The bedroom is the place where we take shelter from the stresses of the outside world. It's our inner sanctum, our place to escape, to relax and to refresh ourselves. A bedroom paint scheme should help to promote rest and relaxation and be a place of comfort. With this in mind, we've prepared this handy guide to three exciting bedroom paint ideas which will help you create the atmosphere of peace and restfulness that you need.
1: Go minimal
If you want to create a peaceful, airy room with a real sense of calm, then a classic minimalist look can be really effective. To get the look, use a white or off-white paint, and accent with wooden furniture and exposed wooden features. This kind of look works incredibly well in rooms with wooden floors, exposed beams and other timber features.
Minimal looks are great for uncluttered spaces, but if you've got a lot of furniture or knick-knacks in your bedroom, you may want to consider a more eclectic style.
We recommend Graphenstone Ecosphere in its untinted white form for minimalist bedrooms, as it's emission-free, with a bio-stable base that's ideal for the room where you spend up to a third of your life.
2: Make a feature out of colour
If you like the idea of the calming, minimalist look but you don't want to be overwhelmed by colour, consider a feature element. Feature walls – one wall which is a contrasting colour to the other three – have been popular for a while, but recently the idea of a feature ceiling has been become a big deal in interior design circles. To get the look, paint three walls white, then paint the ceiling and remaining wall in a contrasting colour of your choice. The effect is great for softening a boxy room and opening up the space, and provides a great backdrop for designer furniture.
Feature walls and ceilings are a great way to get the airy feel of a minimalist room with a colourful, energising twist. We recommend Graphenstone GCS Interior, which can be tinted with a huge variety of colours to give you the exact accent shade you're looking for.
3: Listen to your body
Studies into human reactions to different colours show a strong correlation between certain shades and a great night's sleep. The strongest effect seems to come from a deep crimson red, which matches the colour you see when your eyes are closed. This can be a great solution if you suffer from insomnia. Researchers hypothesise that this colour works so well because it tricks the brain into thinking your eyes are closed, even when they aren't sending signals to the brain that help you drop off.
Darker colours like reds and browns have a relaxing effect, but if you're after a more energising feel that will help to get you out of bed in the morning, why not consider a warming orange-yellow? Yellow shades reflect the morning sun, and turn your bedroom into a bright, sun-filled space that's ideal for those who need a little extra get-up-and-go. While you may think blue is a cold colour, when paired with white furniture it can create an inspiring, airy feel.