How Do You Choose a Paint Color for Your Bedroom?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Jun 24, 2020 7:18:57 PM ET
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Of all the home decorating decisions you have to make, choosing a paint color can be one of the hardest, especially for important spaces like bedrooms. Here are a few ways you can be sure to pick the paint color that's right for you and your bedroom.

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Pick Your Favorite Colors

When looking at a paint colors chart, you want the color you choose to be one you really like. This helps whittle down your choices right from the start. Remember, you spend a lot of time in your bedroom, and you want to enjoy the colors that surround you. Always choose your own preferences over trends, even if they seem "out of style." Do you love the look of neutrals colors like whites, browns and grays? Are you drawn to pastel colors more than bright rainbow shades? Maybe you prefer jewel tones over muted colors. Considering all of these options will make it easier to choose the color that's right for you.

Think About Mood

As you explore your paint color wheel chart, take some time to think about what mood you want your room to have. Different colors can suggest different emotions. For example, red is often considered to be an energetic, stimulating color that can lend excitement to a room, but maybe that's not what you want in a room where you need to feel relaxed, like your bedroom. Blue is one of the most popular choices for bedrooms because it's usually a calming color. Of course, that depends on the type of blue you choose. A bright turquoise will definitely not be as soothing as a light sky blue. Look at a few color samples and consider how each one might lend mood to your bedroom.

Use Paint Swatches

To aid you in your search for the perfect color, head to your local paint or hardware store and grab a handful of paint swatches. These are samples of paint colors that help you visualize what your walls will look like. They're great tools for helping you come to a decision, especially when trying to choose the right tone for a color.

Consider Adjoining Rooms

If you're still having trouble making a decision, consider the colors of any adjoining rooms. For example, if your bedroom has an en suite bathroom and is painted a pretty pink, think about what colors might go well with it. You could choose to go monochromatic and paint your bedroom a different shade of pink, or you could try another pastel shade or a complementary color. On the color wheel, red and green are complements because they sit directly across from each other. Since pink is technically just a light red, you could try a light green on your bedroom walls to complement that pink.

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Use an Online Color Viewer

Many paint manufacturers have fun tools on their websites that allow you to upload a photo of your room and "paint" the walls with the color of your choice. They're easy to use and let you see in an instant if you like a particular color or if it's darker or lighter than you would have guessed from the swatch. You can search through the paint color chart such sites typically offer, and the company can help you out by suggesting similar colors and color palettes. They also provide a variety of their own images so you can see how paint colors look in other rooms and lighting situations.