Matt Or Silk Paint for Bedroom?

If you’re thinking about painting your bedroom, you might be wondering: should you choose a matt emulsion or silk emulsion?

In today’s article, we’re going to discuss which one you should go for and why. So with that being said, let’s jump right in.

Matt Or Silk Paint for Bedroom?

When it comes to choosing a paint sheen for your bedroom, it’s best to go for matt over silk. Matt paint is much less reflective than silk and thus makes your bedroom feel darker which can actually help you fall asleep easier.

The science behind this is very interesting. When it’s dark, your brain releases something called melatonin which makes you feel sleepy. So having a matt or even a flat matt level sheen that reflects less light means you’re more likely to get a better night sleep.

1 Reason Why You Shouldn’t Use Silk for Your Bedroom

Whilst matt paints look much nicer than silk, there’s actually an even more important point to consider. Silk paint comes in a consistency that is rather difficult to apply, especially for an amateur DIYer. And if you don’t get the application right, somewhere down the line you may end up with silk emulsion that’s starting to crack.

Which Matt Colours Are Best for the Bedroom?

Whilst getting the sheen level is the first step to creating a tranquil vibe in your bedroom, equally important is getting the colour scheme right.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, Director of the Eiseman Center for Color Information & Training, dominant cool tones would be the ideal choice.

Restful looking colours such as greens, clear whites and soft blues all give off a sense of calmness and tranquillity and when combined with other colours in your bedroom can really create a solace-like place to sleep in.

Final Thoughts

Whilst the choice ultimately lies with you, I would highly recommend using a matt paint over silk for your bedroom. In fact, I would go as far as saying that matt paint outperforms silk in any room type! Silk paint is now considered by most to be old fashioned with some professional decorators even creating a petition to have it banned!

If you’re looking for the best bedroom paint – go for a matt emulsion.