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How to Choose Colors for Your Bedroom

This is a great ensemble for the blue lovers out there.  Some might be tempted to paint the walls a light blue but the natural tone shown is classic and really allows the bedding to take center stage.

This is a great ensemble for the blue lovers out there. Some might be tempted to paint the walls a light blue, but the natural tone shown is classic and really allows the bedding to take center stage.

 

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!

 

This room features subtle bedding and a rich wall color that balance each other out.  The paint color is Valley Forge Brown, a Benjiman Moore Historical Color.  My favorite collection of colors.

This room features subtle bedding and a rich wall color that balance each other out. The paint color is Valley Forge Brown, a Benjamin Moore Historical Color. This is my favorite collection of colors.

 

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).  

 

The coral and aqua tones in this bedding are beautiful but not meant to be on the walls.  The buttery walls are the perfect backdrop.

The coral and aqua tones in this bedding are beautiful, but not meant to be on the walls. The buttery walls are the perfect backdrop.

 

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:

  1. You will have a clear direction when choosing bedding and paint.
  2. You will achieve a look that is much more cohesive and has a polished designer look.
  3. You will make it easier to change just the paint or the bedding down the line for a whole new room.

 

Even in this modern nursery, the bold green walls pair perfectly with the lighter bedding.

Even in this modern nursery, the bold green walls pair perfectly with the lighter bedding.

 

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 (questions@mydesignsecrets.com) so we can all see!

~Lorrie

 

 

 

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8 Responses to “How to Choose Colors for Your Bedroom”

  1. Faith Sheridan Says:

    Lorrie, this is a great post. I especially appreciate that you focus on color on the walls vs. color on the bed. This information helps communicate the ‘less is more’ message very effectively.
    Faith

  2. VICKI Says:

    I TOO BELIEVE IN THE BOLD SOFAS HAVE NEUTRAL WALLS AND BOLD WALLS WITH LIGHT FURNITURE EVEN THE LAUNDRY ROOM LIKE A DID

  3. Hope Says:

    I absolutely love the coral and aqua bed! Bloomingdales no longer carries the set but do you happen to know who made that?

  4. My Design Secrets Says:

    You are the second reader that has inquired about that bedding this month. Unfortunately I don’t know the manufacturer so it’s hard to track down. good luck!
    ~Lorrie

  5. Saba Says:

    I love the natural color on the top half of the wall with ten blue bed spread. How would I do that?

  6. My Design Secrets Says:

    That looks like a grasscloth wallpaper like this one for example: http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Grasscloth-Book-Authentic-Wallpaper/dp/B000FLGBNY
    Adding wallpaper to your bedroom is a great way to add some interesting texture.
    ~Lorrie

  7. Nicalaine Says:

    Where can I find the bedding in the Valley Forge brown bedroom?

  8. My Design Secrets Says:

    Sorry, I don’t know. That photos is from the Benjamin Moore website. You’d have to ask them.

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