Balancing Dark and Light in the Bedroom

Posted by Pillow Decor on 2015 Feb 10th

Balancing Dark and Light in the Bedroom

When it’s time to relax, a dark room can prove to be a calming retreat. To create a quiet and restful space, each component of the bedroom must be carefully assessed. Changes to color, lighting, and accessories are all worth considering. Ultimately, delicately balancing dark and light hues can produce a calm, quiet ambiance.

To get started, consider the following factors:

  • If the room receives a significant amount of natural light, it is better suited to wall paint in a dark color.
  • If a bedroom does not enjoy an abundance of sunlight, strategically placed lighting sources of varying brightness can set the mood.
  • In a room of dark colors, whites will appear especially sharp and crisp. A white bedspread, pillows, wall trim, and lampshades will pop when contrasted with deep navy or chocolate walls.

Balancing dark and light – creating contrast

Reaching the ideal combination of light and dark hues is not merely challenging – it is an adventure. While it is fun to experiment with contrast, many agree that the best way to achieve it is by first painting at least one bedroom wall in a dark color to see if it agrees with your taste. If so, it is then safe to choose furniture, such as dressers, nightstands, chairs, and a headboard that create enough of a contrast, yet provide the cohesive look you desire.

Bird's Nest Black Throw Pillow 20X20  
The dynamic Bird's Nest Pillow
 is an elegant geometric accent
piece for a darker bedroom
  Seltzer Black and White Vintage Throw Pillow 20x20
Vintage Seltzer Bottles Pillow adds
 a beautiful graphic accent to
 a black and white bedroom
  Waverly Fun Floret Licorice 20X20 Throw Pillow
The Waverly Fun Floret pillow
 is classic with a contemporary
twist - perfect for an elegant
 bedroom

Choosing the bedding and accessories

The next step is to choose bedding. If the room feels heavily weighted on the darker side, contrast with whites and bright lighting. Otherwise, dark bedding and subtle lighting will add the perfect amount of richness and depth.

When these fundamental steps have been accomplished, it is time to accessorize. Curtains, artwork, and throw pillows need careful consideration to maintain balance. For more decorative guidance, and for an impressive variety of pillows to add style and comfort to your new bedroom browse the wide selection of throw pillows Pillow Decor has to offer. There is no shortage of sizes, colors, patterns, or materials to complement your bedroom space.

Black white and silver

Create a powerful visual statement and achieve a harmonious balance of dark and light in your bedroom. Try bringing in the delightfully soft textures of Mongolian Sheepskin pillows or the bold black and white graphics of the Vintage Bus Scroll design.