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 should be your calm room. To channel that perfect calm, look to your bedroom walls where the perfect hue can set the tone for the rest of the room. A soothing color of paint doesn’t have to be boring, nor does it have to be white.
Here are a handful of favorite hues that lend a tranquil, yet sophisticated feel to your bedroom without a hint of dull.
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Best Gray: Magnolia Cozy Up
When you think of tranquil colors, you probably think of a moody, misty gray. Cozy Up is one of the best colors to create a serene, peaceful atmosphere in your bedroom. This warm, medium gray plays well with beiges and tans and is a wonderful starting point for a restful space.
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Best Blue: Farrow & Ball Lulworth Blue No. 89
Another clear winner on the color wheel when it comes to tranquility? Blue. Lulworth Blue is an incredibly restful cool hue that pairs well with neutral whites that lack any undertones. It reminds us of a calming day at sea and has an extremely peaceful feeling once painted on walls.
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Best White: Sherwin Williams Alabaster SW 7008
Though there are many shades of white we love, Alabaster is a great choice if you're number one goal is tranquility. This warmer hue is endlessly creamy and rich and perfectly suited for a great night's sleep. Pair it with other warm colors for a serene feel.
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Best Purple: Benjamin Moore Spring Purple 2070-40
Purple can be incredibly regal and chic, but also incredibly relaxing and soothing. Spring Purple is a medium purple shade with slight blue undertones. It's a little muted and perfect for a bedroom that needs a little extra dose of color without overpowering other colors or accents within the space.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Best Neutral: Benjamin Moore Soft Sand 2106-60
Many neutrals are incredibly calming, but we love Soft Sand because it adds a layer of soft pink undertones that instantly make a place feel cozier and calmer. Perfect for smaller bedrooms that may lack natural light, Soft Sand is a wonderful choice if you want to maintain a neutral vibe without edging on boring.
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Best Brown: Magnolia Elemental
Magnolia's Elemental is a warm brown with soft yellow undertones that feels instantly welcoming. It adds personality without feeling boastful and is a great way to add an accent wall to your space while maintaining a serene atmosphere.
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Best Pink: Sherwin Williams Rose Bay SW 6563
Rose Bay is our boldest hue on the list, but it's rosy feel keep it grounded and tranquil. This pink is on the warm side and pairs well with tans or warm beiges. If you want to add a little extra depth to your space without going overboard on color, try Rose Bay behind your bed or on your interior bedroom door.
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Best Black: Behr Cracked Pepper PPU18-01
Yes, black can feel tranquil in a bedroom. Cracked Pepper by Behr is a great choice for black bedroom paint because it's a deep and dark, but not quite pitch black. It has a dusty element to it that keeps it lighter and is our favorite choice for a single wall.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Best Peach: Glidden Spice Cookie PPG1063-2
Peach is another color that proves muted, tranquil colors don't have to be boring. Spice Cookie borders on beige, but with more pizazz. Consider pairing it with rich muted colors such as clay for a room full of depth.
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Best Green: The Spruce Best Home Winter Wreath SPR-08
If you don't consider green a tranquil color, you're mistaken. The Spruce Best Home Winter Wreath is a dusty olive that draws from natural elements to create a soothing feeling. It's the perfect shade for a casual, homey bedroom or for a vintage-inspired room.