The Best Paint Colors For a Bedroom

A fresh coat of paint can effectively change the overall feel of a room. Even if all other aspects of the room design are left unaltered, a change of wall color can transform the space. Beyond affecting the aesthetic appeal of a bedroom, paint color may also have a psychological effect. Studies frequently suggest that color may impact mood and decision making. While research on the effects of bedroom color on sleep is lacking, it can be inferred that if color may affect mood, it could also impact how calm a person feels in the room, which may have important sleep ramifications.

Depending on the intended effect of the room, neutrals, pastels, or bright colors may be used in bedrooms. Neutrals may be easiest to match with other decor. Pastels can offer a tranquil appearance. Bright colors may seem more energizing in the morning. One study also suggests that warm colors may be more arousing than cool colors, which may be worth noting when designing a bedroom.

The exact perception of color may vary between individuals on factors that include gender identity and expression, so personal preference remains an important factor. However, the following 10 colors may appeal to a wide array of aesthetics.

Which Paint Colors Should I Use For a Bedroom?

White: White is a classic. This wall color provides a versatile base for a palette, allowing you to pair it with other colors. It also offers a clean, traditional look that many people enjoy.

We like: Snow Day by Clare

paint color - white

bedroom with beige walls

Beige: Beige is still neutral, making it easy to pair with other colors. However, it may look warmer and cozier than white walls.

We like: Pearly Cotton by Magnolia

paint color - beige

bedroom with grey walls

Gray: There is a wide spectrum of gray hues. This neutral offers a modern, clean look that pairs beautifully with a variety of other colors.

We like: Salt Glaze by Behr

paint color - grey

bedroom with sage/green walls

Sage: Since green is often associated with nature, many people find it a soothing color for a bedroom. Sage green offers a balance between uniqueness and subtlety.

We like: Sheraton Sage by Sherwin-Williams

paint color - sage

bedroom with blue walls

Pale Blue: The color blue is often associated with the sky, making blue a popular choice for a bedroom. A pale shade of blue may provide a soothing appearance without drawing too much attention to itself.

We like: Simply Elegant by PPG Pittsburgh Paints

blue paint color

bedroom with seafoam walls

Seafoam: Seafoam can be considered somewhere between a light blue and light green. Like many other shades of blue and green, seafoam is often associated with nature and the outdoors, which many people find soothing.

We like: Life of Reilly by Dutch Boy

seafoam paint color

Lavender: Shades of lavender can be subtle and nearly neutral while offering a more unique look than most neutrals. Like many other pastels, lavender paint can help create a serene ambiance.

We like: Calluna by Farrow & Ball

lavender paint color

Pink: Pink may be a particularly popular choice for little girls’ rooms, but it can also transition nicely to adult rooms. Pale pink is more subtle, but some people may prefer a more vibrant hue.

We like: Proposal by Benjamin Moore

pink paint color

bedroom with cinnamon walls

Coral: Coral can look perky and energizing in a bedroom. While it is often perceived as feminine, pairing it with other hues, like gray, can provide a more gender-neutral look.

We like: Cinnamon Brandy by Glidden

coral paint color

Yellow: The color yellow is often associated with the sun, so waking up to yellow walls may seem energizing to some people. Many people also associate yellow with happiness, so it may look particularly perky on your bedroom walls.

We like: Pineapple Mousse by Valspar

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