Dark and dramatic: how to style a black bedroom

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Last Modified 14 September 2023 First Added 12 December 2022

Jet black walls, charcoal textures, and midnight bed frames – charming black bedrooms. We love to see them.

With rich hues and deep tones, they’re sophisticated, bold and timeless. And with the rise of black furniture, it’s easier than ever to create a room that feels like an otherworldly dreamscape. With silent luxury and elegant glamour, discover how to style the black bedroom of your dreams.

The colour psychology of black

Black is the colour of opulence and sophistication.

It symbolises mystery, elegance and power. Black is a colour that gives off a strong impression – it’s confident. Therefore, over time it has become popular in fashion and interior design conveying a sense of classiness, particularly when paired with materials like silk, velvet, and satin fabrics.

Detroit Upholstered Sleigh Bed Frame


Detroit Upholstered Sleigh Bed Frame

Dark colour schemes to inspire you

The idea of black in a bedroom is certainly inviting. Black gives off an aura of mystery, which makes it a great choice for bedrooms seeking create a romantic and sensual mood.

That doesn’t mean your room has to be all-black, though — there are plenty of other colours you can incorporate into your design without looking impact. With lighter shades of Liquorice and gloomy Vantablack, let’s look at colour schemes that bring out the power of black.

To keep your bedroom space feeling open and airy, consider choosing colours that are on the opposite end of the spectrum from black: white, light grey and light blue. These colours will make it easy to create a minimalistic style that feels clean and crisp.

Brown and creams are neutral colours that work well with black in your sleep space. Their earthy shade has a warmth that complements cooler charcoal tones.

Another fantastic option is dark blue, which makes a rich colour combination with black and adds a touch of sophistication to your bedroom. Deep shades of blue and black always work well together to create a chic space that’s oozing with style.

Red can be edgy or sensual depending on how you use it. In combination with black, it adds a little bit of sass while still keeping things classy.

Finally, let’s not forget copper and gold – the perfect accent colours to use to add luxurious detailing and contrast.

Get the look…

Black isn’t just a colour — it’s a statement. It’s bold, it’s daring, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. Let’s look at how we can style black in your bedroom.

Hugo Nickel Metal Bed Frame


Hugo Nickel Metal Bed Frame

1. The Hugo Bed Frame

A modern masterpiece, the black Hugo metal bed frame will be the centrepiece of your room.

With intricate shapes and detailing, it has the look of luxury. Elsewhere in the room, add colour that contrasts with the frame to make it pop, such as white or neutral golden tones for walls, bedding, and accents. A rug is a great way to add texture to your room without distracting from other elements. Keep it simple with a muted tone if you have lots of other focal points in the room such as a statement black bed.

Black wooden and rattan bed frame, styled with matching bedside tables in a bay window.
Calder Wooden Rattan Bed Frame


Calder Wooden Rattan Bed Frame

2. The Calder Bed Frame

With natural rattan, a curved headboard, and a matte black finish – this striking black bed bursts with charming style.

To create a look of instant refinement, keep your colour scheme pared back with a focus on neutrals – warm whites and rich blacks. The natural rattan breaks up the colour blocking, with greyscale bedding, matching black side tables and intricate table lamps to add that little bit of contrast.

A black velvet bed frame with high headboard, styled in a neutral blue bedroom.
Charlie Upholstered Ottoman Bed Frame


Charlie Upholstered Ottoman Bed Frame

3. The Charlie Bed Frame

Sumptuously upholstered in velvet-touch fabric, the Charlie’s wide winged headboard and classic stitched design pair beautifully with its striking black tones.

To make the most of this exceptionally cool and edgy style, pair with cool tones of grey, green, or light blue. You could also use a variety of textures in order to add interest: wood furniture, metal lights and cotton bedding. Plants are always welcome in the bedroom for pops of green and earthy character.

Natural tone upholstered bed frame with high buttoned headboard
Deacon Upholstered Bed Frame


Deacon Upholstered Bed Frame

4. The Deacon Bed Frame

We know this isn’t a black bed, but hear us out. Upholstered in a soft touch cream fabric with button detailing, pair the Deacon with black accents to create a timeless combination reminiscent of Coco Chanel.

A soft interpretation of black and white that is effortlessly chic and easy to style – that’s why we love the Deacon. Deep button detailing adds a beautifully tactile texture to your room, in a pale shade that creates a striking contrast to darker hues. To complete the look, pair inky tones with natural light shades on your walls and add matching textures and gold accents. Cream beds are the perfect choice for dark spaces that are on the snug side.

For more monochrome inspiration, see how to create a dramatic black and white bedroom.

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