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Use matt on the walls but what about woodwork? Eggshell, silk or satin finishes look more modern than gloss, though gloss will be tougher and bounce more light around.
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An all-four-walls approach, a feature wall, colour blocking or an ombré paint effect? We've covered them all below...
On the hunt for some great bedroom paint ideas? Decorating with paint is the quickest and, arguably, most affordable way to update a bedroom, and the easiest way to get into DIY bedroom decorating. But how do you go about choosing the perfect paint colour for your bedroom?
First, consider the mood you want to create: bright and cheerful, cosy and muted, or dramatic? Then, think about your bedroom's orientation: how much sunlight does it get and how will the colours you're considering look under both natural daylight and lamplight? Now think about your bedroom's size: do you want your small bedroom to feel larger or does size really not matter that much to you in a bedroom?
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1. Split the walls with contrasting colours
Period bedrooms have dado and picture rails to divide the wall up into areas that can each be given a different treatment, but if your home is modern and without these authentic details, you can still zone your walls with different colours to create a layered look that's packed with interest.
Fail-safe rule? Keep the darker of the colours to the lower part of the walls and the lighter above to make the ceiling feel higher and the room bigger. And, if you're picking a bold shade, opt for a non-white, or off white accent colour for a softer contrast. For more similar ideas, check out these inspiring colour block paint ideas.
2. Highlight a feature with a different shade
Copy this bedroom paint idea and choose one strong colour – then, pick a lighter accent tone of the same colour to show off your room's features to add an extra touch of character. The paler circle around the mirror and the stripe at coving height (below) soften the effect of the deep purple paint colour; a similar approach will create a bedroom paint wall design that is unusual and striking.
3. Go for dramatic, deep tones
Darker paint colours work really well if you balance the rest of the colour scheme carefully: choosing pale colours for the bedding, furniture, flooring, ceiling and window dressing will be particularly important in a room that gets poor natural daylight, but will keep brighter spaces feeling airy in the daytime, too. Add in a few touches of a warmer accent shade, such as pastel pink to keep the room feeling welcoming.
Here, the pale bedding, cream rug and flooring all contrast with the beautiful deep blue wall colour. For something similar try Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue. Love this room? Go and check out more dark decorating ideas.
4. Create a coastal feel with blues and whites
Still love the enduringly popular New England coastal look? We don't blame you – it never dates and always looks fresh and clean. Here, the dado rail has been created with a pencil-thin line of red paint, crisply separating the blue and white. To recreate this bedroom paint idea, choose an accessory or two in the same shade of red (or whatever colour you pick) to tie the scheme together. Love this love? Check out more coastal decorating ideas.
5. Get on-trend with painted geometric shapes
Geometric paint effects are very trendy – so why not add your own graphic design to your bedroom walls with little more than a roll of masking tape and a good paintbrush (see our pick of the best)? Use white as your canvas, and select some pretty pastel tones to complete the look. You may even get away with tester pots for the lesser used accent shades. Team with bedding in similar shades to complete the look. For more pretty pastel decorating ideas check out our feature.
6. Create an ombré effect
A look that isn’t going anywhere, the ombre effect is a great bedroom paint idea. Choose two colours, using the darker tone at the bottom, then slowly introduce the lighter shade as you work towards the top of the wall.
Fancy giving the ombré effect a go yourself? It's actually a really easy DIY jobbie, just check out this step-by-step guide to creating an ombre accent wall.
7. Brighten a dull room with sunshine hues
Don’t be afraid to try warmer, more intense shades with your bedroom paint ideas, especially if yours faces north or east, has a small window or has proportions that make it feel unwelcoming. Picking a yellow? Stay away from citrus shades, which will be too bright, and pick earthier tones instead. Team with crisp white woodwork for a fresh look and accent with black accessories to give the room a contemporary edge.
8. Bring the outdoors in with botanical green
Another colour that's on-trend is this deep, bold green – and it's perfect for a bedroom, whatever its size or orientation. By day, it's light enough to bounce light around; by night, it will deepen to create an intimate feel. Better still, it's a great match for an abundance of house plants.
9. Create a calm look with beautiful neutrals
Want your bedroom to be a haven of calm? Or perhaps you like to change the look of a room on a regular basis? If you're not a fan of bold bedroom paint ideas, neutral tones will create a relaxed, spacious feel that's the perfect backdrop for ever-changing accessories.
The walls in this bedroom are painted in Farrow and Ball Skimming Stone Estate Emulsion, floors and skirting boards in Wimborne White. Love Farrow & Ball? Explore their current best-selling colours for more bedroom paint inspiration.
10. Try chalkboard paint in kids' rooms
Do you have creative kids? Whether they like to practise maths equations or daub graffiti, they can do it on their bedroom walls if you use a chalkboard paint. Our tip? Just keep it to one wall or part-wall, and use a contrasting colour in the rest of the space. Find more great paint ideas for kids' rooms.
11. Liven up your bedroom with polka dots
Create your own feature wall without wallpapering by painting different shapes in various colours against a pale background colour; it’s a very effective and easy way to add interest to an existing scheme. Use an on-trend metallic for the dots as shown here for a touch of boudoir glamour.
12. Create an elegant finish with painted panels
Whether your walls are tongue-and-grooved or panelled, or you're creating your own panelling from lengths of MDF pinned and glued to the wall, painting it in an authentic, period shade (which also happens to be fashionable for homes right now, too), will give your bedroom an elegant, traditional appeal that's rather smart, too. Then all you have to do is choose contemporary furnishings and accessories for the perfect mix of old and new.
13. Embrace the trend for warm brights
It's no coincidence that the Pantone Colour of the Year 2019 was Living Coral and that Dulux's Colour of the Year 2019 was Spiced Honey. They're warm, welcoming and perfect under lamplight for creating that inviting glow you want from a bedroom. Slightly more challenging with a hangover, perhaps?
14. Go for an all white colour scheme
Wow. Paint your bedroom white. How groundbreaking. But seriously, an all white bedroom looks clean, crisp and it's never going to date. Pick a really bright white (something like Dulux's White Cotton) and go to town – paint the ceiling, the woodwork, the walls – to create a (surprisingly) striking look. Add colour and pattern with your bedroom accessories and bedlinen.
Check out more ideas that prove white can be an interesting colour choice in these white bedroom design ideas.
15. Paint a DIY headboard
Literally the cheapest alternative to a real headboard, all you need for this quick DIY bedroom paint idea is some paint, a brush (or roller) and some masking tape. Start by using tape to mark out a rectangle around the top of your bed. Then, take your colour of choice and start painting, being careful to keep within the lines of the masking tape. Let the paint dry, giving it another coat if it needs one, and then peel away the masking tape. We have loads more where that came from in out DIY headboards feature.