5 Rules to Styling a Dark, Sophisticated Bed

A bed dressed in black bed linen, sitting in a white bedroom beside a timber side tableA bed dressed in black bed linen, sitting in a white bedroom beside a timber side table

A dark bedroom aesthetic is perfect for creating a space conducive to sleep. Dark colours are often described as soothing and calming, as well as offering complete and refined style to your space. Fiona Gould – our Interior Stylist for Sheridan – notes that cooler months in particular call for deep, moody colours to create the ultimate cosy space. So, if you’re looking to nail the art of how to style a dark bed, or incorporate darker colours into your space, you’re in the right place. 

Mastering dark and dramatic styling is easy; just a few simple rules ensure you create a streamlined look in your space. It’s time to step out of the tried-and-true world of whites and neutrals and let us guide you through the mystical world of deep hues and moody bedroom styling. 

We invite you to break the rules (even ours) and pick and choose what works for you; after all, the bedroom is a deeply personal space — and you want to create a space that celebrates all the uniqueness that is you. 

Embrace the power of dark colours

No one wants their room to resemble their slightly emo ‘My Chemical Romance’ teen phase…just me? Dark colours are powerful, and learning to harness this power for good is the first step to having fun with your dramatic styling.  

When it comes to making a sophisticated statement, you can’t go wrong with black and shades of brown. These rich shades add an element of refinery. Soothing and captivating, our Yuna collection boasts a deep carbon base with touches of smooth mocha brown. Create a coordinated look in the bedroom with the matching set; Quilt Cover, Pillowcases and European Pillowcases.  

Invite pattern and texture into your space

A close-up of a bed dressed in dark bed linen, with black sheets, a black and brown botanical print quilt cover, and a knit cushion.A close-up of a bed dressed in dark bed linen, with black sheets, a black and brown botanical print quilt cover, and a knit cushion.
Fiona Gould sitting on the edge of a bed, straightening a Palais Lux tailored pillowcaseFiona Gould sitting on the edge of a bed, straightening a Palais Lux tailored pillowcase

To avoid your space feeling too colourblocked, we recommend playing with patterns and texture to give depth and visual interest to your dark bedroom aesthetic. 

Yuna is perfect for this, utilising a subtle botanical print to give a natural feel to deep shades. Invite further tactility by utilising accessories — like cushions, in contrasting fabrics and textures. 

Consider our Eame Cushion to stay consistent with the dark bedroom aesthetic, and picking up on those warm mocha tones. This double-sided design also features two different knit patterns to choose from — talk about eye-catching. 

Or for a more subtle look, turn to our Westbourke Breakfast Cushion with its unique all-over tufted face, for a pop of contrasting texture. 

Make use of contrast

Our Palais Lux Tailored Pillowcase well and truly understood the assignment. With its complementary mocha base, a point of difference is added with the signature triple embroidery and lustrous finish — for a splash of luxury. 

To create a deep and moody space, you don’t have to stick to a monochromatic palette. Adding an unexpected sprinkle of colour makes for an exciting and bold statement as well as lightening the space and allowing for a point of difference.  

Without some contrast, a dark bedroom can have the tendency to blend all into one formless style (you want to be able to find the bed without tripping over it).  

Incorporate layers

Fiona Gould straightening a throw on the foot of a bed. In the background is a tall, built-in bookshelf and arched windowFiona Gould straightening a throw on the foot of a bed. In the background is a tall, built-in bookshelf and arched window
A close-up of two hands placing a tufted cushion on top of a bedA close-up of two hands placing a tufted cushion on top of a bed

So you’re ready to embrace your deep, dramatic side, but you’re feeling unsure about how to style a dark bed? One way to break up the style of a dark room is to incorporate layers on your bed.

Start with sheets and layer your way up. To really bring home the dark theme, consider coordinating your bed with matching carbon sheets like the Abbotson Linen Sheet Collection.

Finish off the look with a cosy throw, slung effortlessly over the base of the bed, like our Eame Throw. This will help to soften the look — both to look at, and to touch. 

Channel your personality into your space

Own your space by bringing your personality and style into the dark and dramatic interiors. Dark doesn’t have to be plain, bare or boring — in fact, it can be just the opposite.  

So, experiment with different shades, patterns and textures to find out what works best for you. And have some fun with your interiors, incorporating quirk or kitsch, and interior pieces that let your personal taste shine through. 

14 days ago