Painting bedrooms is an affordable, effective way to give yourself the bedroom getaway you desire.
Bedrooms are an often overlooked room in a home. Why? Because very few guests ever see it, so it is often neglected, pushed off until funds permit.
But the bedroom is one of the most important rooms in a home. As a place of rest and relaxation, it should be an oasis in the midst of an often hectic life.
So why isn’t it?
Even if you can’t afford a major renovation, with just a few dollars in paint and supplies you can transform your bedroom into the retreat you deserve.
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Since colors have an effect on our moods and state of mind, let’s begin there. When painting bedrooms, choosing the right colors is on of the most important steps.
As I mentioned before, bedrooms are places of relaxation and meditation, so you may want to choose a color that is soothing and easy on the eyes, such as a peaceful green or a tranquil blue.
For more in-depth information on how color effects mood, check out the
Color and Mood
You also may want to pull a color from your current furnishings, bed linens, or décor. This helps to tie your decorating design together and give the room a sense of coherence.
The bed is the focal point of nearly any bedroom, so drawing color from or contrasting color with the bed linens creates a powerful statement.
It also helps to narrow down your prospective pool of color choices, making the task less overwhelming.
Depending on your personal tastes, you may also choose to give your bedroom a more “personalized” feel. After all, it’s your room, right? Shouldn’t it reflect something of your personality?
With that in mind…using “loud” colors (reds, yellows) in a bedroom is not taboo, especially if you feel those colors reflect something of your personality.
Just remember…before you decide on the “loud” color route, consider the possible effect those colors may have on your ability to relax in that environment.
CREATE A FAUX FINISH
Faux finishes are a great option for painting bedrooms, as they can help to create a more intimate atmosphere.
Bedrooms are also fairly low traffic areas, which is perfect for certain paint techniques, such as
, which looks fantastic but scuffs and scratches easily.
A few other faux finishes that are great looks for bedrooms include the:
, with its soft and comfortable appearance of handloomed silk.
Parchment Faux Finish
, which recreates the warm brown-golden tones of parchment.
, creates a very soft, mottled appearance with gentle shadings of light and dark.
, which in its more subtle forms can create a very mellow, understated texture of mixed light and dark shades.
USE MURALS, STENCILS, AND ART
A few unique ideas for dressing up and personalizing when painting bedrooms – for making the bedroom your space – is to add distinctive touches such as murals, stencils, and art.
Murals are an option even for non-artistic do-it-yourselfers in the form of wallpaper murals. Wallpaper murals are generally easy to find at major home décor and home improvement stores and easy to apply.
And what better way is there to set off your wonderful new painted bedroom than with framed wall art? Art is a great way to give a space character and personality.
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I hope this page has helped you develop some ideas for transforming your bedroom into the island of calm we all deserve. Painting bedrooms is really the most cost effective way to create large-scale change for very little cost.