Choosing paint colors for your home can be overwhelming. This is particularly true when it comes to the bedroom. You spend a significant amount of time in your bedroom and the color of your bedroom paint needs to fit both your personality and your needs. Let’s take a look at some tips, steps, and ideas to help you choose the perfect color.
Set a Mood
Before heading to the paint store, consider what mood you want to set in your bedroom. Do you want it to be soothing? What about romantic or inspiring? How about cheerful? Consider the colors that you associate with these emotions and moods. Soothing might be blue, for example, whereas cheerful might be yellow.
Consider What You Already Have
Take a look at the tone of the furniture and the accessories that you have. For example, if you have pine furniture then it generally has a yellowish tint. You’ll want to choose paint colors that are complementary to that tint. Likewise if you have bright red bedding you may want to choose bedroom paint that complements it. If you are starting from scratch, you can choose the color then decorate around it!
Tips from the Pros
Painting contractors and decorators tend to know a thing or two about choosing the right color for your home. Here are just some of their words of wisdom:
• Find the color you want and then go one shade darker.
• Test in different light. Bring home three shades of the same color. The shades will range from dark to light and test them in different lights in your room. For example, the light by the window will be quite different than the light near your closet or behind your door.
• Neutral doesn’t have to mean white. Neutral colors are wonderful for the bedroom because they’re generally easy to work with and are generally quite beautiful. However, neutral can be things other than just white. You can choose natural grays, blues, and even neutral reds. Neutral just means that it is a balance of warm and cool tones.
• Know the 60-30-10 rule. This is a paint color rule that designers live by. It means that 60% of your room should be one color, 30% should be a complementary color, and the remaining 10% is an accent color.
• Look for low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paint or VOC free paint. You spend a lot of time in your bedroom and don’t want to spend that time breathing in toxic fumes.
Choosing the perfect color for your bedroom can be a fun process. Consider how you want the room to feel. Don’t be afraid to test and experiment with colors and when in doubt, ask your painting contractor or a designer for their opinion on your chosen color scheme and which type of paint to use!