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What Colour Should Your Bedroom Be?April 11, 2014
The first step to any redecorating is to get a colour wheel or colour palette. Most paint stores will have a great range of paint guides that will work in a pinch. The basic colour wheel is divided into three primary colour: Red, yellow and blue. More detailed ones will have multiple divisions and blendings of these colours like this twelve colour wheel which contains the tertiary colours:
A colour wheel or palette is useful for planning a room as it will allow to to find colour harmonies and complementary colours.
Colour harmonies are colours that are close together on the colour wheel, for example any three that are close to each other on the wheel. Usually one colour would be used are your primary decorating colour with the other two being used to accentuate it. Complementary colours are colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel and are great to create contrasts. Whether you are using colour harmonies or complementary colours, you can use true neutral colours such as gray, black and white where appropriate to bring out your colour palette.
Or course, these ideas are not set in stone and often by breaking these ‘rules’ you can create stunning designs.
Some basic decorating ideas are:
Decorating your bedroom in a monochrome palette means that you take a single colour and then use various brighter or darker shades of it to create a single soothing theme throughout your bedroom.
If you are looking to create a soothing environment, use cool colours like light green or blues. If you are looking for a more energetic space, try reds or oranges
This bedroom is a great example of using a single colour and then using varying shades of it to create a warm atmosphere. The use of dark wooden furniture helps bring the cream out wonderfully.
(Source Clurr: Flickr)
Select two complementary colours or two colours that are right next to each other on the colour wheel and use them as your primary palette colours.
This bedroom has gone for two complementary colours.
(Source The Falcondale: Flickr)
If you are looking for a bold, more colourful look for your bedroom, combine any three colours that form a triangle on the colour wheel.
This great bedroom has brought its colours through by its great posters. This bedroom’s pink, green and dark orange/browns creates a great balance.
(Source jonmcallster: Flickr)
Our choice for 2014?
Neutral colours and a single highlight:
Gray has emerged as one of the trendiest colours to use a neutral colour this season. What makes it great is that because there are more than fifty shades of gray, you can use warm or cool shades to create a neutral background that will highlight your theme colour.
If you want to go for a traditional look, use light gray and white with lighter shades of blue or green. This is very effective if your bedroom if large or if it has large windows overlooking a garden. If your bedroom overlooks the beach then use a stronger blue palette.
For more modern designs, using a warmer and darker gray on the walls will make pictures, artworks of decorations stand out. If you are going to use an artwork as a central focus, then make sure that it is something unique or special to you. From there you can use its colours as the bedroom colour scheme. The versatility of gray is evident the moment that you combine it a bright warm colour, like purple, red or orange.
This great modern bedroom is a perfect example of the kind of simplicity and elegance that can be created from gray and a highlight. While many find it spartan, its simplicity and functionality is very appealing!
(Source Massaliarmadlit: Flickr)
If you are looking for some inspirational colour palettes try colourlovers.com.
Or if you are looking for new linens to match your new colour scheme, take a look at these great specials.
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