when the hues stop just short of the extremes. In this bedroom, a range of taupes colors everything including the bedding, furniture, and wall color, but the palette excludes the deepest, darkest of taupes. Sticking to the light and medium range taupes focuses the color scheme for a more polished look. Squash yellow makes a cameo on throw pillows and the tan trim unites the blocks of yellow to the rest of the room's palette.
Contemporary Gray Color Scheme
Dove Gray + Tulip Pink
Hints of pink bring a graceful air to a contemporary space. Gray and white patterns -- found on the striped rug, damask drapes, and plaid wallpaper -- are subtle, yet add visual texture, while bright tulip pink punctuates the space. When introducing a bright accent color, use it at least three times in the room so it flows seamlessly.
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