Your bedroom is a great place to use your favorite colors and to change them up periodically. Because most bedrooms are primarily casegoods (beds, dressers, tables), most times the color is brought in with bedding, window treatments and paint. Since there are so many great ready-made bedding sets, this gives you so many different options!
As a designer, I create interiors that have a pleasing color flow by spending time creating a great color palette and then working from there. Now this doesn’t mean you cannot use bright accents or deep, rich tones in some rooms. I just don’t want to walk in a room and be bowled over by the color (minus kid’s rooms, which get special treatment).
So how do you get the designer look without going too far? It’s pretty easy but you have to make a choice. Are you going to bring in the color with the bedding or the walls? By making this choice early in the process you will help yourself in a number of different ways:
- You will have a clear direction when choosing bedding and paint.
- You will achieve a look that is much more cohesive and has a polished designer look.
- You will make it easier to change just the paint or the bedding down the line for a whole new room.
Where are you going to use color?
Walls - If you go with the walls, then go subtle with the bedding. Choose white, ivory or pastel shades. Neutral patterns are great; reserve colorful patterns for smaller areas on pillows or the bed-skirt (no bedspreads please).
Bedding- If you find a colorful bedding collection that just pulls you in, then go for it. Keep the walls subtle with neutral earth tones or whites that have a slight colored hue. Don’t go bright white, the contrast with the bedding will be too harsh.
Take a look at the photos I have included here and you will get the gist. Many times the hallmark of great design is knowing how to pull back a little and not using every decorating idea you ever had in one room.
If you are proud of the design you have created in your own bedroom, please send us a photo (email@example.com) so we can all see!