The Cool Contrast
The Color: Guacamole by Benjamin Moore
In designing their bedroom, designers John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross wanted to create tension. “We definitely wanted a cool color to pair with a warm color,” Geoffrey says. To contrast with the red carpet, they landed on the hue’s exact opposite on the color wheel: a forest green.
How to bring the look home: When swatching paint, consider the natural light the room gets, and keep in mind the light will change in the space both seasonally and daily. “Colors tend to be cooler during the summer, and warmer during fall and spring,” Geoffrey says. “It’s also important to think about when you’re going to use a room, whether it’s a night room or a day room, and to swatch your colors during both times of day.”
The Soothing Mix
Taking inspiration from the waterfront views, designer Robert Passal painted the walls of his Miami master bedroom a soothing baby blue blend. “I wanted to keep the interior visually consistent with the exterior so that the eye was not distracted,” he says, and to create a “soft, comforting, cocoon-like atmosphere. I prefer toned-down colors for bedrooms. It is a place of rest and I’ve found that clients tend to gravitate towards soothing colors for sleeping quarters.”
How to bring the look home: It’s all about the customization. “I added a splash (10%) of Pointing to mellow out the color, as blue can sometimes feel somewhat industrial,” Robert says.
The Subtle Hint
The color: Middleton Pink by Farrow & Ball
In choosing the palette of her Texas farmhouse’s guest bedroom, designer Bailey McCarthy started with a vintage quilt. “I needed a paint color that [wouldn’t] overwhelm it,” she says. So the self-professed color-lover landed on a light peppermint pink shade, which ties the patterned curtains and emerald bed together with the quilt while still feeling in-sync with the light and airy look of the rest of the home.
How to bring the look home: Use paint to create a grounding atmosphere in a room. “The wall color should set the mood of your space, so decide what that should be, and pick paint from there. Here, I hope the tranquil feel of this pink gives our farm guests that warm and fuzzy feeling,” Bailey says.
The Warm Black
With the majority of his apartment being white, Birmingham-based designer and artist William McLure knew he wanted to do something a little cozier in the bedroom, which boasts the only working fireplace in the apartment.
How to bring the look home: To really hone in on the cozy feeling, use a black that doesn’t feel so flat and dark. “Sometimes, when people choose a black, they choose a stark black. What I liked about Obsidian is it has a little bit of warmth and a hint of brown to it. It has the color of aged iron,” William says.
The Soft, Moody Palette
Designer Katie Leede wanted to create a quiet, moody atmosphere in the bedroom of her Manhattan loft as well as make the tight space feel more spacious and light. So she paired an earthy gray on the walls with a cool blue on the ceiling, which “opens up the room and gives a sense of breath and air to the somewhat narrow space.” Another visual illusion she employed? Faking the room’s architecture. “Lacking formal crown molding, I used my trick of adding a 2-inch strip of gold metallic paint [where the walls and ceiling meet.]”
How to bring the look home: Go with your gut! “When choosing colors for one’s bedroom, it’s always best to start with questions like, ‘How do I want to feel in this space? Is it to be a sexy lair? Or an oasis of calm? Or my happy place?’ These questions will automatically inspire a color direction. Once you have that, go to your local paint store and seek out a paint line with a curated color palette that speaks to your personal imagination,” Katie says.