Neutral bedroom ideas: 10 ways with simple colours 

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As contradictory as it may seem, a neutral bedroom doesn’t have to mean basic or boring. Get it right and a muted bedroom scheme can be anything from luxurious to bohemian. It can even embrace chateau chic or cry out coastal cool. Either way, it’s a colour palette that can create a calm and reflective sleeping sanctuary.  

But, when neutral means you’re faced with a sea of creams, beige, greige and whites, just how do you create a bedroom interior that doesn’t blend into one homogenous space? 

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Even neutral bedrooms can have aesthetic impact

We’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite neutral bedroom schemes and spoken to the experts to find out just how to take neutral to a new and elevated position. 

1. Embrace French-inspired design

Escape to the chateau with crisp linen upholstery and limewashed woods

French inspired bedroom decorated in neutral tonesCredit: French Bedroom
Chateau chic works well with neutrals

Love how French style seems to always shout sophistication but appears to involve minimal effort? We do too and that’s why think it’s perfect for creating a breathtakingly beautiful neutral bedroom scheme. 

Resting your head at the end of the day on crisp French linen while lying atop a Louis XIV inspired bed, with upholstered headboard and intricately carved legs, would make anyone feel like French royalty. 

Add matching bedside tables, panelled white walls and hang delicate glass pendant lights for a sophisticated neutral bedroom that shouts quiet luxury and is timeless in design. 

2. Be more boho

Combine materials and layers for a cosy and relaxed feel

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Embrace your bohemian soul for a bedroom that oozes relaxation

Effortlessly cool, boho chic doesn’t have to mean casual. Instead, it’s more about combining texture, layers and natural materials to create a neutral scheme that feels both sumptuous but welcoming at the same time. 

Bring the outside in with green plants, soft faux grasses and use furniture made from rattan, bamboo and cane to add textures and subtle pattern. Stick to shades of beige, cream and brown for your soft furnishings and make sure you have plenty of layers to create that cosy and relaxed feel that’s synonymous with boho chic. 

Choosing paint for your neutral bedroom 

If you’re an interior design fan, you’ll know that the queen of neutral décor is none other than Kelly Hoppen. Renowned for her signature style of blending neutral shades to create luxurious interior designs, she’s teamed up with paint company, Lick, to create a range of paints and wallpapers that are just perfect for a neutral bedroom scheme. 

 “The thing about neutrals is that people think they’re nothing, but they’re everything,” says Kelly Hoppen when talking about her collaboration with Lick. 

“You can have as little or as much of them in your home as you want,” she adds. “But also remember that colours enhance neutrals and neutrals enhance colours.So if you love colour, choosing neutrals throughout your home can actually enhance other colours and bring them to life.” 

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Lick and Kelly Hoppen have produced a range of neutral paints

3. Combine neutrals with blue

Pick one colour and use it as an accent

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Add a contrast to your neutrals with shades of blue

As Hoppen says, neutrals can enhance colours, so you don’t need to shy away from adding colour to your neutral bedroom design. Although you may be tempted to add a dose of dopamine décor and use a bright pop of colour, we love this neutral scheme which has been elegantly brightened using a delicate shade of sky blue.  

Confining use of the accent colour to a few items such as curtains and bedframe, while keeping walls, floor, ceiling and bedding to cream and beige, helps to anchor the scheme in neutral territory and prevents it from being considered a blue bedroom idea. 

Alex Heslop, trend expert, at Flooring Superstore shares her top tips on how to create a serene and tranquil look by using the right flooring in your neutral bedroom scheme. 

How to choose flooring for your neutral bedroom

“If you’re looking to create a natural and calming feel to your bedroom environment, wool carpets are the ideal choice – providing a textured, luxurious look which is also hardwearing.”  

As they are a natural fibre, there’s also an added benefit to wool carpets. They “can even improve air quality,” says Heslop, “acting as a natural filter by trapping allergens and removing them from the air you’re breathing.” 

 “As well as being soft and sumptuous underfoot, a plush carpet can help reduce the amount of noise in your bedroom because it absorbs sound waves,” says Heslop, “making it a more relaxing and calm space to unwind in. 

In a neutral scheme, “go for a lighter finish of wood for an inviting and contemporary feel and for smaller spaces choose wide planks to help to create a sense of space,” says Heslop. 

For alternatives to wood, opt for a luxury wood effect vinyl or laminate flooring but don’t forget to accessorise with rugs to add warmth. 

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4. Combine black with neutrals

Add a touch of definition for extra impact

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Add black to your scheme to break up your neutral palette

Although black isn’t classed as a neutral, when combined with darker wood, creams, whites and beige it helps to provide a focal point in the bedroom and break up the other shades of neutral. 

Victoria Cedeno, brand specialist at Zinus, shares her thoughts on how to make a neutral bedroom scheme come to life.  

“Soft furnishings, tactile fabrics and colourful accents are the perfect way to inject personality and character into thebedroom,” she says. 

“If you preferneutrals, stick to earthy neutrals, and natural materials such as wood, jute and linen.  

When it comes to accessorising, she suggests adding open shelving for decorative items. “Show off your favourite pieces,” says Cedeno. “Whether that’s artwork, flowers or photo frames – things that make you happy should never be hidden away.” 

5. Add statement lighting

Take advantage of a neutral scheme to showcase bolder decor

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Hang a show-stopping pendant light in your neutral space

A neutral colour palette can provide the perfect backdrop for statement accessories such as dramatic pendant lighting. To stay on scheme, opt for a light that doesn’t add colour but adds a wow factor either through shape or size. 

We love this pendant light from John Lewis which is bang on trend for our neutral colour ideas. White, bold and organic in shape it’s the perfect partner for this brown and beige neutral bedroom idea. 

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6. Follow a natural trend

Wooden slatted panels are perfect for a neutral bedroom

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Wooden slats work perfectly in a neutral bedroom scheme

One of this year’s hottest trends in interiors has been the use of slatted wood panels. With colours ranging from white through to black, they are perfect for adding character to a neutral bedroom. 

Adding instant warmth, texture and detail they work well either as a full height feature wall, or even as a half-height mock headboard. 

We love how this look combines chunky wools with Aztec style prints for soft furnishings then ties the scheme together with glass pendant lights that match a cushion and bedside table accessories. Who wouldn’t feel warm and cosy cocooned in these soothing shades at night. 

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7. Opt for soothing coastal tones

Embrace sandy shades rather than ocean blue

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Coastal can be neutral, not just blue

If you love the idea of a coastal bedroom but find blue less appealingeven if it does always comes top in the best bedroom colours for a good night’s sleepopt for sandy shades of biscuit, light caramel and cream and bring the beach to your bedroom by adding coastal inspired prints and driftwood style furniture. 

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8. Opt for opulence

Neutral in colour but lavish in design

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Neutrals and gold combined ooze luxury

If you prefer luxury boutique hotel bedroom vibes to a laidback coastal retreat, neutral shades are a great way of combining opulent details and metallics to create a bedroom design that is both calming yet glamourous at the same time. 

Gold works particularly well with neutrals, adding warmth rather than the cooling effect you would get with silver. Use it to best effect in lighting and furniture detailing such as wardrobe or drawer handles.  

Neutrals can be boosted with rugs featuring abstract designs 

If you feel a cream carpet or wooden floor is just too plain and don’t like the texture of a jute – a neutral scheme favourite – a rug can be a good way of adding a layer of softness and visual interest. 

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Pick softer shades but with detail to bring a scheme to life

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9. Make grey your neutral bedtime companion

It can quickly turn a neutral scheme into grown-up glamour

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Grey is the ultimate grown-up neutral

If you prefer monochrome to magnolia, you can still create a neutral bedroom scheme by using shades of grey to soften black and white. Pick perfectly white bedlinen with a dark trim, softly upholstered headboards with button detailing and use a chalky white paint for walls and floorboards. 

For an extra touch of grown-up glamour, add panelling to your walls and dress with abstract black and white artwork. It’s a grey bedroom scheme that has boutique hotel at its core, but by keeping the colour palette simple, falls into neutral territory. 

Go grey like an interior designer to the stars

If grey is your neutral of choice, you’re in good company. According to Lick: “In Kelly Hoppen’s book, neutrals are the classic tones of cream, brand, beige, white, black, and her personal favourite: grey. Grey is what she calls a ‘neutraliser’, which helps to bring a room back down to earth. 

10. Go dotty for neutrals

Pick patterned bedlinen for your neutral bedroom scheme

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Neutrals can still bring a smile to your face

Who said neutrals can’t be fun? Not us, which is why we’ve picked this cheery bedlinen as our final neutral bedroom idea.  

In a laid-back scheme of creams and greige (a combination of grey and beige) it’s the perfect antidote to a bedroom that could otherwise err on the side of minimalism. This design is also reversible, giving you two looks for the price of one. And let’s face it, you’re never too old to appreciate the simple joy of dotty fabric. 

Sarah Harley

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Since first picking up a paintbrush and experiencing the joy of re-decorating her bedroom in a questionable red, white and grey scheme as a young teenager, Sarah Harley was hooked on the world of interior design. This obsession even led to a real life ‘Grand Designs’ project in 2005 when she donned a pink hard hat and appeared on TV screens, project managing the renovation and extension of a Grade II listed 17th century Folly in South Wales.

Throughout her career, Sarah has gained an array of experience in several different roles, ranging from copywriting, PR, events management and photography to interior design and home staging. With her two passions being the written word and the joys of a beautifully designed home, Sarah’s mission is to open the door on the world of interiors, inviting readers in to help them work their way through the vast choice of products, ideas and trends so that their own homes can reach their full potential.

Away from work, Sarah fills her Pinterest boards with more ideas, dreams of where to travel, takes photographs and loves being by the sea. She has two sons and if she absorbed everything they said would also be a football expert. The fact is she is often more interested in the colour and design of the kit – but don’t tell them that.

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