One of the most personal spaces in a home, and probably where you will be spending the most time is your bedroom. Not only do we spend about eight hours sleeping in it, but the bedroom also serves as a retreat when we need some quiet time alone. If you’re done supersizing your bedroom, you may consider adding more changes to suit your preferences.
Your room deserves much thought when it comes to the layout, furniture, decor and room color to create that overall feel and ambiance you want. Bedroom colors are definitely a great starting point in creating this personal sanctuary. There are no hard and fast rules to choosing bedroom colors or its painting style as much really depends on your personal preferences.
Bedroom Colors and Their Effect
Studies have shown that bedroom colors may also have an effect on the room’s occupant and may be related to the number of hours they sleep at night. Recent research has also revealed studies made among people whose rooms were painted in shades blue slept for longer hours (7 hours 52 mins), while those painted in violet or purple, which is said to stimulate brain activity, slept far less (5 hours 56 mins).
Choosing Bedroom Colors That Suit Your Family
When selecting your bedroom paint color, consider who will be occupying this space as children are usually more receptive to brighter and vibrant colors that help create a conducive environment for playing and learning.
Some popular shades for children are
Some children would also have their own favorite colors, usually girls would prefer:
- Pastel shades
On the other hand, boys will choose to be more masculine:
- Shades of gray
But just about any color that would be ideal for the child’s age and preference will do.
As for the master bedroom or any other bedroom for that matter that is occupied by an adult, think of the overall mood you would want to create. A bedroom should be a place to unwind or relax after a hard day’s work where its overall make-up will be enough to lull you to sleep.
In this case, making use of neutral or subdued colors are recommended to achieve that atmosphere which will promote rest and relaxation.
Neutral colors such as beige, brown, gray and white, etc also allow for more creativity in choosing furniture and decor. To brighten up a room painted in neutral shades, splashes of color may instead be used on linen, pillows, furniture upholstery, lamps and etc to add more color to a room.
When the mood or season calls for another color scheme, just simply replace the pillows and other accessories with your chosen color palette to brighten up the room.
Warm or Darker Shades
Warm or darker shades may be used to accent a particular wall, usually to accent a certain portion of the room such as the wall behind the headboard providing a striking contrast to the rest of the walls in neutral or pastel shades. Use your favorite colors to accent walls while the neutral shades provide a classic, versatile and sophisticated look
White or Off-White Shades
White paint is a common choice among homeowners for they feel that this is one of the safest colors they can use in their rooms or homes. White creates an illusion of more space and more height when used on the ceiling which is good for smaller rooms but may appear boring or too plain. White also has a soothing effect.
Other shades are available to create a more homey ambiance such as pearl, off-white, light gray, cream, ivory and etc
Earth tones are actually those that mimic nature’s colors or what is referred to as neutral colors which are popular among homeowners. These include toned down shades of brown, yellow-beige, and orange. Lighter shades of neutral colors such as sand or beige makes a room look wider, bigger and airy.
Colors of Tranquility
Colors such as green and blue are said to promote the feeling of calm & relaxation most especially when the lighter hues or shades of these two colors are used. Darker hues of these must be avoided as they may make a room look smaller and tighter.
Have You Picked the Bedroom Colors for Your Home?
These are some of the popular choices for bedroom colors which may be used in combination or perhaps an accent wall may be added to brighten to you space so long as they are not too overwhelming making relaxation at night more difficult (avoid bright reds, oranges, bright greens, deep reds, etc.).
Overall, color choices are really a personal choice dependent on one’s personality and vibe. If a particular color makes you feel happy or rested, go for it! A bedroom is a personal space after all and should reflect your unique individuality.