Blue bedroom ideas: decor ideas for a soothing sleep

Blue has been proven to have a calming influence, making it the perfect choice for a bedroom. Here's how to use blue in your bedroom decor scheme.

Blue is a classic choice for bedroom decor, and it turns out there’s a scientific explanation for its perennial popularity.

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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

Home makeover: 'We designed our home with family in mind'
Emily and Sam kept a curated selection of furniture from their last house, including the pieces in the guest bedroom, along with a co-ordinating Barker & Stonehouse bed. As with the main bedroom, they’ve gone with a dark shade for the walls and painted them in inky Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball.  See their home makeover.
Home makeover: 'We designed our home with family in mind'
Emily and Sam chose to paint a statement wall in Farrow & Ball’s Inchyra for an atmospheric feel in the main bedroom. In keeping with the rest of the home’s mix of modern and classic, the room is furnished with traditional touches paired with contemporary furniture, including bedside drawers from Wayfair
‘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’
‘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.
The couple’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
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
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.
Bedroom makeover: 'Reusing old furniture kept our costs down'
Cole & Son’s flamingo wallpaper takes centre stage in Rachel’s new bedroom, and the navy and pink palette has been echoed throughout the room to give it a cohesive feel. See her home makeover.
Home makeover: 'We made our house a happy home'
Sadiyya’s favourite pastel tones and taupes are combined in a stunning blanket by Lucy Tiffney in the main bedroom. See her home makeover.
Home makeover: 'My home is second-hand glam'
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.
Diandra painted their bedroom in Vence by GoodHome at B&Q – a soft, atmospheric navy that creates a restful look. She found the plush grey bed for £200 through Wowcher
Diandra painted their bedroom in Vence by GoodHome at B&Q – a soft, atmospheric navy that creates a restful look. See her home makeover.
Home makeover: 'We gave this old-fashioned house a minimalist 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.
Home makeover: 'We’ve proved that small is beautiful!'
Niamh chose calm blues and whites with just a touch of dusty pink for a light, uncluttered look in this bedroom. The wall colour is Beade from Colourtrend Paints; the pink throw and cushions came from Arnott’s Department Store; the bed and bedside lamp were from IKEA. 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. 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.
'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.
‘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.
Haley and Eugene painted their bedroom walls in Zoffany’s Como Blue. See their home makeover.
Haley and Eugene painted their bedroom walls in Zoffany’s Como Blue. See their 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.
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
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
‘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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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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!