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Blue and white coastal bedroom with striped wallpaper

Creative bedroom colours

Choosing a colour scheme for your bedroom is important when deciding how you want your personal bolthole to make you feel. This may be reflecting a love of colour, a love of bright colours, opulent tones, or whites and neutrals.

If you want a calming feel to your bedroom then the coastal shades of blue and white complement each other beautifully. Choose subtly striped wallpaper for this nautical theme, teamed with white bed linen and a navy wool throw. Plump white pillows overlaid by cushions in contrasting shades of navy blue follow the coastal theme through. Alternatively go for all white bedlinen and accessories, experiment with fabrics and textures introducing embroidered bed linen, silk cushions and lace wallpaper.

Create order in the room with tailor-made storage and streamline shelving for essentials to avoid clutter. And if you enjoy the look and feel of natural wood, a bed with an oversized wooden headboard will look really effective. Mix up walnut, beech and birch with natural cotton bedlinen in shades of taupe and white, and finish the look with sisal and woven rugs for a wonderfully natural look.

For a touch of boudoir chic in your bedroom opt for rich velvets and an opulent palette of greys and silver. Achieve some old-style glamour in your bedroom with an upholstered velvet bed and luxurious satin throws or bedspreads. A glass chandelier adds a wonderful centrepiece to a room, together with pewter or mirrored furniture and richly textured rugs.

A pop of colour is having a big impact on decorating styles at the moment. Introduce your favourite shade of hot pink or bold green in your bedroom for bedlinen, cushions or for the really daring a feature wall. Marry together two hot colours such as turquoise and pink and bring the room alive.

Blue-and-white coastal bedroom

Create a calm and relaxing bedroom in shades of coastal blue and white.

Take a subtle striped wallpaper as your starting point and use it on a feature wall behind the bed to make it the focal point of the room. Use slimline shelves as a headboard to add tailor-made storage for bedside essentials and accessories. Line the back of the shelves with a co-ordinating small-scale paper in a tonal shade of blue — one roll should do it.

Finish your scheme with crisp white cotton bed linen teamed with accent cushions and a throw in a deep French navy.

Accessorise with white ceramics, driftwood, bleached wicker and shells.

For similar striped wallpaper, try Wallpaperdirect
White pleat bed linen, Marks & Spencer
Cushions, Nautical Living

Chosen by Ideal Home

Photograph by Mel Yates