How to Style a Neutral Bedroom

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Neutral bedroom style is easy to achieve without being boring. Learn how to design a neutral bedroom with pops of color and plenty of calm aesthetic.

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This post is all about using neutral bedroom ideas to create a cozy, comfortable, and relaxing look in your bedroom.

A neutral style aesthetic is characterized by clean lines and calming tones that can create a relaxing environment for a bedroom.

It is possible to style a neutral bedroom without it being boring. Subtle textures and designs, bold pops of color, and statement art or rugs, are all ways to add interest to a neutral bedroom.

A neutral bedroom can be a calm and inviting place to come home to.

With clean looks and stunning design, a neutral bedroom can also be warm and cozy, without feeling cluttered or overwhelming.

Here are some tips for designing a neutral bedroom look in your own home.

Go for a Hotel Bed Look

One of the main features of a neutral bedroom is the hotel bed look. Think of the way a bed looks in an upscale or boutique hotel room.

To get the look—and feel—of a comfortable hotel bed, start with the basics.

  • Mattress. A comfortable mattress is key. If your mattress is not the most comfortable one, then a mattress topper can help to make your bed a plusher, more comfortable place to be.
  • Sheets. A comfortable set of sheets is important to getting good sleep and it also adds color and interest to your room. Look for neutral colors like white, gray, light blue, blush pink, or beige.
  • Bed pillows. Choose soft, plump bed pillows to accent the bed. You can always change these out to use your favorite pillow when it’s time to sleep.
  • Comforter. The comforter should be plush, and in neutral color like white, gray, or beige. White is a color commonly found in hotel rooms, and you can add color with sheets or other bedding accessories.
  • Headboard. A headboard is a great way to add design to a bed.
  • Throw blankets and pillows. Arrange a few throw pillows on top of the bed. On a hotel bed, they are usually neatly arranged in a way that makes the bed look both comfortable and expensive.

Use Nightstands and Other Furniture as Decor

Decorate your nightstands and tabletops in a way that adds interest to your room.

  • Matching lamps. Matching lamps on either side of the bed create symmetry and can be a creative piece of decor for the bedroom.
  • Plants. Plants are a great way to add life, color, and interest to a room.
  • Floral arrangements. If real plants are not your thing, then a floral arrangement made of dried flowers or artificial flowers can add style and color to a bedroom.
  • Books. Stacks of books are a classic design element in any room.
  • Photo frames.
  • Baskets. Baskets are great for organizing and adding color and design to a room.

A chest of drawers, bookshelf, vanity, desk, bench, or accent chair can also add interest to a room.

Stick to natural wood tones and lightly colored woods to keep the space looking light and airy, especially if you have a small room.

Use a Neutral Color Scheme

Stick to a neutral color scheme that ties the look of your bedroom together. Colors like blush pink, beige, light gray, and white can make a room look cozy without making it look crowded.

Gray has been a popular color choice for bedrooms recently, and combining gray with other neutral colors is one way to soften the look of a room.

Here are some ideas for neutral color combinations with gray:

  • Gray, white, and cream
  • Gray and light blue
  • Gray and blush pink
  • Gray, white, and light green
  • Gray, white, and yellow
  • Gray and white with patterns

Other popular neutral bedroom colors and color palettes include:

  • Cream, white, and beige
  • Mint green
  • Sage green
  • Cornflower blue
  • Blush pink

For a warmer feel, look for colors that have a red, orange, or yellow undertone. Earth tones are good in this respect.

For a fresher feel, look for colors that have cooler undertones, such as white, gray, blue, or green.

Neutral colors and simple designs are especially good for making a smaller space feel less crowded.

Incorporate Bold Accents

Bold accents can add interest to a bedroom without overwhelming the neutral color scheme. Popular trends include black and white pillows, subtle animal print, polka dots, and stripes.

Pillows, lamps, accent decor, and wall decor are a great way to add accents to rooms without overwhelming the space.

Add Plants

A green plant adds life to any room. Plus, some houseplants are known to have air purifying qualities.

Use Texture to Create Interest

Textures and textiles are a perfect way to add interest to a neutral bedroom. Even in neutral colors, things like woven fabric, raised designs on fabric, fringe, pompoms, tassels, and faux fur add a lot interest that helps to elevate the look of a room.

Design elements like throw pillows, textured or faux fur rugs, blanket throws, poufs, baskets, and tapestries come together to make a room look cozy.

Keep Walls Simple

Simple walls are a key design feature of many neutral bedrooms. If you go for artwork, look for works that are done in neutral tones or feature simple lines that complement the feel of the room.

Vintage prints are also good. Look for art that you love that also completes the mood of the room.

Have a Statement Piece

Choose one statement piece as the focus of the room. This could be a rug, artwork, curtains, or a piece of furniture, for example. The statement piece should contain elements that help pull the look of the room together.

These ideas and examples can help you to decorate the neutral bedroom of your dreams—a place where you can relax and unwind, surrounded by decor that you love.

This post was all about creating a cozy, comfortable, and interesting neutral look in your bedroom.

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