A mix of light wood and blue paint make this blue bedroom a true sanctuary. The paint is Nairobi Blue by Clare.

Get Inspired by This Relaxing Blue Bedroom Makeover

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When tasked with redesigning a bedroom for a busy Brooklyn couple, Alicia Hassen of Brooklinteriors had one theme in mind: relaxation. “Both have hectic work schedules; one is actually a doctor and worked through the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hassen told Clare. “I wanted to create a sanctuary for them and give them a place to relax.” For Hassen, that meant a blue bedroom featuring Nairobi Blue — a fresh, light blue paint color that evokes cloudless skies and crystal clear waters.

Before

Interior designer Brooklinteriors transformed this dull and dated blue bedroom using Nairobi Blue paint by Clare.

The intial bedroom design felt dull and dated. “They had all this dark furniture that really weighed down the room,” Hassen said. With that in mind, she planned out a series of strategic updates that would give the layout and blue bedroom color scheme a cohesive look and feel.

After

A coat of Nairobi Blue paint by Clare and light, airy accents turned this blue bedroom into a sanctuary.
Nairobi Blue - a light blue paint color by Clare
Nairobi Blue

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Brightening the space with blue bedroom walls

“Paint opens up so many design possibilities,” Hassen said of choosing to paint the bedroom in Nairobi Blue. “The wall color was a big focus — it’s restorative yet energetic. It really brightened up the room and transformed it into a calming space that you actually want to spend time in.”

A pretty vignette inside a light blue bedroom. The mirror and accent pieces are complemented by blue wall paint: Nairobi Blue by Clare.

In addition to the blue bedroom walls, Hassen’s choice of furniture worked toward that end goal of lightening up the space. “I went with a natural wood for the new bed frame and got rid of the dresser because they have a walk-in closet, which really opened up the layout,” she explains. “I also added a beaded chandelier and two brass sconces to pick up on that warm wood and add additional light.”

You'd never guess this blue bedroom was dark and dull before. Nairobi Blue paint by Clare helped transform it completely.

Adding texture and warmth to a blue bedroom

Finishing touches like a sheepskin rug, mix-and-match throw pillows, and fresh linens added just the right touch of texture to the space. “I featured lighter pieces like the area rug, artwork, quilt, and sheets to create a nice contrast against the blue bedroom walls and comforter,” she explains. “I love layering materials and using a ton of pillows and blankets in bedrooms, almost like a hotel. It makes the space feel so luxurious and cozy.”

Before

A before shot showcasing the dull, dated look of a Brooklyn couple's bedroom.

After

This blue bedroom features a serene sitting area and gallery wall. The blue paint is Nairobi Blue by Clare.
Nairobi Blue - a light blue paint color by Clare

Nairobi Blue

Nairobi, from the Maasai phrase “Enkare Nyrobi,” translates to “cool water.” This fresh, light blue definitely reminds us of cool waters, cloudless skies, and a magical red carpet moment that put this heavenly blue hue in the spotlight.

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Fortunately, the homeowners share in Hassen’s love of restorative design. “Even before the project was done, they came up to me and said, ‘It's so nice to be able to come home and enjoy a beautiful, relaxing bedroom.’ I loved being able to create that sanctuary for them.”

Get a closer look at the details in this relaxing blue bedroom. The paint is Nairobi Blue by Clare.
Brooklinteriors' Alicia Hassen designed a relaxing blue bedroom for a busy couple. The wall color is Nairobi Blue by Clare.

Inteior designer Alicia Hassen of Brooklinteriors

Related: Want to see more from Alicia Hassen of Brooklinteriors? Read This airy Brooklyn abode is a lesson in family-friendly design.

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