Choosing the right paint color for your bedroom can be simple if you know what mood you're trying to achieve. If you want your bedroom to feel like a retreat, soothing colors and soft textiles can help create that atmosphere. A new paint color for the walls is a relatively inexpensive and straightforward way to create the bedroom of your dreams, a relaxing space for unwinding and sleeping.
These eight best soothing Sherwin-Williams paint colors include neutral beiges and soft colors—any of them can serve as the basis of a harmonious monochromatic color scheme, where every shade in the room derives from a base hue. Though the colors on the list are mostly light, deeper colors paired with the right lighting can also achieve the effect of a relaxing oasis.
- Color Family: Varies; mostly neutrals (grays, beiges, etc.) and pale shades
- Complementary Colors: Varies; neutrals work with most colors
- Pairs Well With: Most colors
- Mood: Calming
- Where to Use: Bedrooms
Look through these eight paint color ideas to find a peaceful shade for your bedroom.
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Escape Gray is the perfect name for this rich gray paint color. You'll feel as though you've escaped to your favorite luxury hotel when you walk through the door. When combined with other warm and soft neutrals, Escape Gray is sophisticated and can be used in both masculine and feminine rooms. There's a reason gray is used so often in high-end hotel rooms; not only is it elegant in appearance, gray is a calming color that prompts reflection and leads to intellectual clarity.
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There is just enough smokiness in Sherwin-Williams Topsail to give this gorgeous aqua paint color a spa vibe. Topsail would be Zen-like with brushed chrome and white accents. Adding natural wood furniture and accessories can create a beach-inspired design for your bedroom, a coastal style that will have you in vacation mode every day of the year.
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The elusive perfect beige looks a lot like Sherwin-Williams Maison Blanche. The soft warmth of this gorgeous neutral makes it ideal for a soothing bedroom color scheme. Maison Blanche would also make an excellent starting point for creating a relaxing monochromatic color scheme—choosing one color and using tones, shades, and tints of that color throughout the space.
Add texture and patterns to keep a monochromatic color scheme from appearing bland. Throw pillows, rugs, and subtle fabric patterns add visual interest to a room without taking away from its soothing quality.
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Pale green paint colors like Sherwin-Williams Lacewing can help a bedroom that's too bright feel cool and refreshing. Bedrooms with windows facing the west or east can benefit from a cool color scheme that evokes natural elements. The secret to choosing a fresh green is to avoid sage greens and other gray and muted colors that can muddy your refreshing retreat-inspired palette.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Yellow may not be your first choice for the focal point of a relaxing bedroom color scheme, but it can be a welcome change from somber colors. A sunny or parchment yellow can make you feel as though the sun is greeting you when you open your eyes. The challenge with warm yellow paint colors is that they can be overstimulating at night when you need to sleep. Sherwin-Williams' Paper Lantern offers the sunny warmth you crave in the morning, but it's balanced with a rich neutral base to keep things mellow at bedtime.
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Sherwin-Williams' Window Pane walks the color line between blue and green, but it veers toward green. This is a soft, muted green that is the ultimate soothing paint color. Since we associate green with nature and the outdoors, it has an open and calming quality. Paired with creamy white trim and accessories, Window Pane would be equally pretty with dark or light wood furnishings and flooring.
Compare samples to decide on the perfect shade. Ask your local hardware or home improvement store for small containers filled with the color samples of your choice and a small paintbrush. Brush on a short stripe of each sample color on spots in your room that get daylight and ones that don't.
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Agreeable Gray is, indeed, quite agreeable. This versatile greige can take a starring role in your bedroom retreat makeover, or it can play a supporting role in your favorite brighter colors. The beauty of greige in a soothing palette is the awesome mix of cool (gray) and warm (beige). This dual personality allows greige paint colors to coordinate with ease, creating a harmonious color space. This is one of Sherwin-Williams' most popular paint colors thanks to its versatility.
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For a romantic look, Starry Night's gray with lavender undertones is just right. There is just enough color to make this gray paint color a soothing backdrop for relaxation and sleep. The slight lavender undertones keep the gray in Starry Night from appearing too cold on your walls. Gray paints with purplish undertones are often paired with chartreuse as the accent color in a bedroom—think of situating a modern chartreuse sofa or chair against warm gray walls.
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