Bedroom Color Ideas: The Best Paint Colors for Bedrooms

Blue colored bedroom with a comfortable bed that has green linens on it

Color is an important tool and often the first thing we notice when we walk into a room. We will present a few bedroom color ideas along with the best paint color palettes for bedroom spaces that can emphasize its architectural features and furnishings.

Watch for These Problem Areas When Selecting Colors for Your Bedroom

First, let us start with a few things to avoid when deciding on your bedroom color.

Avoid Random and Casual Color Selections

This will simply lead to an erratic paint color palette, so be sure to have a plan before you start painting.

Avoid Using Too Many Colors

This will make the room appear ‘confused’. When using 3-4 colors, make sure that one color dominates, one is secondary and the remaining are used only as accents.

Color palette with many different shades

Avoid Using Dull and Uninteresting Contrasts

When using contrasting or complementary shades there should be some common bond or relation between the colors. Even when using similar hues, make sure to play with their value, contrast, and/or strengths. Neutral paint color schemes for bedrooms must especially have stimulating textures, patterns and value contrasts.

Avoid Intense Shades in Larger Areas

Intense bedroom colors work briefly and get boring after a while. Likewise, brighter colors are best used in smaller areas as they help create a balance.

Avoid Using Only Warm or Cool Paint Colors for the Bedroom

As stated before, it is important to strike a balance. So, if you plan on using warm paint colors only, make sure to add a few cool colors and vice versa.

Top Paint Color Ideas for Bedrooms

Glamorous gray or silver bedroom interior

Toronto based interior designer Olivia Hnatyshin recommends silver with softer gray undertones as far as couple’s bedroom colors are concerned. Gray is a gender-neutral color that “appeals to both male and female aspects” of the bedroom.

According to Dulux, dusky violets and rich pinks are ideal paint colors for bedrooms as they make the décor cozy and stimulate deeper relaxation and sleep. Pale pinks, pearl and champagne colors are also perfect for creating a comfortable “blanket like” feel.

Dark orange and gray pillows on a king size bed in a bedroom with light colored walls

If you want to make your smaller bedroom look more spacious, then decorate it using a single lighter paint color for the bedrooms walls and use stronger or bolder hues for the accents.

Do not be afraid of red. Often red is considered a stimulating and energetic color and not used for bedrooms. However, expert designer Erinn Valentich recommends using sumptuous neutral fabrics and adding cherry red in the form of lamps, cushions and even pre-made curtains tucked behind headboards and hung on short rods to create a romantic feel in the bedroom.

Modern bedroom interior design with blue painted walls and brown wooden bed

In case of darker furniture, you can utilize deep blue paint colors for bedroom walls to create a soothing retreat. You can also pair this up with ceiling high brown curtains and add pops of beige or white in the rugs, linen, bed sheets etc.

For bedrooms with high ceilings, darker or warmer shades can be applied to the ceiling to create a lowering effect in order to make the room cozier. Alternatively, bedrooms with low ceilings can be painted with lighter or cooler shades to make them appear higher.

Bedroom interior with coffee table, plants and bed with green and pink pillows

Spring green and rosy pinks, when paired with floral linens and fabrics with just enough hints of black, can help you create a pastel color palette or a garden-like feel to the bedroom.

A girl’s bedroom need not always be pink and frilly: use unconventional colors like greens, blues, and browns with splashes of orange to create an eclectic bedroom for a teenage girl. When using pink, think beyond only the pastel pinks and balance out the intensity of the color in creative ways.

Purple bedroom with gray bedding

For small guest bedrooms, use metallic or purple paint colors for bedroom walls and pair it up with sleek gray bedding.

Final Thoughts

A bedroom is a place where you want to relax and unwind. By using the right paint color for your bedroom, you can create a warm and welcoming space as well as a serene, tranquil area that can help you awake refreshed and well rested each morning.