If you are thinking of repainting your master bedroom, give enough thought to selecting the paint colours as you spend roughly 1/3 of your day here.
Here are some tips to consider before you pick up a paintbrush.
Select a colour which relaxes you and envelopes you rather than stops you in your tracks because of its boldness or brightness.
From furniture and accessories to the wall colour, create a space that gives you a sense of calm. Stay away from high energy colours such as bright reds and oranges.
Your bedroom should reflect your personality or your decorating style (or both), but there are a few things to keep in mind. Rather than painting the entire bedroom a bright, bold colour, select a feature wall to bring in the colour you desire. You can also introduce bold colours through soft furnishings such as pillows, curtains, or even a piece of accent furniture.
We often suggest that you paint the wall behind the headboard a bold or deep highlight colour and paint the remaining walls a lighter, complementing colour.
Add interest and depth to your overall decor in the master bedroom by layering colours. Like we said above, paint walls a neutral colour and then layer in colours through other means such as artwork, bed linen, curtains, an armchair or a loveseat. Spurts of colour add layers as well as texture.
Make sure the colours coordinate. For more contrast, pick colours that are opposite on the colour wheel. For a calming effect, choose colours alongside each other on the colour wheel.
Adding stripes to a wall in your kid’s bedroom or playroom will add a touch of fun and playfulness. Rather than installing wallpaper which is more expensive, you can often obtain the same result with paint. And the best part is that it is an easy DIY project.
TOOLS & MATERIALS
high-quality paint roller
You can really let your imagine run wild when painting stripes. Choose a single colour alternating matt and gloss sheen between stripes for a very subtle effect. Or try tone on tone stripes using two closely related shades of one colour for subtle contrast. Or for a bold effect, you can use contrasting colours.
Horizontal stripes can make a room look broader or larger while vertical lines can make the walls look taller or the ceiling higher. Consider the shape and size of the room before you select one or the other. Consider also whether you’re painting just one wall or an entire room.
Careful measuring is the key to a successful result. Decide on the width then measure and mark the walls. We suggest a minimum of 5” to 6″ and a maximum of 12” to 14″ wide. Thin lines look busy and very broad stripes can make a room feel heavy so somewhere in between is ideal.
If you are changing the base wall colour, paint that first, then wait at least 48-72 hours till fully dry before taping the walls with painter’s tape for the stripes. Make sure the tape is flush with the wall to avoid any paint seeping underneath. Once you’ve taped the walls, check that everything is straight and well measured.
Use high-quality products and tools. Start at the corners and work your way toward the center of the room (if it’s vertical stripes) or at the top or bottom of the wall and work your way toward the center of the wall (if it’s horizontal stripes).