3 things to know before you paint your bedroom

Colours are very difficult to pick because they are a such a personal choice. 

For starters, how long is a piece of string (or a colour chart for that matter)? And what will your partner/ mother/person using the upstairs bedroom think of it?

Colours reflect feelings we have or what we want in our lives. So no matter what colour you pick, there will be someone out there that feels different or aspires to be a different person from you. 

1. The basics

To understand colours, it's good to understand the basics of colour theory.

There are three main colours or hues. Blue, Red, Yellow.

These three colours combined with each other, and combined with black or white, will give you any colour you can imagine.

If you describe a colour a bluey-red. Then you would be are right. But some bluey-reds (or purples) would go well with say, plain red. Other bluey-reds would look funny. The trick is to make sure the bluey-red you pick goes with the red that you pick.

2. The feelings

In picking a colour you like, there are plenty of places on the net where you can do colour personality tests. One of my favourites is the Taubmans test.

But to save you from spending too much time examining your navel, we have summarised what feelings each colour evokes below.

Red - Passionate, dramatic, stimulating, heart throbbing, warming. It's probably a little too strong for the bedroom in full wall glory, but a great accent colour.

Yellow - happiness, spontaneity, creativity, joy. Brighter yellows may strain the eye and over stimulate.

Orange - the offspring of red and yellow, happiness, energy, excitement, friendship and warmth

Pink - like a good blush, pink can lift the mood, and provide a warm feel good feeling, particularly at the paler end of the scale.  It can soften a room and provide a feminine balance

Purple - the child of exciting blue and racing red. Purple depending on its hue can create drama or a relaxed feeling. It is the sign of royalty and drama, but it can also be teamed with other colours to provide playfulness or warmth.

Brown - brown can ground you. It can make people slow down, take stock or provide comfort. It comes in many different shades and can be used to tone down more vibrant shades of orange green or turquoise.

Browns being the colour of wood may already be a part of your bedroom colour scheme. It is best to choose a different, complimentary shade of brown to that furniture of flooring.  If you already have a lot of creamy whites and beiges, brown may be an uncomplicated choice to provide some interest in your colour scheme.

Green - a very easy colour on the eye, it can have the calming effect of blues or warmth effect of yellows. Some people say it can also impact your fertility. Something you may or may not want in the bedroom.

Black - black is probably best used as an accent colour and can be used effectively for depth in the bedroom.

White - white can be used to lighten a room, but basic white may make a bedroom seem stark. Perhaps go for a neutral colour for your bedroom instead.

3. The Neutrals

The Neutral colour group that can actually include any of the above colours, but they are usually white, grey, brown, beige. The good thing about these neutrals, is they usually combine well with most colours.

I personally favour neutrals (not white), and they absolutely dominate the design world on the net.

Think of them as the canvas from which you design, accent your bedroom over and over.

I also like neutral coloured bed sheets, so you can bring in colours on trend, or even when you change your mind.