Blue is a classic choice for bedroom decor, and it turns out there’s a scientific explanation for its perennial popularity.
Studies have shown certain colours are associated with certain emotions – we all know green is for envy, red for danger – while blue is often associated with peace and calm.
According to a survey by Travelodge, people with blue bedrooms were most likely to report sleeping soundly. Ganglion cells in our retina are most sensitive to this colour and, when relayed to the brain, it helps reduce blood pressure and heart rate, thus producing a calming feeling.
From palest duck egg to seafoam teal to royal blue, there is a plethora of options to choose from when it comes to choosing the perfect blue for your bedroom. We’ve dug into the archives of our gorgeous real homes and gathered our favourite examples of blue bedroom decor, plus some ideas for blue bedroom accessories to bring those calming vibes to any scheme.
Read on to get inspired!
The best blue bedroom ideas
‘At first, we painted the guest bedroom white and just left it,’ Ruth says. ‘In September 2018 I had a double lung transplant. By December, I felt much stronger and wanted to celebrate by painting the spare room, so in three days over the Christmas period David and I totally transformed it. I chose a punchy hue – Valspar’s Winter Spruce – to reflect our joy at my new-found life and energy.’ See their home makeover.
Beverley’s bedroom, with its sophisticated colour scheme, period-inspired panelling and clever mix of vintage and high street pieces, is now a peaceful haven of comfort and style. See her home makeover.
After months of building work on her two-storey extension, Becky got busy designing her brand-new bedroom with a deep blue colour scheme and vibrant floral velvets. See her home makeover.
The pairing of light and dark with old and new in the master bedroom makes Saoirse’s room feel snug, but not gloomy. It’s characterful, yet still entirely practical and functional. See her home makeover.
Unlike the rest of the house, the master bedroom has a dark colour scheme, chosen by Faye to add comfort. Teamed with plush furnishings and fancy artwork, the bedroom could easily pass as a hotel suite. See her home makeover.
‘I’m always drawn to dark colours as I think they make a room feel so cosy, which was particularly important in the bedroom, so we chose a beautiful deep blue-green hue for two of the walls’ says Saoirse. See her home makeover.
Faye kept a neutral palette in the rest of the house, but used dark, plush blues for her luxurious master bedroom. See her home makeover.
The Olivia upholstered bedstead, from £1,900; Deluxe washable wool pillows, £59.99; Deluxe all-season duvet, from £184; Lilly Herringbone wool throw in blue, £74.99; sheepskins, from £59, all from Woolroom
‘I was drawn to using the navy and blush combination for our bedroom scheme,’ says Laura. See her home makeover.
‘As most of our collected bits and bobs are blue or green, the soft teal colourway was an easy choice,’ says Sinead. See her home makeover.
The spare bedroom doubles as an office and Sarah has toned down the colour in there but stuck to her favourite blues, with navy curtains from John Lewis & Partners and a subtle striped Willington duvet cover from Dunelm. See her home makeover.
A scattering of blue-toned accessories lets you bring the benefits of blue into your bedroom without a full-scale makeover – and if you’ve already decided on a blue scheme, they’ll finish the look. Check out our ideas in the gallery below:
If you enjoyed this blue bedroom decor guide, check out our decor guides to the neon aesthetic and japandi style here!