matter where you fall on the topic of color, choosing the right color
for your bedroom is more than just personal preference. Color affects
restfulness, and romance, too, say local design experts.
blue, green and gray are good colors (for the bedroom)," says
DeAnna Radaj of Bante Design, Milwaukee. "Green is actually
perfect — right in the middle of the color spectrum — and
everything goes with it," Radaj says.
incorporates feng shui, environmentalism and universal design into
what she calls "Eco-Shui." Eco-Shui is looking at cool
colors for bedroom background colors with accent colors in warm tones.
bedroom corresponds with the relationship area," Radaj notes.
"So be conscious of what colors to use in your bedroom." Red
is the color of a legally binding relationship (marriage), pink is the
color for single and looking, and peach is the color for "just
looking" (wink, wink), Radaj says.
blogger Jessamy Tsoris of Color Zen says gray is a great bedroom color
because it is "serene and restful." Paints have moved into
gentler and softer grays, she says — for example, blue-gray and
green-gray — and that her clients tend to look for subtle shades of
blue and gray.
Trending now are
gray and pearl colors as inspired by Instagram, photo-filtering and
retro looks, she says.
Haven Interiors Ltd., Milwaukee, have clients on both sides of the
color spectrum. "We have clients who want neutrals and clients
who want more color," designer Anna Miles says.
see grays but the grays have changed — they used to be cooler tones
but are now warm grays, which gives the ability to blend rich tones.
We also see emerald green with hints of teal blue while still using
gray as the base."
But all clients
are doing more with color in the bedroom. They want their bedroom to
reflect a cozy lifestyle. "The bedroom is an intimate setting —
they live a lot of the day in the bedroom — so of course it should
be as comfortable as possible as well as beautiful."
Miles is also
seeing upholstered headboards in neutral colors with an additional
touch of wood framing ("it softens the look") or accented
with nailhead trim.
forget lighting, Miles says. "The bedroom is a big space and
great for lighting."
Radaj also uses
the 60-30-10 Rule in designing a room: "Sixty percent of a room,
typically the walls, should be one color of a color scheme. The color
of the cabinetry and/or furniture accounts for the 30-percent figure.
And accents and accessories such as plants, artwork and linens, make
up the remaining 10 percent."
Favorite Bedroom Shades
In a bedroom
with lots of natural light, I love to apply a darker grayed-out blue
violet like Sherwin Williams Mink or Pratt and Lambert’s Wolf. It
feels moody and intimate. For even more impact, roll a pearlescent
glaze on top of the paint. Pair it with creamy whites, a sheepskin rug
or a mohair throw.
On the lighter
side, Sherwin Williams Loggia is one of my top picks. The soft coffee
with milk color really works with dark wood floors and can be
complemented by monochromatic linens with lots of texture.
For a total
relaxing atmosphere, Behr Paints Comforting is a warm neutral opal
pink that adds a spa touch. Pair it with navy or apple green accents
and a bit of bling on the lighting.
Tarrence , the egg design group
bedrooms, I prefer neutrals or soft colors. Varying shades of gray,
taupe and cream create a peaceful environment. If you prefer color,
pale shades of blue and green are palettes inspired by nature and are
naturally soothing. Dark colors like slate, chocolate brown, navy or
eggplant on bedroom walls can make the space feel cozy, especially in
a large room. To update dark, heavy wood furniture, paint it creamy
white and add new hardware for a fresh look.
In the nursery,
a departure from pink for girls, blue for boys or primary colors is
buttery yellow layered with gray. It’s gender-neutral and will grow
with baby into the toddler years. As children get older, my favorite
color combo for boys’ rooms is still navy blue and white. It’s a
classic and might even last into their teens. Surrender to pink,
purple and orange for girls — it may be the only time you can use
— Anne F.
Wangman, Peabody’s Interiors
a bedroom paint color I factor in the size of the room, size of the
bed, windows, overall light level — electric and natural — and
In a small
bedroom where the walls are close to the bed dark blue balls make the
space seem bigger and the dark color made the walls recede. Mostly
white bedding with accents of navy also make the room appear larger.
In a room with
plenty of light, pale taupe and white woodwork are a nice combination.
In the evening the paint has a khaki tone and during the day it is a
Find a paint
color that will go with many kinds of bedding. You are more likely to
change your bedding before you repaint your bedroom.
A few of my
favorites are Sherwin Williams Wool Skein, a light neutral gray with
green undertones; Sherwin Williams Softer Tan, a neutral beige; and
Benjamin Moore Iced Marble, which is spa-like with its blue-gray
Koehnlein, Collaborative Design