Choosing how you’re going to decorate is often the fun part, but you’re probably planning to stick with your chosen colour scheme for a good few years, so you want to make sure you get it right. So how do you create the atmosphere you want effectively and make sure the room has your own personal touch? We’ve scoured the internet to find out the dos and don’ts of decorating your bedroom.
DO go for colours that create a relaxing atmosphere. Blues and greens have been found to do just that. Blue is even associated with nightmare prevention! To stop the room looking chilly, you can choose blues and greens with warmer undertones.
DON’T opt for yellow, reds and oranges. Not only are these colours far from calming, but they are “advancing” colours, which means that when used solidly they can make the room seem smaller. Muted or paler shades (think wine red or a creamy yellow) are a better bet than bright versions of these colours if you really want to use them, or you can go for brightly coloured accessories instead.
DO go for a lighter shade on the ceiling than on the walls — this will make it appear higher and create an appearance of more space.
DON’T dismiss neutrals. Beige and off-white shades might initially seem boring but in fact they make the perfect canvas for you to put your own personal touches on, and because they go with anything, it’s far easier to change the look of the room without redecorating completely. You’re also spoilt for choice with neutrals — warm coffee shades create a cosy sanctuary while soft creams will make the room light and airy.
DO have splashes of colours throughout the room. This is a great way to introduce colours like red and orange without them being overpowering. Try some brightly coloured cushions, picture frames, lamps or wall art.
DON’T use dark colours in small or poorly-lit rooms. Dark colours make the walls appear to close in, the last thing you want in an already small room. And of course if your room doesn’t get much natural light, paler decor will make it seem brighter.
DO mix colours. You don’t have to stick to one colour throughout — light blue walls can look great with darker blue accessories, for example, but equally you can hop across the colour wheel to complementary orange.
DON’T forget that in the end it’s down to personal taste. Maybe you want to create a space that is completely relaxing and blends seamlessly together, in which case maybe eye-catching bursts of colour won’t be your thing. Lots of people find blue soothing, but others find it makes them feel… well, blue. Ultimately it’s your room and given how much time you spend in there, even if you’re not awake for most of it, it’s worth making it perfect!