Although it might seem like colours are all completely different and distinct, it’s useful to remember that every colour is just a shade of the spectrum found in light. Colour is just the type of light that bounces back from any object. When you start to think about it like this, you realise that pairing colours together simply means finding ways of reflecting light in ways that complement each other.
Of course, even though all colours come from the same spectrum, some go much better together than others. While there are no hard and fast rules – you can pair any two colours together if you really want to – there are certain colour conventions. These are the combinations that, for one reason or another, just seem to work.
So, let’s take a closer look at some of the key two colour combinations for bedroom walls. This is your sanctuary in the home, the place where you go to feel relaxed and comfortable, but also energized and renewed. So, while bright and fresh works in the bathroom, it might not always be the required mood for your bedroom. The below combinations aim to reflect the requirements of your sleeping space, without being too imposing or too nondescript.
1. Peaches and cream
Not only a great combination on your dessert plate but equally enjoyable on your walls. The two work in perfect harmony, offering a warm, cosy and tranquil vibe late in the evening and a bright and energizing feel in the morning. Ideally, the peaches element should have a warm, orangey hue but try and keep your bedding on the neutral cream side of things. If you have a bedroom sofa, you should aim for neutral tones, accenting the peaches with cushions and throws.
2. Jade green and jasmine white
Green is a very relaxing colour. In fact, studies have shown that it can have a positive and calming effect on the mind. So, what better colour to have in the room where you need to be at your most relaxed? At the end of a hard day, walking into your green bedroom, with contrasting jasmine white is instantly soothing. Of course, green is the colour of nature, which means that big and bold pot plants will look great too. These will help to reduce stress and help your sleep. Maybe you can stick on some jungle sounds to help your sleep – or maybe not.
3. Dusky plum and green
Rich, sumptuous and calming – like the feel of velvet against your skin. Plum is a dark tone, but one that feels elegant and enticing. The contrasting green might seem like an odd choice but it can really cut through the plum and prevent it from becoming overpowering. It’s a combination, like grey and pink, that shouldn’t work but it does. Think the colours of the Wimbledon tennis tournament. Plus, with the right lighting, it can really elevate an ordinary bedroom into a more enriching environment.
4. Forest green and golden yellow
We’ve outlined the benefits of green and its natural connotations above. Imagine sleeping at night feeling like you’re under a forest canopy. Then waking up to see the warm rays of the sun bursting through. That’s where the golden yellow element comes in. The green is a calming tone that can be used as the main colour, with your sunshine yellow used as an accent to prevent the green from becoming too gloomy.
5. Brown and orange
This is a retro colour scheme straight out of the 1970s. not to everyone’s taste, but one that does have real vintage charm. And there’s no doubting that the two colours work together. Again, use brown as your main shade, maybe on the three of the four walls, using the orange to accent and to add some light to the shade. This is a colour scheme that only really works with the right kind of furniture – which could be mid-century chic or retro-inspired.
6. Midnight blue and blush pink
Another bold colour choice and another combination that might sound strange on paper but that works well on the walls. Midnight blue is a real evening colour, absorbing light and creating a relaxing and mellow pre-sleep mood. The blush or nude pink is the perfect accent, adding a deft and light colour touch to prevent the blue taking over. As well as using sparingly on walls, you should also add pink accents with soft furnishings to create contrast.
7. Charcoal grey and pink
While we’re on a pink theme, this is another classic combination. The neutral and flat tones of grey are lifted by the shock of bright pink. This is another combination where you want to ideally use the grey as the main base colour and then add highlights with pink, accenting it across the rest of the room.
8. Yellow and grey
Bright yellow walls might not seem like the most relaxing colour but if you’re the kind of person that jumps out of bed in the morning, it could be just the colour. Yellow is the colour of daylight, of fresh starts and new life. But grey can help to keep it from being too overbearing and energetic. Again, go big on the grey, using yellow as a feature wall or for accent colours on the woodwork and furniture.
9. Purple and gold
Why not go all the way and choose an opulent colour combination fit for a king or queen? After all, these are your private bedroom chambers so you can choose whatever colour scheme you see fit. For a royal night’s sleep, go for a gold leaf or gold paint accent wall, with opulent dashes of precious metal dotted elsewhere around the room.
10. Rusty orange and cream
Distinct from the bright retro orange mentioned above, rusty orange is more sedate and autumnal, creating a cosy feel when combined with a thick cream. Think the colour of autumn leaves on the forest floor or a warm sunset glowing in through the window.
11. White and any other colour
Of course, if you want to keep things simple, go for plain white walls and add a colour of your choice to add accent. This could be a black feature wall for a monochrome day and night contrast, teal green, purple, pink, orange – that’s the beauty of white, it goes with anything.
You might choose to go block colours for your walls, use a feature wall, pattern or even choose to alternate paint colours. Check out our half-painted walls guide for more advice. You can even use colours and contrasts to make your bedroom space look bigger if you are short on space.
Of course, your two colour combinations for bedroom walls might depend on your existing bedroom furniture, so keep this in mind when making your choice. Alternatively, choose your colours and then treat yourself to some new bedroom furniture. For a little help, check out our bedroom sofa buying style guide.
All our sofas, including the Model 01, Model 02 and Model 03 can work just as well in bedroom spaces as living areas. With a choice of fabrics, designs and colours, you can get sofas to match any bedroom colour scheme – whether it’s bright and bold or calm and neutral.