19 best neutral bedroom ideas and color schemes

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As much as us House Beautiful love vibrant colors, there’s just something about a neutral bedroom that trumps all other color schemes. Your bedroom is where you go to recharge and rest, so it is preferable to do so in a calm environment with nature-inspired earth tones or calm creams. Whether you’re starting from scratch and need some help figuring out which direction to take with your bedroom design, or want to tone down your current space to create a softer, quieter, less crowded atmosphere, you’ve come to the right place . Ahead, get inspired by 20 neutral bedrooms straight from our favorite designers.

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Cement tile floors give this bedroom, designed by Akin Atelier, an industrial touch, while the loose linens and cream and sand colored pieces make it feel relaxed and beachy. Together, the colors evoke a foggy morning by the sea.


Grey-green and off-white

Sarah Solis used a dark gray-green and a rich, almost black shade of red as her neutral accent colors in this contemporary Mediterranean Revival bedroom. While subtle, both accent colors bring just a hint of vibrancy to the otherwise black and off-white bedroom. A framed photo brings the palette together.


Minimalist dark green and burnt orange

Dark green and rich burnt orange function together as neutrals in this context, where only essential items can be seen. Designed by Shapeless Studio, this bedroom strikes a nice balance between urban sophistication and laid-back country style.


Grey, light wood and white

Minimalism doesn’t have to be cold! In this farmhouse bedroom designed by British firm McLaren.Excell, the loft bedroom features tons of warm woods and relaxed linens in a grayscale color scheme for a casual, welcoming vibe.

Here’s a more formal take on neutral bedroom design: Victoria Hagan incorporated a lot of textiles to soften the scale of the space and make it more human. The high ceilings provide drama, but the warm greige colors ensure that it does not feel austere or cavernous.

AP Design House’s neutral bedroom is accented by striking metal sculptures and chrome accents that emphasize the cool tones and contrast with the warmer neutrals. The rich layers of texture make it a cozy and inviting yet modern and sleek retreat.

In this eclectic bedroom designed by Heidi Caillier, the dynamic layers of prints, materials and styles create a unique impression full of personality. Still, the neutral, more muted colors help keep the space from becoming overtly bold. The navy and rose clay scheme works especially well with the modern black accents and classic wood furnishings.

If you want to lean a little more yellow but don’t want to get all sunny, consider a buttercream approach, like Anne Pyne did in her New York City bedroom.

David Frazier opted for a moody and earthy approach in the bedroom of his New York City apartment. While the color (Studio Green by Farrow & Ball) is worthy of praise, it’s also the textured finish that takes the walls to the next level. “We wanted to show the movement in the plaster, so we painted the walls with a satin finish,” he explains. “it gives a certain depth that we couldn’t have achieved with a flat paint.”

Sky blue is neutral everywhere, in our books, but especially in coastal areas. A preppy blue and white striped slipcover brightens up the headboard in this coastal bedroom from AP Design House. The rattan and woven pieces are also great beach house staples.

This chocolate color is calming rather than stimulating, so if you’re looking for a saturated neutral, this is a great source of inspiration. Designer Fiona Lynch thought the color, Rich Biscuit by Dulux, was perfect for a bedroom, especially when combined with offbeat accents for an eclectic elegance.


Modern blue, black and white

In this primary bedroom, designer Andy Beers of Ore Studios opted for less saturated versions of the colors used in the common areas for a soothing yet continuous design. Bright white contrasts with inky black and is united by a deep midnight blue hue.

Red can be surprisingly neutral when combined with the right colors and materials. Tamsin Johnson Interiors used the modern photo as the starting point for the color scheme.


Black, white and grey

Wall-to-wall gray carpet provides a soft landing for chilly mornings, and floor-to-ceiling steel and glass windows allow forest views to set the tone for this bedroom designed by Kathleen McCormick. Monochrome mid-century details also blend beautifully with the architectural bones of the bedroom.

Phillip Smith opted for a soft gray color on the walls, then brightened up the room with blazing orange and blue bedding. A plaid from Les diennes distinguishes the headboard.

Look out for this bedroom designed by NicoleHollis for a more moody take on neutral decor. The dark stain of the wood and the slate gray bedding and pewter furnishings make this room simultaneously sophisticated, sleek and soothing.

“I wanted to create a bedroom full of personality,” designer Jae Joo says of the master bedroom in this Boston Rowhouse. Though classic and understated, the room brims with character thanks to a shrunken picture gallery, curved furnishings, and colorful accents. The light gray walls look blue in some lighting and green in others; either way, they’re a welcome change from the white canvas most bedrooms have.


Refined black and light gray

“I’m a big believer that different rooms in a house should evoke different feelings and purposes,” says designer Nanette Brown. The rest of the rooms in this NYC house are painted in deep, dark tones, while the bedroom has the opposite. Despite the different colors, each room shares a sense of refined elegance and understatedness.

Light mauve pink bedding and artwork add a sweet and playful quality to this neutral and contemporary bedroom designed by Studio Robert McKinley.

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