gabby. Bedroom. May 12th , 2017.
The colour scheme is probably the key element in creating the atmosphere of your bedroom. It is what creates the first impression when you walk in, and may even have a therapeutic effect if chosen wisely. You will notice how most doctor's surgeries and hospitals use fresh greens or blues to keep patients relaxed, and how spas are painted in pale lilacs. There is also something calming about colours that occur in nature, so always consider paler shades of greens and browns. These are great when used as a neutral back-drop and allow you to choose more extravagant colours for your curtains and bed linens.
So, what do decorators recommend with regard to colour? Well, before you choose your colour scheme, you need to consider the following factors:
Daylight: Is your bedroom naturally blessed with daylight? Do you have small or large windows? Do you need to use a light colour to help make your room feel brighter? Do you need to turn on your bedroom light even during the day? Neutral tones will bring a bright, airy feel to a bedroom, so consider combinations of cream, beige, grey, tan and sand, for example. In fact, neutral tones can be effective regardless of the size of your bedroom.
Room Size: Is your bedroom a single or double? Lighter colours, like cream, light blue or green, even light orange, work best in a small room. Pale colours have the effect of opening up space, so a small room will seem larger with paler colours. Dark colours should be used sparingly; perhaps as a feature wall in a large double bedroom. We commonly see deep reds used in large bedrooms as they help to make the room feel a bit cosier
Floor covering: Do you have a carpet that drinks in the light, or a shiny wooden floor that reflects the light? Is your carpet pale or patterned? Pale coloured flooring might be harder to keep clean, but it is effective at creating a feeling of space.
Storage: What colour is your bedroom furniture? Dark wardrobes and chests of drawers will absorb the light so it is better to complement these with pale colours on your walls and bed linens. If you don't want your storage to be a feature of the room, then choose light coloured furniture that blends into the background with your walls.
Soft Furnishings: Do you have favourite bed linen or a set of curtains that you are building your colour scheme around? Women build whole outfits around a new pair of shoes, so why not try this approach for your bedroom?
Ultimately, it comes down to you. What colours do you personally find soothing? Do you need a warm tone to help you feel like you're in a cocoon to sleep? Or, do you prefer to wake up to a fresh blast of blue each day? Be careful not to combine too many colours which can cause a 'loud' effect. Always keep harmony in mind and coordinate soft furnishings to keep the colour scheme soothing. Make sure that colours match, but don't be too obsessive about it!
Kids' bedrooms are another story altogether as colour should be used to create the same stimulation as their toys. They want their personal space to be unique and fun. If you find your children asking for colours that are too bright, loud or even too dark, use these colours by all means, but as accents on curtains and duvet covers on top of a neutral base.
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