Do you want to liven up your bedroom with a new colour scheme, but aren’t sure where to start? Rather than decorating the walls first, then trying to find soft furnishings and accessories to match, one simple trick is to start with your bedding and work from there.
Whether you’ve got a favourite bedding set that you love, or want to start from scratch and invest in a new duvet, using your bedding as a starting point makes complete sense – especially as the bed is normally the key piece of furniture in the bedroom.
Analysing a duvet colour palette
Take the Linea Traveller print bedding set shown above. It’s got a pleasing colour palette that’s dominated by the rich shade of red, but there are also plenty of other colours involved that you can pick out and be inspired by.
There’s blue and lilac on the flowers and other parts of the floral design, a mustardy gold and a softer terracotta type red.
Think about how the colours could be used
Painting the walls is always a good way of transforming the look of a room and when it comes to paints that would work well with this particular duvet cover design, there are plenty of options. A bright red can be too dominating in a bedroom – you want to sleep, rather than feel too energized – so a picking out the terracotta instead would be better.
We love Dulux’s Curious Crimson paint colour, which would bring out the terracotta accents of the design. Even if you aren’t ready to have it on every wall, it would work really well used on the wall behind the bed.
Cherished Gold, Dulux’s Colour of the Year for 2016, would tie in well with the mustard in the duvet cover and is ideal combined with terracotta. If you’re up for trying something different, you could even try Cherished Gold on the ceiling – imagine that view from your bed!
So we’d use terracotta and mustard as the two key colours, then use a hint of blue as an accent colour. Here’s how we’d put it together with the paint and accessories:
See how well it goes with the design from the pillowcase? All items are available House of Fraser.
There’s a rug for the floor, three individual vases of various shapes and textures, a pair of candle votives and a set of three wooden houses, each featuring one of the colours on the roof. You don’t need masses of accessories to help tie a scheme together – just a few select pieces will suffice. We’d add in some curtains or maybe a roller blind, plus some flowers and, voila, the room is complete.
What do you think? Is it a colour palette you’d decorate with?
(Disclosure: This is a collaborative post)