Placid earth tones play into the mood of a bedroom. They’re appealing colors that reflect the world of nature in their warmth. Ranging in tones from the boldness of bittersweet chocolate brown to the lightness of pale marigold, an earth-toned palette opens the door to multiple accents. Paint the feature wall behind the headboard in a strong color -- British racing green or sienna -- and use diluted shades of the feature color for the remaining walls. Window, ceiling and floorboard trim that’s painted a crisp white sets off your color of choice. Accent with bedding using sage green, lilac or lavender, and a touch of either mellow yellow or rust.
Pastel colors echo the end of winter and welcome the colors of spring. Buttery yellow walls create a glow that’s welcoming, even on a rainy day. Contrast the yellow with robin’s egg blue on a feature wall, all highlighted by glossy trim the same color as the wall. Pink is a color that shouldn’t be shied away from. Diluted to an almost white, pink casts a warmth over the room, and the “pinkness” disappears once accessories and wall hangings are added. Accessorize with lavender and crisp green on the bedding and window coverings.
A bedroom that shimmers appeals to many tastes. A garnet feature wall is offset when golden hues and emerald accessories are introduced. Background colors should consist of cloudy honey or off-white. Be careful when painting with the jewel tones as they can become overwhelming and easily take over the theme of the bedroom. Keep accessory designs simple and inviting; for instance, a raw silk duvet trimmed in garnet ties the tones together or swag an Indian sari onto the end of the bed for a bit of pizzazz.
Bold Black, White and Red
If well thought out, a black, white and red bedroom makes a statement without keeping the occupants awake. A gray slate wall is warm and welcoming when contrasted with milky white opposing walls. Hang black-and-white photos, framed in black and matted in cream. Inject the red into bedding, in either a geometric pattern incorporating black and white, or a Japanese-themed design using the same colors. Hang a focal-point piece of black, white and red art framed in silver. Window fabrications in cream tone down the boldness of the room.