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Paint colors that play up your Murphy bed…

A Murphy bed is often cleverly concealed by unique custom cabinetry. At Closet Factory, for example, cabinetry is made from melamine or laminates in a large variety of colors and textures as well as custom stained or painted wood. There’s also a huge selection of hardware to create exactly the look you want.

What this means is that the Murphy bed cabinetry usually becomes the focal point of a room. Now you have to figure out the best wall colors to honor that yet create a calm, cohesive space.

Keep the following five steps in mind and you’re well on your way to the perfect palette:

Step 1: Get a color wheel

A color wheel is an essential tool for a paint project. It lets you see the relationships between different hues.

Familiarizing yourself with the color wheel can help you understand how to best mix and match a cool color with a warm one, for a naturally balanced room.

Step 2: Assess light and space availability

In addition to the finish of the Murphy bed, the amount of light and space is important to consider when choosing paint. Lighter colors tend to make a room appear bigger and airy, so they are best used in small rooms or rooms with poor lighting. Dark, bold colors add a sense of drama and are often used to draw accents together in larger spaces.

Step 3: Choose a color family

Base your overall color scheme around the dominant hue of the Murphy bed cabinetry finish.

A popular trend is to use contrasting colors. To do this, select wall colors that are in stark contrast to the Murphy bed by selecting from hues on the opposite end of the color wheel. For example, if your bed cabinetry has a brown or golden wood finish, select paint colors that are on the opposite end of brown and gold such as medium blue, soft gray and teal. Red is the dominant underlying tone of a cherry-stained wood, so an earthy green would pair well with this.

Step 4: Be creative

You don’t have to paint all four walls the same color—consider a second color on one wall as an accent. How about painting the inside wall of the Murphy bed a bold color and using soft tones on the rest of the walls? Look at lots of great rooms for inspiration, and envision ways to create a cohesive space that best expresses your personality and style.

Tip: Purchase some inexpensive paint samples and play around with them before making a commitment.

Step 5: Accessorize

After you’ve painted your walls, dress the room with accessories that coordinate both with your new walls and your wall bed cabinetry.

Before committing to a piece of furniture or an accessory, don’t be afraid to ask for a fabric swatch or take a picture to bring home and compare against the walls and Murphy bed before making your purchase.

Schedule a free design consultation with a designer.

Each of our custom closets is completely personalized and begins with a complimentary design appointment.

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What should I expect?

During the consultation, you and the designer will discuss your decorative style, wish list, and project budget, with the aim of designing a closet organization system that will:

  • Create your dream closet
  • Organize your wardrobe
  • Store all your shoes & boots
  • Coordinate hanging space
  • Get optimum visibility
  • Preserve your wardrobe
  • Organize accessories
  • Make space for jewelry