The bedroom is a space that has to be calm, peaceful and serene, but not too much. You want the colors in this space to create an atmosphere that cradles you to sleep each night, but which also helps you to leap from your bed each morning, ready to face the world and all of its challenges. That means that while your colors have to be gentle and serene, they should also be balanced with points of interest, so that you aren’t lulled into a semi permanent stupor.
Color Elements in the Bedroom
The main architectural elements in a bedroom are going to be the walls, and the bedroom flooring material that you choose. The colors found on these surfaces will be relatively uniform across the entire room canvas, and will have to interact with every piece of décor and every furnishing which you bring into the space.
These surfaces should be complimented and contrasted by the décor choices you make within the space. Accent points can bring bursts of interest to serene settings, while art and decorative pieces can add subtle depth to your bedroom environment. In general you will want the walls and surfaces to be the subdued backdrop against which your decorative pieces pop and draw attention.
Bedroom Palette Cheat Sheet
One of the secrets that professional interior designers use to develop a palette for a bedroom is to find a single piece of décor with an interesting multi colored pattern in it. This can be a piece of furniture, a pair of curtains, or even a fabric sample found in a cloth store.
The idea is that if the pattern is attractive in that piece, then the colors found in that pattern will all compliment one another. This can be used as a guide as you decorate with color throughout the entire bedroom. It gives you an idea of not only which colors will work, but also what proportions they should be in to create an attractive environment.
Bedroom Color Psychology
Color can have a powerful influence on how people think and react to situations in an environment. In the bedroom, you want to use color to create a web of serenity that will stretch out across walls and bedroom floors to create a sense of peace and security that will make it easy to fall into slumber each night.
One of the most common colors used in a bedroom are various blue tones. These tend to be soothing hues that remind people of oceans and sky, and other grand and calming elements of the natural world.
Green is also popular in many bedrooms. Unlike blue, green hues tend to be more vibrant and energetic, and yet they don’t create the frenetic sense of movement and action that harsher colors do. However you have to be careful to choose green colors which compliment one another, and your own skin tones, in order to ensure that you are getting an attractive setting.
Earth tones are trending in popularity in bedroom designs, as they tend to create a space which is both warm and inviting. Consisting of browns, tans, and amber colors, these hues tend to evoke a sense of hearth that hearkens back to days of wood and stone homes. These are often used in contrasting palettes, with lighter tans and grays being accented by the amber hues and golden tones.
Joey Pebble is a freelance artist, author, and designer who has been working with PebbleZ.com on the creation of interior projects and products crafted from natural materials for over nine years.