Interior Design Tips & Tricks  

Jun 25

Color Palette Choices for the Bedroom

Posted by Kristin Hibler on Monday, June 25, 2018

Like any space in the home, you want the bedroom to feel good to come home to and to reflect your personal style. When choosing a color scheme for a bedroom, consider that you spend about a third of your life in the bedroom, resting and beginning and ending every day there.

Inspiration Insights

First, think about how you want the room to feel. See if the words that come to mind conjure any images or colors. If not, you could search the internet and create a mood board of images that resonate with you. If a feeling isn’t getting your juices flowing, another option is to find and use a piece of art or fabric that you love to inspire your color scheme. 

Room for Respite

Consider that cooler tones and muted colors evoke relaxation. For example, soft blues and greens reminiscent of water create a sense of calm. Monochromatic schemes can also offer a simple elegance, especially in neutral colors. Hotels often use shades of white, ivory, beige, and grey. To liven up peaceful palettes, add accent pieces in complementary colors or contrasting textures. Add at least 3 accents to blend into your design. 

Lively Looks


For a little more interest, choose colors that fall next to each other on the color wheel. These analogous colors go well together, create continuity, and offer a clear statement of style. If you prefer a more exciting color palette for your bedroom, warm and saturated tones are a natural choice. They can be overwhelming for a bedroom, however, and might only be appropriate as accents with a neutral color scheme.

Rest Easy with Ratios

Whichever color palette you choose for your bedroom, limit yourself to 3 main colors. Take into account the flooring, walls, window treatments, and bedding. As you begin your design, remember to apply the 60:30:10 rule. Use your dominant color for 60% of the room, the secondary color for 30% of the room, and your third color for accent pieces. 

If any of this is overwhelming, our experienced designers can help. Come in to our showroom and we’ll help you find inspiration, consult the color wheel, or pull off your look with just the right ratios and accents.