Choosing the right colour for your bedroom isn’t one of those life or death decisions, but it requires some thought because you’ll be stuck with your choice for a while, and the bedroom should definitely not be a place that creates anxiety. The most important aspects to keep in mind are: the atmosphere that the colour brings to the room, whether it fits with your general interior design and do you like the it.
Here are a few things you should have in mind before you make the decision.
The size of the room
The size of the room usually doesn’t even enter the equation, but it should because by choosing the colour you can make the room appear larger or more intimate, depending on your needs. Lighter shades go better with a smaller room and they give the illusion of space. On the other hand, try warmer, or even bright colours for a large room and the space will feel more compact. Don’t forget the ceiling. Most people just leave it white, but with right colours it too can look awesome. Low ceilings work well with yellow hues and tall ones should be a couple of shades darker than the walls.
If you’re not creating a bedroom from scratch, chances are that you already have a couple of large pieces of furniture in it. It’s fine to build on that when you’re choosing the colour. Your biggest concerns are the rug, bed and closet. This doesn’t mean that it’s ok to let the smaller furniture clash with the walls, but that’s easier to fix. The walls don’t have to be the same colour as the furniture – remember the complementary colours wheel and work with it.
There is a lot of talk about colour psychology lately, yet most of it is just gibberish. On the other hand, some of it is actually true. Colours can set a mood of the entire room and affect how you feel when you’re in it. The best colours are the ones that make the room suitable for sleeping and rest. Blue, lavender and green are the most used options, but pink can also be soothing especially for a kids’ room.
Blue is associated with calm and serenity, but it can also evoke authority, especially the darker tones (there’s a reason that the police uniforms are blue). It stimulates contemplation and prevents nightmares. There are studies that show that it can also delay hunger. Outmoded opinion states that it’s a colour for boys, but there’s no reason not to go against the stereotypes.
Green represents calmness, balance and security. People tend to associate this colour with health and safety. Some cultures also connect it with fertility. It’s a great choice for the bedroom if you use it just for sleeping. However, if your bedroom is also a study, it would maybe be best to avoid green, as it might keep you from focusing.
Purple is a colour of energy and creativity. It’s dramatic and looks luxuries. Lighter hues (such as lavender) have a calming effect. It’s probably not a good idea to paint the whole wall purple, but combine it with other colours. It makes a perfect choice for a kid’s room, especially if you get the lights right.
Bedrooms are often painted in a single colour. No one knows why, but it seems to be the unwritten rule. There is no reason not to break it, according to paint suppliers– many want to, but feel like it would be too lively for a bedroom. There are a couple of options – you can paint one wall in a different, more vibrant colour (and use it to hand paintings or other memorabilia); or you can have one fun wall, on which you can experiment with a variety of colours and shapes. Drawings are also an option if you are a bit on the artistic side.
In the end – it’s your room and you’re the one who’s going to sleep in it. Never underestimate the value of your personal affinities.
December 27, 2016