4 Interior Design Tips for Earth Tones in Your Bedroom

Learn how sophisticated furnishings and décor with rich shades from a brown color palette can bring warmth and comfort to a boring, sterile bedroom.

By Kelly O’Roark

 

When it comes to creating comfortable and aesthetically-pleasing rooms in the home, homeowners usually research the best interior design tips to get it right. (And if that’s you, you’ve come to the right place!) It’s understandable to want some guidance because setting up any room is a daunting task for those whose day job isn’t interior designer. More specifically, designing a bedroom can be particularly stressful because it’s the central place to wind down after a long day, and you want to nail it.

 

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It can be overwhelming to decide where to place furniture, but that’s actually the easy part, as things always get more complicated when it comes to a color scheme and décor. If you’re unsure you want to commit to bold colors at this point, it’s always a good idea to look to nature for inspiration, as you can find rich, warm, inviting colors that aren’t too bright or vivid for your serene ambiance.

 

Here are four interior design tips for creating a warm, inviting bedroom with beautiful, earthy colors.

 

1. Place the Bed in the Center of the Room

When it comes to the layout of a bedroom, the number one interior design tip that I can give is to make the bed the focal point of the room. It should be placed in the center with other pieces around it with enough space to move in between. When working in a smaller room, it can be tempting to put one side of the bed up against the wall to create more floor space, however, once you’ve moved on from a dormitory to a real house, it’s best to lay that design style to rest.

 

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The headboard should go against one of the walls, with room for a nightstand or small end table on each side. The location of this bed provides the perfect balance of open space on all sides because access to the corner chair, nightstand, and bed is provided through clear pathways.

 

2. Choose Furniture with Rich Wood Tones

The headboard on the bed is a beautiful and vibrant cherry wood, which provides a striking contrast to the beige walls and the light-colored comforter. Further contrast and subtle visual interest are added by the visible wood grain, which provides a nice foundation for a nature-inspired theme. As you’ll see below, the nightstand has the same beautiful wood tones as well, and pairs perfectly with the bedframe and headboard.

 

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The contrast of the light walls and dark headboard provide an ideal space for wall art that has colors in the middle of that color range, such as tan, copper, camel, and toasted almond. This wall accent serves as a statement piece with its intricate lines and cutouts, while still giving a nature-inspired vibe.

 

3. Implement Woodsy Décor

Since you want to create a warm, serene space that reminds you of a quiet space on a wooded path, you can continue the theme with décor that has velvety browns, soft clays, and vibrant coppers. This floor vase has dark browns and ivory hues, and display copper-colored reeds, which marries the three basic tones of the brown palette (light, medium, and dark) into an artistic masterpiece.

 

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This candle captures that same essence, and partners well with the ivory nightstand clock. The key to avoiding a monotone room that looks muddy is to have a continual contrast in each decorative piece (light, medium, and dark shades) so that they complement one other without bringing the whole room down with an overwhelming amount of the same color.

 

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4. Place Bronze or Gold Lamps with Light Lampshades on the Nightstands to Unify the Theme

Since russet, dark brown, copper, tan, ivory, and camel colors are on the rest of the furnishings and the décor, adding bronze or gold lamps on each nightstand will round out the earth tone color palette and provide a welcome contrast to the matte colors around the room.

 

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The warm, soft light that emanates from the table lamp will further bring the nature-like feel to your bedroom, and put a spotlight on the “A+” interior design job that you can happily claim as your own.

 

Want more interior design tips for other rooms in your home? Find out how to mix and match furniture in your living room or how to implement area rugs into your home’s design style.

 

Images used with permission, courtesy of Kelly O'Roark

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