Is Beige Boring? Or Brilliant? Why you should introduce Calm Neutrals into your Bedroom
Your bedroom is where you start and end your day, relax, and most importantly get your shuteye. You would be surprised by how much the colour of your bedroom affects your mood, so it’s important to consider what you’re going to choose when it’s time to give the most chilled-out room in your house a make-over.
Some choose to express their personality through their bedrooms and apply loud, bright colours onto the walls, but for maximum relaxation, it’s a better option to go for calm, warm and neutral colours to create a happy and positive space. Neutrals are versatile, and can be used for both classic and contemporary styles.
Off-whites are a good base when decorating a room in neutral colours. White is an unexpectedly complicated colour which comes in hundreds of shades, from slightly pink/rose eggshell to purer shades of ivory to cool blue tinged shades. To texture and layer your neutral scheme make sure your highlights are in complimenting neutral colours – blacks, greys and beiges.
Avoid the starkness of contrasting pure white with pitch black by picking softer shades of white or buffering the contrast with warm shades of grey or brown. A popular choice is taupe – a comforting mix of brown and grey shades that is both calming and sophisticated.
When working with subtle neutrals, textures become very important when adding personality and individuality into your bedroom. Neutral paints should be flat, matte, or chalky rather than glossy or textured. Texture must be introduced through furniture and soft furnishings, where you can introduce interesting and engaging textures such as velvet, silk, linen and even faux fur. Neutral colours have a reputation of being ‘boring’, but they give you the opportunity to get very creative with texture and accessories.
One of the most important aspects of a neutral bedroom is the use of light. If you use grey accessories or use grey paint for an accent wall of ceiling, you have to make sure it is lit starkly and dramatically to avoid a shadowy look. Lots of light can really highlight the subtle simplicity of your base colours and the complexity of your textured accessories – layer your lighting with bedside table lamps, higher floor lamps and your overhead lighting.