The Right Paint For Your Bedroom

Painting your bedroom is an inexpensive way to get a whole new look, however some people find it to be an overwhelming task to choose a color or type of paint.

Many simply stare at the thousands of paint color swatches in the store and then walk away confused without ever picking out a color!

If you want to paint your bedroom, the first step is to select a range of colors or color themes.

That way, when you go into the store you can narrow down your selection of color swatches to those in that general color shade.

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If you want your bedroom to evoke a certain mood, some colors have shown to be better at evoking certain emotions or moods.

Calming colors are soft colors – blues, greens, and lavenders in a muted shade.

Anything too vivid or bright will not be calming.

If you are decorating to have a calming effect these colors go quite well together.

You could punch it up a bit with some brighter accents in the same colors but with a different tone.

I like a sage green for the walls with some light sky blues and lavenders sprinkled around the room.

Bedding, wall coverings and flooring can be a solid color to keep the calm mood going.

Accent with candles and perhaps a table top waterfall.

On the other hand, you might want to paint your bedroom so that it energizes.

Maybe you want to wake up in the morning ready to go! Then you might want to try bright colors like reds and yellows with maybe a bit of orange thrown in.

I love the look of deep red walls even if it may take several coats to cover!

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Yellow and orange make a nice color combination – maybe a bit 70’s so you could do a nice retro design with these colors.

Tone it down a bit by using brown as an accent.

Of course, you can always use red with black and white for a classically contemporary look.

And there’s always a white room (bedding, walls, and floors) with bright red, yellow, blue and orange accents for a mid century feel that will liven up the place.

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For a more elegant type of bedroom, you may opt for tans or off whites.

These can match very well with some darker, rich colors like maroon, gold, or even black.

Use some deep jewel tones to create a romantic but calming feeling.

Gray and brown can be a nice modern color palette – use deep colors not light and you will be surprised how this can give the room a cozy feel that is a bit more modern.

Another choice you may have to make is if you want to use traditional paints or get an effect on your walls with special effect paints.

You can add texture to your walls with paints that have texture build in, or use special paint to get the look of marble or old world plaster.

Some of these use solvent based glazes and others have specially made paint just for that particular look you want.

Bedroom Decorating with Color

Decorating with color can make or break a bedroom.

When properly applied, the right, well-chosen paint color can turn a bedroom into a place of comfort, warmth and love.

If done incorrectly, decorating with color—the wrong color—can not only cause a lot of behind-the-back sneers and snickers from family and friends, but has actually been shown to affect mood, energy levels, health and emotional well-being.

Many mistakenly assume they should pick the paint and design the bedroom around it.



This is not necessarily the best route to go when deciding.

Before deciding what color to paint a bedroom, decide what pieces, new or existing, you plan to put inside it.

Make sure to pay attention to their colors, from the main coats to the accents on the knobs and handles, before picking a final color to paint a room.

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Fabrics, fixtures and wall hangings should be equally considered.

Once you have decided what types of items you will include, keep these in mind when looking at overall colors to ensure they fit in.

Decorating with color based on existing fabrics, bedding or wall hangings is much easier than starting from scratch, and searching for smaller items to match the larger color of a bedroom.

You don’t need some sort of epiphany or divine intervention to find inspiration for the desired color of a room.

While it may just scream a certain shade of this color or that, you can also look to smaller items and build your color scheme around them.

Many look to a favorite wall hanging or fabric.

Once it’s decided that item will occupy the bedroom, pick colors that accent and highlight the painting or fabric.

This will not only tie a bedroom together and keep consistency, but it will provide a focused palette of colors from which you should pick your main color.

Color evokes emotion, so make sure to know what type of feelings you want the bedroom to convey and evoke in you and your guests.

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Don’t be afraid of white, but be afraid of all white.

An all white room will no doubt evoke a feeling of coldness, but, when done correctly, accents can turn a cold all-white bedroom into whatever style of room you want.

Again, remember the desired feel and emotions you want to convey, and pick furniture, fixings, accent rugs and carpeting to evoke that feeling.



Even the most novice designers know that decorating with color is not a daunting task provided you understand what you are trying to achieve.

If used correctly, color can capture and evoke the mood and emotions you want.

Choosing Your Bedroom Color

A simple decision at face value – choose a paint color or color scheme for your bedroom – can turn even the strongest amongst us into quivering wimps.

The fear of picking the wrong color has many owners paralyzed and unable to make a decision.

You can always hire a decorator or Color Design Expert to help you solve your color selection problem.

However, if your would rather do it own your own you can use a simple technique that I recommend.

Make a trip to your local home improvement center and head straight for the paint department.

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Pick whatever color you take a fancy to.

Don’t worry about where you will be using the color for now.

Just have fun with your choices this will help you reduce the intimidation of choosing a color.

This is the first step in overcoming your fear.

Grab you favorite fashion magazines and cut out images with colors you find attractive.

After all if you are attracted to a color in make-up or fashion, odds are you will like that color in your bedroom.

Find an inspiration piece in your bedroom that you absolutely love.



Use the colors from that piece to guide you in you color choices.

Buy pint or smaller sizes of paint colors you have decided on and apply them to a small section of wall or posterboard (tape it to the wall).

Watch how the color changes through out the day as it responds to daylight and artificial light.

IF you definitely love the color – then get the color and start painting.

If not just repeat this exercise.

Keep in mind that choosing a paint color or color scheme for your bedroom is not a life or death choice.

Approach the decision with a sense of humor and adventure knowing that no matter if you choose right or wrong at least you made a decision.

If you chose the color you love Congratulations.

If you chose a color you decided you didn’t like Congratulations too!

You are just one step closer to finding the color that defines your personality for your bedroom and one step further away from your fear of color.

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