Choosing a colour scheme for your bedroom can be a tricky task. Sure, your favourite colour might be fuchsia, which is fine when it comes to picking nail polish and bouquets of flowers, but would you really want such a bold hue splattered all over your walls? Regardless of how vibrant your fave shade may be, with our colour selector you can discover some more subtle hues perfect as a base (for walls, bedding, furniture and carpets) on which brighter accessories will really pop.

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If you chose red…

The colour of excitement and passion, if an all-red bedroom is an idea too drastic, opt for a base of white or pale grey on the walls and bed sheets, and then spice things up with bolder accessories. With a muted canvas, splashes of ruby, maroon, merlot or scarlet will look vivid and eye-catching. On white walls hang red prints, on beige carpets lay a luscious red rug, and then glitter beside tables and bureaus with fresh red roses.

If you chose orange or tangerine…

Energetic and awakening, there’s no way you’ll be missing morning meetings or the school run with orange-clad sleeping quarters. Cream or pale peach walls are the perfect basis to overlay bolder citrus tones in the form of blinds, voiles, frames and modern prints. If you’re raring to roller orange paint on the walls however, keep it limited to just one statement wall (like the wall behind a fireplace or the bed’s headboard) – don’t run the risk of your bedroom looking too much like a crèche, now…

If you chose yellow…

The colour of warmth and happiness, yellow is great if your bedroom lacks natural light. And though pastel yellow is now a little dated (or a little too ‘baby’s first nursery’), plump for a statement wall in bright banana shade. If that’s a little too daring, a fresh, pale lemon colour will add warmth to the room but be less overpowering. To break up a yellow-centric bedroom, layer up shades of monochrome on the bed – white sheets, grey throws, black patterned cushions. Monochrome prints in the form of rugs and curtains will also add a sense of sharpness and sophistication to a buttercup backdrop.

If you chose green…

The colour of cleanliness and clarity, green is a popular choice for the bedroom. Not only is it gender-neutral but it also evokes the feeling of relaxation and serenity. If you’re planning on painting the whole room in one shade of green, be sure to test out a patch in situ beforehand. With too little natural light, green can be very dark, cold and, with paler hues, almost grey. If you fancy adding just pockets of bold emerald, pine or lime to a room, start with a warm white or beige base. From there, beautiful green blankets, cushions and artwork will add rich injections of colour. Note that green is often thought to be the colour of fertility too, so that may be another reason to introduce it into the bedroom…

If you chose turquoise or blue…

Cool, calming and tranquil, blue is most often used in the bathroom. But if dark navy and vibrant cyan are amongst your favourite colours then there’s no reason to not use them elsewhere.

Unless your bedroom comes with a sea view, steer clear of the nautical vibe (royal blue and lifeboats) and instead opt for more sophisticated teals and turquoises. With so many shades of blue bedroom accessories available, you don’t have to stick to just one hue either. Keep walls, furniture and bedding plain (white, say), and then mix and match shades across lampshades, throws, vases and picture frames to add a more personal touch. And as with green, do test out a patch in situ beforehand – blues can look gloomy if there’s insufficient light in the room.

If you chose purple…

Purple is the colour of luxury and sumptuousness, and it’s best used in no other room than the bedroom. The current ‘colour du jour’ is a rich, wine-like aubergine, which looks spectacular against crisp white walls and fresh white linens. Most likely too dark to paint a whole room in, just one wall rollered in eggplant paint will create a feature, like an artwork itself. Along with that, stick to deep purple soft furnishing elsewhere in the room to continue the theme.

Lavender, lilac and heather are all very calming, and offer a subtler feminine feel to a bedroom compared to pink. They are all cool shades so keep the room looking warm by teaming with cream furniture and buttery-coloured accessories.

You can download our colour selector to use when planning your new bedroom décor. Enjoy decorating!

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