When I first moved in I unpacked and decorated cautiously. I think perhaps I had the crazy notion that I might experiment with minimalism or a limited colour palette. But now that little moment of insanity is over, I find myself wanting to hang colourful art. That means finding old pieces or painting more. Currently I am trying to distract myself from a bedroom wall colour I grow to dislike more and more as time goes by. In good lighting it's light brown but often takes on a sort of baby poo green-brown tint which doesn't work too well with my favoured jewel tones. Colour affects me deeply and I tend to have strong emotional reactions to it. Rarely am I neutral about a colour. People will tell you that certain colours are calming and others are invigourating, and perhaps there is some truth to that, but I think there is a more personal response involved.
A colour scheme that is soothing, calm and serene to some, is bland and sometimes even too cold for my taste. What is calming to me are colours that make me happy and those are often quite strong colours. Darker colours make me feel secure whereas pale colours can almost make me panic, feeling unanchored. Pale colours make me feel cold but darker colours, even if they are cool with blue undertones, feel warmer to me. A room done in pastels or pale neutrals will make me edgy. Apparently this is not the norm but I doubt I am the only person like this. So, all of this is my lengthy explanation as to why I am adding colourful art to my bedroom.