Neutral Bedding Ideas

Bedrooms should be places where you go to relax at the end of a long day and feel refreshed when you wake up in the morning. From walls to rugs to furniture, you want an oasis with the right balance of energy and calm. Your bed and bedding are center stage in this plan and neutral tones are a wonderful start to a serene design. Soft, neutral colors in shades of white, cream, gray and pink in plush fabrics will set the tone for a lovely space and invite you each day to refresh, relax and sleep well.

Tips for using neutrals

Neutral colors can be used in every kind of design decor. If your taste runs traditional, cream-colored bedding, walls and drapes create a feeling of elegance and warmth. Pair this design with a dark wood bed frame and upholstered bench at the foot of the bed to add stylish contrast. If modern is more your style, go contemporary with a custom-built storage unit and bed frame in light wood, paired with simple white walls and light silk bedding. Add a circular area rug in a playful pattern to give the room personality. Love rustic? Let rich, wood flooring set the tone and add a textured headboard and wooden stools to energize the space. Keep the calm, neutral vibe with off-white sheets and a duvet cover in pima cotton for warmth, strength and softness.

What colors go with what neutral

Clean lines and creamy neutrals go together beautifully. Pair butter-yellow walls with all-white bedding to envelop a room with warmth. Varying shades of gray and soft silvers work wonders with white and hints of black. Tans and taupes create richness and luxury, especially if you add textured bedding, velvet pillows and a gorgeous light fixture. Soften a black and white color scheme with neutral accessories, like linen window shades, a wicker headboard and a creamy mohair throw. Sea green or light blue is peaceful and calming on a wall and works like a charm with neutral bedding in shades of white and cream. Framed art prints and wall-mounted lights add character and fun splashes of color and pattern to your neutral space.

How to mix and match patterns and fabrics while keeping the color scheme neutral

One of the great advantages to a neutral color design is that you can change it up whenever the mood strikes, just by adding new accessories. Feeling beach inspired? Pair your sandy beige headboard with subtle beige and blue blankets, add a couple of satiny-blue accent pillows and place a beach-colored, seashell rug on the floor. Want to jazz up your white-on-white bedding? Add some spice with metallic wall lamps and bronze velvet pillows. Just by changing the sheet fabric from cotton to silk you add a new, delicious texture to the room. And don't forget a bedside bench. Covered in a bohemian or oriental fabric, this wonderful accessory is not only a practical place to sit, but adds a splendid splash of color to your neutral bedroom furnishings.

Ideas based on your own aesthetic

  • A modern chandelier adds personality to any neutral space. Glass glistens, metallics sparkle and a dark color adds visual weight and draws the eye upward.

  • A favorite, colorful piece of artwork hung over your bed on a neutral wall can be all you need to bring your bedding area to life.

  • Two ornate table lamps sitting proudly on your nightstands add height and regal elegance to an otherwise neutral decor.

  • When the walls, bedding and furnishings are all in the same color family, adding a large, shimmering silk and wool carpet ties the room together in a wonderful way.

  • Splurge on a warm, modern wallpaper pattern behind your bed to add interest and texture. Choose stripes, diagonals, flowers, or whatever your heart desires and create a perfect backdrop to your neutral-hued room.

From gray to white, creams to barely-there pink, neutral tones are a great way to begin creating your calm and beautiful bedroom. Belgian flax linen, organic white cotton and gray pinstripe flannel sheets set the tone for a quiet, comfortable place to come home to at the end of the day. Neutral decors are anything but dull: with a bit of flair and the right accessory, you can add just the right amount of pizzazz, texture and fun to your serene bedroom space.

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