So you're thinking of painting your bedroom. Your place of rest, solace, Sunday lie-ins and well, we won't go on, but you get the idea! Avoid the pitfall of just choosing your favourite colour and why not follow our tips when considering whether you're going for the deep sea blue, dusky pink or letterbox red (averts eyes at the thought!) Share your bedroom colours with us on Instagram by tagging your photos with #myspaceshack .
THE DESIGN STYLE
The first and most important aspect to consider when redecorating your bedroom paint selection is to decide what overall look you are going for. Are you going for a themed bedroom or choosing a design style that is reflective of your design personality? I would always recommend keeping colours neutral when in comes to painting your bedroom and then being adventurous when it comes to the styling i.e. bedding, cushions and rugs. You'd be amazed how these elements can lift and accentuate your choice of colour.
THE MOOD ARE YOU TRYING TO CREATE
Which design style suits your personality the most and more importantly, makes you feel comfortable? Do you prefer a calm, bright and relaxing ambience or is it a more sexy, romantic and warm feel that you want to go for? After all, you will be going to sleep and waking up in this room therefore spending your most personal time here and you should feel at ease.
THE SIZE IS YOUR SPACE
This is crucial. The size of your bedroom will ultimately determine the overall design style and mood you are wishing to create. If you have a smaller bedroom I would definitely recommend you to go lighter with the colours to ensure an illusion of more space and making it feel less cramped, whereas if you have a much larger space you can begin to explore deeper colour tones.
The amount of natural light you have in your bedroom can transform the shade of your paint colour completely. Be careful with your artificial light also, ensure your lighting sets the ambience in your bedroom.
Where do you get your colour inspiration from? It can be from anywhere, an element of colour from the piece of artwork that hangs above your bed or perhaps your favourite item of clothing in your closet. Nowadays, you can colour match from almost anything and get custom made paint done down to the nearest pantone reference. So go you can make your bedroom match a new pair of shoes you recently bought! Choose a main colour and then an additional colour which compliments this as an accent colour for your styling accessories and furnishings.
Will you be keeping exiting furniture or replacing it with new pieces? This is a vital decision to make on embarking on your renovation project.
Make sure you take into consideration any existing colours in the room which may have to stay, for example if you are only changing the wall colour and not the floor or furniture, ensure you choose a colour which compliments these. If you are changing your entire bedroom, then explore and you could even choose your furniture first, this could give you some colour inspiration for choosing your paint colour.
After sampling some options in a local store, buy a handful of your favourite colours in sample pots and bring them home to experiment with. We recommend painting your carefully selected sample pots onto white A4 paper or card to see how each of these colours work in your bedroom. Remember to move these around the room, oh, and look at the colour at different times of the day so you can see how the colour is affected by the light.