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 reported 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!
‘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. See her home makeover.
‘We opted for a Valspar colour-match of Farrow & Ball’s Downpipe and kept the scheme smart and sophisticated with a metal double bed, IKEA bedding and an Andy Warhol print,’ says Liz. 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.
Lide upholstered bed frame in Royal Blue, from £619, The Original Bed Co.
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: