The bedroom is your place to calm down, rest up, and get away from the world. It’s also where you need to wake up and get your first fresh look at the day ahead. A neutral palette is the perfect choice to suit the bedroom’s multiple roles: neutrals are calming, refreshing, and easy to personalize. But with such a non-committal color scheme, how do you avoid ending up with a room that just feels blah?
The answers might surprise you. Take a lesson in calm interest from these twelve neutral bedrooms, then go make your own serene sanctuary.
1. Organic Texture
To avoid matchy-matchiness, add textural interest such as fur, natural fibers, and barkcloth patterns.
2. Pretty Patterns
This mostly-white room, offset with honeyed beige, acts as the perfect backdrop for three simple patterns in delicate colors.
3. Bold Touches
A beige room gets some much-needed flair with red and blue accents and a shining chandelier.
4. Layered Fabrics
Layer contrasting patterns in a monochrome palette for a mellow look that keep the eye entertained.
5. Warm Interest
Layer several shades of the same color fearlessly by keeping the overall scheme either warm or cool.
6. Shades of Grey
Grey is a soft and modern alternative to beige and works beautifully against snowy white.
7. Black and White
Mix up a monochrome room by layering on a bright white duvet with contrasting black trim.
8. Geometric Grace
Repeat geometric motifs in light fixtures, carpets, and wall hangings to create grounding structure.
9. Bold Statement
Add a bright abstract piece to a plainly decorated room to draw the eye and break up the monotony.
10. Clear Accents
Choose a single accent color, such as yellow, to interrupt a solid gray room.
11. Light Show
Make use of lighting as a design element to define a room’s spaces and break up its lines.
12. Soft Shine
Punctuate soft layers with metallic accents that add texture without complicating the color scheme.
How do you balance calmness and interest in your bedroom?