Serene, stunning, versatile blue—a colour that is ever popular in bedrooms thanks to the well-documented relaxing and calming effect the colour blue has on us. Whether you love duck egg blue, sky blue, cobalt, teal, navy, squid ink or powder blue, there are so many gorgeous shades of blue to choose from when you’re thinking about a blue bedroom.
Having said that, certain blues are definitely better suited for bedrooms than others. Some blues, like aqua, are energising and therefore might not be best suited to sleeping, while others, like navy or slate, are much more neutral and deliver the tranquillity of blue while remaining timeless and sophisticated.
Certain colours also complement bedroom blues really well. Once you’ve decided on your base blues, add accents in white, orange, brown or grey, or add gold-toned or brass accents to liven up the palette and add an edge. Blue and grey bedrooms are a classic combo, as are blue and white bedrooms.
Refresh your sleeping quarters with all blue bedroom walls, or just paint a feature wall in your favourite blue–paint will transform your bedroom space and it’s a relatively low commitment too; if you aren’t happy with the transformation, you can always paint your bedroom in a new colour.
But if you don’t want to paint your walls, there’s nothing stopping you styling up a blue boudoir with your choice of accessories. Just change up the colour of your soft furnishings (curtains, bedding, cushions, throws, rugs, etc). Or bring in blue in accessories like pots and containers, artwork and other bedroom decor.
Check out our collection of +35 dreamy blue bedroom ideas below—these serene sleeping quarters are sure to inspire you to give your bedroom a makeover!
1. Sky blue
Bright, sky blues are uplifting and invigorating shades to use in bedrooms. This contemporary bedroom amplifies the expanse of the blue by keeping the bedding in similar tones and then adding interest with navy blue accents. You can further energise your space with some gorgeous bedroom plants, which adds a fresh burst of green to the mix of blues.
When the paint colour is called “Atlantic Mystique”, what else could you expect but this deep, enigmatic marine blue? This bedroom is the perfect example of how to style a bold, rich shade of blue: keep things simple, balance the heaviness of the saturated wall with plenty of light and white, and warm it all up with wood and metal accents.
3. Cane and blue
What a divine bedroom space, featuring the palest shade of light blue on the walls, reflected also in the bedlinen. A beautiful example of “coastal chic”, the boho bedroom harmoniously blends natural materials (that stunning rattan bedframe and chair and the timber flooring) and is bursting with light thanks to the sheer curtains and the white-painted door and ceiling.
4. Blue plus vintage
The master bedroom of this New York apartment is sophisticated and moody in soft blues, greys and browns. To keep the space from appearing flat, a mix of modern industrial statement furniture and vintage flea-market finds are layered, achieving a lovely mix of textures.
5. Soft blue and dark wood
Pretty pale pastel blue walls and a light bedding base create a dreamy, airy feeling in this Copenhagen bedroom. All the brightness is contrasted and cosied up with a few deep, warm accents, like the timber bedside table and vintage brass lamp. I love how the bedframe is showing a little ankle here too!
6. Black and white and blue
Turn your black and white bedroom blue, simply by changing the bedding. These deep blue sheets add just enough blue to the space to make it feel tranquil and cosy. Add a throw in a lighter blue to break up the solid dark blue.
7. Japanese style
Japanese style shares some similarities with Scandinavian design, both being very much in favour of clean, streamlined simplicity and an abundance of beautiful natural materials. Here, a bedroom has been made-over with Oriental flair, managing to look both modern and timeless. The soft sky blue is appropriately serene for this setting.
8. Powder soft
Powder blues and baby blues have a natural softness to them, so they’re very popular blue shades to use in bedrooms. These gentle pastels are highly conducive to sleep and rest and make the ideal bedroom blues. I love the chunky knitted throw in this predominantly white Scandi-style bedroom.
9. Blue and warm tones
Bring in some warmth to a cool blue bedroom with accessories in ecru and ochre tones. I like the suggestion from the room’s designer: paint a range of Ikea-style cardboard boxes in colours from your palette and randomly blend them into your space. Reflecting the palette this way creates a pleasing sense of unity and balance.
10. Pops of white
This gender-neutral bedroom is a lovely mix of white timber and black and white metal accents against a duck egg blue accent wall. I like the storage at the end of the bed, but those shoes could find a better shoe storage solution!
11. Blue velvet
A solid blue wall looks amazing here paired with a luscious blue velvet scalloped bedhead. Adding a sumptuous velvet touch in a classic blue like this looks dramatic and romantic. The simple wall sconce doesn’t compete for attention and the vase with monstera leaves adds zest. And the rug in similar blue and metallic tones brings unity.
12. Boho Boudoir
If you love the Boho aesthetic then you’ll love this bedroom with its saturated teal accent wall. From the sophisticated rattan bed frame and headboard to the soft green upholstered ottoman, vintage rug and “juju hat” on the wall, it all adds up to a rich, warm and inviting space. And how about that stunning light fitting?
13. Navy and gold tones
A classic combo, navy is a shade of blue that goes especially well with gold-toned décor. The bedroom below is similarly Boho in style to the previous one, with a gorgeous rug, statement light fitting and blingy glam touches. I love the velvet ottomans nestled at the bed end. Adding pops of white in the bedside tables and lamps and the ceiling adds a fresh touch.
14. Industrial blues
This bedroom features plenty of greys but it’s not at all sombre thanks to the vivid midnight blue cushions and cornflower blue throws and rug. Pale grey, concrete-look walls, wooden floorboards, the circular wall art and a trio of pendant bulbs all contribute to a strong industrial aesthetic. (I’m editing out that skull on the bedside in my head, though!)
15. Blue-grey bedroom
A lovely, understated blue grey bedroom scheme here, with the artwork and chunky knit throw also repeating the tone. Choosing a light blue like this is an excellent choice for bedrooms as pales blues have an extremely relaxing effect and promote good sleep.
Painting the skirting boards white adds a nice crisp touch. If your skirting boards don’t look as nice as this, it might be time to speak to a tradie who specialises in skirting boards.
16. Leather headboard
Another shade of blue that is inherently calming is navy, which also conveys luxury and elegance. This stunning room has navy grasscloth bedroom wallpaper contrasted with a custom tan leather bedhead, oak bedsides and white pendant lights. Soft greys look wonderful with navy—here, charcoal linen and a pale grey knitted throw to complement the silver curtains.
17. Soft blue bedroom
Here’s a breezy coastal-style bedroom decked out in soft blues and neutrals. There are lashings of interesting texture thanks to the natural materials—the timber furniture, the woven wall décor, a sheepskin rug on the chair, and a vintage area rug that picks up the colour scheme.
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18. Royal blue elegance
This regal looking master bedroom mixes a range of blues to create a refined, sophisticated atmosphere. There’s a faded, smoky navy blue for the walls and curtains, a Royal blue bed frame and shades of Prussian blue in the sumptuous bedding. Royal blue is a gorgeous saturated midnight blue, while Prussian blue is a brighter but just as intense shade of blue. The white ceiling prevents it all feeling enclosed like a box.
19. Mid-blue bedroom
This restful blue bedroom uses a flat mid-blue to imbue the space with calm and serenity. A simple contemporary setting, the room blends in a mid-grey upholstered bedhead, matching grey bedsides and rug, together with a few deeper blue and bright white touches. Adding sophistication are a few metallic elements in the mirror frame, light fittings and ornaments while the upholstered pale blue bench brings overall unity.
20. Blues and browns
This striking palette of blue-greys and browns, offset by crisp whites, gives this bedroom an earthy masculinity. I love the two-tone painted walls in this ambiguous grey-blue and the vintage industrial wall sconce with extendable arm. A little landscape painting adds to the rustic charm of this space.
21. Zesty pops of orange
A darker-toned blue bedroom can sometimes veer towards unwelcoming and to avoid this, simply add some warmer accents. This sophisticated blue grey bedroom is warmed up with pops of orange in the bedding which really lifts the energy of the space.
22. Subtle grey blues
Matte navy like a sky at dusk makes a peaceful backdrop for this bedroom, and it looks especially modern mixed with greys and whites. A statement light fitting and a floating curio shelf add a little flavour to what is otherwise a very simple set up—just a bedside chair and lamp.
23. Colour blocking
This light blue bedroom wall is tonally in sync with the peacock blue bedhead, and both shades of blue go perfectly with the soft violet bedding. The bedhead here is simply a wooden cutout which has been painted to give it a linen texture—nifty!
24. Aqua tones
Aqua is definitely a much less common choice for blue bedrooms but if you can pull it off, it makes a strong style statement. This bright contemporary bedroom pairs the turquoise hue with American Indian influenced decorative touches, with the textures of the natural fibres contrasting nicely with the polished wooden floor and the saturated smoothness of the painted wall.
25. Glam boho
This dramatic bedroom uses a blue accent wall to create a stage-like feeling, with the huge wooden bed being the focal point. The shade of navy blue chosen for the wall was taken from the colours in the vintage rug, so it all ties in together. Other vintage items and metallic accents add old-school elegance, while the oversized crystal chandelier is the cherry on top.
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26. Gallery wall
Sky blue has been shown in studies to increase the amount of time people sleep, so it’s the ideal choice of paint colour for your bedroom. In the eclectic bedroom below, a gallery wall adds a lot of personality, while a gorgeous fiddle leaf fig and a monstera frame the bed. The artistic owner has also installed a quirky array of glass bottles entwined with vines which play with the light.
27. Teal tales
So here’s why teal is such a great colour for bedrooms. It combines the “growth” qualities of the colour green with the “nourishing” qualities of the colour blue. This makes it perfect for spaces in which you wish to meditate, reflect, or spend time on self-care. I’m in love with this teal crystal light fitting which really complements the feature wall here and bedhead here.
28. Head in the clouds
A bold blue wallpaper can really transform a room. But when you go with a wallpaper that’s as dramatic as this cloudscape you’ll want to pare back on other elements in the space. Opt for a simple bedhead and plain bedding and otherwise keep décor quite minimal.
It is possible to do a good DIY job with wallpaper but to make sure it looks perfectly professional, consider hiring an expert in wallpaper installation.
29. Cobalt blue bedroom
A deep dark blue can feel very restful, especially when mixed with refreshing white. Here, a rich and vibrant cobalt blue adds depth and contrast to the room and imbues it with an overall calmness. Keeping the ceiling white stops the dark blue from feeling too heavy and it also makes the room seem more spacious.
30. Northern exposure
This traditional bedroom has a distinct Scandi flavour to it, thanks to its palette of Nordic blues: faded denim, navy and storm, contrasted with chalky whites and subtle dashes of fern green and lead grey. The bespoke studded headboard matches the white ceiling and window, while the little chest of drawers has been painted a matching denim blue.
31. Clean slate
If you aren’t willing to commit to a full paint job then you might like to add an accent wall to add a splash of blue instead. This peaceful bedroom features an accent wall in slate blue, complemented by bedding in greens and blues, as well as tropical-inspired rattan lampshades.
32. Vitamin sea
Well-known past The Block contestants Kyal and Kara have decorated their own seaside home in a strongly contemporary coastal style, with rooms painted gorgeous ocean and sky colours, and filled with stunning wooden furniture and timber accents. If you love the beachy vibe then blue is a natural choice for your bedroom—this seafoam paint colour is perfect.
33. Accent wallpaper
This bedroom belongs to a colour scientist who has played with colour to create really joyful, vibrant spaces throughout her home. Aside from the gorgeous midnight blue bespoke bedhead—how about that built-in nightstand?—the homeowner commissioned a painter to create a massive mural inspired by fashion designer Paul Smith. The mural cleverly takes in colours from elsewhere in the house, including orange, maroon, peach and mint.
With “neo mint” being a popular interior design colour in 2020, if you want to instantly modernise your bedroom then you could consider painting the walls in this refreshing but more mature version of always-cheerful mint. I love how well the blush pink bedframe and orange wall art complement this shade of blue here.
35. Sky’s the limit
I’ll leave you with my favourite blue bedroom. The walls are painted in a marble matt emulsion in the gorgeous shade of ciel blue (ciel simply means sky in French, but everything sounds better in French, right?). Combined with the powder blue carpet, pale lavender throw, Ghost stool and a floating shelf filled with curios, this eclectic room’s piece de resistance is that upholstered bedhead, featuring an artwork printed onto velvet. I just adore this dreamy blue hue—what do you think?
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Ready to embrace the bedroom blues? If you’d like some help with getting your colour palette right, or perhaps sourcing the best blue décor, you can always consult a local home decorator. And if you’ve decided a paint job is the way to go, go ahead and find a local painter to bring it all to life.
Let me know in the comments below if any of these blue bedroom ideas have piqued your interest—which is your favourite?!