Dark blue bedrooms: inspiration gallery

Are you planning a bedroom makeover but don’t know which shade to pick for your new colour scheme? Navy has the power to transform your space into a restful retreat thanks to its sophisticated yet dramatic allure.

Whether you want to create a classic look or something more modern, dark blue is an incredibly versatile shade – you can create anything from a luxurious, moody sanctuary and a breezy, coastal-inspired space to a boutique hotel boudoir.

What’s more, according to experts and colour psychology, dark blue is believed to have calming properties while also evoking a sense of stability. “For those who love the sophisticated and soothing vibe of navy, incorporating this shade into your bedroom decor can transform it into a stylish sanctuary, perfect for unwinding and rejuvenating,” explains Leah Aspinall, head of design at Blinds 2go.

Dark blue wooden wall panels in a modern and cosy bedroom.
Trepanel Design blue felt acoustic wood slat wall panels, from £99, Walls and Floors.

So, how can you use dark blue in your bedroom?

This shade pairs beautifully with a variety of materials and accents – think sumptuous velvet or polished brass – so it suits a range of bedroom styles. “We love to play with dark and moody schemes in the bedroom,” says Jamie Watkins, co-founder of Divine Savages. If you’re ready to fully embrace this hue, consider painting your walls (ceiling included) in this rich hue or adding depth and texture to your space with patterned wallpaper. Jamie recommends mixing daring wallcoverings and sumptuous fabrics with contrasting gold accents for a glamorous twist. 

Dark blue bedroom with patterned wallpaper in an eccentric maximalist bedroom.
Nocturnal Faunacation wallpaper, £150 per roll, Divine Savages. Interior design by Alyssa Demilio. Photography: Margaret Brinson Wright.

Plus, there are so many striking colour combinations that make dark blue sing. Molly Freshwater, co-founder and creative director of Secret Linen Store, advises pairing white and navy to achieve a coastal look that feels bright and airy.

“For something more masculine, try it with shades of grey and tan accessories, or my favourite way to use it – colour drenching,” she adds.

Dark blue bedroom with patterned wallpaper in an eccentric maximalist bedroom.
Electric Lagoon Blue wallpaper, £140 per roll, The Curious Department.

However, if you’re unsure about going all out on this shade, why not start small by updating your soft furnishings and accessories? Dark blue throw pillows, blankets, bed linen, rugs or curtains are ideal for effortlessly adding a pop of this dramatic shade into your room.

It’s also worth noting that if you have a compact bedroom, a dark shade could make it appear smaller in size. Fear not – by painting the ceiling, you can achieve a cocooning effect, perfect for a soothing sleep space.

To spark your imagination further, we’ve gathered some of our favourite designs. Screenshot button ready? Scroll down…

Dark and pale blue fitted wardrobe with matching bedside table.
Shaker dark blue bedroom, from £2000, Sharps.

Dark blue bedroom ideas

Dark navy dresser by a matching wall.
The Midi locker in navy, £319, Mustard Made.
Blue feature wall in a white room with white shutters.
Waterberry white bedroom shutters, price on application, Thomas Sanderson.
Colourful bedroom design with rug by the bed and a quirky bedside table.
Little Boy Blue paint, £35.50 for 0.95 litres, Benjamin Moore.
Closeup of dark blue bed linen.
Dusk blue organic cotton sateen bedding, from £12.50, Marquis & Dawe.
Blue and white bedroom with grey bed and art on the wall behind it.
Twilight hexagon duvet set, £110, Lime Lace.
Royal dark blue bed frame with maximalist floral bed spread.
Chalk paint in Napoleonic Blue and Paris Grey, £26.95 for one litre, Annie Sloan.

Shop the look

Shopping edit of dark blue bedroom furniture and soft furnishings.
1. Luxury cotton waffle bedspreads in Dusty Blue, £60, Soak & Sleep. 2. Breton check blue cushion, £65, Pillo London. 3. Cotton velvet cushion in Space Blue, £20, The Cotswold Company. 4. Blackest blue bed linen duvet cover set, from £192, Chalk Pink Linen Company. 5. Amberley wardrobe in Pitch Blue, £900, The Painted Furniture Co. 6. Midnight blue tallboy chest of drawers, £995, French Bedroom. 7. Joelle bed in Liquorice Blue Velvet, £1595, Loaf.

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