Colors really do impact your mood. So, if you are looking to turn your bedroom into a relaxing oasis, the right shade on the walls can do just that. If you prefer light, airy hues or dark, moody shades, one of these best bedroom paint colors will fit your style. You may even be surprised by the colors that will leave you well-rested.
- Color Family: Varies; includes neutrals, blues, and greens
- Complementary Colors: Varies
- Pairs Well With: Varies
- Mood: Calming, comforting
- Where to Use: Bedrooms
The following paint color ideas suggested by design experts will make your sleeping space super enticing.
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Light beige is always a safe neutral for the bedroom. It allows you to easily switch your decor and accents when you'd like to refresh your room without having to repaint.
"Although painting bedroom walls is a personal choice, there are a few timeless colors that work for most tastes," says Charlie Worrall from NGI Design. "First and foremost, pale pastel colors will always look brilliant. I suggest Graham & Brown's Glimmerous Matt Emulsion Paint—a muted shade of beige with a subtle gray undertone. It is compatible with almost anything."
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"Lighter paint colors are always a safe option, but recently I have been fascinated by the idea of creating a true oasis with dark blue walls using Admiral Blue by Benjamin Moore," says blogger Sarah Cousins. "It can be a little scary to go dark, but it is a sure way to make a statement in your space (and you can always swap out the color down the line, unlike an expensive couch or bed frame)." Cousins also suggests styling this color with softer accents and lighter colors to help make it less stark or jarring.
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"Dark, moody colors are on trend for bedrooms, but if you are looking to flip the script, try Yellow Bliss by Valspar," says interior designer Tara Polony. "The relaxed color does not scream lemon, and in the morning it will make your room feel light and airy instead of cave-like." Yellow can be a tricky color to paint with, but a lighter muted shade such as this one is incredibly versatile.
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"Dark colors in the bedroom are a fantastic choice because they support a relaxing, cozy place," says interior designer Maiya Kathryn Dacey. "When choosing paint, it is important to think about how the room will be used. In this case, it is for rest, so it helps for the most significant area, the walls, to be on the darker side of things. I suggest Van Deusen Blue by Benjamin Moore." Dacey also mentioned that walls this color have the possibility of helping you get more restful sleep.
It's a good idea to layer the lighting in your bedroom to achieve a serene atmosphere. Having several lighting options, from lamps to accent lights, helps you illuminate specific areas of the room at a time.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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The self-care trend "is having a big impact on how we design our bedrooms," says Leigh Spicher, Director of Design Studios for Ashton Woods. "The color on the walls is essential to creating a peaceful atmosphere where homeowners can relax. My favorite shade of white for bedrooms is Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams. It is not stark white, but instead, it resembles the color of warm sea salt. It has a subtle yellow undertone making it the perfect backdrop for a bright and relaxing bedroom."
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"Most people opt for blue in bedrooms, but I love going with an unexpected paint color like a vibrant shade of green that evokes feelings of spring such as Spontaneous by Magnolia Home," says New York architect John Mochelle. "The color injects an area with a breath of fresh air." Mochelle also mentions that this hue works for kids' rooms as well, and rather than simply painting an accent wall, he recommends painting all four walls in a room that gets a lot of sunlight.
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Interior designer John Linden says his favorite bedroom paint color is Benjamin Moore's Silver Mist. "Not everyone is a fan of blue, but this one is not harsh or overpowering. It is a pale, bluish-gray color that works as a neutral, so it goes with nearly everything. However, it still feels blue enough to contribute a sense of calmness," he says.
If you're not ready to commit to a full-bodied blue, but want something a little more playful than gray, this paint serves as the perfect happy medium.
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Pink is typically seen as feminine and delicate, but Sherwin-Williams updated the shade to make it a viable color for any room. "A pretty shade of pink is always a good choice for a child's or guest bedroom," says Tara Polony. "Delightful by Sherwin-Williams tickles my interest because it has a violet undertone that gives it a sophisticated appearance. Paint the main wall in your bedroom and accessorize with a tufted upholstered headboard and soft curtains."Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Paint experts like Don Torrance at Paintzen say you should opt for cool colors over warm shades for bedrooms. This is because cool colors draw us inward, while warm colors encourage socializing. "Moss Point Green by PPG Paints is an excellent hue with zen-like qualities that lends itself to a refreshing night of sleep. It is also one of many earthy tones trending...for its comforting quality that brings the outdoors into your home," says Torrance.
Wipe down the walls with a solution of water and dish soap or with trisodium phosphate (TSP) or a TSP alternative before painting. This will remove dirt, dust, and grease.
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If you're in the market for something bold and want to take a forward-thinking approach to your room, look no further than Benjamin Moore's Arctic Seal. "It has a dark, moody vibe that will help let the stress of the day fall away," says Lauren Svenstrup, owner and design director of Studio Sven. "When clients are game, I like to paint the walls, trim, and doors the same color—our eyes are drawn to contrast (for example, dark walls with white trim), which can make it a little bit more challenging to get some shut-eye. The monochromatic look helps put your mind at ease."
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Teal is having a huge moment. "It is an unusual color that when used right, is exquisitely elegant," says architect John Mochelle. "Painting your walls Moody Teal by The Spruce will lull you to sleep like a weighted blanket."
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