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Design: Give your bedroom a bright, bold color makeover

Freshen up your room with brightly colored pillows

Freshen up your room with brightly colored pillows and curtains. Credit: Fotolia

Even if the beach is still weeks away, there's no reason you can't take a seaside jaunt in your bedroom. So get out some paint chips and color swatches and plan for a bedroom color makeover.


A good starting point for a bedroom makeover is a source of inspiration. Maybe a trip to Jamaica with its bright, tropical colors like yellow, coral and bright red hibiscus is what brings you to life. Or, it could be the soft, supple colors of Martha's Vineyard and the shades of beach glass that draw you. Whatever your favorite beach destination is, think about the colors that you associate with those locations: Are they vibrant or muted, subtle or seductive?


When it comes to painting, the color doesn't always have to go on the walls. Consider painting furniture a bright shade instead of the walls. Painting a bed and a dresser in a brilliant turquoise or robin's egg blue will make the furniture pop. Of course, you can still paint the walls.

Try painting a dark wall behind the bed and then go a few shades lighter on the remaining walls. Or, give your woodwork a shot of color instead of painting the walls. Try a vibrant color that contrasts with the overall room color. Another option is to coordinate woodwork with the wall color and selecting a darker or lighter shade. There's lots of ways to use paint to make a statement in a hurry.


Even if you don't want to paint an entire room, you can inject a B12 shot of energy almost instantly by picking a single bright color. Take last year's Pantone color of the year, radiant orchid, for example. This bold shade would shake any bedroom out of its doldrums and goes with just about any color, from black to beige, yellow to green and even pastel colors.

If orchid is too much, try other vibrant colors that are popular right now, such as lime green, coral or even the trending bubble gum pink. By just adding a single punch of color in artwork, lampshades, throw pillows and accessories, you'll unify the room and brighten it up in just a couple of quick shopping trips to your favorite decor store.


Don't overlook fabric as a source of color and redecorating. If you have white walls, then give your bedroom a color bath with new linens, curtains and fabrics. If renting, hang brightly colored curtains on a rod behind the bed to create a bold color yet add softness and interest. Artwork can also be a source of color. Take your new linens to the fabric store and pick out coordinating fabrics in various patterns. Then staple the fabrics over a canvas to make quick, inexpensive artwork in a snap.

The Surin Coral Pillow ($20 at can be used outdoors as well as indoors.

Asha Salada Area Rugs ($183.09 to $993.99 at are made of wool.

The Pacific Coast Sea Glass Table Lamp ($149.99 at comes with a linen shade.

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