The Best Sheet Colors If You Have A Floral Duvet

Some people have a flawless sense of color. For them, mixing and matching seem effortless from their wardrobe to their interiors. But for those of us who don't have the eye, there's a fairly easy way to bring color into the bedroom. Here, our focus is on working from a floral duvet already in place to pick out the best sheet colors.  

While color theory can sound a little intimidating, you probably learned about it in grade school, using crayons or pencils. Primary colors, red, blue, and yellow, when blended, create the secondary colors orange, green, and purple. From there the tertiary or third-tier colors flow: blue and green make teal. Red and purple make magenta, explains Crayola. Seeing this on a color wheel is easier than reading about it and they're available online and from art supply stores.

Artists and designers study color basics and guidelines that universally appeal. We won't call these rules because the colors you choose for your home interior are up to you. But by getting to know the basics, you'll soon have several techniques to rely on when picking out colors.

Techniques to consider

One basic technique is to identify the main colors in the floral pattern. What color is prominent? If the pattern features roses, for example, do you want the sheets to match the red in the rose or the green in the stem? Either one will work because red and green are complimentary colors — opposites on the color wheel actually work very well together. Picking either shade for the sheet underneath the duvet will work beautifully.

Canva suggests additional techniques. A monochromatic scheme uses lighter and darker shades of a single basic hue. Analogous colors are three colors side by side on the color wheel, such as indigo, blue, and teal. Triadic refers to three evenly spaced colors on the wheel, which will give a high contrast look, such as combining purple, orange, and teal.

Finally, there's tetradic, the practice of using four colors that are evenly spaced on the color wheel, for example, yellow, blue-green, violet, and red-orange. Visually, a tetradic group has a high impact and might be the ideal way to bring a lot of color into the bedroom with both sheets and accessories.

Activity area or peaceful oasis?

Before adding more color to the bedroom think about how you use the space and the vibe you want in the room. In small homes or apartments, the bedroom sometimes doubles as an office or exercise spot, while in larger homes a bedroom may have a private space for sitting, reading, or watching TV. Warm colors like red, orange, and yellow are energizing, while the cool colors, greens, and blues are soothing, according to Color Psychology. Neutrals like gray, white, and ivory can be either warm or cool, depending on the tone.

Since floral duvets come in everything from wispy, delicate pastels to bold contemporary patterns, this visual, along with the colors you pick to match the duvet will greatly influence the room's mood. If the bedroom also doubles as your office, the bright energy of orange sheets and yellow pillows can energize your thoughts. If the room is a tranquil retreat meant only for winding down before sleeping, calming colors or neutrals throughout the room, and repeated in the sheets might be best.