Recently, I re-decorated my own bedroom with a soft warm grey on the walls. A much darker paint choice than my usual white interior. I was incredibly nervous, and talked about my colour choice extensively on social media. I gritted my teeth, went for it and now I love it. The grey is restful, calm and a perfect place to sleep. It doesn’t feel drab or cold as I painted the floor white and added colour to the room by painting my wardrobe in mint green and placed a vibrant red throw on the bed.
So how can you add colour to your bedroom? I’ve come up with a few top tips on how to use paint to transform your sleeping nest from drab to darling:
1. The walls
Choose a soft neutral colour. Grey, white, beige: all colours within this spectrum are easy on the eye and will aid a restful sleep. Consider where the sun rises and sets when choosing your paint colour. If you room faces North, then perhaps a warm shade of grey will work; likewise if it is a really sunny spot then cool white would be wonderful.
Painting floorboards can add a dramatic effect to your bedroom. Throw large soft rugs over the top for a bohemian vibe. Floors should be treated with specialist floor paints. Most good paint companies make specific floor paint in a variety of colors, or they can be mixed for you. Why not try a pale pink floor with soft grey walls for a very feminine vibe or dark grey boards with white walls for a minimal look?
I love to up-cycle furniture, giving vintage items a new lease of life. Painting them not only brings them up to date, but also preserves them for future generations. I recently painted an old wardrobe in a bright mint colour, which against the grey bedroom walls looks fabulous. Play around with colour combinations and try painting beds, bedside tables and chests of drawers to add a bright colour pop.
4. Dark and moody
Really go to town with your choice of wall colour. There is a huge trend at the moment for dark and moody interiors. Paint one wall, perhaps where your headboard is in a dark colour. Use charcoal greys, deep navy blue or even black! Go and indulge your inner Gothic.
5. There are no rules
Remember this is YOUR bedroom. Paint it in colours that you love and will bring you joy when you open your eyes in the morning. If you love pale yellow, then do it, but keep the rest of the room neutral so it doesn’t feel like you are sleeping in a sunflower!
I hope these have helped you discover new paint ideas, and perhaps spur you on to re-decorate your space. Dulux makes it easy to complete a decorating job because on top of the wonderful colours they offer, they guide you through each stage of the process. If you are tempted to try it out and would like a helping hand to visualize how it will look in your own home before committing your entire weekend to a makeover, the Dulux Visualizer is a handy little app that’s designed to give you the confidence to decide whether or not a colour is right for a particular place in your home. You can download the app on iTunes or Google Play.
If you do I would love to hear about your projects and what colours you have chosen. Just leave me a comment below.
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Images: 1 & 4 are my own. Images 2 & 3 via Pinterest
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.