These colour combinations bring a refreshing summertime vibe to the bedroom. (We’re not ready for fall yet!)

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The summer months are when we tend to crave a light, cool feeling for the bedroom. While this is a common-sense approach for summer fabric weights, it also holds true for seasonal bedding colour schemes. Colour, after all, creates a mood. Consider these palettes to bring a refreshing, invigorating summer mood to your private space.

1. Citrine and Turquoise

In this bedroom, the watery blue and white help quiet the bold citrine coverlet. To get a similar look in your home, start with white sheets, a white comforter or duvet and, if you don’t already have them, white walls. Then introduce your statement colour in a quilt cover, and top with other favourite hues that easily can be changed as tastes evolve. Accent items help solidify the palette. In this photo, the tiny giraffe on the windowsill picks up the citrine, the carpeting mimics the light brown in a floral pillow, while the Roman shades repeat the green in the pillow shams.

2. Grey and Tan

Neutral bedding doesn’t have to be boring. In this inviting, light-filled room, the simple grey-and-white, ticking-style bedding provides a classic anchor for the dramatic light fixture and animal horns overhead. The ottoman picks up the colour in the headboard, while the blue pillow on the window seat adds an unexpected pop.

3. Coral and Purple

Simple bedding not only repeats the colours in the headboard but also neutralizes its busy pattern. The coral Euro shams and purple accent pillow add colour and pattern without overwhelming the room, while the fresh flowers pick up the floral pattern in the headboard. Perfume bottles augment the coral colour of the bedding and headboard.

4. Muted Blue and Grey

Patterned bed pillows in blue, grey, and white create a soothing palette thanks to their muted tones. The Roman shades, throw and teal accent pillow repeat the colours in the patterned pillows, while the white headboard and grey walls reinforce the neutral tones in those same patterned pillows. Rose bouquets add a fresh hit of pink to this quiet room.

5. Fuchsia and Blue

A palette of pink and blue might sound fairly calm at first, but the mix of patterns on this bed, combined with a vibrant rug and wallpaper, creates an explosion of colour and interest. Somehow, the blend manages to work in a space designed to be calm enough for sleeping. Note the echo of colour around the room: the fuchsia from the duvet is augmented by the area rug, flowers and shelf decor. The blue pillow picks up the wallpaper and wall colour.

6. Orange and Blue

Even though complementary colours like blue and orange grab your attention, the simple white walls, white sheers and a neutral carpet help tone down the room. The palette in this room is quite disciplined; notice how the orange-and-white pillow picks up the orange coverlet, while a blue vase repeats the blue theme of the throw and other pillows. The gold lamp reinforces the brown pillow’s gold colour.

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