Feeling blue in the bedroom

Anyone who grew up in a house with super patterned carpets, endless wallpaper, sofas with fringing around the bottom, or all of the above may have grown up to be (understandably) a minimalist.

Once you’ve stripped rooms and rooms of thick floral wallpaper or seen the difference a one-colour carpet can make on the feel of a room, you get quite keen on beige.

But there are only so many duvet covers and rugs that can lift a neutral room scheme. Once you’vepaint done a few, they can feel pretty samey. So when it came to decorating our main bedroom, which had clearly been given some beige treatment of its own before being put up for sale, we took a brave step in a completely different direction – waterloo blue.

The colour, once on, is pretty dark, so my immediate instinct was to accessorise with crisp white bed linen and do what we are often told – to KEEP IT LIGHT.

But it’s a big room so it’s already quite light, and our white furniture is doing a great job. So the challenge – now the paint is on – is to embrace the blue and enjoy something more dark and mysterious.

Here’s the inspiration, which shows how you can make a bold colour just as bright and lovely as something neutral, and the kind of accessories which will add detail without making it a car crash of colours:


This colour scheme (below) is probably closest to the direction we’re going in, mixing the blue with dark grey bed linen, prints, texture and the occasional hit of copper:


And here (below) is where we are so far:

blue room

Below is the plan when the budget allows! We are definitely lacking in the detail – a print rug, curtains and more artwork are definitely on the shopping list. I’ve also developed a bit of a thing for William Morris prints, particularly Strawberry Thief. While taking care not to go too far with it, I’d like to frame a couple of small pieces to add some interest (and make myself look cultured…)

blue room finito

PS On the blue room front, people who sleep in blue bedrooms are also thought to sleep better – just one to bear in mind if you’re decorating!

Lovely items from:
Artwork, HomeSense; Mirror, Dunelm; Terranium and fake foliage, Dunelm; Jardin Botanique print, Art.co.uk; Rattan lampshade, Wayfair; Clock, Karlsson; Grey heart cushion, Dunelm; Head board, John Lewis; Slate plain dye bedding, Dunelm; Bedside table, Ikea; Duck egg cushion, Dunelm; Rattan drawer unit, The Range; Rug, Ikea.


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