Bedroom Colour Ideas for 2020


The Bedroom is the room we all look forward to at the end of a long, hard day. While the kitchen is the room requiring practicality and a carefully thought out layout, it is the bedroom where comfort and decor are paramount. Here we shut down, seek refuge and recharge to start again anew. Whether you’re working from a busy city office environment, school, cafe or even home office, Bedrooms are our sanctuaries and safe havens where we can finally switch off.

Our sleep and levels of relaxation have a huge impact on our physical and mental health. The importance of our bedroom sleep environment and optimum comfort should not be understated. Being on top of bedroom design is essential and this all begins with choosing the right colour scheme for your bedroom.

Here we take you through our bedroom colour guide and suggest some colour ideas for your bedroom design — and what is likely to be popular for bedrooms in 2020 and onwards.

Sienna Rural Oak - fitted bedroom from Ashford Kitchens and Interiors Ltd.

Keep Colour Ideas Simple

First things first — don’t go overboard. This is a primary rule of bedroom colour designs, whatever the year. Too much of anything is a bad thing and in the bedroom, it’s better to keep the colour simple.

A single colour creates an illusion of more space. It blurs edges and corners so — whatever size the room — it feels more spacious and less claustrophobic. If you have several different shades and colours in the bedroom, it can make the room feel convoluted and stressful. So when it comes to colour, less is more.

Spend your time choosing the perfect single colour — not experimenting with different colours or shades.

Stay Away from Bright and Bold Colour Designs

Some people recommend being brave when it comes to bedroom design. As the most private room in the house, they feel the bedroom is just the place to express your creativity, experiment a little and release your inner child.

Quite the opposite is true. Bright, loud colours are highly inadvisable in the bedroom. They are neither cosy or relaxing and while you might occasionally love their strength and vibrancy, they are not always going to match your mood.

Reds, for example, are a definite no. Red represents fire, blood and passion. It is the most emotionally intense colour and one often used to attract attention. The colour red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing, two things you want to avoid when trying to sleep.

The effects of bright, passionate colours will never change. These aren’t influenced by trends and what is in or out of fashion but their relationship with the brain and body — and that won’t change. Colours have a definite effect on our disposition, so whether we’re talking about bedroom colour ideas for 2020 or 2050, it will always be wise to sway towards simple over vibrant and keep the bedroom calm and neutral.

Stay Neutral, Stay Clean

While we don’t recommend bold, intense colours in the bedroom, that doesn’t mean you have to stick to black and white. Greens, yellows, purples and blues can be worth experimenting with but try to choose colours from the middle of the colour spectrum.

Lighter or deeper shades can work provided they are not too extreme. A very bright blue, yellow or green, for instance, can have a similar effect to red. On the other hand, dark blue or green can be too dark and gloomy.

A sharp increase in sustainable living will influence bedroom colour design in 2020 and the decade to come. The world has become far more environmentally aware and people of all ages and nationalities have started choosing a more sustainable, environmentally conscious lifestyle.

This means natural elements are becoming more prominent in homes. Whether it is plants or bamboo toothbrushes, greens and earthy tones have seen a sharp increase and will have a more prominent role for 2020 and beyond.

Stick with Soft, Pastoral Colours

The best colours for the bedroom are delicate, soft pastorals. Muted pastoral tones allow the bedroom walls to become a calm backdrop. As these colours are neutral and modest, they become a soothing surrounding that does not demand attention from the senses.

Greens, blues, browns and even purples can look wonderful in a bedroom, but they are only effective when balanced with a pastoral colour and should be considered an optional secondary colour. Soft pastoral colours are the primary option.

Pastoral colours make for the perfect backdrop for accessories and ornaments that lend your bedroom a personal or original touch. So let the objects you love make a statement while your bedroom’s background colour remains modest and neutral.

Blue and Grey Colour Schemes

If there is a leading colour for bespoke bedrooms, it’s a shade between blue and grey. Light blues and greys are some of the most popular bedroom colours because of their soothing effect on the mind.

We associate blue with the sky, sea and peace. A blue bedroom colour design evokes feelings of calmness and security and so lowers your heart rate, making it the perfect colour for a tranquil bedroom. There are very few — if any — negative connotations with blues, which is why this colour has long been a number one pick and will continue to be the leading colour scheme for 2020 bedroom design and beyond.

Milan Light Grey - fitted bedroom design from Ashford Kitchens and Interiors Ltd.

Ashford Kitchens & Interiors are a quality provider of bespoke bedrooms, kitchens and home offices with over thirty-five years of experience redesigning and renovating homes in and around London. Take a look at some of our bespoke bedroom designs now or get in touch on 01784 245964 or 01753 642362.

Stephen Flower

Written by Stephen Flower

Stephen is Managing Director and Senior Designer at Ashford Kitchens & Interiors. He oversees both the showrooms in Ashford, Middlesex and Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire. Stephen has over 16 years of experience in the Interior Design/Home Improvement industry. Stephen started his career with the John Lewis Partnership before joining his family business in 2010.

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