When designing a bedroom, colour is one of the most important considerations, and every other design decision, from materials to pattern, window treatments to flooring, follows suit. In a bedroom, colour should be chosen first and foremost to create a restful environment, and for this purpose, green is one of your safest bets.
In colour psychology, green is associated with balance and harmony, and acts as the bridge between stimulating warm colours and calming cool colours. A green bedroom has strong links to nature, and its revitalising aspects.
‘Our desire to connect to the outdoors is still so strong,’ says Sarah Keady, House Beautiful’s Style and Interiors Director. ‘Serene shades of sage, citrine and moss help bring this feeling into your home. Use alongside plants and natural wood for maximum effect.’
Here, we look at a spectrum of green shades and colour combinations, from the classic pairing of green and pink, to tips and tricks for mixing jewel tones, how green can work in small bedrooms, and the best uses for teal.
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Green bedroom ideas: organic
You might not instinctively pair your greens with browns for fear of creating something akin to a pile of compost, but nature-inspired shades are great if you’re looking for a calming bedroom sanctuary. The darker the wood the better in this instance – a blonde wood laminate would detract from the organic nature of this bedroom, so too would more modern materials or anything too metallic – brushed brass would be a brilliant accent here.
Green bedroom ideas: feature wall
Green bedroom ideas: Art Deco
Pink and green are a really safe colour combination, just be sure to choose similar tones like a soft sage and blush pink. This fabulous Habitat bedroom fully embraces an Art Deco theme, with the typical curves, plush materials, and heavy use of brass so common in early 20th century design.
Green bedroom ideas: gallery wall
A gallery wall that frames your bed is a great option if your existing bed frame is especially plain. Gallery walls work most effectively when they’re fairly full with an eclectic mix of styles, but you can offset some of the busyness by choosing calming green and neutral tones.
Pictured: Gallery wall selection at Dear Sam
Green bedroom ideas: green and monochrome
Green bedroom ideas: country bedroom
This green bedroom design provides a comprehensive country bedroom checklist: floral bedlinen, accents of sage green, light wood, plenty of texture, and elements from nature. Replicating the same in your own home won’t steer you far wrong.
Pictured: Meadow Ditsy Floral Duvet Cover at Dunelm
Green bedroom ideas: industrial
Without warming elements, industrial design can occasionally become a bit too cold and sterile. The introduction of a vivid emerald green feature wall and rich burgundy accents offset this. We especially love this double height leaded glass partition used as a zoning device.
Pictured: Ercol Rimini Bed and Side Table at Furniture Village
Green bedroom ideas: maximalism
This John Lewis bedroom scheme is a treat to look at, with layer upon layer of botanical print and soft colours. This is a great example of how to use green and grey together – frequently reserved for minimalist bedrooms – in a maximalist way.
Pictured: Bobbin Bed Frame at John Lewis & Partners
Green bedroom ideas: tiny bedroom solutions
To create the feeling of more space in a small bedroom, stick to one single colour – using contrasting shades can delineate and break up an already compact space. Don’t shy away from darker colours either in a small bedroom, as this can lend an element of cosiness.
Pictured: Walls painted in Olive at Farrow & Ball
Green bedroom ideas: colour blocking
Colour blocking is a playful way to break up larger bedrooms, and can be used to draw attention to interesting features or generous proportions. These fabulous blush pink Bailey Taffy Curtains at Hillarys are especially effective at drawing the eye upwards, highlighting the height of the ceiling.
Green bedroom ideas: tropical
No green bedroom round-up would be complete without a tropical design scheme. This Dunelm bedroom uses the perfect blush pink to complement deeper greens, and fully embraces the tropical theme with woven cane and rattan detailing.
Pictured: Cane Rattan Headboard, and all accessories at Dunelm
Green bedroom ideas: pastel accents
If you like to mix a lot of different colours in your bedroom, go for pastels. They all have matching white undertones, so a myriad of chalky pastel shades will always sit happily together. This is a great way to add colour without detracting from the airy and bright feel of a bedroom.
Green bedroom ideas: jewel tones
This John Lewis bedroom is a masterclass in successfully mixing bold colours by picking up matching undertones – here all of the colours are rich jewel shades. These tones will usually create a luxurious feel, especially if used on heavy upholstery like velvet. A great choice if you want to create a boutique hotel feel.
Pictured: Boutique Upholstered Bed, and all soft furnishings at John Lewis & Partners
Green bedroom ideas: teal
In colour psychology, teal is said to mix the tranquility of blue with the optimism and healing nature of green – a great combination to use in a bedroom. Because they tend to be quite dark and sophisticated, blue-toned greens work brilliantly on velvet, like this upholstered bed frame from DFS.
Green bedroom ideas: making an entrance
We love this clever design trick of framing the entrance to a green bedroom with matching green paint. Door frames are so often painted in a contrasting white, but here, an elegant forest green sets the tone before you even enter the room.
Pictured: Millbrook Divan Set at Furniture Village
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