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How to Specify Colour for a Bedroom (and Closet)

By 01/27/2013May 22nd, 201821 Comments

Tracey from Fort Langley was the winner of a brand new custom closet from Designer Closet Guys I Hate My Closet Contest!

Tracy, Chris & Maria

Her prize included a colour consultation from me so we all arrived together a couple weeks ago to measure up her closet and choose colours.


Chris Isfeld, Owner of Designer Closet Guys

In December I posted about how to choose a colour for a bedroom using my large colour samples but here are some visuals on exactly how it’s done.

Picking colour for the bedroom

Whether I’m looking for a colour to coordinate with the bedding or not, I always take two poster boards and turn them around to the white side (above) so that as I show each colour sample on by one, you are just looking at the colour NOT comparing to what’s behind it.

How to Choose Colour in a Bedroom

Tracey and her husband were ready to replace the existing green beige with a cooler, fresher colour.

Analyzing some more

She loved the idea of incorporating a pop of colour in the master closet as her tiny office was in there too. I had a larger sample of Dill Pickle but then when I pulled out this smaller but darker and stronger fresh green (Limeade CSP-865) she instantly declared it to be the one.

I think a closet which will end up getting mostly covered by clothes can totally handle a bright colour like this. Remember my Hermes Orange closet? Wow it was bright until everything went in. Now it’s perfect.

Final Colours

Photos by Lynk Marketing

Designer Closet Guys can be found designing closets on Love it or List it this Monday at 10:00 pm on the W Network.

And you’ll be seeing this bedroom and closet reveal soon!

What colour would you paint your closet?

Related posts:

Designer Closet Guys for Stylish Closets

Maria’s New Closet

What Colour Should you Paint the Closet?

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  • Susan@Susan Silverman Designs says:

    Hi Maria

    I see that you are using BM Colour Stories. Any favourites yet?

  • Betsy Wahl says:

    What color was chosen for the bedroom ?

  • Design & Decor says:

    I am so happy she chose the limeade..I love it!

  • She is a lucky girl!! I can’t wait to see the finished product!

  • Speaking of color, Maria, that red jacket and lipstick are fabulous on you!

  • Ivy Lane says:

    I agree with Sherry…you look stunning in that red jacket and lipstick…

  • Siobhan says:

    What large sample color are you holding in the 3rd photo? Is that dill pickle next to it?

  • Another vote against color with strong personality in the closet. It sounds boring, but matching exactly to the paint color in the room, or a lighter version of the same color, will make it easier to change colors when you want to repaint the bedroom. If a professional painter comes in to do the job, he’ll just push the furniture to the center and do the bedroom walls. If he has to do the closet — well, that’ll be $-extra-$! If you DIY, painting a closet’s a hassle. I also suggest satin or semi-gloss finish in a closet, for walls that resist scuff marks and are easier to clean.

    You look smashing, Maria.

  • Donna Frasca says:

    Hi Maria! Wow you look nice in red! Anyway, as much as I’m a fan of color, the closet is the one place I usually insist on choosing a neutral. When you have a colorful wall in the closet in addition to all the colors of your clothes, your closet now becomes one big kaleidoscope. Here’s what I mean, I have a graphic that explains it a bit better.

  • Laura Jens Sisino says:

    Love the colors! How fresh. They will be tickled when it is complete.
    Question on picking a bold color for a closet, is the reflective quality the color might project onto the clothes if there is a lot of color in the clothes a consideration?

  • Maria Killam says:

    We chose this colour for Tracey because it’s also her office. And I love my orange closet which I can only see from one side where my jewelry hangs, the clothes completely cover the colour everywhere else.

    Painting the closet is a hassle but this is one place where I would say ‘It’s only paint’. I would put up with the hassle to have a colour I love in a room I’m working in too, like Tracey.

    • LizH says:

      Totally agree! I painted my closet robin’s egg blue, and I don’t see much of the color, except around the edges, but it makes me happy every day I open the closet door.

  • Laurette says:

    I plan to use a turquoise blue in the master bedroom closet and hot pink in the new closet room I want to create out of a tiny bedroom we do not use, all inspired by your orange closet walls. Loved it!

  • Beth says:

    I re-did my master closet and love that the color is almost the same as the bedroom color. (The bedroom is 50% Fiji AF525 and the closet a little lighter.) The dressing room is a rich, Donald Kaufman taupey beige.

    It’s not like I’m trying to figure out which clothes match against a background of a strong color, like the problem we can experience when choosing paint colors against other colors.

    I know sweater X looks okay with blouse Y already, or haul them out of the closet to check, which I’d do even if the closet was sad white.

  • Beth says:

    I also agree with sometime painting closets a different color than the room. And that laundry rooms and garages should make us smile. A client and I created a gallery wall on a 3/4 high garage wall that had steps to the kitchen behind it. It’s a grayed violet. She had colorful, framed posters socked away. Garden tools like rakes are hung here and there.

  • My master bedroom closet is Raspberry. It is the happiest place in our house. I would NEVER do a neutral closet again. look fabulous in that Red jacket!

  • Wendy says:

    Yeah, a fun closet color really pulls the rooms together. I just advised a client to do a rich pale plum on the baby room walls, and the closet interior is a bright spring green. We put a little painted dresser in there as a changing table, painted the same green. Then the bedding and accessories could use the spring green some more, along with plum accents. Made me wish I could have another baby—NOT!

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