November 8, 2011


If you are planning to decorate your bedroom but are not sure what color scheme to use, consider choosing paint colors for a calming bedroom effect. Wall color can possibly help you sleep better. According to All-Home Décor, emotions that are evoked by blues and greens create a sense of serenity and peace because they are associated with nature. Blue affects cravings for less food through its calming nature.

Plan your bedroom design before searching paint and accessories. If you are not replacing any furniture decide on a color change. Wood furniture looks different against a blue wall then a white headboard. Another consideration is how the lighting in the room can change the hue of colors.


The goal is choosing paint colors for a calming bedroom. Start with the planning design. Pick up color cards in blue, green; the two main calming colors. Use grid paper to draw a layout of furniture in the bedroom, including where you plan to place any lighting fixtures. Decide where the focal point of the room will be. When you walk into the room, what catches your eye first? This is your first impression and can set the mood for the room immediately. Poorly placed furniture can have an effect on the mood. Too much furniture can make the room look cluttered and set off an imbalanced feeling. Test the furniture placement on the grid sheet for the best layout.

Experiment with the colors from the paint cards. Look at each one for a few seconds and record your feelings. Which one gave you a calm, warm feeling? Which one do you like best? This should help you to narrow down the colors to use. Light blue walls give the appearance of expansion to a wall, according to Dream Home Decorating. If you have a small room, light blue can make it appear larger. Blue also cools down a room. Hot sunny rooms benefit from blue walls but north facing rooms that get the cold winds of winter will require more blankets.

The color green has the same calming effect as blue but it is harder to achieve. Dream Home Decorating suggests using green hues mixed with other colors like grey and pink to give more depth.  Avoid solid dark green colors around window trims. The green trim can appear fake against nature’s scenery. Test lighting against color swatches in different areas of the room to see how the colors change and where shadows are cast.


Choosing paint colors for a calming bedroom effect depends on the room, lighting and your taste. Experiment with color swatches. Some stores will give customers a small amount of paint to help them decide on the right color. If you know you are going to paint the wall, use the color samples on different areas in the bedroom and check lighting and furniture against the colors. View the colors during the day in sunlight and artificial lighting at night. Add colors that you plan to use with the wall covering to see how they blend. Plan on a new bedspread and curtains that include all of the colors used to make your bedroom a calm and relaxing room.


All-Home Décor: Psychology of Colors Choosing Color for the Bedroom

Do It Yourself: Popular Bedroom Wall Paint Colors

Dream Home Decorating: Psychological Effects of the Color Blue

Dream Home Decorating: Psychological Effects of the Color Green