Calming and comforting, a backdrop of green works wonderfully in a bedroom colour scheme, creating a serene setting that feels relaxing and restful. ‘Calming colour palettes in varying shades of green are a simple way to create a show-stopping scheme and help to bring the outdoors in.’ Create a rich green bedroom scheme by taking a lush botanical print as your starting point.
Use a bold leafy wallpaper or busy bedlinen as your hero pattern, taking different shades from within the design and repeating these around the bedroom ideas on walls, paintwork and furniture.
‘Matt and natural fabrics in curved silhouettes help bring a soft and organic feel to bedrooms. For example, curved upholstery, wooden coffee tables and watercolour cushions embrace the green and biophilic look and are calming to look at.’
Against an all-white backdrop, sharp citrus green works brilliantly as an accent colour, with bedlinen, cushions, lamps and a rug adding just enough zest without overpowering the room. And in the top 15 hues that have seen the biggest increase in demand, shades of green, beige and taupe dominate the ranking.
Use darker shades of green to add impact in a bedroom and team with colours of equal intensity, such as navy, black and purple for a bold and dramatic look. In bedrooms without much natural daylight, darker greens can feel oppressive, so instead use as an accent colour for dramatic effect without the intensity.
Create a faux ‘headboard’ in a modern bedroom idea, by painting a panel in teal green behind the bed. It has the effect of blurring the traditional boundaries of a room, making the walls recede and allowing furniture and accessories to take centre stage.
‘By matching your wardrobes to your ceiling and walls, you can produce an elegant finish that creates harmony in your bedroom, and makes it appear more spacious.’ ‘Green is a great anchor for accent colours too, either as soft neutrals and pastels, or bolder tones in textured fabrics like velvet, wool and brocade.’ Fresh green and blush pink make great partners and feel soft and light, so super-flattering in a bedroom scheme.
Work in plenty of white and glossy surfaces on furniture and accessories to keep the mood light. Just choose a mix of complementary colours and vary the size and scale of your patterns for a more visually pleasing effect. Earthy forest and fern greens have a grounding effect when mixed with woods and deeper tones and although dark, can be restful and easy to live with.
A brushed metal bedstead, rich wood furniture and colourful bedding will shine out against the dark tones. The perfect backdrop for artwork too, group pictures in an artful arrangement in colours that will pop out and be noticed.
Yellow works perfectly with mid-toned shades of green, taking away any hints of coolness and adding warmth and a cheery vibe. Mix-and-match cushions in warm rust, blue and yellow add extra country charm. Earthy forest green makes a grounding backdrop for bold patterns and rich tones of terracotta, ochre, plum and dusky pink. Give a simple wooden bed extra stature by adding a floral backdrop behind it to create a framed feature area.
Hang a couple of drops of wallpaper or fabric behind the bed, making it a foot wider than the headboard and running from floor to ceiling. Finish with pops of complementary blush pink on a textured throw and a pretty floral arrangement for a feminine flourish. That's where a minty green – like Crown's (opens in new tab) Botanical Extract Easyclean matt emulsion, £18 for 2.5ltrs – comes into its own. Match the romantic, fresh greens of frond and fern motifs with cyan blue, soft blush and buff tones.
Deep green can work in spaces big and small – even on all four walls if you offset it above the dado with clean white and a pale colour on the floor. It'll change mood as the day goes on, feeling fresh and energising in the morning, then dramatic and immersive at night.
Blush accents lift the deep green and give it a softer, prettier feel. 'Every bedroom benefits from a touch of green,' says Emma Hooton, in-house stylist for luxury linen brand Tielle (opens in new tab). 'Add houseplants and experiment with a single potted plant on a bedside table or go all-in with hanging displays and leafy ferns. Patterned bedlinen is big right now, but if you want to create a boutique-hotel feel, you can't go wrong with simple white 100 per cent cotton. It's a great foil to the statement wallpaper and deep teal upholstered bed, bringing freshness to your look. Abstract wall coverings and textiles in lime green and blue create an authentic mid-century feel.
Don't be afraid to clash prints, and if a full wall is too bold for you, frame a section of wallpaper instead. This pale, fresh green lends any space a calming feel and can be styled to be as rustic or polished as you like.
Less bland the white, but just as clear and fresh, mint green will make your bedroom a positive place to wake up in.
Avoid creamy neutrals and team mint green with pure whites and steely greys to keep the effect crisp and clean.
Natural wood furniture is essential for adding warmth to this cool colour mix. Leaf prints have made the leap from traditional and country interiors into modern design.
Soothe the senses with calming shades, layers of cosy quilts and a springy carpet underfoot. Serene and spring-like, pastels enliven a neutral palette and bring a fresh and tranquil feel to a sleep space.
Combine sugary pinks, mauves, cornflower blue and on a backdrop of mint green for a sophisticated scheme.
Pile up polish cushions and quilted throws to make your bed even more inviting at the end of a long day. For the ultimate glamorous nighttime hideaway, use lush foliage prints on the walls and team with jewel colours. The leaf wallpaper in this loft bedroom is a brave choice, but it makes an effective focal point of the bed, which in turn transforms quite a large, bright space into a cosier, more welcoming one.