FIVE GREAT COLOURS TO PAINT YOUR BEDROOM
Decorating your bedroom is a brilliant chance to create your own little retreat from the world. The colour you paint the walls will play a big part in the atmosphere you achieve, but how do you make the right colour decision?
You could simply dive in and paint your bedroom in your favourite colour. But, it’s worth thinking carefully first. It’s widely believed that colour can provoke strong reactions in us.
If you want your bedroom to be a place where you can rest and recharge, then you’ll need to choose a colour that taps into the right emotions.
That’s where this list can guide you, featuring five great colours to paint your bedroom. I’ve also given a few colours you might want to avoid.
If your head is in a complete colour spin (or totally frozen!), you might want to check out another colour post of mine with three easy tips to get you started.
COLOURS FOR RELAXATION
Blue, with its links to nature, has a calming effect, promoting feelings of peace and relaxation. This is especially true of pale shades.
But don’t rule out darker shades of blue because they create a wonderfully cocooning effect. Just take a look at the bedroom of Soha Ayoub.
Note: Blue isn’t universally popular. Some people find it depressing and cold, so avoid it if that’s true for you.
Like blue, green is a colour of nature – think grass and trees – and being around it can calm us. Green is also restful on the eyes so scores a big tick for bedroom décor.
Note: Not all greens fall into the restful camp. A vibrant lime green, for example, is probably too powerful as the main colour in a bedroom.
Like blues and greens, violet can slow the heartbeat. Use a pale shade for a delicate and cool bedroom scheme.
THE COLOUR TO MAKE YOU LOOK GOOD!
Pink is particularly clever as it flatters most skin tones. Think of pink bedroom walls being like an Instagram filter!
Soft, muted tones can be physically soothing and will warm up a north-facing room.
Interior designer Hilary Marconetto has used a pale pink to great effect in her bedroom, pictured below.
Note: Strong pinks can be visually stimulating so will work against a restful vibe.
THE COLOUR THAT WILL SURPRISE YOU
I admit, brown is not the first colour many would pick, but it is a great choice for bedroom walls.
I’ve written previously how brown interiors are gaining in popularity and for good reason. Brown is another colour of nature (think of earth) and is linked with comfort and security in colour psychology.
Grounding and comfortable, brown is the perfect paint colour for a bedroom.
THREE COLOURS TO AVOID
Red, orange and yellow.
Yes, red can be romantic, orange is optimistic and yellow is sunny and happy. But be warned, these colours stimulate and excite.
They can increase blood pressure and pulse rates; and also be tiring. Using them in a big way in a bedroom, such as for wall colour, is likely to create a space that is uncomfortable for many.
So, there you have it. Five great colours to paint your bedroom walls. Would you use any of them in your bedroom?
P.S. Don’t go yet.
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