Paint Colours For Bedrooms

Bedrooms, for many people are not just a place to sleep, but a sanctuary away from the noise and chaos of our modern life in this electronic age. We can relax and read a book, take a nap, or do some of our best thinking just staring at that ceiling. Romance has even been known to bloom in that diverse space!

The bedroom doubles as a dressing room. Most people keep their clothes and personal effects there. For ladies it is often their make-up counter as well as shoe store and jewellery safe. It is a wonder there is any ‘room’ for a ‘bed’ in bedrooms at all.

Paint Colours for bedrooms are therefore highly personal. This is a room where pastel shades may be best used as they are soothing and calming. This is one of the few rooms I find the colour blue really works well. If it coordinates with the rest.

Important: When picking the paint colours for your bedroom look first at the items which are definitely remaining as part of the décor. For instance if you have a favourite piece of art that contains a lot of purples and golds you would want to pick colours that complement those colours of this focal point. See my article on the science of colour to learn about complementary colours.

So start by establishing the mood you want. Deep reds will conjure romance. Pale greens and blues will give an airy feel to the room. Think of the mood you want with your new or existing furniture. Work from a plan not randomly. The paint colour for your bedroom must include all these factors.

Also do you have much natural light or is it quite dark? You may want to consider lighter colours to keep it from being too dark.

So we have some key rules about paint colours for bedrooms:

  1. Light colours for rooms that lack light.
  2. Light pastels create an airy, restful feel.
  3. Darker colours can be used to create a more vivid mood.
  4. Coordinate around those furnishing that are set parts of the design; art or bedspreads, to get your focal point of paint colours for bedroms.
  5. Coordinate around these.
  6. Finally, this is your most personal space. So if you want to break all the rules above go ahead! That might be your personal statement: This is the room of he/she who breaks all the rules and loves it!

Whatever you do don’t just sit there with boring beige walls. Pump up the colour!

Vancouver painter and contractor Peter Byrne
“PETER BYRNE is the owner and hands-on manager of Kassel Painting Limited. In the last two decades he has run over 1500 painting projects totalling $5.5M. There is little that can go right (or wrong) on a job-site he has not seen, solved, and lived to talk about.”

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