Monday 7 May 2018

Bedroom colour scheme ideas - our inspiration

Over the past 11 years, our bedroom has probably been the room that's gone through the most changes. Not necessarily in terms of layout, as our king size bed predetermines this a fair bit, but in the colour scheme.

* In collaboration with Bed Guru

It took me a long while to find the perfect shade for to slumber in; it's been sky blue, sage green, monochrome and at one point, we even had a brick wall effect feature wall.

In our latest and current scheme, we have gone for a palette of soft grey and deep blue. In the winter, we layer this up with rich toned cushions and in summer, the bedspread we choose helps to lift the room and keep the feeling cool and inviting.

Bed Guru is running a #FabricGuru campaign to show people how to really make their bedroom their own, so everyone can enjoy this space and get a great night's sleep, and having recently updated our own bedroom, I wanted to share some of my top tips on making a decision for what colour palette to go for:

  • Favourite shades: sounds obvious, but it's worth discussing with your other half what colours appeal for your boudoir. Take a look at paint swatches, flick through magazines and gather some ideas together.
  • Light or dark? Take a look at the light in your bedroom; do you get a lot of sunlight or is it a darker room in the house? Do you like the room to feel bright and airy or do you like to dim the lights and feel cosy? Choosing a shade really depends on how the light will hit different walls, so painting swatches in a few different tones will help you determine what looks too light and what looks too dark.
  • Mix it up: It's worth bearing in mind that anything can go in the bedroom. This is your personal space and should reflect your tastes, and not be somewhere that tries to please others in the house or is more neutral to appeal to guests. Go wild if you want to! Who says you can't have [insert any colour or pattern you like] in your bedroom? 
  • Make a feature: Of course the bedroom is a place where your bed lives and where you will spend most your time sleeping, so make a real thing of this important piece of furniture. An upholstered bed is a great choice, not only for comfort reasons but to also create a focal point and to set the colour tone for the rest of the room. From leather effect to textured fabrics, they can come in a whole host of colours so you can find one that suits the style you are going for and that compliments the shade you have your heart set on.

Our bedroom history

I wanted to give our bedroom a new lease of life. I have never been happy with it; due to the placement of the window, door and radiator, we can't do too much with the layout and we have a really big bed that's extra long due to how tall hubs is.

Over three years ago, we bought a new wardrobe that was shorter but longer, and we discovered a new way to position it to open up floor space - just in time for baby Ethan's arrival, and the cot bed being added to our room for those first six months.

Around 18 months ago, I bought a dressing table. I have always wanted one and the position of the wardrobe gave me the opportunity to add one along the left hand wall and I am so glad we did this. Every morning I sit here and get ready and it makes use of space that would otherwise serve no purpose at all. This is how it looked last before the big overhaul - it was fine, but just didn't feel 'together'.

On to the makeover... with a small budget, our aim was to create a different feel to the room. It's been blue, green, white and even one wall had brick wallpaper on it at one point, so we've tried things over the years to make it feel more roomy. The trouble was, I never found it to be inviting and for me, the bedroom should be somewhere you want to snuggle. And the dream is to have an upholstered bed one day!

Here's how it looked like as our makeover began...

So my main aims were to change the colour scheme, add depth through texture and make the space feel welcoming. I had seen a few ideas and swatches in home magazines that gave me inspiration for a kind of luxurious winter theme and I went with it, picking details from layered bedding, shelving and cushions from George at Asda, Wilkos and Ikea.

We painted three walls in Stardust, a soft grey with an ever so slight purple edge to it, from Wilkos. I love the effect and it's light enough to make the room still feel airy but deep enough so that it feels snug at the same time.

On the wall the wardrobe mainly covers and our bed rests against, we went for Midnight Blue, from Asda (be warned though, this paint really had a potent smell!). It was a bold choice but I wanted to add depth and richer colours feel really indulgent.

Bedding was a big focus for our new look bedroom. I found a lovely design in a purple/blue shade and this really was the basis of the colours and tones for the rest of the room. We bought midnight blue sheets and pillows - extra ones, that are positioned upright against the headboard for comfort - and then I picked up a silver padded blanket with sequin detail and a velvet throw that's super soft to layer up and add warmth in winter.

The different textures work really well together and suit the luxurious winter inspired idea I had in mind. Two big cord style cushions, a snuggle cushion and two letter cushions, are piled up at the head of the bed to create a focal point and something that makes me just want to leap into bed every time I see it.

We threw away our old curtains and I actually really like the clean lines that our Ikea blinds create. These are genius too, as each rod has magnets in it so you can easily move the blinds up and fix them at your preferred height. 

Above our bed, we fitted a chunky floating shelf bought in Ikea for £15 that runs almost from one side to the other. On the wall we face when we're in bed, we re-hung three black and white photos from our wedding and then used an old book ledge shelf from Ikea that we had taken down from the kitchen to create a small floating shelf for added interest. 

On the wall my dressing table sits against, we rehung two prints I'd bought online a couple of years ago, with a dream / love theme, plus a beautiful mirror that my parents used to have years ago in their room. It's art nouveau featuring a painted illustration of a woman, by my favourite artist Mucha, and I have fond memories of this mirror hanging in my family home. 

I've never had anywhere to display it before but it just kind of works now and again, it's added a personal touch and a bit of interest to a previously bare wall. This wall and the one opposite follows a rule of three, so three pieces hanging up, so this works to bring the scheme together. 

Finishing touches came in the form of a paper star lantern from Ikea, haning in one corner, a sequin bedside lamp and matching shade for the main light (both Asda) and then grey textured storage boxes (£5 each, Wilkos) to make the top of my wardrobe much tidier and organised.

The overall feeling of the room now is one of calm, relaxation and luxury. It feels grown up - and not too feminine or too masculine - we have made the whole room work together and feel personal to us and for the first time, I really love spending time in there, even when I'm awake.

Match your bed to your bedroom d├ęcor by shopping Bed Guru's range for an upholstered bed frame, fabric beds or an upholstered storage bed. Think deep buttoned crushed velvet or faux leather beds that ooze glamour, hard wearing suede or classic chenille – inject softness and warmth into your bedroom with an upholstered bed in vivid plum, textured mink or clean cream. 

What colour scheme do you have in your bedroom? How did you settle on a shade?


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