The design of your bedroom often starts with the color of the walls. The best bedroom paint colors are those that match the feeling you want to have or convey in your space and will help direct other decor choices. Even if you have a few color palettes you like, it can be hard to hone in on the exact shade you want for your walls.
Whether you want to create a serene, peaceful vibe with muted colors like interior designer Emily Rodgers, or you're more interested in an energetic, vibrant color palette; you can find a tone to suit your palette. Hues can set a mood or fit a style, especially when paired with the right color combinations and embellishment.
- Color Family: Varies; spans the color spectrum
- Complementary Colors: Depends on the color; blues complement oranges, reds complement greens, and neutrals usually fit in with everything
- Pairs Well With: Neutrals
- Mood: Varies; depends on the choice
- Where to Use: Most rooms inside the house; some work as exterior paint colors
Here are the best paint shade ideas for bedrooms, fitting for various palette personalities.
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Best for Moody Palettes: Benjamin Moore Gravel Gray
Dark, moody color schemes are on-trend—and for good reason. A moody color palette lends a sense of depth and mystery to any space and can feel utterly calming and tranquil in a bedroom, such as a rich gray like Benjamin Moore's Gravel Gray.
Many think a deep color like dark gray will make a smaller room feel claustrophobic, but it can visually expand the walls and create the illusion of even more space. Pair with lighter shades of gray or white, or you can keep things moody, adding deep colors such as navy or purple.
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Best for Beachy Palettes: Sherwin-Williams Watery
Whether you are decorating a guest house on the beach or just dreaming of being coastal, a beachy bedroom is a great way to create a space that feels like a vacation each time you tuck in. Sherwin-Williams' Watery is a teal hue with strong green undertones. Pair with off-whites or beiges to create a soothing, calming seaside-influenced color palette.
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For High-Contrast Palettes: The Spruce Best Home Phantom Black
If you want to add an accent wall to your bedroom, a deep, true black like The Spruce Best Home Phantom Black is a great choice. Black paint can be the base of an endlessly chic color palette in any bedroom, especially when paired with cool, bright neutrals like white or gray. Try it behind a bed with splashes of bright colors in your throw pillows or bedding for a high-contrast look that's modern and inviting.
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Best for Bright Palettes: Behr Brocade
Behr's Brocade is a bright, medium purple that is an excellent choice if you want to add liveliness to your bedroom. Purple is an elegant, timeless choice and can also stimulate brain cells, adding an energetic kick to your space. Pair it with other bright shades such as peach, teal, or blue for a colorful, youthful palette.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Best for Neutral Palettes: Benjamin Moore White Dove
When it comes to neutrals, you can't go wrong with a stunning shade of white. If you're struggling with picking the right one, Benjamin Moore's White Dove is a favorite among designers. This shade is a neutral white and not sterile; it has slight yellow undertones, but they're subtle. It's incredibly versatile and goes well with many shades of paint. We love it as a base for a neutral, monochromatic room.
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Best for Muted Palettes: Behr Pine Mountain
Muted color schemes evoke a vintage vibe while remaining tranquil and soothing. Behr's Pine Mountain is a medium, neutral, mossy green that's earthy and modern. It pairs well with whites or other muted shades like mustard or dusty rose for a vintage look that's trendy and updated.
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Best for a Classic Palette: Sherwin-Williams Barcelona Beige
If timeless, traditional bedroom design is the direction you want, pick a paint color that can highlight your space's symmetry and formal vibe. Sherwin-Williams' Barcelona Beige is a neutral beige that's slightly warm. It's a soft color that provides the perfect background to a classic bedroom. Pair it with deeper tans or grays for a look that will never go out of style.
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Best for Pink Palettes: The Spruce Best Home Rose Power
Pink isn't just for little girl's rooms anymore. Decorating with pink is almost always trendy and, when done correctly, can be both elegant and feminine. The Spruce Best Home Rose Power is a medium, cool pink that's soft and peaceful. It's a great choice as a backdrop to a pink bedroom and pairs beautifully with other shades of pink or whites and grays.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Best Tranquil Paint: Clare Headspace
Clare's Headspace is an airy bluish-green hue that's effortlessly calm and cool. It's a great choice if you want a tranquil, relaxing feel in your bedroom. To keep things soothing, don't mix in too many additional colors. Focus on lighter tones that accent the blue and green in this shade.
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Best for Warm Palettes: Magnolia's By the Fireplace
A red paint like Magnolia's By the Fireplace adds a richness that provides depth and coziness in a bedroom. This deep, rich shade feels both antique and timeless. It pairs well with other warm shades like beige and brown. It is an excellent choice if you want to add a bit of daring color to your room without overwhelming it.
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Best for Cool Palettes: Farrow & Ball Stone Blue
A cool color palette provides a tranquil, restful quality to a bedroom while keeping things light and airy. Farrow & Ball's Stone Blue is a saturated, medium-cool blue that creates an intimate feel in a bedroom. Pair it with cool, stark whites or grays for a breezy look that welcomes natural light.
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Best for Sunny Palettes: Behr Bicycle Yellow
Whether you have a lot of natural light or you want to create the illusion of a sunny bedroom, a shade like Behr's Bicycle Yellow is the perfect canvas for a bright, cheery palette. This happy, medium yellow paint is bright without overpowering the rest of the room. It's lighthearted but still mature and pairs well with warm white colors or lighter yellows.