I am purchasing a mahogany master bedroom set and would like to paint the walls first. The carpet is a light beige. The room is huge and the ceiling is sort of barnlike and high. Do you paint the ceiling the same color? What color would be best for a soothing, tranquil room?
By Chris from Danbury, CT
It is entirely up to you. Go with your favorite color that makes you feel relaxed and peaceful. You must have some colors that have that affect on you. Wood is a natural color so you don't have to worry about that. As far as that goes, any color that you have large quantities of is a natural color. You don't have to worry about the beige carpet, because beige is always a natural color. It is entirely up to you if you paint the ceiling the same color as the walls. (05/06/2010)
I love sage and it does well in a large space. I would leave the ceiling white or do a shade 2 colors lighter than the wall so it's a subtle accent, but not the focus of attention. (05/06/2010)
If you can't decide on a color get some decorator magazines or go to the library and look them up. Take some little post-it notes with you. Go through them page by page and every time you see a room that catches your eye put a post-it note on it. By the time you have gone through a few magazines go back and check out all the pages you marked. You will find some common denominator which you liked in all and that is a good way to determine what your preferences are.
For tranquility, pastel shades are a pretty safe bet, but stay away from cool colors. You want warm colors (a touch of the sun), no reds, oranges, yellows, and nothing bright. Green was used in hospitals a lot because of its soothing effect, but personally I have never found a green I wanted to live with. If you leave the ceiling white or lighter than the room it will take the eye up and the room will appear higher. If you keep it the same color as the walls or darker it will make the room appear smaller. Good luck. (05/06/2010)
You could pick out the comforter and drapes first, and then find a paint color that matches them. For instance, if the comforter has a floral design, you could pick a color from the flowers, or from the leaves, or even from the background. If the comforter is a solid color, you could paint your walls a couple of shades lighter than the comforter for a monochromatic feeling, or you could use a color from the opposite side of the color wheel for more contrast.
For a high ceiling, you could pick out a color from the color sample that is two or three shades darker than the color you choose for the walls. This will help bring the ceiling down a little. Good luck! (05/07/2010)
By Patty Lynn
I agree on picking out a bed cover, or pillow, or drape/curtain first. It eliminates the need to do excess shopping to get a nice cohesive look to the room. A nice camel tan color would be easy to match with any earth tone, and a shade of terra cotta might look stunning. Some like an accent wall, some don't, but with high ceilings, go clear to the top with your main color and keep the ceiling white. (05/07/2010)
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