Top tips to create a cosy dark bedroom

A bedroom should be a place that's all about winding down and relaxing ready for sleep. A cocooning space to read in before bed and prepare for a good night's sleep.  We love a light and airy bedroom but we also covet a more dramatic and cosy atmosphere to retreat to. Here we look at how comforting a dark bedroom can be - especially as the nights draw in and get colder.

dark bedroom with rustic bedside table and wooden bench

Dark colours

Opt for dark greys, deep greens and dark hues of blue - all are restful colours with a hint of drama. Blue, in particular, is perfect for the bedroom - mimicking the night sky it's calming and soothing. Navy can also be used in small or larger amounts, whereas a rich deep royal blue will give a room a regal and luxurious feel.

If you already have a dark room it is quite tempting to bring in lighter hues but this is not a rule set in stone, in fact, doing this can sometimes end up making your bedroom look dull and drab. If you are a lover of something more bold and dramatic then opt for darker colours. Just one statement wall can make all the difference in your bedroom - a perfect dark canvas to make lighter items really pop and stand out - or go for the current trend of painting walls, skirting boards, coving and even the ceiling in the same rich dark hue.  If this is a step too dark, experiment with a dark ceiling and lighter walls to make your bedroom feel wonderfully inviting and cosy. 

reclaimed wood bedside table against dark grey wood panelled wallDuwlich Reclaimed Wood Bedside Table

Add reclaimed wood

Use reclaimed wood furniture to contrast against dark walls and bring warmth to your room. It also stands out beautifully against your dark bedroom canvas as the Dulwich bedroom furniture collection shows you here. The rustic features visible in the reclaimed wood of the rustic bedside table and solid wood bed look wonderful against a rich darker wall. 

fabric king size bed frame against dark painted wood panelled wall

Warming textiles and accessories

Of course, even a dark bedroom can feel a little stark and oppressive so this is where sumptuous warm and soft textiles come into play. A warm rug on the floor, plenty of cosy scatter cushions and a fake-faux bed throw to bring in plenty of cosiness. Another way to break up the dark bedroom is to bring in soothing houseplants. We all know they bring positive energy to a room but they will also bring in softness and the purity of nature to contrast against the darker colour. Pop one in the corner of the room or stand one next to your bed on a rustic nightstand. A velvet or fabric yellow armchair is another great way to bring a pop of colour into a dark bedroom.

mango wood bedside table next to dark blue velvet bedCanford Sustainable Mango Wood Bedside Table

Bring in pattern

The patterning on the new Canford mango wood furniture collection looks like it is produced just for this purpose - warm wood with a striking geometric pattern that breaks up the heaviness of a dark coloured room. This mango wood bedside table is the perfect example of just how good this sustainable wood looks! With several other bedroom pieces in the collection, including a mango wood chest of drawers and wooden dressing table you really can have the bedroom of your (sweet) dreams!

If this has inspired you to give your bedroom a makeover, see our blog on how to get a small rustic bedroom layout right before you get the paintbrush out. For more ideas and interior inspiration see more from our collection of blog articles.


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