Earthy hues to soothing blues: the best colours for bedrooms

Earthy hues to soothing blues: the best colours for bedrooms
Bedrooms are some of the most personal areas in the home, so when it comes to decorating, there's a special opportunity to make the space your own.

While there are a few fundamentals to consider – a bedroom should feel like a haven where you can unwind and of course, sleep – there’s lots you can do to transform your space.

Don’t be afraid to explore other decorating options that suit your space. The colour palette you choose is a key starting point – do you want something bright and airy, or prefer a deeper and cosier palette?

You can achieve this new look with Resene paint colours and wallpapers. Before starting, there are a few key things you should consider.

What to consider before painting and decorating your bedroom

Resene Colour Consultant Brenda Ngatai says one of the best things to do before picking out a paint colour is to test it. “A Resene testpot has to be one of the best tools ever to use before committing to a bulk purchase of paint.”

Use the Resene testpot in a small area and see how it looks in the space, goes with the furniture and feels with the natural light.

One of the most common mistakes people make is not planning enough, says Ngatai. “Planning for the project is always a good idea, good preparation is key to a successful end result.”

The best bedroom colours

Earthy tones to feel grounded

Wall in Resene Triple Merino, floor in Resene Merino, headboard in (from left to right) Resene Tide, Resene Tussock, Resene Nepal, Resene Americano and Resene Smooth Operator, vases in Resene Blank Canvas (small round flat), Resene Tussock (small arch hanging on wall and larger round flat) and Resene Nepal (large arch), bedside tables in Resene Nepal (large) and Resene Tide (small), ball ornament in Resene Americano and dome pendant in Resene Smooth Operator.

From taupes, clays and tans, to beige, greige and caramel, earth tones have quickly risen in popularity due to their connection with feeling grounded. Drawn from nature, these tones are versatile and can be both a backdrop for feature accents and furniture, or serve as a simple, haven-like scheme.

Ngatai says warm dusty pinks are particularly popular of late, such as Resene Awaken and Resene Soiree.

Green to feel nurtured

Floor in Resene Alabaster, main wall colour in Resene Alabaster, headboard block in Resene Silver Chalice, green block in Resene Peace, pale green/grey block in Resene Helix, round cork tealight holder and vase in Resene Peace, chest of drawers in Resene Peace, bedside lamp in Resene Silver Chalice. Accessories: Baksana Linen Duvet Set, Newbliss Stonewash Euro Pillowcases in Slate and Silver and Baksana Stonewash Throw in Duck Egg from Allium. Heavy Linen Cushion Cover in Slate Grey from Citta. Round Begonia Floor Rug, Faux Silver Dollar Eucalyptus from Freedom Furniture. Living & Co Arch Mirror from The Warehouse. Trim Armchair in Dark Grey Velvet from Me and My Trend. ‘Thirteen’ art print by Vee Speers from Pop Moti. Aura Lux Velvet Cushion in Eucalyptus from Shut the Front Door. Teal cushion cover from H&M. Magazines, books, and glasses are stylist’s own.

If you’re stuck with what colour to go with, green is a fantastic option as practically all hues work well in bedrooms (but best to avoid limes and mints). From seafoam and sage to laurel green and emerald, green will bring an element of harmony and nature into your bedroom, and go well with timber furniture.

Soft mid-tones like Resene Norway and Resene Pale Leaf work fantastically as neutrals, while greens with hints of blue such as Resene Artemis and Resene Sorrento help create a breezy, ocean atmosphere without being too bold.

Blue for tranquility

Wall in Resene Quarter Emerge, Floor in Resene Quarter Concrete, Bedside table in Resene Fast Forward, Screen painted in Resene Raindance, Resene Liberty and Resene Mystery, Bedside lamp painted in Resene Mystery, Vase painted in Resene Raindance. 

Blue can make a room feel tranquil and dreamy. The spectrum of blues is wide. On one end you have pale and soft shades like Resene Solitude and Resene Quarter Emerge, perfect as airy backdrops for beachy decor. Or, you can lean into deeper and richer blue hues like Resene Indian Ink to create a luxurious boudoir to pair with jewel tones, velvet and gold and brass.

Off-whites, neutrals and greys

Walls in Resene Quarter Bokara Grey, floor in Resene Eighth Bokara Grey, ladder and pendant light are in Resene Ethereal, bedside table and headboard are in Resene Virtuoso, slender vase is in Resene Dreamtime. Duvet Cover Set, and small plum and medium pink cushions from H&M Home; Waffle Euro in Dusty, Grey Textured Throw and Cushion from Allium Interiors; Charcoal Linen Robe from Ezibuy; Woven Lounge Chair from Early Settler; Ribbed Runner Rug from Kmart; Tote Bag from Citta; wrapping paper used as framed art from Father Rabbit.

Colour doesn’t have to come through in paint and wallpaper. Rugs, furnishings, headboards and bedding are just some of the bedroom pieces that can bring colour into a space, while paints can serve as versatile backdrops to complement your colour scheme.

When picking whites and creams, opt for shades with warm undertones to maintain that nurturing feeling. Resene Half Pearl Lusta, Resene Merino or Resene Double Rice Cake are all great options.

Grey is also a great neutral shade and can suit both modern and classic interiors. Resene Half Concrete and Resene Athens Grey are elegant shades that complement pale timbers and linen bedding, while darker, charcoal-like greys like Resene Half Tuna and Resene Quarter Baltic Sea can be used in more masculine interiors, or paired with luxurious accents like velvets and golds.

Find your palette with Resene

Not sure where to start? Resene’s Colour Palette Generator is a handy online tool that lets you upload a photograph, artwork, fabric or wallpaper, and create a customised Resene colour palette to help get you started.

For more bedroom inspirations and advice, see the new habitat plus – bedrooms book by Resene, free online or pick up a copy at your Resene ColorShop.

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