Your bedroom is very often your personal palace and sometimes the only place where you can retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life and relax. For that reason it’s important to decorate and dress your bedroom in a manner that will promote a sense of tranquillity and comfort.
To understand why some colours work, it’s perhaps easier to first look at why some simply don’t.
Colours to avoid
Extremely bright or dark colours are probably best avoided, with the latter making the room feel smaller and darker, while the former tend to be dominant and whilst stimulating are not particularly relaxing.
Blue – Regardless of whether the shade of blue is light or dark, the overall feeling is perhaps a bit chilly, which is not really what you want for an environment intended to be restful. If you simply must go blue, then try adding a splash of yellow to it for a touch of warmth.
White – White can be tricky, because although it can brighten and help create the illusion of space and size, it also tends to be a little bare and clinical. You may be able to get away with it if you cleverly accessorise with lots of primary colours.
Red – This may be seen as the colour of romance but instead tends to make rooms look rather dark and gloomy. Perhaps the most suitable way to use red is to paint just one wall and use it as an accent colour.
Yellow/Orange – Although primarily cheerful colours they are not really tranquil enough for a bedroom setting. As with reds, using them as an accent could work in some circumstances.
Maroon/Pink/Purple – Currently popular colours, they are indeed pretty and vibrant, but once again, they are probably best used as accent colours or drawn out through use of accessories.
Colours that work
Neutral colours naturally provide balance and most importantly are easy to work with. Pastels and warm, earthy colours are not only stylish but relaxing on the eye too.
Green – Green is for go! This really is a great colour to use in your bedroom, although perhaps a little unorthodox. As long as you don’t go for some of the brighter shades, green is natural, peaceful and promotes a slower pace, perfect for when you simply want to unwind.
Cream – Cream may be a little clichéd these days, but there is no denying how well it works as a base bedroom colour. It’s neutral so it’s also versatile, meaning when it comes to accessorising; the world is your oyster! Warmth is also found in cream colours and for an extra sophisticated touch you can add some light browns and beiges.
Light Taupe/Beige – Either on their own or together, these are earthy, warm colours and promote easy accessorising in a restful environment.
Peach/Apricot – These are naturally warm tones and they also blend really well with green, so you could actually mix all three to stunning effect.