How to Choose A Paint Colour Scheme for Your Bedroom

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If you’re wondering how to choose a colour scheme for your bedroom then don’t worry – you’re definitely not alone!

Painting a bedroom is no easy task – from moving furniture, preparing surfaces, filling holes, masking up fixtures, protecting carpets, not to mention cleaning up afterwards – so make sure it is worth your while by picking a paint colour you love.

This post will help you do just that by running through some of the factors that can be taken into account next time you need to choose a bedroom paint colour scheme.


Choose which walls and ceiling

Firstly, make sure you’re clear about which walls you need painting and whether or not you’ll do the ceiling too.

You don’t need to paint them all the same colour – it is quite common for bedrooms to have a feature wall that is a different colour to the rest of the room and people also often paint the ceiling a slightly different colour too (a different shade of white or cream for example). So be creative!

Also consider what you’re painting over on each surface. Obviously painting over a dark wall with lighter paint will need a few coats and textures such as artex ceilings (assuming you aren’t removing it) may need special paints to cover properly.

The location of windows, doors, fixed mirrors and lighting might also affect your decision as they determine how and where light spreads around the room throughout the day and night.


Consider the carpets and flooring

The colour and style of your flooring, assuming you aren’t changing anything while or after painting, will also need to work with the colour of the new paint on the walls and ceiling.

If your floors are relatively neutral colours (such as light grey carpets or medium wood hues) you’ll have plenty of choice available. But if your floors are particularly strong and standout in colour (whether that’s floorboards, carpets, laminate panels or even rugs that you don’t want to move to another room) you may want to think about avoiding a clash.

Unless you want one of course!


Make sure the paint fits with fittings

When you’re choosing a bedroom colour scheme you also need to make sure that the colour of the walls will work with the other fittings that it will be adjacent to – think skirting boards, coving, window and door frames, light fittings etc.

For example, if you want the walls to stand out as brighter than these fittings then you need to make sure the wall paint is a shade or two lighter (when it is dry, not when it is wet!)

Also try and compare window fittings (e.g. PVC frames, sills etc.) with skirting/coving and light fittings to see how similar covers are. A camera phone picture under identical conditions can work.

From afar it might look like these colours are identical but they might be quite different in reality which will affect your paint colour decision.


Think about the other rooms in the house

Although your bedroom paint colours certainly don’t need to match any other room in the house it does help to take a walk through in order to make sure you’re not doing anything radically different.

A bedroom absolutely should have a unique style, but it must work within the overall identity of the house. If you decide that choosing warm colours for a big bedroom is right for you, for example, but the rest of the house is starker and modern, you might find it difficult to move furniture around or make the place seem cohesive.

This is really important if you’re thinking of upgrading anything in the near future. Major changes like carpets/flooring or new windows, or even smaller updates such as radiators and light fittings, are usually done throughout the house to save money (and because it is much easier!)

So make sure you aren’t creating an issue further down the line by painting a bedroom in such a drastically different style to the landing that there is no way you’ll find a carpet that will work with both!


Check your main pieces of furniture

Now we’ve looked at all of the structural aspects that the bedroom colour scheme might need to work with, let’s look at the things that are a bit less permanent.

Unless you’re redoing the whole room, or decorating an empty bedroom, some of the furniture is probably going to stay put.

In most cases the biggest pieces are the bed, chest of drawers, cupboard(s) and maybe a desk and chair. Furniture is often quite a neutral colour so it can work with a wide variety of wall colours and styles – but take a few minutes to consider what it will look like once it is up against your newly painted wall.


Select your pictures, plants and ornaments

After painting a room we will usually rearrange how pictures were hung and the placement of plants, vases and other ornaments around the room, or put them elsewhere in the house.

But if there are certain things that you know you want to keep in the bedroom, then think about how the wall colour will work with them.

A colour that is very similar to the frame or the background of the pictures might clash (though if you love the wall colour then you can get new frames of course!) and walls the same hue as plants might make them get lost a little in the room.

Try and keep these things in mind, but remember that you can change pictures, plants and other ornaments much more easily than re-painting a wall!


Find out about special paints and design options

If you need a certain kind of paint for the bedroom this might limit your colour choice a little – or open up opportunities for colours you couldn’t find with a standard ‘walls and ceiling paint.’ Two of the most common special paints are:

  • One coat only paints – these supposedly give an excellent finish after a single coat. These paints have a slightly different consistency to standard options and this can affect the range of available colours.
  • Washable paints – for children’s bedrooms or for rooms that muddy pets might charge into from time to time, washable paints are a great option for helping to keep things clean.

In addition, you might be interested in painting a design on one of your walls or even using stencils, stickers or decals to enhance the look. If this is the case it will help to speak to someone who knows how to paint designs on bedroom walls so they can advise on colours and paint types.


Perform a quick test

Most DIY shops will sell small test versions of the paint colours you’re interested in, so be sure to use one of these to test a small area before you paint the whole wall.

If you’re set on choosing a colour in your bedroom it is very important to see what it will look like when dry!


If in doubt, just go with your personal preference

Ultimately, it is important that you pick the colour that is right for you. There are no real secrets or shortcuts that will show you how to design the perfect bedroom colour scheme and everyone has their own personal taste.

Hopefully the criteria above will give you plenty of food for thought when selecting a paint colour for your room, but remember that in the end you need to be happy with the way it looks and everything else is second to that.

Good luck!