When it comes to choosing bedroom decor, it’s no surprise that the most commonly used adjectives include “relaxing,” “tranquil,” and “peaceful.” Energy and stimulation are best left to the living room or kitchen—your bedroom strives to be the calm zone. And that calm should extend even to your walls, where the right color of paint sets the tone for the entire space.
But a soothing color of paint doesn’t have to mean boring, nor does it have to mean white. Paint shops are full of hues that keep the space tranquil, yet are still sophisticated, elegant, and interesting. Here are 13 paint colors that won’t keep you up at night but are anything but dull.
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This lovely shade of gray (Silverplate from Sherwin-Williams) gets everything right—it's light enough to keep the room feeling airy, yet dark enough to make a statement; it's cool enough to be relaxing, yet the hint of warmth is just enough to prevent any chilliness.
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Dark and moody colors of paint aren't for everyone, but if you appreciate their dramatic effect, they can be very calming. The trick is to stick with dark hues of cool colors, such as this delicious brownish-purple from Benjamin Moore. The color is called Caponata.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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The most relaxing colors are greens, blues, and grays. And here's a hue that combines them all. It's hard to pinpoint which color is dominant, but depending on the light, it could be any of the three. As a mid-tone shade, Water's Edge from Benjamin Moore makes a statement, but it ever loses its calming touch.
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With a name like "Antarctic Ice," you'd expect this color from Glidden to be a chilly shade of stark white. But instead, it's a warmer tone of white with just enough oomph to light up the walls while still remaining calm and unobtrusive.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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Here's a soft purple with just a tinge of gray, making it calm, sophisticated, and grownup. If you've thought of painting your bedroom purple but shied away for fear that it would be too bright or too little girly, Cloudberry from Olympic Paint might just be your perfect solution. So pretty.
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It's a whisper, not a shout—really more of an off-white with the slightest cool hint of blue. If you love the classic, soothing look of white paint but don't like the starkness of pure white, Pavilion Blue from Farrow & Ball is a great choice.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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