Q: How do I create a rela master bedroom retreat, but still incorporate bold colors? —Brenda L.
A: Thanks for such a great question! I love the phrase, "rela retreat." Those two words are full of so much promise — but they can also mean many different things to people. Let's work through some basic advice and see if we can improve things!
One question that we always ask when working with clients is how a particular room will be used. For example, breakfast rooms might have a brighter hue, while bedrooms might skew a little on the darker side — it all depends with the time of day that a room is used. Now, if your desire is to use a bolder palette throughout the rest of your house, you could easily play with the color a bit before bringing it into the bedroom. I might dial down a bright fire engine red to a slightly deeper burgundy or oxblood before working it into the bedroom scheme.
I'd also like to point out that you have other opportunities to make a space bold instead of just using paint. What about a boldly-patterned upholstered headboard? You can add some drama and impact, without having to put so much weight on just a paint color. As with any space, it's often the details that make it amazing.
Look at this bold bedroom from designer Lindsey Coral Harper — it's all about the details! The charming monogrammed bed linens, bright blue trim on the red upholstered bench, and the custom lampshades and window treatments give the room a proper dash of drama and style.