Is your bedroom suffering from a serious case of the beige blues? Is waking up in the morning a slog, just like your boring breakfast oatmeal? Snap out of it! We know there’s safety in neutrals, but at what cost to your sanity? Colors, when used properly in the bedroom, can enhance relaxation, help you fall asleep more easily and have you wake up more energized. Trust us, it’s a big life improvement. If you’ve ever found yourself yearning for more color in your sleeping quarters but just didn’t know how to go about it, we’ve got the tried and true methods for choosing just the right palette.
Before we get into the nitty gritty details, let us start by suggesting you keep in handy our trusty friend the Color Wheel, preferably one that includes tints (added white), hues (added gray) and shades (added black).
Monochromatic. Choose one color and pair it with a neutral — likely white or beige, which are the most common wall colors. For the bedroom, many designers suggest a cool tone like green or blue, as these are classic “calming” colors. However, you may be more of a sunny yellow person. Or a romantic red. Or navy blue. Whatever your personality, deck out your bed in a color you find comforting, or at least something you can tolerably wake up to in the morning. If you have the liberty to do so, you can experiment with painting one — or all — your walls in this same color. Mix in wall art and accessories in similar hues, shades and tints, in addition to contrasting with pops of black, gray or white.
Two-Color. We’ve all heard of complementary (contrasting) colors, which are opposite each other on the Color Wheel, but that’s a no-go here. For the bedroom, analogous colors, or colors that are side-by-side on the Color Wheel, make a much more relaxed palette choice. Pick two that are next door neighbors and balance them with the neutral of your choice.
Keep in mind the classic 60-30-10 rule, here. Even though we chose only two colors, the neutral technically bumps it up to three. 60 percent of your room should be a dominant color choice (walls, bedframe, accent furniture), 30 percent should be a secondary color (curtains, smaller pieces) and 10 percent should be an accent color (pillows, decorations, lamps).
For instance, have your walls and bedframe in marigold yellow, soften the brightness with a cool gray bedspread, and highlight with cheery yellow-green accent pillows and artwork.
Three-Color. Consulting the Color Wheel again, we can choose a variation on complementary colors by going split-complementary. This would mean choosing your key color, say blue. Then, see what color is directly opposite (orange), but don’t stop there. Choose the two colors that are just to either side — in this case, yellow-orange and red-orange. As always, we’ll balance it all out with a neutral, and go to 110 percent with the 60-30-10-10 rule. Walls and bed in peacock teal, bedspread and curtains in marigold, and accents in rust red with white trim and ceiling.
And there you have it. Three foolproof options for balancing your bedroom with your color personality. Don’t be afraid to experiment, and challenge yourself to move beyond the beige!