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Choosing paint colors for a calming bedroom is an easy way to transform a space into a tranquil retreat, encouraging more restful sleep and personal relaxation. While the task of choosing a color may seem as daunting as the actual painting at first, with a little knowledge and know-how, you can have the perfect paint in hand in no time.

Traditional "calm" colors will often take their cues from nature, such as the pastel blues of a clear sky, the soft beige of a sandy beach, or the gentle greens of an herb garden in bloom. Consider natural settings where you feel most comfortable and choose your palette from this scenery; this method ensures that selecting the relaxing colors to paint a bedroom come from your personal experience and enjoyment, not a general concept.

If you have trouble visualizing such scenery, find an object that makes you feel happy and peaceful, such as a seashell or favorite trinket from your travels. If it is small enough to transport, bring it to your local home improvement store to have it matched - a special process that can make your paint the exact color as your calming object. If your object is too large to transport, try taking a picture of it to bring in with you. If you need to take a picture, be sure to take it in the same strength of lighting found in the room, this will produce the most true-to-life color. In either case, be sure to inquire about samples: these small jars of paint are more economical than gallons for trying out a color on your bedroom's wall.

If you are browsing paint colors for your calming bedroom, it is important to avoid "hot" colors, such as red and orange, or excessively dark colors like hunter green. Hot colors excite the psyche, building up energy that doesn't work well in a room intended for rest and relaxation. Darker colors will make a space seem smaller than it is, taking away from the peaceful wide-open atmosphere that lighter hues can impart.

When choosing the right paint colors for a calming bedroom atmosphere, don't be afraid to experiment with combinations. Depending on the shape and size of a room, an accent wall technique - in which one wall is painted a darker shade than the other three - can work well for balance and visual interest. An accent wall will typically be painted behind a large object, such as a tall dresser or the headboard of a bed, to draw the eye and make the room seem larger. This false "roominess" can promote a greater feeling of peace and impart a zen-like feel to the room. Other visual tricks include painting a white ceiling "down" the walls a few inches to mimic a high ceiling, or making a large stenciled decoration in a lighter or darker shade on the wall, in lieu of hanging a painting.

With these simple ideas in mind, choosing the right paint color for your calm bedroom retreat will be a little less stressful - and that's the point, after all!

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