Painting your room is a really easy and inexpensive way to transform a space – it’s picking the right colour that’s the tricky part. We’ve compiled a short but sweet essential guide on how to choose your perfect bedroom wall colour.
1. Do your research
First and foremost, make sure you do your homework. It can be difficult trying to visualise which colours will work well together. Make a Pinterest board, start collecting magazine clippings, take snaps of your friend’s decor, dig out your favourite holiday photographs - gather whatever you need to get your creative juices flowing. Don't throw yourself in at the deep end either; always remember to test the paint colour on your wall rather than just relying on paint swatches.
2. Inject a little personality
Think about how your bedroom makes you feel. Do you want a serene space that feels comforting and homely, or do you like things to be a little more vibrant and playful?
If you're a big fan of matching decor, layer varying shades of the same colour together for a cohesive look. A clever way to do this is to choose a wall colour that’s a few shades lighter then your furniture and accessories - it will create a sense of depth and make your statement pieces pop.
If you’re the sort of person who changes your mind a lot, play it safe with neutral based walls and drop in colour through your accessories instead. This will give you the flexibility to replace the colour of your theme as and when you like.
3. Figure out which direction your room faces
Have you ever been to a friend’s house and loved their wall colour so much you bought the exact same shade, only to find that when you painted your own room it looked completely different? Colour can often look different depending on the lighting conditions, so it's worth working out which direction your room is facing before picking up the paintbrush.
- North-facing rooms
North-facing rooms can be difficult to decorate, as light from the north is typically cooler. If your room faces north, it’s best to opt for bold colours rather than muted shades as they can run the risk of looking passive. Embrace the natural darkness with opulent colours such as deep purples and dark greys.
- South-facing rooms
South-facing rooms are a joy to decorate as they tend to be brimming with natural light. Enhance the organic glow with light greys and off whites - bright shades will also work equally as well.
- East-facing rooms
East-facing rooms experience the most variation in light throughout the day. Bright morning sunlight tends to be warm and yellowy but as the sun departs, the light soon turns to blue based tones. Blue, greens and cool neutrals are safe but stylish options. A light, duck egg blue would work really well in this instance as it will help to preserve the light whilst adding a little warmth.
- West-facing rooms
West-facing rooms tend to have limited morning light but come into their own during the evening. To ensure that the light bounces around the room all day and night, go for a white or neutral base.
4. Look at the size of your space
Paint colour can have a huge influence on whether a room seems bigger or smaller. If your bedroom is a little on the small side, opt for:
- cool shades to open up the space
- the same coloured walls for a cohesive look
- light walls if you've got dark flooring
- a lighter coloured ceiling than the walls to make it seem higher
- furniture that is a different colour to the walls
- deeper tones towards the bottom of the wall and lighter tones towards the top.
If you’ve got a large bedroom that’s lacking in cosiness, use:
- warmer tones to draw the walls in
- a warmer shade on the ceiling to bring the height of the room down
- a feature wall to add depth and character.
5. Work out your sleeping habits
Colour not only impacts the look of your space, it can also affect your mood. If getting a good night’s kip is your key priority, it’s best to stay away from bright, high energy colours as these can be distracting. Go for light, soothing shades such as greys, beiges and whites for a calming atmosphere.
For more colour ideas, check out our blog post: Life In Colour.