Bedroom Decorating – Choosing a Color For Your Bedroom

Using Color to Create a Little Magic
Using Color to Create a Little Magic | Source

Bedroom Decorating – Color Is Important

We have all heard that color makes a difference in how we feel and how we behave. For instance, I have always heard that restaurants use a lot of red because it causes people to hurry; therefore, they are able to cycle people through with fewer tables. I have also always heard that blue is very relaxing because it is the color of the sky and of water.

You may be thinking, “It doesn’t matter what color it is since I’ll be asleep.” Yes, that is true up to a point; however, you have to get to sleep! Sometimes even when we are totally exhausted it is hard to unwind and relax. The colors you put in your bedroom could very well affect your ability to do just that.


Although tasteful and appealing, this bedroom may not be restful and relaxing.
Although tasteful and appealing, this bedroom may not be restful and relaxing. | Source

Bedroom Decorating – Choosing the Wrong Color Could Spell Disaster

I recently read a story about a theater actress who had difficulties with fatigue and being able to get the rest she needed. She had not always had this problem, but had developed it after having her bedroom redecorated.

As an actress in the theater, she spent many nights out late which required her to catch up on her sleep during the daylight hours.

Her designer painted the walls of her bedroom a bright cheery yellow - bright and cheery just like the sun. When the sun comes up, this signals to our brain that it is time to rise and shine. This color caused her to have the same feeling. She had difficulty sleeping until she changed the walls to a much more soothing and relaxing color.


General Color Basics When Bedroom Decorating

  • Pale or light colors can make a room feel larger, open, brighter and airy. Lighter colored walls can make a room feel larger.
  • Darker colors can make a room feel sophisticated and warm, and can make an expansive room feel more intimate. Darker colored walls can make a room feel smaller.


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Blue Bedroom in the Yusupov PalaceUsing a Blue Bedroom Decorating SchemeBlue with a Neutral GrayDark, Light and Medium Blues used TogetherBlue with a Neutral White, and an Accent YellowNotice how you are more drawn to the blue wall than the white. Darker colors (this blue is darker than the white) draw things closer, and lighter colors appear further away.Blue Bottles Used as Accent in Bedroom Decorating SchemeYou can see the difference color makes in a room!
Blue Bedroom in the Yusupov Palace
Blue Bedroom in the Yusupov Palace | Source
Using a Blue Bedroom Decorating Scheme
Using a Blue Bedroom Decorating Scheme | Source
Blue with a Neutral Gray
Blue with a Neutral Gray | Source
Dark, Light and Medium Blues used Together
Dark, Light and Medium Blues used Together | Source
Blue with a Neutral White, and an Accent Yellow
Blue with a Neutral White, and an Accent Yellow | Source
Notice how you are more drawn to the blue wall than the white. Darker colors (this blue is darker than the white) draw things closer, and lighter colors appear further away.
Notice how you are more drawn to the blue wall than the white. Darker colors (this blue is darker than the white) draw things closer, and lighter colors appear further away. | Source
Blue Bottles Used as Accent in Bedroom Decorating Scheme
Blue Bottles Used as Accent in Bedroom Decorating Scheme | Source
You can see the difference color makes in a room!
You can see the difference color makes in a room! | Source

Bedroom Decorating – Colors to Choose

  • Blue is relaxing, calming and serene. It is often recommended for bedrooms and is also often used in hospitals. Pastel blue can make a room feel chilly (think iceberg), unless balanced with furnishings and fabrics using warmer hues or colors. The warmer blues, such as periwinkle, or bright blues, such as turquoise will encourage relaxation. The very dark blues can make some people feel sad; therefore, it is best if a dark blue be used as an accent color rather than a main color when considering your bedroom decorating scheme.


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Green Used with a Neutral Brown, and an Accent RustGreen with a Neutral GrayGreen Futon in Neutral Room with Red and Black Accents
Green Used with a Neutral Brown, and an Accent Rust
Green Used with a Neutral Brown, and an Accent Rust | Source
Green with a Neutral Gray
Green with a Neutral Gray | Source
Green Futon in Neutral Room with Red and Black Accents
Green Futon in Neutral Room with Red and Black Accents | Source
  • Green, a very calming color, is an excellent color choice because it combines the relaxing qualities of blue with the pleasant qualities of yellow. Green is believed to reduce stress levels and is believed to help with fertility. Hospitals often use green because of its calming and relaxing qualities.

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Medium and Light Purple Used in Bedroom Decorating SchemePurple with Blue AccentsPurple and Green Make a Good Pairing and is often Accented with a Shade of Orange - Apricot would work well with these darker colors.Purple Spread used in a Neutral Room with Rust and Gold Accent Pillows
Medium and Light Purple Used in Bedroom Decorating Scheme
Medium and Light Purple Used in Bedroom Decorating Scheme | Source
Purple with Blue Accents
Purple with Blue Accents | Source
Purple and Green Make a Good Pairing and is often Accented with a Shade of Orange - Apricot would work well with these darker colors.
Purple and Green Make a Good Pairing and is often Accented with a Shade of Orange - Apricot would work well with these darker colors. | Source
Purple Spread used in a Neutral Room with Rust and Gold Accent Pillows
Purple Spread used in a Neutral Room with Rust and Gold Accent Pillows | Source
  • Purple, a dark, rich purple, can make a room feel dramatic and sophisticated. It especially works well as an accent color, adding depth to a color scheme. Lighter shades of purple make a room feel relaxed and restful, without that chilly (light blue) feeling.

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Using neutrals to make a statement works in this bedroom, but a few accents could easily be added for additional color.This room looks good with all neutrals but would really pop with some bright accents!Black Used as an AccentThis bedroom done entirely in neutral would look great accented with the colors of your choosing!Neutral Colors with Black and Rust AccentsDarker Neutrals can be used in a large area. Carpet used on the wall adds depth, texture and warmth to this  bedroom. The pillows provide a nice subtle accent.Neutrals are used in a bold way!
Using neutrals to make a statement works in this bedroom, but a few accents could easily be added for additional color.
Using neutrals to make a statement works in this bedroom, but a few accents could easily be added for additional color. | Source
This room looks good with all neutrals but would really pop with some bright accents!
This room looks good with all neutrals but would really pop with some bright accents! | Source
Black Used as an Accent
Black Used as an Accent | Source
This bedroom done entirely in neutral would look great accented with the colors of your choosing!
This bedroom done entirely in neutral would look great accented with the colors of your choosing! | Source
Neutral Colors with Black and Rust Accents
Neutral Colors with Black and Rust Accents | Source
Darker Neutrals can be used in a large area. Carpet used on the wall adds depth, texture and warmth to this  bedroom. The pillows provide a nice subtle accent.
Darker Neutrals can be used in a large area. Carpet used on the wall adds depth, texture and warmth to this bedroom. The pillows provide a nice subtle accent. | Source
Neutrals are used in a bold way!
Neutrals are used in a bold way! | Source
  • Neutrals (black, gray, white, brown) are safe colors to use. Black should be used judiciously, usually only as an accent. Neutrals can be used as a base color, with the exception of black, and then add other colors to liven things up a little.

Red does not for a very relaxing environment!
Red does not for a very relaxing environment! | Source

Bedroom Decorating – Colors to Avoid

• Red evokes excitement, raises a room’s energy level, and stimulates conversation. Red can also make some people feel angry, agitated and hostile. Crimson, another form of red, can also make some people irritable.

• Yellow is energizing, welcoming, sunny and uplifting. Yellow can also cause some people to feel frustration and anger. When used, it is best used as an accent.

• Orange stirs up excitement, energy and enthusiasm. This would not be a good color choice for a bedroom.


Bedroom Decorating and the Ceiling

Although the ceiling is one-sixth the color space available for you to work with in a room, very few people think about using a color other than white on their ceiling. There are other options. As long as a ceiling is lighter than the walls, it will feel higher. While a darker color will make a ceiling feel lower, it does not have to make a person feel claustrophobic. A higher ceiling can be visually pulled down by using a darker color, making the room feel more cozy and intimate.



That’s a basic run-down of color choices good for bedroom decorating. After choosing the theme of your room, choosing the color would be your next step. Using the color choices above, your sanctuary will be relaxing, peaceful and restful - just like a bedroom getaway should be.


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Comments: "Bedroom Decorating – Choosing a Color For Your Bedroom" 34 comments

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LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

I love the photos. But, you certainly did your research. I looked up some information for an article I had to do, and found out about room colors. People will be surprised how the color of our rooms affect our life, from sleeping to saving energy. I have to save this one. Definitely going to share it.


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Uninvited Writer 5 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Very nice. My bedroom is kind of neutral. I live in an apartment so can't really go crazy with paint :) Some great ideas here.


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missolive 5 years ago from Texas

Cindy this is a great article - looks like it's right out of my favorite home décor sites. Well done.

I have put off decorating my room simply because I cannot decide on a color. The rest of my house is in the red/green tones blended with neutrals. I'll probably do something similar in the bedroom.

Voted up, across and bookmarking


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

LindaSmith1 - I am pleased that you enjoyed this articles. Yes I do believe colors affect us. I could feel it even looking at the pictures as I was looking for them to put in this article.

Thanks for stopping by and for sharing!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Uninvited Writer - You can't go crazy with paint, but through the bedding, the curtains, pillows, pictures, etc, you can make a dramatic difference in any room. Thanks for visiting and I know I'll be seeing you around in the 30 in 30!


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

I know from personal experience color affects my moods! I use a lot of blues in my house because it makes me feel good. Enjoyed this Hub.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hello, missolive! Red and greens go together amazingly well - especially at Christmas! Sorry couldn't resist. But they do go together well in decorating the home for year round also. I bet you will do a lovely job on you bedroom when you find the time to do it!

Thanks for stopping by!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

mary615 - Blue is a good color. Makes you wonder why getting the blues isn't any fun, doesn't it?

I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by!


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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

Good info, thanks! Happy Thanksgiving.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Jackie - thanks for stopping by! Happy you enjoyed the info. You have a Happy Thanksgiving yourself!


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

Homesteadbound, votes up. This is a great useful article and I will be sure to check out the other ones you have written. I believe it is very important to have a comfortable bedroom. It helps you sleep better and relax better. I like sky blue in my room. It is uplifting and relaxing as well. I like the light purple though. Anything relaxing. Great advice my friend. Happy Thanksgiving to you and best wishes.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Green is may favorite color but the fiancé hates it. I am trying to redo the bedroom so trying ot negotiate. I want green, not sure what he wants but I always get what I want...lol


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Cindy, this was a lovely article. It's funny that the last place we bought (a very dated 70's mobile home) ahd pale yellow walls! Yuck! My plans are to paint our bedroom blue, with a brown ceiling. Great hub!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

thelyricwriter - Thanks so much! I think a comfortable bedroom is important also. So glad to see you. Thanks for stopping by!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Cardisa - Green is a good color... you always get what you want, huh? Too funny! Thanks for stopping by!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

prairieprincess - Sounds like a good choice for a bedroom. I think yellow might work in a kitchen, but it is not one of my favorite colors. I think it works well as an accent color. Thanks for stopping by!


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LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

I am having my new place remodeled for me. I had somebody pick out yellow for kitchen and I hear from others it is ugly, too too bright. I really wanted a peach color. Right now, where I live I have a green kitchen, too dark. I will never do that again.

Some colors are hard to pick out because you never know how they will look on the wall. You have the samples, but then again, once on wall it is totally different.

I just hope the yellow in my kitchen isn't that bad. But one-half the wall is a fake wood, so that may help break it up. Then, with contrasting curtains and things on wall, should help too.

It is hard to match up, but I saw pics, years ago, of a pink/orange bathroom. It was beautiful. But then again, you have to have the right shades.

But the roses, peaches and teals are great colors and they work with other colors very well.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

LindaSmith1 - It sounds like you have a good eye for color.

As far as the yellow goes, it could depend what you put with it to tone it down. Red and white with yellow is good, as is blue and white. And green works well also.

You are so correct as far as colors are hard to figure out. Once I have decided to paint a room, I will buy a color sample and paint a 4 x 4 part of the wall and see how I feel about it a few days later. It can make a huge difference seeing it on the wall.

The fake wood will help break it up.

Pink and orange sounds like a very interesting color choice. I would have to see that one.

Thanks for stopping by!


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LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

Homestead: I don't like red with yellow but that is my personal preference. But the blue and white, green might work. All I need is window treatments and accessories. My appliances are brushed stainless steel, and wood cabinents. I remember the old kitchen, but have not been there yet to see what has been done. I really don't think that there is a lot of painted wall space. What is there is probably broken up with appliances, cabinets, and the 1/2 wood wall. So it may not be that bad once I get moved in with table, and accessories.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

LindaSmith1 - if you find that the yellow is just too much you can cover some of it with larger pictures also. Even a fake window with a painting behind it. You can also stretch fabric over stretcher strips that has a nice scene that you like. There is a lot you can do to work with it!

Thanks for visiting again!


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Millionaire Tips 5 years ago from USA

These are all pretty colors. Great hub. My bedroom is a lime green - probably too bright, but I really enjoy the calming yet energetic feel to it.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Millionaire Tips - I think that some of the pictures are really pretty. I would like a lavender bedroom, but my husband wouldn't, so I have a multi-shaded faux finish that looks like leather that I have done. I really like it too.

I bet your bedroom is lovely.

Thanks for stopping by!


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LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

I hate blue, but I want that Palace bedroom. I love the green plant headboard. Really good pics to show what a room with 2 colors looks like on walls, how accents break up colors. And I definitely want that loft bedroom. I love that log cabin look.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

LindaSmith1 - isn't it interesting how we can be drawn to lots of different colors and styles. That's what makes it so hard to decide what we want to do ourselves. The I can usually figure out what I want, with money being the limiting factor. I seem to have very rich tastes. It never fails, if I have to choose between two things, I will generally pick the most expensive.

Thanks for stopping by!


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LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

Yep, me too. But, if you got imagination, you can always skimp on something so you can afford the more expensive. Then again, a little bit of shopping around, thank goodness for Internet, maybe find a good deal too. There is a company I was doing affiiliate marketing with. They changed the name. You might like them. All kinds of stuff, not all expensive. I will send you message when I find their link. I havn't done anything with them. Too many programs I have gotten involved with.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

LindaSmith1 - I do shop around and then wait until I can afford the choice I like the best. I used to settle, but I found that that really costs more in the long run.

I look forward to hearing from you again. Thanks for stopping by!


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SUSANJK 4 years ago from Florida

Getting ready to decorate my bedroom, you have some good ideas.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

SUSANJK - I look forward to hearing how it worked out. Thanks for stopping by.


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greatstuff 4 years ago from Malaysia

Hi HSB, Do you know that in Chinese Fung Shui, colors are also an important element to bring harmony to the place. Your description of the effects of colors on people some what follows the FungShui's belives. The only difference is, it depends on the individual, based on his date of birth. For example blue may be a cooling color but may not be so, for someone who is to avoid this color. Anyway, I personally believed that if you like the color, then go ahead and use it!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

greatstuff - There are many different methods and techniques that can be used to analyze color and its effects. But I do agree, if you like the color, you will like being surrounded with it. Thanks so much for stopping by!


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MyFavoriteBedding 4 years ago from United States

Color is sooo important in any room! I thought it was interesting about the color red and restaurants. Now that I think about it, there are a lot of restaurants that do decorate with red. You have some nice ideas and pictures! Great hub-thank you!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

MyFavoriteBedding - I am truly pleased you enjoyed the article. Color does affect us in many different ways. Thanks so much for sharing your expertise!


Vintage Headboards 4 years ago

Great color! I also have made some headboards from doors. Please take a look and let me know what you think.

http://s1106.photobucket.com/albums/h363/FriscoSha...


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

You do have some amazing headboards made from old doors. I like the idea of re-using things. Thanks for stopping by and for sharing.

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