Need advice about paint color

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Need advice about paint color
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Mon, 03-18-2013 - 12:41pm

Hi all,

I was hoping for some feedback from you all about paint colors for my master bedroom.  Our bedroom is fairly small and is currently painted very pale yellow (it was painted by the previous owners).  I'm really wanting a change and have decided on grey and purple as the colors for the room.  I purchased a purple bedding set and was thinking that I'd paint the walls a tone of grey.  I went to the paint store and picked up about a dozen different color samples and taped them to my bedroom wall, hoping that something would click and I'd decide.  That hasn't happened!  I can't decide if I want to go a very light color of grey, or something more dark and dramatic.  If I go dark, will the room feel like a cave?  Since it is on the smaller side, that's my main concern.  However my husband goes to bed very eary (he's up at 3am each morning), so perhaps the dark color would be nice for him?  I'd love any advice you may have!

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Tue, 04-02-2013 - 1:35pm

Thanks again, Carol.  With Easter and spring break, painting has been put on the back burner but I'm hoping to get to it in the next few weeks.  I'll keep you posted and will be sure to drop in with any other questions I may have.  Thanks!

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Sat, 03-30-2013 - 5:45pm
It looks like people already provided you with some helpful advice. Purple and grey usually go well together. Black would be fun with purple too, and it's totally up to you what you want your room to look like. If you had an image of your room that could help me help you better, but I do like some of the suggestions others have given which I would use for myself.
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Fri, 03-22-2013 - 4:20pm

YAY! So glad that was helpful and please do come back to share the outcome (or to ask any further questions that you may have)!



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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 11:28am

Hi Carol,

Thank you so much for your detailed response and helpful links.  I really appreciate your help!  You know, I've never even thought to do an accent wall in a darker color, but I really really like that idea! I also think I need to get some actual paint samples to paint on the wall (thanks for that suggestion!). I know in the past I've picked a color based on the paint chip and was disappointed with the outcome.  I hope to have some time this weekend to paint a bit and make a decision.  I'll keep you posted!

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Mon, 03-18-2013 - 2:19pm

I like that color combination for a bedroom. restful and still dramatic.

When you audtiion paint colors, it is usually best if you can paint a large swatch as those little chips from the store anre't relaly helpful when surrounded by your current wall color. Perhaps get some sample pots of your favorite colors and paint some poster boards with them, placing them around the room in different lighting (daylight, artifical light, etc.) to see which ones work for you...

Have you considered doing one dark wall (maybe the one behind the bed) and the rest three shades lighter? And make sure there is a touch of purple in that grey (greys can be brownish, bluish, greenish... and that undertone will relaly come out if you put something like purple next to it...

Here is a slide show of purple/grey bedrooms that might give you some inspiration. http://www.houzz.com/photos/bedroom/Purple-Grey-

And don't worry too much about making the room feel smaller. It is a bedroom, after all, and small can also mean cozy! And how light your room is, how high the ceilings are, how bright your other colors are --- all of these mitigate the snes of "smallness" that some dark colors can cause. See this article for the pros and cons of dark in a room: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/99741/list/Going-Dark--When-it-Works

Hope this helps... Please keep us posted on what you decide and we'd love to see photos of the finished product!



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