Bedroom Color 101: Everything You Need to Know

Bedroom Color 101: Everything You Need To Know

Having the proper mix of colors in your bedroom says a lot about you and your style. However, choosing appropriate colors is often a challenge when you don’t know where to start.

Luckily, this article walks you through the basics so you can choose colors that create the right vibe for your room. It all starts with color theory, since various colors and color combinations create various moods.

Warm & Cool Colors

Colors are tied to natural elements and they evoke certain responses. Warm colors like red, red-violet, orange, and yellow are reminiscent of fire and heat. They can make your bedroom feel warm and cozy or infuse it with energy. For instance, this duvet cover set in Marsala adds vibrancy to the room.

Cool colors like yellow-green, green, blue, and indigo tend to create calmness since they mimic relaxing elements such as the sea and mountains. For instance, this Blue Reversible Boho Lightweight Quilt Set immediately sets a relaxing tone.

Neutral Colors

Weaker colors that draw little attention to themselves are called neutral colors. They include shades of white, black and grey. For instance, this 100 percent cotton percale duvet cover set in steel grey works well with almost any color scheme.

Color Schemes

A color scheme is a proven method of combining colors that work well together. It’s based on the color wheel, a tool that groups colors by their characteristics. You don’t need to buy a color wheel, however it’s important you choose a color scheme that creates the feel you want in your room. Here are the three easiest color schemes to execute and the moods they can create.

Monochromatic - Soothing & Balanced

A monochromatic scheme relies on varying shades (lighter or darker) of a single color. It is the simplest to execute and it can create a very sophisticated look.

However, when you use a monochromatic scheme you’ll need to bring interest to the bedroom in other ways. Add natural fiber accessories, brass or bronze handles to furniture, textured pillows, or a nubby bed throw.

Analogous - Interesting, But Balanced

Analogous colors are colors that sit side-by-side on the color wheel. They always look good together since they have similar characteristics. For instance, an analogous color scheme could include blue, blue-green, and green.

Designers often recommend choosing three colors in varying proportions - 60 percent dominant color, 30 percent secondary color and 10 percent accent color. Add color in bedding, paint, lighting, accessories, and furniture.

Complementary - Bold & Vibrant

Complementary colors lie opposite each other on the color wheel. Examples include purple and yellow, blue and orange, and red and green. Bold colors grab attention and add interest to a room.

However, with so many shades available you can choose less vibrant combinations that work well in the bedroom such as mint green and coral, or pale raspberry and light lime.

Test Your Color Choices

If you’re unsure of which colors you should use, use this tool. It lets you color a bedroom similar to your own so you see how your color choices work together. Alternatively, grab paint swatches from a home improvement store and experiment.

White Space

White space is the area between design elements. However, despite its name, white space does not need to be white. When considering color in your room, use a lighter shade of color in some spaces. It creates the illusion of more room since these areas reflect more light.

Color Intensity 

Generally, saturated colors overpower pastel tones so you’re usually better off matching them with a neutral or complementary color.

Having said that, interior designers will tell you can break any rule if you create a cohesive design. Experiment and design a colorful bedroom you’ll thoroughly enjoy. It’s not that hard when you follow these basic rules!


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