August 13, 2013

Home Decor Nuggets: Popular Bedroom Colors

Posted by Treetopia in Home Decorating with Treetopia

Thinking of repainting your room? Treetopia lists down the popular colors used in the bedroom, how they stimulate your mood, and how you can incorporate these colors into the style you prefer for your room

We all go to our bedroom to get some much deserved R&R, but did you ever consider that the color of your room may have a hand at speeding up or slowing down your mood switches? Not only that, but with the right color, you can finally get the style you’ve always wanted for your bedroom. Keep reading to learn what the popular bedroom colors are, how they affect your mood, and how you can use them in your personal space:


Visual effect: White creates a refreshing and clean look in a bedroom and works well with any style. Shades of white and off-white are particularly useful in a small bedroom because they create a sense of space. If you want to give a small room an illusion of greater height, the sensible thing to do is to paint your ceiling white.

Psychological effect: White imparts a feeling of serene calmness and helps reduce any nagging feelings of disappointment.  However, a white room can also feel cold, bland, and sterile. For a cozier bedroom, consider off-white shades like light gray, ivory, and cream instead of pure white, or try adding a few splashes of colors through your decor.

Perfect for: If you are aiming for a shabby chic room, shades of white are perfect to make your rugged or distressed furniture stand out. Whites also look great in modern minimalist homes.


Visual effect: Yellow brightens rooms and is versatile enough to go with almost any style of furniture or accent. However, this color can be too intense for rooms with lots of natural light. A muted hue that looks almost beige will warm up a smaller space without overwhelming it. You can also add a cool complementary accent color, such as green, to keep a yellow bedroom from feeling too warm.

Psychological effect: Yellow has varying effects on a person’s mood, depending on its tone. On the one hand, a soft, pale yellow captures the joy of sunshine and uplifts the spirits. Pure bright lemon yellow, on the other hand, creates feelings of frustration and anger. Studies show that babies seem to cry more, and adults are more likely to lose their temper in deep yellow rooms. The solution? Go with pale yellow, and only use deeper tones as accent details.

Perfect for: The Mediterranean design is heavily based on the style of coastal villas in Europe. Muted yellow is ideal for homes inspired by this aesthetic because it reflects the joyous glow of the sunny seaside. It also complements the wooden furnishings and terracotta floors and walls of Mediterranean homes.


Visual effect: Blue goes with almost any wood tone. It creates a cool, clear look and an atmosphere of work and meditation. A very light shade of blue is also useful in making a room appear larger. Mixing it with a splash of black creates a neutral grayish blue that imparts timeless appeal to any bedroom. A dark purplish shade creates a rich, sophisticated look associated with luxury as well as creativity.

Psychological effect: Blue is considered calming, relaxing, and serene, and is perfect for slumber-inducing relaxation. Studies show that blue is the most restful color for a bedroom. Soft shades of blue can bring down blood pressure, and slow respiration and heart rate. Light shades of purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring the same restful quality. Dark blue, however, evokes feelings of sadness.

Perfect for: Designers love the color blue for its versatility as it can be used for both contemporary and traditional rooms.


Light purple also works for modern and classic interiors, but a livelier shade looks best in an eclectic bedroom.


Visual effect: Green combines the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow. This color generally works well with glass, steel, and concrete. Always pleasant to the eye, lighter shades of green convey a sense of beauty and calmness.  Neutral hues, such as olive or sage, are more appealing than bolder choices like turquoise or yellow-green. However, deeply saturated shades can make a small room appear cramped and busy.

Psychological effect: Green has the same soothing qualities as blue. This color invokes a feeling of peace and relaxation, and is said to help with healing and fertility. Research also shows that the color improves reading ability. All these make green a practical choice for the bedroom.

Perfect for: A striking shade of green brings out the charm of retro-inspired rooms, while light green gives a refreshing take on the classic cottage or cabin home.


Visual effect: Brown adds depth and warmth to a bedroom. A very versatile color, brown has different shades that work harmoniously well with other neutral tones. But this is not to say that it cannot match the livelier hues. In fact, brown can be combined beautifully with brighter colors, such as light blue, pink, yellow and orange. A medium-brown shade is a good backdrop for vibrant accents in the bedroom.

Psychological effect: Brown is a natural color that induces a feeling of comfort in your home. This earth color evokes a sense of strength and reliability, and gives a feeling of security and warmth.

Perfect for: Brown is ideal for both traditional and contemporary bedrooms.

It is also the usual motif of mission-style and lodge homes.


Visual effect: Red makes a bold statement in any room. This warm color brings a sharp, sophisticated look perfect for lavish rooms. Associated with love, red also sets a romantic backdrop for bedroom furniture. Deep red tones, however, can be too stimulating for sleep, although the color will look muted and elegant when under soft lighting.

Psychological effect: Red raises a room’s energy level. It, however, often indicates a threat and has been shown to increase heart rate and blood pressure.

Perfect for: A red wall is a stunning accent in modern bedrooms.

It is also common for traditional interiors to sport this color because it draws out the magnificence of time-honored curtains and light fixture designs.

Colors are a great way to infuse style and personality into your personal space. But ultimately, your choice should depend on what would make you feel good in your own bedroom.



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