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How Do I Choose the Best Bedroom Wall Colors?

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To choose the best bedroom wall colors, you'll need to consider the room's size, style, and its available natural lighting. Dark colors tend to make rooms look smaller, while lighter hues can brighten the space and create the illusion of additional room. It's often best to choose furniture and accessories before picking the bedroom wall colors, as it is sometimes easier to match the paint to a specific shade than to find pieces that match the already-painted walls.

When choosing bedroom wall colors based on the size of the room, carefully consider the amount of space you have to work with. If your room is already fairly large, you can typically choose a darker color without suffering from the appearance of reduced space. Dark hues in red, purple, blue or brown add a dramatic appearance to a large room, though they could be overpowering in a small room. When you're trying to create the illusion of extra space, choose a lighter color or neutral shade like beige, white, yellow or a soft green. These colors tend to give the walls a more open look and reflect light well, so they will make the room appear larger.

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Before choosing paint, think about the style you want your room to have. People with bold personalities often like dark bedroom wall colors that stand out and make their rooms distinctive. Dark colors might also be preferable for people who spend time working in their bedrooms, as the deeper hues can promote creativity. Soft bedroom wall colors are ideal for people who use their bedrooms solely for sleeping or relaxing. The light colors can be soothing and gentle, which makes it easier for some people to fall asleep and unwind.

It's also important to consider the amount of available natural lighting before choosing bedroom wall colors. Rooms that receive little natural light will look better with lighter paint, as the softer shades reflect light better. Darker colors will not reflect light as well, though this shouldn't cause a problem if the room already receives plenty of natural light. Choosing white or a variation of white for the ceiling can aid in making the room appear brighter and can also make the ceilings appear higher.

You may wish to choose all bedroom decorations before making a final decision on paint colors, as it can be difficult to match bedroom furnishings to paint already chosen. If you find a piece of bedroom furniture or a bedding set that you particularly like, you can take it to the paint store and have a custom color mixed. By choosing your bedroom wall colors based on the colors in your accessories, you'll end up with a coordinated look.

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