New NeutralsColor trends in the bedroom are all about creating a personal space that expresses your innermost desires. For many of us, that means a retreat in which we can relax and rejuvenate.
"People want to simplify their lives, and we're seeing that trend reflected in color palettes for the bedroom and throughout the home," says Jack Bredenfoerder, president of the Color Marketing Group (CMG) (www.colormarketing.org), a not-for-profit international group of more than 1,100 designers who meet annually to forecast color trends in industries from fashion, to interior design, to automobiles. CMG predicts that the environment will also continue to play a big role in soothing shades for the bedroom that are borrowed from nature.
"These hues, especially shades of medium to dark browns, are perfect for the bedroom because they are nurturing and satisfying our souls," explains CMG's Bredenfoerder.
"Greens and browns are a classic combo that's very popular right now," says Seattle-based designer Nancy Satterberg. "It's a great combo for the bedroom because of the feeling of warmth. You want to feel cozy in your bedroom."
Satterberg warns you have to be careful to choose the right shades of green, because some shades aren't flattering to skin tone. "You want to choose something fresh and light, not too deep or saturated," the designer explains.
Soft GreenThe Color Marketing Group predicts that the trend towards environmental palettes will only boost the popularity of the classic bedroom combination of green and blue. Look for softer, more botanical greens paired with blues that reflect the colors of the sky and water.
"Blue has always been a soothing color because it's universally understood as cleansing and clarifying," says Leatrice Eiseman, director of thePantone Color Institute (www.pantone.com), an interior design industry leader in forecasting the hottest color trends.
In the PinkOf course, there are exceptions to every rule and that's the bold breakout of pink in the bedroom. There's nothing low key about this sizzling pink bedroom created by New York interior designer Jamie Drake, who counts Madonna among his celebrity clients. Yet, it is warm, relaxing and sophisticated — everything you'd want in the bedroom.
"This isn't the same soft, sweet shade of pink you see in little girls' rooms" says CMG's Bredenfoerder, who explains that pink has become a solidarity color for women and that's spilled over into powerful shades in fashion — for men and women alike — as well as color palettes for the home. "This is a stronger pink — warmer with just a little yellow in it — that's very sophisticated for the bedroom."
CMG predicts that as time goes by, we are going to see pink move even more towards the warmer side, almost flirting with white.
Photography by Nick Johnson
Lavender GlamourThis luscious bedroom, created by Los Angeles interior designer Diann Valentine (www.DRValentine.net), pairs soothing earth tones with vibrant gold and glittering crystal for a bold, nontraditional look. "Lavender is by nature relaxing and gives you a feeling of peace, so it's a natural for the bedroom," says Valentine. "The shimmering gold accents in the Venetian wall plaster and the more gold satin-silk comforter wake up the room. I like to use the juxtaposition of different moods and feels."
Valentine always looks for accessories to add a bit of glamour to a space. In this case she chose an ornate bedside lamp and glass vanity table that call back to the days of Hollywood glam but also have a modern feel. "Make sure not to overdo the Hollywood glam," cautions the designer. "One or two accents are great, but crystal chandeliers and heavy velvet drapes in every room can make your home seem like an old movie theater."
Valentine utilized neutrals in this glamorous bedroom to beautifully balance the glitter and gold. The recessed crown molding and the ceiling are eggshell white, and the Roman shade and curtains behind bed are taupe.
Photograph by Alison Duke
Princess Room"Natural shades of lavender and green are huge for girls' rooms this year — it's the next pink," says designer Zoya Bograd.
Bograd says these colors are sweet and traditional when used in a child's room, but considered more modern when it comes to interior design for adults. "It's all about the colors combined with the fabric patterns," says the designer, who has her own furniture line as well as lighting line. "For adult bedrooms, I prefer something more soothing; different shades of blue in soft fabrics."