Dreamy Bedroom Color Palettes

The key to a dreamy bedroom color palette is to not overdo any single element. If you choose a monochromatic color scheme, mix up textures and patterns. If you go with a bold color mix, offset it with an empty wall or neutral bed linens.
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August 07, 2015
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Gothic Glam

An accent wall in this "gothic glam" guest bedroom is covered in wallpaper from Iris Maschek. A ruby-hued bed adds a pop of color but keeps with the room's moody vibe. Lamps from Voila Gallery connect the space to industrial elements found elsewhere in the home. LIghting is dim, setting the tone for a show-stopping space with a modern gothic mood.

Contrasting Colors

High contrast makes a stunning visual impact without sacrificing harmony. Blue and orange hues, opposites on the color wheel, are repeated in the wool rug and bedding.

Soothing Yet Bold

A restful color scheme doesn't have to be a snooze. Focusing on two main colors — gray and white — in various hues makes this contemporary bedroom comfortable and inviting. Sprinkling a variety of textures throughout keeps it interesting, while the fresh flowers add softness and life. Design by Claire Paquin

Red Can Be Restful

Don't be afraid of bold colors — in the right combinations, they make for elegant, soothing spaces. Designer Erinn Valencich layered this bedroom with sumptuous neutral fabrics and finishes, then she added a red cherry on top in the form of lamps and a cranberry silk swag. "It's easy and inexpensive," Erinn says of the swag. "You can buy pre-made curtains, hang them on a short rod and tuck them behind the headboard." The sexy zebra-print bench on the right introduces a bit of whimsy.

Mix for a Match

Using a rich deep blue wall color and lots of dark furniture in the bedroom creates a soothing retreat that envelops rather than cools. Accenting the walls, brown ceiling-height drapes and onyx-stained floors with pops of white and beige linens and area rugs throughout offers the perfect mix of masculine and feminine so often hard to achieve in a master. Image courtesy of IKEA

Purple Reigns

The color of royalty flies in the face of the all-too-typical white-wall approach in a bedroom. Instead of patterned drapes and beige carpeting or an area rug, turn to the walls and bed to highlight your love of color. Combining dark and light purples keeps this space fresh and fun. Courtesy of IKEA

Light + Airy

The bedroom's color palette is inspired by the gorgeous Ikat area rug that grounds the space. Soft blues and greens are used on the walls, bedding and curtains, while a pop of orange finds its home in flowers on the nightstand. A beautiful, contemporary chandelier brings a hint of romance to the room.

Fabricated Oasis

This sophisticated guest bedroom, its color palette inspired by the clouds and sky, includes extraordinary amenities including a bar area, walk-in custom closet and ensuite bath. And then there's always the view.

Beautiful Water Inspiration

A sliding door leads to the pool area in this contemporary master bedroom. A pattern rug and the bedding ties in the blue and black color palette seen throughout the space.

Serene Yet Elegant

A soothing color palette combines with plush furnishings for a relaxing, sophisticated master bedroom. The soft gray tufted headboard is dressed in crisp white bedding and metallic throw pillows. A capiz shell chandelier brings an elegant touch to the space.

Neutral and Natural

This master bedroom brings the outdoors in with nature-inspired furnishings and organic bedding. The room's neutral color palette gives the space a peaceful tranquility.

Mixing Flair and Function

The metallic-finish nightstand and luxurious tapestry headboard throw off a glamorous sparkle in this bedroom designed by Tina Mellino, but they belie a family-friendly functionality. "Everything in this room is durable," Tina says, "because I designed it as an adult guest suite where the client's grandchildren could also come to play video games. The duvet cover, for example, is a soft machine-washable linen." The wall behind the bed features a custom-mixed coppery paint treatment from Variance that's applied with a trowel and lightly buffed. "It creates a wonderful soft texture that reflects light differently at different times of day," Tina says.

Youthful Vibrations

This teen girl's bedroom has a youthful yet sophisticated gray, orange and yellow color palette. A simple daybed is the perfect spot for lounging or for sleepover guests.

A Hint of Coral Reef

Custom doors open from this tropical master bedroom to the attached lanai, which allows natural light to stream through the space. The neutral color palette with coral accents lends a clean, beachy vibe to the space.

Vintage Vibes

Traditional bedroom with a platter gallery wall, fabric instead of wallpaper and a blue and cream color palette.

Bright Yet Neutral

A serene bedroom is created using an earth tone and white color palette. Pops of color in the nightstands and bedside lighting provide texture and interest while the paintings above the bed enhance the height of the room.

White Hues

Layering complementary tones is the key to a "white" bedroom that feels like a haven instead of a hospital. Animal-print stools and gold furniture add interest to the room. 

Serenity From the Sea

The owner of this bedroom suite wanted a quiet, elegant look and already had a collection of rugs and artwork to build around, so designer Annette Phillips chose a complementary focal color: a delicate sea-glass green. The tray ceiling is painted the focal color and is offset by soft gold walls and antique white trim. Schumacher silk plaid draperies and the custom-designed bedding repeat the hues in contrasting patterns for extra textural interest.

Soothing Blue

A golden ceiling light elegantly cascades over this gold and blue embellished bedroom with white bedding and a neutral area rug. HGTV fan Rethink Design Studio created a romantic and regal getaway with smoky blue walls, a silk tufted headboard and a soft mohair blanket. Luxurious furnishings and soft lighting are perfect additions to such an elegant space.

Transitional Monochromatic Color Palette

Flanked by matching nightstands and contemporary white lamps, the sleek black bed takes center stage and is dressed in luxurious gray linens. The dresser echos the look of the nightstands with distressed wood and ball-turned details.

One Tone — Not One Note

Sticking with a single color should feel lush, not stingy. Designer Sarah Barnard dressed this room entirely in green to echo the verdant plantings just outside the French doors. Still, the effect is subtle because of layered finishes. "One of the great places to build up visual texture in the bedroom is on the bed itself," Sarah says. "There are certainly different schools of thought as to how many pillows is too many, but a bed is an indulgent space anyway. Having an excess of pillows makes it possible to introduce a lot of textures."

Earthly Sophistication

Designer Dana Wolter used a cream and earth-tone color palette and soft textures, like the upholstered headboard and full curtains, to create a luxuriously restful space in this bedroom.

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Blue + White

This bedroom is a perfect example of how keeping mixed patterns within the same color palette—here, navy blue and white—can result in a fun, vibrant look.

Elegantly Casted

Designer Kelly Sutton created this sophisticated master bedroom suite. Glamorous design details are mixed with a soft neutral color palette to create a warm and inviting space.

Extraordinary Skyview Blue

In the master bedroom, floor-to-ceiling windows boast marvelous city views of Seattle. A soft, neutral color palette allows the views and colorful artwork to be the main focus.

Simple, Contemporary Shades of Gray

A large window opening allows natural light to fill this simple contemporary bedroom with a gray and white color palette.

Soothing Hues

A limited color palette gives this kid's bedroom a sense of calm sophistication. Fun, kid-friendly accents and artwork add a playful vibe to the space.

Neutrally Relaxing

This beautiful, modern master bedroom is a great place to relax after a long day. Three windows across the space let in plenty of natural light, but they are equipped with room darkening shades to block out any extra light at night. In one corner of the room, designers added a sitting area-perfect for taking in a morning cup of coffee or snugging up with a good book on a cold day. On the other side of the room, a desk rests between two large windows, keeping the desk well lit and providing beautiful views that make the position of this piece a perfect space for writing.

A Modern Masterpiece

In this bedroom, white walls and gray-carpeted floors offer a subdued backdrop, so what better setting for a "wow" bedspread and artwork? Designer Robin Callan sewed a duvet cover from IKEA fabric to complement the bed, which is upholstered in a woven charcoal material and sold by Five Elements in Austin, Texas. "It's beautiful," Robin says of the bed. "It's a modern masterpiece — it's very warm but could also go futuristic if you wanted." Lime-green sheets and orange lamps add just enough bright color to complete the look without going overboard.

White Coastal Retreat

A vaulted wood ceiling gives airy loft to this bedroom and a cream-and-white color palette maintains a crisp, fresh feel. The ocean and endless sky beckon from outside the many windows.

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