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Bedroom Color Schemes

When planning a bedroom makeover, one of the first things to weigh is what type of lighting the room gets and how you want the room to feel. This is really important because you don't want to waste a lot of time and money on decor that either over powers or looks washed out.

For example, I used the same bedroom color schemes in two different places but it looked completely different in each.

The master suite is drenched with natural light due to it's second story location and an abundance of windows, which made the wall paint color looked washed out. That same paint formula is in a much smaller bedroom on the ground floor that only has one window, and there the color looks perfect.

black, white and chocolate brown bedroom color schemes

With black and white bedroom color schemes it helps if you add accents of another color, like the chocolate brown in this example. The dark furniture and accessories looks great set against white walls and although you can't see the color of flooring materials, I'd be willing to be their dark also.

Your present carpet and furniture colors will also play a role unless you plan on replacing them. For example, you may need to darken you wall color to balance out light rugs and furniture and vice versa, you wouldn't want dark walls with dark furniture and rugs.

And don't forget the ceiling! White walls and white ceilings can be too stark so why not try some color up there. A metallic paint or plaster on the ceiling can do wonders by adding a slight shimmer and a cozy feeling. To jazz up bedroom color schemes, try some of these paint ideas.

Can't decide on bedroom color schemes? Try using two bedroom wall colors.

Use wainscoting or chair rails to alternate the colors between the bottom and top halves of the room. Let's look at two examples to compare the visual weight of each room.

In the photo on the right, they used a yellowy-lime green on the bottom portion of the wall while keeping the top portion white. Now contrast that with the photo on the left with the white wainscoting and dark paint color above it.

bedroom designed with white wainscotting and gray walls, and red, white and green color scheme lime green bedroom wall colors

These photos also bring up another point and that is that the variations of color are mind boggling. One green is granny smith apple colored and the other is yellowy green like the color of a key lime pie filling (sans the food color)

Use accent colors to make certain features more prominent, like the wall behind the bed, inside niches, book cases, furniture, accessories, etc.

I decided to mix it up in my master bedroom makeover, with a blue green accent color on one wall and repeated it in two niches. Then added a warm gold glaze on the other walls. For me it feels like the perfect balance but each of us has very different tastes when it comes to color.

white and violet bedroom color schemes, chocolate brown and antique gold accents,two tone  silk drapes

Take My friend Sheila for example, she has a thing for blue-purples. She chose these crisp white bed linens with chocolate brown accents, then added brown pillows and one purple in the middle. Antique gold tones throughout add warmth and since yellow is opposite purple on the color wheel, it contrasts nicely.

When choosing bedroom color schemes it helps if you factor in the following:

  • While monochromatic palettes may be more restful on the eyes, don't go that route if it's not your style.

  • Super warm shades like vibrant oranges and reds are usually too intense for a room that's intended for sleeping. On the other hand adding enough white to lighten it can give it a relaxing quality. Think light peach versus bright orange or light pink versus red.

  • Deeper, darker shades can fit well in a bedroom as can painting some of your furniture in your favorite colors.

  • If your favorite color is too bright, why not darken it with a little brown, gray or black to make the room appear more cozy?

  • Glazes can also be used reduce the intensity of a vibrant color, add depth and movement, plus drama. The technique you use will depend on your style. For example: you could make a linen look with a comb technique, use stencils, or do a rag rolling technique.

  • When painting an accent wall, try to repeat that color in the room either in the furniture, bedding, niches, etc. You can also paint more than one wall in your accent color, but try to avoid painting opposites and go for two adjoining instead.

  • Stripes of color can be used to create the illusion of more height or width, (depending on the direction) and tends to be less expensive than wallpaper.

A good painter is worth their weight in gold!

A lot of folks probably think interior designers are the color experts, I know I sure did, but a really good painter can also be a great resource. Some house painters are so good, that they can judge the amount of light in each room and adjust the paint colors accordingly, so that it looks like one color going through the entire house.

Artists who work with color every day, like oil painters and graphic artists, are also incredible at seeing the relationship between colors. For those of us who aren't so good at it, it helps to find a color inspiration, such as a fabric, vase, or painting. Anything that has a combination of colors you find appealing and then go from there.

Collect photos from magazines and the internet, then make notes of what you like about each room.

Because color has the power to heal and it brings out so many emotions, we should take our time. Here's an in depth look at how to choose bedroom color schemes by understanding how color affects us, and it also has color wheels. I caution you to avoid going with something just because someone says it's the hot color this season.

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