Written by Gabriel Luis from Just Bedding http://www.justbedding.com.au/colour.html
When it comes to choosing colours for your bedroom décor, there are now more options than ever before. From TV home makeover shows to inspirational designs shared on Pintrest, there is an almost limitless variety of ideas available. With all that choice, it can be difficult to decide which colours would be best for your home.
Interior designers often use colour psychology to help them devise appropriate palettes for the rooms they are decorating. Colour psychology is simply the study of how commonly shared perceptions of colours can effect our behaviour and how we feel when we are surrounded by that colour. Although there is limited scientific research available on the effects of colour on mood, humans have used different colours since ancient times to stimulate good feelings, create a welcoming ambience and even heal illness.
The most commonly recommended colours for bedroom décor are blue, green and lavender. These colours create a calming ambience that is perfect for sleep. Blue is associated with serenity, while green and lavender both have a restful effect.
Pink is also favourable for bedroom décor and is often associated with romance. Pink can have a warming and calming effect, but need to be combined with other colours unless you are aiming for a very feminine look.
Dark purple is a colour which has luxurious associations, but can feel heavy in large doses. Team with silver and lilac hues to prevent a purple palette becoming oppressive.
Red is a stimulating, energetic colour, and for that reason it is generally avoided in bedrooms. However, rich reds are becoming more popular, and can work well if tempered with other, less aggressive hues.
Orange and yellow are also considered to be stimulating colours, but again, when used with care can have a positive effect. In colour therapy, orange is often used for a healing effect and yellow can create a sense of well-being.
Neutral tones such as linen, sand and beige are ideal as base colours to offset brighter hues. Used alone, they can create a sophisticated and quiet mood.
White is considered the colour of purity and is a top way to bring light into a bedroom. However, an all-white room can feel stark and clinical, and adding other colours tends to be more attractive.
Black absorbs light and has a dramatic look, but can be depressing, so it is generally not used as a main colour in the bedroom. As an secondary or accent colour, it helps to make other colours pop.
When thinking about using colour psychology in planning your bedroom décor, remember that your personal likes, dislikes and associations with colour also have an effect. For example, if a certain pale green reminds you of a time you were sick in hospital or you can’t stand pink, these are probably not the best options for your bedroom.
When it comes to using your chosen colour scheme in the bedroom, there are several tips which will help you to create an effective and appealing overall look. Sticking to the 60/30/10 Rule is a good starting point, and will help you to avoid a busy or overwhelming result. The rule is that your main colour should take up around 60% of the décor (for instance, the colour that you paint the walls in), your secondary colour should account for around 30% of the décor (bedding and upholstery) and your third colour should be used as an accent only (accessories). Another good rule of thumb is to keep your darkest colours nearest to floor level, your mid-tone colours in the middle of the room and the lightest at the ceiling.