Living and dining rooms are often designed with the guest in mind, creating an environment that feels welcoming to the greatest amount of people. In the most private area of the house, however, you should embrace all of your own personal style and artistic flair. Use a bold colour such as plum on your bedroom walls, and dress it up with your choice of accents to create a room that is exciting, soothing, regal or comfortably quirky.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Colour swatches
Visit your local paint or home improvement store. Pick out several paint swatches in plum colours, ranging from pastel to deep shades, and bring them home.
Hold the swatches up, one at a time, to existing furniture and trim in your room. Wood finishes can have a red or orange tone that might clash with the red tints in a plum paint. Look for swatches that complement the colour of your furniture.
Consider a lighter shade of plum if you have dark furniture. Add a deeper shade to one accent wall for more visual drama. Dark paint on all four walls can make the room feel too small and oppressive. Use pale wood or white furniture to balance more vivid shades of plum.
Match the paint swatches to any fabrics or bedding that you hope to include in the room. The paint can be lighter or darker than the fabric, as long as the tone matches. Many paint swatches include several shades of the same colour to assist you. Match a dark plum to your bedspread, then select a paint on the same swatch that's two or three shades lighter.
Pair one or two plum accent walls with a neutral shade such as grey or tan for a more serene environment.
Create a truly dramatic room with a deep plum accent wall and dark purple draperies and bedding in complementary tones. Add art and accessories with colours from the immediate neighbours on the colour wheel, deep blue and fuchsia.
Go bold with bedding and accessories from the direct opposite on the colour wheel, a bright green. This colour combination works best with modern furniture and design.
Try for a spa-like feel by pairing plum walls with tan and pastel plum bedding, matching neutral curtains and pale furniture. Choose a few black accents to add a sophisticated touch.
Keep the woodwork a neutral wood, grey or white shade. Extending the plum shade to the trim will overpower the room and create a closed-in feeling.
Tips and warnings
- Many stores offer paint-matching services. If you have a throw pillow, blanket or other item in a plum shade you like, they can create a custom paint for you in that colour.
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