Upholstered beds are an indulgence, but there’s no doubt that they add some serious luxury to your bedroom décor. Warm, comfortable, and with practicality built in (thanks to under-bed storage systems), upholstered beds really do tick all the design boxes.
Whether you want to go for soft, neutral tones, traditional colours, bold print or ultra-cool contemporary, here’s our choice of the best colours for upholstered fabric bed frames, and how to get that co-ordinated look.
The centrepiece of your bedroom design
Apart from wardrobes, your bed is the largest piece of furniture in your bedroom. Rather than trying to disguise it with piles of cushions, make it the centrepiece of your bedroom design plan. Upholstered beds give you the opportunity to incorporate soft furnishing into a plan in an unusual way, rather than just relying on accessories and matching curtains.
Use your upholstered bed frame to give a pop of bold colour, or if you’re feeling really adventurous, choose a printed design. Create your own jungle hideaway with greens and bird-of-paradise splashes of primary colours, or add fern prints and floral patterns to soften the effect.
Deep wine red and rich brown velvet finishes give a sense of real opulence and work well in almost any setting. Offset with neutral wall tones and light bedding so that the depth of colour on the upholstery doesn’t swamp the design.
Ultra-contemporary means clean, uncluttered lines, muted colours, and a balance of soft and hard. Steel style accents pick up on the industrial look without tipping over into ‘heavy metal grunge’. Balance these with neutral colours such as silver-grey, eggshell blue, or other cooler colours that ensure the light, airy feel you get with minimalism isn’t overwhelmed.
The French look
Upholstered beds are very much a part of the traditional French décor, so if you want to capture that chateau-in-the-Loire look, upholstered bedframes are a great choice. The art of French design is balance and subtlety, or all-out over-the-top indulgence – the choice is yours. Little touches such as matching bedside tables, matching lamps, and accents that are picked up in the curtains or upholstery on a chaise longue at the bottom of the bed are a must.
Tie the whole décor together by picking up on colours in your curtains or wall coverings, so that the coordinated look runs all the way through the theme. If you’re going to go for this kind of style then it has to be all the way – you can’t throw in a random modern piece of sculpture and expect it to fit right in, unless the colours pick up on the upholstery tones.
Getting the right fit
As well as design motifs, colour and décor coordination, it’s also important that your upholstered bed frame is as good as it can possibly be. That means ensuring the fabric has been properly stretched and fitted so that it doesn’t start sagging and looking tired quickly. It’s up to you whether you go for trimmings such as covered button studding in the headboard, but these can also serve a useful purpose. As well as giving your headboard a plush, 3D feel they can also ensure that the fabric stays taught across the whole board. It’s a key piece of furniture, so it’s worth spending a little extra on it to make sure you get really good quality that lasts.
Want some more inspiration?
Upholstered beds come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re looking for something to give your bedroom that ultra-contemporary look in this season’s must-have soft grey tones, or want to do something a little more traditional, the choice is yours. To get some more inspiration, why not check out our range of upholstered beds at Bed Guru, or give us a call and have a chat with one of our team who may be able to help you with suggestions and ideas for your own bedroom makeover.