We’ve combed through our Livingetc archives and stunning design houses and pulled out the most noteworthy blue bedroom ideas.
As far as we’re concerned, blue is a neutral. It can be the backdrop to virtually any scheme or vibe, from minimalist to maximalist, and from Scandi-style to something more eclectic. Below, in a room designed by Studio Peake, a light blue creates the backdrop to an English country vibe, thanks to the floral upholstered headboard, and traditional table lamp and furnishings. Meanwhile the vibrant blue guest room designed by Beata Heuman is a Caribbean colour feast, while Studio Ashby creates a more whimsical look with a cloud painted pattern. For a cool, urban look, contrasting painted blue walls with an exposed brick will add a modern edge and bags of texture. The grander-looking rooms below feature wrap-around velvet curtains, painted panelling and decorative mouldings.
In our gallery of blue bedroom ideas below we cover every blue shade on the colour spectrum, from fresh minty blues and calming sky blues to deeper grey-blues, green-blues and of course the ever popular inky blues. There are energetic and bright palettes that are perfect for rooms that get lots of natural daylight, as well as cosseting, cocooning and sultry shades like charcoal, squid ink and navy blue.
To break up monotony there are colour pairings too; we find that red and blue work wonderfully, with burgundy shades adding a richness to a deep blue room, and bright reds suiting softer blue schemes. Blush pink tones pair beautifully too, and create a more soothing, Scandi-inspired look. Or, for instant rock ‘n’ roll glamour, add pops of gold or brass – for example in furniture, lighting or artwork.
Painting the mantelpiece in the same blue shade as the walls has a restful effect. Not sure about enveloping an entire room in one colour? We love the below paint effect of wrapping a strip of colour around a room. Or why not take to the ceiling? Instead of blue painted walls, one of the rooms below features a blue painted ceiling instead, to complement a patterned wallpaper.
Ready to get inspired? Browse all our blue bedroom ideas below…
An exposed brick wall creates a cool, modern contrast and adds bags of texture to this loft bedroom.
Get the look: For a bed like this, try The French Bedroom Company. This is the Burlington cable throw in Natural and the Dorset Collection quilt in White, both from The White Company. For similar pillowcases, try Bedeck. The stocking with faux-fur trim is from Dobbies. Shabby Chic makes similar floral-print armchairs.
All over turquoise envelopes this compact guest bedroom. Curtains around the room creates a luxe look, and lots of cosy texture. This made-to-measure sofa bed was inspired by John Galliano’s love of the bias cut. The diagonal lines elongate its perfectly square two-metre dimensions.
Get the look: The velvet fabric for the sofa bed upholstery and curtains is by JAB Anstoetz.
Not sure about enveloping an entire room in one colour? We love this paint effect of wrapping a strip of colour around a room.
Get the look: Top of walls painted in Farrow & Ball's Ammonite No.274. Bottom of walls are painted in Farrow & Ball's Oval Room Blue No.85.
Adding panelling to the walls before painting it blue will give it grandeur.
The decorative panelling has been highlighted in white and framed with blue. But that's not the only cool bit about these walls. The panelled walls open to reveal hidden storage and screen doors glide seamlessly into wall recesses to separate this sanctuary. The entire wall behind the bed is actually a run of concealed cupboards with white mouldings.
These electric blue walls create a modern and dramatic bedroom backdrop.
Get the look: This is the Audrey Double Bed in Canary Cotton Matt Velvet, £1310, from sofa.com
Painted clouds in this blue bedroom by Studio Ashby create a whimsical atmosphere.
A navy blue silk wall covering frames the striking embroidered headboard design. The headboard accentuates the height of the room.
Get the look: Headboard is upholstered in James Hare's Berkeley Square in Navy, £85, Large cushion and throw are James Hare's Piccadilly, Blue, £55. Cushion is James Hare's Beauchamp Velvet, Bergamot, £52. The silk wall covering is Orissa Silk, French Navy, £81. All from james-hare.com
We love the way the mantelpiece in this room was painted the same blue shade as the walls. It has a restful effect.
Here the same thing has been achieved with the blue walls continuing onto the mantelpiece, but the detailing of the fireplace together with the ceiling height and style of furnishings (including a grand piano) give this guest bedroom a more boutique hotel vibe.
Get the look The portrait above the fireplace is by Australian painter Gil Jamieson. The piano was Fiona’s grandmother’s. Find similar at Markson Pianos.
We consider sky blue as a neutral – it can be the backdrop to virtually any scheme or vibe, from minimalist to maximalist, and from Scandi style to something more eclectic. Here a light blue creates the backdrop to an English country vibe, thanks to the floral upholstered headboard, and traditional table lamp and furnishings.
Get the look: Headboard is made bespoke by Studio Peake in Penny Morrison fabric. Cushions are Susan Deliss. Bedside Lamp is made from an old stair spindle. Bedside table is Kalinko.
Blue walls tone down the all-pink furnishings in this girls' room, and stop it feeling too girly.
Bedside tables are from Anthropologie. Table lamps are Visual Comfort/ Circa Kate Spade NY – Elsie Table lampBlush. Pillows are Designers Guild. Bedding is Pine Cone Hill. Chair is Lee Ind. Fabric: Beacon Raspberry ( Also Lee)
This vibrant blue guest room design by Beata Heuman is a colourful feast, with different shades of blue and a mustard throw.
A rich tone on the walls meets quirky white furniture and nature-inspired finishing touches. A gold feathered artwork adds instant rock 'n' roll glamour.
Get the look: The framed feather wings are by Rockett St George. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue estate emulsion.
Instead of blue painted walls, the owners decided on a blue painted ceiling instead, to complement a patterned wallpaper they favourited.
A burgundy velvet punctuates the blue colour scheme in this bedroom. Adding pops of red to a blue room will help break things up a little.
These rich blue walls have green undertones. The effect is calming, cocooning and not too dramatic. Antique furnishings like this cane chest of drawers create an authentic, personal and traditional look.
Get the look: Walls painted in Velvet Evening from Crown paints.
Squid Ink walls create a deeply cocooning and sultry bedroom space.
A Pierre Frey wallpaper envelopes this guest bedroom in a soothing blue watercolour mountain scene.
Get the look: This is the Anthropologie – Leather Rhys Bed. Wallpaper is Yunnan from Pierre Frey. Bedside table is Anthropologie. Rug is CB2 – Orville Rug – Ivory & Grey
This minty blue is quite an energetic colour. It would work well in rooms that get a lot of natural daylight, and would suit morning people with it's energising and uplifting qualities.
Get the look: The Binary Modern pendant lights in Amber are by Jeremy Pyles for Niche. For similar, try the John Lewis Jake pendant light. Find an aqua wool bed throw at Melin Tregwynt.
This master bedroom is drenched in swathes of blue, with a teal wall and headboard, and a bespoke screen which was hand painted by Francois Mascarello. The effect is modern, especially when paired with greys and mustard.
Get the look: The portrait is by Giulia Andreani.
White furniture, pictures, picture frames and bedding brighten up this cosseting, navy blue space.
Get the look: The walls are painted in Blue Note emulsion by Benjamin Moore. The artwork is by Wangechi Mutu. The throw is by Frette. The headboard is upholstered in a fabric by C&C Milano. The bedside light is by Paavo Tynell. The cabinet is vintage.
Pretty meets punchy in this serene sleep zone. A vibrant, enveloping blue on the walls creates a modern contrast to the traditional floral curtains.
Get the look: Bed, Hästens. Walls in Celestial Blue, Dulux. Throw, Heal’s. Ikat cushion, Pentreath & Hall
Here walls are neutral in a textured grasscloth wallpaper, tying in with rustic flooring and a natural wicker pendant. Blue is brought into this space through bedding alone – it's a clever way of introducing colour to a room without having to commit.
Get the look: Corten Sapphire by Aparici is a porcelain tile in an inky blue that features a rusty metalized effect. It is available in 3 formats including 100x100cm, 50x100cm and 60x60cm and is suitable for floors.
£45 per square metre inc VAT, from aparici.com
Blue curtains and a blue throw tie in with the patterned wallpaper, and give this room more colour. A blush pillow and matching vase compliment it perfectly.
Get the look: Bed, Soho Home. Karabak Sand wallpaper, Robert Kime. Bedside shelf, from the shop at marklewisinteriordesign.com.
This charcoal shade is a satisfyingly saturated hue. Adding wall panelling before painting adds interest and texture, and just jazzes the whole space up.
Get the look: This is Farrow & Ball's Railings No.31, Estate Eggshell is £27 for 750ml.
The slanted ceiling in this loft bedroom was painted blue too, giving the space a den-like vibe.