What Color to Paint Your Bedroom

Choosing paint colors for your bedroom can seem overwhelming, but can be fun if you follow a few guidelines.

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If you're attracted to the idea of using yellow on your walls, but concerned the color will be too intense, take a tip from the pros and choose a toned-down version of the hue. "I usually wouldn't paint a large room all yellow," says designer Libby Langdon. "But there's a fantastic color by Benjamin Moore called Weston Flax and it's just soft enough to cover a big space without overwhelming it." In this room, Langdon also added sophistication with furnishings and accessories in cooler shades. "I think a great way to work with yellow is to combine it with a cooler color like gray, navy blue or even black and then layer in white," she says. "There are so many ways you can use yellow with other colors to achieve an elegant, upscale look."

By: Gina Hannah

The colors you love to wear, to have around you, reflect your personality and tastes. When choosing paint colors for your bedroom, the number of choices can seem overwhelming. There are no hard-and-fast rules, but it's good to keep some guidelines in mind.

Think about the rooms you spend time in, and how they make you feel. Do you prefer a room that is light and airy, or dark and cozy? Do you prefer solid hues on your walls, or paint with some type of pattern? Stripes, stencil patterns, sponge painting and textures can add a touch of style to any bedroom. Consider your decorating style. Smaller patterns lend themselves to a more traditional look, while larger patterns and geometric shapes, bold stripes and sweeps are more compatible with a contemporary look.

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For a tranquil, spa-like space, soft neutrals with touches of warm browns and cool, soothing blues are good choices. Soft green hues can also create a calming effect. White can also create a soothing atmosphere; pair it with soft shades and neutrals or, for a contemporary looks that pops, bright or black accents. Lighter shades and pastels can also help a small room feel larger and more airy, and touches of a bright shade will turn your bedroom into a cheery space.

Whether you're choosing paint for your bedroom or a family member's room, consider the occupant's age. For a room in which adults will sleep, neutral shades are popular, but don't be afraid of color. Rich reds and warm browns can create a sultry and romantic mood, while gold tones can add a touch of luxury. Consider an accent wall, such as the wall behind the bed's headboard, in a bright or dark color if you feel reluctant about adding too much color. You can also choose a muted shade of orange or yellow for a cheery look that doesn't overwhelm the room.

Bright reds and oranges may not be the best colors for adults seeking a space to unwind in the evenings, but bright colors can work well in children's rooms. If a bright shade is your child's favorite, go for it. The same goes for purple; a favorite of teen and tween girls, purple stimulates brain activity and is a good choice if your child studies in her room. A kid's bedroom is a great place to stray from traditional colors, so let your child use his or her creativity to create their perfect space.

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