Tricia (my Senior Colour Designer) and I were reviewing eDesign projects the other day and she mentioned that clients are always quick to describe the wood stain colour of their dressers and end tables. (By the way, I oversee all of the eDesign, nothing goes out without my input and final approval, however the time consuming work is in organizing the presentation of all my colour specifications which is what Tricia does).
I laughed and replied that I vividly remember conversations from my paint store days, whenever someone would walk in looking for a paint colour for their bedroom, they always proceeded to carefully describe the colour of their wood stained dressers and end tables.
(White furniture, make sure you repeat white in your decorating ) Interior Design by Maria Killam
As I’ve said before, the master bedroom is the most highly neglected room in the house. First the living room gets decorated, then the kids rooms, the master bedroom is always the one where the homeowner is saying “In here, we have a blank slate, we can do whatever we want”.
This does not make any decorators job any easier.
Instead, without inspiration, we will spend the most time in this room while we analyze the merits of a greige, or a green grey, vs. blue grey, vs. violet grey, vs. taupe, (if you want a neutral) because you’re probably not considering beige inside this trend cycle.
If you want to paint your room green or blue for example, you could test 10 of them on the wall and still be waiting for your paint colour to propose, without a piece of art or a duvet cover to help you.
So first, if you have painted bedroom furniture (below), then that definitely should be taken into consideration. A COLOUR, not a wood stain in your furniture immediately becomes part of the colour scheme.
(Green grey four poster bed) Pinterest
But wood stained furniture? It’s pretty much in the realm of neutral with a few exceptions of really strong stain colours, for example.
Nina Farmer (stained wood end tables do not relate to the paint colour here)
The reason it’s hard to find a pretty bedroom in a magazine or online filled with wood stained furniture is because if you hire a designer to help you decorate your bedroom, they will often give you an upholstered headboard because it looks more luxurious.
Also a designer will not help you buy a 5 piece matching set because, well you can do that on your own. A matching set of furniture, just like a dining room set will not give you the designer look you are craving.
Once you choose your bedding, it’s easy to find a wall colour you’ll love:
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This bedding is true white, violet grey and blue, so you’d have three options for paint colour here with Behr Paints:
Notice there’s lots of white in this bedroom, that means it would be a candidate for considering an ‘art gallery white’, shade of true white.
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This bedding is a blue grey, so it would work with BM Marilyn’s Dress.
This bedding is taupe and violet grey and yellow so we also have two options:
Your options for this duvet (above) is a blue grey or a green which, if you click through you’ll see those are the primary colours in the fabric.
You can see that this duvet is yellow beige, orange beige, green grey and blue grey so that gives you 4 options from my system to paint this room. In comparison to the duvet, you can see that Pottery Barn used a upholstered headboard that is slightly pink beige.
BM OC-78 Parchment
Here’s how you know PEACH is coming back in! When you can find it in a duvet in a chain as big as the Pottery Barn!
However, the colour of your wood stain is much more secondary in importance to questions like:
What colour is your bedding?
Do you have some art that will provide inspiration for a colour scheme?
What colour is your existing carpet?
If you have painted furniture, match the furniture to a paint chip so that you have the right colour with you when you go shopping for other fabrics or accessories for your bedroom.
Okay raise your hand, who is guilty of wondering how much influence your wood stained furniture has on your wall colours.
It’s an easy mistake to make if you don’t know that you need to go shopping first.