What’s the best possible long-term color that you can choose for the walls of your bedroom? In the world of design, that’s a loaded question.
Not only does the color of your bedroom need to match your personality, it also has to match the current furniture you have now and any other designs/furnishings that you plan on acquiring in the near future.
It should be a color that supports the general look and feel that you’re going for, whether it’s minimalist, rustic, classic/traditional, modern, or luxuriously baroque. Last but certainly not least, it has to be conducive with the very purpose of your bedroom, which is putting you to sleep.
As you can see, it’s a complicated equation. If you want a color that will look perfect on your bedroom walls for the next year or so, it has to cater to all of the above considerations. Otherwise, you might just have to repeatedly repaint the walls until you find a color that’s just right (which is actually a good way to find the perfect color, but more on that later).
So before you start painting your walls, consider the following:
#1. You Can’t Go Wrong With Plain Matte White
There’s a reason why real estate specialists recommend repainting houses all-white before putting them up for sale. Any other color, even the most neutral ones like gray or light flesh tones, already imposes a certain personality.
Plain white, on the other hand, creates a space that’s easier for anyone (even new homeowners) to fill with their intended personality, look, and feel.
It’s simply the safest color to go with, especially if you’re the type of homeowner who likes altering their bedroom’s design from time to time. Seasonal drapes, sheets, and decor will have no trouble combining with walls that are all white.
It’s the most neutral palette, a blank canvas on which you can ‘paint’ whatever you like. Unless you have a highly-specific theme in mind that can only work with a particular color, you simply can’t go wrong with plain, flat white.
#2. Use Neutral and Less Brilliant Color Hues
Of course, plain white just isn’t for everyone. Some people prefer a stronger foundation on which to base the entire room’s design. Unfortunately, this can lead to color choices that can overpower the room entirely instead of providing a foundation that can work well with other elements in the bedroom.
You can avoid this problem by choosing a neutral color that’s dull or less brilliant. This isn’t to say that you should choose darker colors instead of lighter ones, as both can be effective in the bedroom. What you need to watch for is not color brightness, but brilliance.
Brightness is how close the color is to pure white or pure black. Brilliance is a measure of color strength and dullness. For instance, in the green color range, neon safety green is very striking and strong while avocado green is dull and subdued, although both can be considered bright.
While potentially attractive, the problem with brilliant hues of color is that they’re highly stimulating – not exactly the effect that you want in a place that’s dedicated to sleep. Apart from that, as mentioned above, brilliant colors tend to overpower any other design choice you make.
Dull colors, on the other hand, work a lot like plain white, except it allows you to narrow down your decorating options a little better. While flat white provides a blank canvas for your masterpiece, a splash of neutral or pastel hues provides a background or underpainting, something that works as a base for setting the tone.
Seriously, almost any color hue can work in the bedroom all year round. Blue is a popular choice that’s even backed by science as a color that aids sleep. Other studies say it’s better to use yellow or green hues for relaxation.
In the end, color preference is very subjective; the hue is entirely up to you. And if you want to pick a color that’ll last you all year round (or more), stick to duller hues that can set up the look and feel you’re going for without being too overpowering.
#3. It’s Your Bedroom: Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment!
Choosing the color of your bedroom can be a fun and worthwhile activity, so enjoy it! Change the color if you feel like it and change it back if you prefer the former look.
Plan ahead and think about which existing decorations, DIY projects, and furniture will merge well with your new bedroom’s color. Try sheets that match the walls and then sheets in colors that stand out; see which combination you like more. Play around with bedroom decorations to see which ones work best to achieve your desired look and feel.
Experimentation is key to determining which color scheme suits your preferences, especially if you’re torn between two or several colors for the walls. As long as the bedroom doesn’t get too cluttered and the overall design is still conducive to relaxation and sleep, you can experiment with the decor and the colors however you like until you find a combination that’s just perfect.