Bedroom furniture has evolved from traditional colors and materials to more diverse styles and the inclusion of color. While these advancements are every decor enthusiast's dream, they raise some questions about how color should be used in the bedroom. More specifically, can bedroom furniture be different colors or should all the bedroom furniture be the same? We have that answer for you!
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Bedroom furniture can absolutely be different colors. To successfully mix furniture colors and still achieve a cohesive look, you can follow these tips:
- Use the other elements in the room to choose furniture colors that coordinate.
- Choose furniture pieces that are the same style but different colors.
- Pair bright colors with neutral colors.
- Choose a common thread.
Mixing colors can be overwhelming and it is easy to stray from coordination to clashing. We have gathered some information about each of these tips to help you choose a method that works best for you. Continue reading to find out more.
Methods Of Color Mixing
Let's take a closer look at the best methods for mixing colors in bedroom furniture.
Let Your Accents Be Your Guide
If you aren't sure how to choose colors for your furniture, you can use the other decor elements in your room for inspiration. If you have area rugs, wall art, lighting, or window treatments that fit in a color scheme, you can use those colors in your furniture as well.
In the image above, a gray bed is paired with a pink nightstand. Of course, these colors coordinate well naturally, but the pink in the bedding and wall art give the look an extra layer that is more pleasing to the eye.
Same Style, Different Colors
Another way that you can achieve a cohesive look is to choose furniture pieces that are different colors but the same style. The common style among the pieces will give your space a cohesive look even if you choose to use different colored furniture. Pull the room together even more by decorating with accents of the same style as well.
In the image above, many colors are at play. Each wood accent is a different shade and each fabric piece is a different color. The result shouldn't be cohesive in theory but since all of the pieces are farmhouse style, they come together to create a coordinated look.
Bright And Neutral Combinations
If the thought of mixing colors makes you nervous, you might want to experiment with an easier method before tackling some of the more difficult ideas. You can play with color without taking too big of a risk by choosing a bright color and pairing it with a neutral color. This way, you will still have some fun elements in your space while the neutral tones create a balance.
The furniture in the image above is a good example of this method. The neutral chair, floor, and walls all coordinate well with each other and the purple dresser. The overall look is both fun and sophisticated.
Find A Common Thread
Style doesn't have to be the only commonality among pieces in order to bring them together. Pay attention to a piece's legs, pulls, trim, shape, or material for more opportunities to bring unique pieces together.
While this bedroom uses not only different colors but different patterns as well, the brass legs on both the bed and the nightstand help to tie the room together. The brass element can also be seen on the nightstand's pulls and decor items, while colors similar to brass can be seen in the chandelier, wallpaper, and frames. The use of this common thread brings the calmness of cohesion to an otherwise busy space.
How Many Colors Should You Have in a Room?
There is no official rule governing how many colors is too many in a room. As long as all of your colors make sense together, you can use as many or as few as you'd like.
If you are unsure about how to put colors together, you may enjoy the 60-30-10 rule that is popular in the design industry. The rule states that 60% of the space should be a dominant color, 30% of the space should be a secondary color, and 10% of the space should be an accent color. This gives 3 colors to work with, allowing you to play with color without getting overwhelmed.
The image above is an example of the rule used in a bedroom. With blue, orange, and neutrals as the chosen colors, this bedroom has plenty of color without looking overwhelming.
What Color Should Your Bedroom Furniture Be?
White is the tried and true color choice for bedroom furniture. It is bright and neutral, allowing for any other color to be included in the bedroom space. However, your bedroom furniture can be any color you wish, from classic neutrals to bright and fun. The only rule that should be followed is making sure that each piece complements the other pieces in the room and the room as a whole.
Can You Mix Different Color Wood Furniture In A Room?
Absolutely! In fact, wood is an example of a common thread that can help bring different colored pieces together. It is especially important with wood tones, however, that you strike a balance with the tones you choose. Putting random wood pieces together without thought just on the basis that they are wood is likely to result in a haphazard look. Instead, find a way to bring the pieces together in a way that makes sense.
The dark dresser in the image above is a stark contrast to the relatively light look of the room overall. However, you will notice that the other wood pieces surrounding the dresser have various shades of wood, starting from very light wood accents in the wall hanging to the very dark wooden floor. In this way, the darkness of the wood builds gradually rather than making a jarring jump.
Bedroom furniture no longer has to be comprised of a perfectly matching set with identical colors, shapes, and materials. Instead, mixing furniture of different colors is both preferred and encouraged. This does not mean that furniture should be placed haphazardly together, though, unless you are intentionally creating a mismatched look.
The key to achieving consistency while adding color to your space is finding elements in the furniture that help them coordinate. This can be done by using different hues of one color, choosing pieces in a similar style, or utilizing accents strategically.
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