Bedroom Decor How to Select the Right Colour Scheme for Your Room

When it comes to decorating your bedroom, colour should be your top priority. Your bedroom is your haven, one of the most important rooms in the house where you spend a lot of time, and the place where you get a chance to wind down at the end of the day. With the right colour scheme as the starting point, other aspects of the room can then be considered.

At Cheltenham Rd., our qualified interior designers are here to help you turn your vision into reality. We have compiled a guide to help you choose the colour scheme that is perfect for your bedroom.

1 Ensure your bedroom reflects the mood you want to create

Colour is such an important factor when it comes to setting a scene. Bolder colours, such as red, orange, and yellow, are energetic and intense. Purples, blues, and greens are more refreshing and soothing. Muted or lighter tones can make any of these colours gentler to the eye.

You will undoubtedly want your bedroom to fit your style, and we suggest that your colour choice is compatible with the mood you want for your bedroom. Whilst you might love to be bold during the day, you may not want overwhelming and loud colours in the place you sleep!

We suggest that you choose relaxing colours such as a light sage green, a grey with a taupe undertone or a warm white such as Resene Alabaster.

2 Dont be afraid of colour

Choosing colours does not need to be an intimidating process and an all white bedroom can be a bit boring. Working with Cheltenham Rd, we will ensure the colours selected for your space will complement each other seamlessly.  without clashing unpleasantly. It will giving your room personality and elegance.

You don’t need to have a bright orange feature wall to bring colour into your bedroom. Instead, try adding some natural colours tones like fern green, terracotta, mustard yellow, aubergine and wooden tones.

Also consider small touches of colour in the details such as plants, art work, and cushions and decor to your bedroom space relaxing and calm.

3 Keep it all in proportion

If you want to indulge in some bold colours in your space. We suggest that you find other, quieter colours that will help give the bedroom balance.

Keep your bold colours in proportion to the rest of the space. Allow neutral tones into your room to give your eye a place to rest. You may already have a pair of brightly coloured curtains that you adore. With the correctly chosen colour for the walls and bedding, the bright curtains will make your room feel harmonious and fresh.

4 Get a reference

A creative secret to colour theory is to look at artworks you like and pick out the main colours that you see working in the piece. This could be either a classical piece of art like the one below or a modern contemporary piece. With a whole spectrum of colours out there, this trick can make it easier for you to narrow down what you like and what colours you think work well together.

It might seem far-fetched, but classical painters were the masters of colour, so whatever colours you choose from a painting can be transformed into a palette for your interior. In the painting below, soft teals match terracotta, cream, white, and deep green. You can spot similar colours in the image of the bedroom.

Bedroom Decor: How to Select the Right Colour Scheme for Your Room


You don’t have to look at paintings to get ideas on colour; inspiration can come from anywhere. Try looking at the Cheltenham Rd website. Perhaps looking at colourful bedroom ideas online is more helpful for you, or you see nature as a better muse than art.

5 Work with what you have

Take note of what furniture you already have and your spatial requirements and constraints. How big is your room? How much natural light does it get? Do you already have furniture, artwork, or lighting that you want to use in the space?

Light colours can make a space feel bigger, however, dark colours used in the right way can also enhance the space. You might enjoy the way deep greys or navy make your bedroom feel cosy and sophisticated.

If you have a lot of furniture already and are concerned about how these pieces work together, colour can be the tool that bridges the gap. Mixing, matching, and expressing yourself are the core tenets of colour theory.

Often this is harder to achieve than it seems and this is where engaging an interior designer can really help. We have years of experience to help you find the colour palette that is perfect for your bedroom.

Talk to an interior designer

For more help with how to decorate your bedroom, talk to our team at Cheltenham Rd.