Your bedroom is a private oasis; a place of rest and relaxation. Learn how to make its colors envelop, inspire, and soothe you.
Most people spend around one-third of their lives sleeping, and an additional seven years trying to fall asleep. Today, we spend even more time in our bedrooms, binge-watching Netflix, and using our phones. Because we devote so many hours of our lives to these sacred spaces, our bedrooms should be pleasing to all our senses.
A bedroom color scheme needn’t be boring, but it’s helpful if you find the colors soothing and sleep-inducing. If you prefer bright colors in all your rooms, that is fine, too. Just don’t commit to any paint color before testing it out inside your bedroom.
Bring home paint strips to narrow down your choices, then go back for a small sample bottle. Paint it on a portion of your wall, or paint a large piece of poster board. You can move this giant paint swatch around the room, seeing how it looks next to your furniture and fabrics at different times of day.
Take your time enjoying this selection of best bedroom color ideas and save those that inspire you.
1. Accent Color Bedroom Color Ideas
Any color of paint can work as a bedroom accent color. Deep, dramatic shades of blue or purple are cool hues that work well as accent bedroom wall colors. A grey wall is a perfect accent with virtually any color scheme, and depending on its shade, it can highlight dark or light accessories.
When using an accent color, be sure to include touches of it in your bedding, artwork, or accessories. In some cases, your bedding and artwork may be the only sources of your chosen accent color. Most bright and pastel hues look beautiful cast against neutral walls, floors, and furniture.
2. Black And White Bedroom Color Ideas
Black and white is a classic color combination in fashion, art, photography, and interior design. Although black and white sometimes creates distracting contrasts, using it correctly makes a clean background for virtually any design style. Modern, farmhouse, cottage, and contemporary interiors include elements that look fantastic in black and white.
Red is perhaps the most common accent color for black and white spaces, but any color works against these two. Lavender and brighter shades of purple are gorgeous accent colors in a room of black and white. Yellow may be too bright for many bedrooms, but don’t be afraid to pair it with black and white if it is your favorite color.
3. Blue Bedroom Color Ideas
Blue is the world’s favorite color, and it’s definitely the most popular hue when it comes to bedroom ideas. Every shade of blue has a place in bedroom design. Deep blue is a gorgeously soothing shade that works well as the main bedroom color or as a secondary accent color. Watery turquoise works well in beachy cottage design and pairs well with warm wooden finishes.
A stonewashed denim blue includes a hint of pale grey that helps it bridge the gap between a blue color palette and a grey one. Navy blue is a classic for bedrooms and provides a solid background for pops of brighter colors, such as red or yellow. Every shade of blue looks gorgeous against natural wood, and blue looks clean and cool when paired with modern metal or glass accessories.
4. Colorful Decor Bedroom Color Ideas
Many adults trend toward soothing neutrals or muted colors when designing a bedroom. However, that doesn’t mean that more colorful bedrooms will keep you up all night. Because we spend so much time in our bedrooms awake now—thanks to technology—a bright bedroom color scheme might be the perfect choice for you.
Red is bold, but it can add a deep coziness not found with calmer hues. If the idea of red walls is too much for you, use red on one accent wall. Or, make red your accent color against a calmer background of neutrals or greys. Pink is a mix of red plus white—a softer, more youthful paint color to wake up to each day.
Jewel tones are brilliant bedroom color choices that may fall on the warm or cool end of your palette. As the name indicates, these bright color options find inspiration in colorful gemstones like emerald, sapphire, ruby, amethyst, topaz, and turquoise. You may feel that jewel tones are too strong for a full-room wall paint color, but they are excellent accent colors paired with neutral hues.
5. Dark Interior Bedroom Color Ideas
A dark color scheme can work well in a bedroom, especially for people who work overnight and sleep during the day. Darker colors absorb light and make a bedroom feel cozy and enclosed. However, you don’t want your dramatic dark room to feel like a dungeon. Be sure to pair a dark wall color with lots of mirrors and light-colored bedding to make use of available natural light.
Deep indigo blue or eggplant purple give the feeling of black without the harshness. Few decorating schemes call for black on all four bedroom walls, but a black accent wall can add just the depth and darkness your bedroom needs. Watch this video for tips on painting a black accent wall in your bedroom:
For more ideas on what you can do with a dark color scheme, check out Top 50 Best Black Bedroom Design Ideas.
6. Grey Bedroom Color Ideas
Grey can feel light and serene, or dark and dramatic. Warm shades of grey increase the coziness in your bedroom, while greys on the cooler end of the spectrum introduce a sense of calm. Grey is currently one of the most popular master bedroom paint colors—on both walls and furniture. You cannot go wrong with grey in your master bedroom, guest bedroom, or any space.
From the palest granite grey to the darkest shade of gunmetal, gray is the perfect canvas for any other color. It is a modern convergence of black and white, and serves the same purpose as a neutral that goes with anything. After choosing the perfect shade of grey paint for your grey bedroom, watch this video for painting tips from a professional interior painter:
7. Light Colors Bedroom Color Ideas
A light bedroom color choice makes for a peaceful and airy-feeling bedroom. Soft pastel shades of pink, butter yellow, and lavender are all great bedroom paint ideas. Each lighter shade is a classic color choice for a baby nursery, but they all work surprisingly well in bedrooms for all ages. A lighter shade of paint opens up a small bedroom and brightens a bedroom that lacks natural light.
Try pairing a light bedroom color with a jewel tone in the same color family. For example, pale lavender walls look amazing paired with bright purple bedding, with pops of turquoise or black. Light blues and greens paired with white are classic combinations for beach decor, while pale pink and white are the foundation of many shabby chic bedroom retreats.
8. Monochrome Bedroom Color Ideas
Monochrome literally means “one color,” but choosing just one color idea for your bedroom doesn’t mean you’re stuck with a boring design. Incorporate menswear-inspired prints such as pinstripes, plaid, and jazzy houndstooth checks for a masculine vibe. Or, go for a softer monochrome style using paisley, floral, and dotted patterns in your solo chosen hue.
Because every color has its own rainbow of hues—from barely there to almost black—you can still enjoy a lot of variety while keeping to one favorite color. Ombre patterns, where light hues blend seamlessly into darker hues, are perfect for monochromatic design.
9. Muted Colors Bedroom Color Ideas
Muted shades of mauve, goldenrod, sage, and coral mimic the ways these colors show up in nature. They are a perfect bedroom paint choice for when you want a strong color presence without being too showy. These hues are a perfect balance between bright colors and earthy neutrals.
One way to mute a paint color is to soften it with a grey. This makes these muted shades lovely accompaniments for grey furniture and accessories. Most muted colors also work well with various wood furniture finishes, especially darker woods such as walnut or ebony.
10. Neutral Bedroom Color Ideas
A neutral color is one that goes well with any other color scheme. “Greige” is a blend of grey and beige that is a popular neutral shade, especially in bedrooms. Beige and tan can tip toward other colors, such as a buttery warm beige or tan with a greenish hue. Neutral bedroom colors create a calm space where no one color is screaming for attention.
A neutral color palette is great for a guest bedroom. Brown is a warm neutral that works particularly well in cabins and other rustic spaces. As with monochrome color palettes, decorating with a wide range of brown shades makes for a calming yet interesting bedroom.
11. Warm Color Palette Bedroom Color Ideas
Warm tones take us to summer and fall, where yellows, oranges, and red shades are frequently on display in nature. Similar shades to fire and light, a warm bedroom color combination is welcoming and cozy. A warmer color scheme goes well with the colorful fabrics and textures found in bohemian or international decor.
A warm-colored bedroom can be just as comfortable as a cool-hued room. This is particularly true if you choose warm colors on the darker end of the spectrum, such as burgundy, pumpkin orange, and burnished gold. Terra cotta is a natural hue that’s enjoying a resurgence in interior design. Somewhere between a neutral and bright color, it pairs well with blue as each color makes the other pop.
12. White Bedroom Color Ideas
A white bedroom is clean, pure, cool, and calming. It is a clean canvas for any accent color you wish to use, and maintaining a white background makes it easy to switch up accent colors as desired. Modern bedroom design often makes use of white to keep things minimalistic. White also works well with shabby chic or farmhouse bedroom design ideas.
Note that even white paint comes with a range of color undertones. Some of these aren’t evident until you see them on your bedroom wall, next to your other white bedroom decor. Always bring home sample paint cards before purchasing a white bedroom paint color. Your wall could surprise you when you see how grey or blue your “white” looks next to another white paint chip.r
Bedroom Color Ideas FAQs
What is the most relaxing color for a bedroom?
Cool colors are the best for creating a relaxing bedroom vibe. Think of the shades that make up water, sky, and grass. The same colors that calm you in nature will make your bedroom feel peaceful. Any shade of blue or green—minus neon colors—fits the bill. Cooler shades of purple and gray add variety without breaking the relaxing atmosphere.
What’s the 60/30/10 color decorating rule?
This classic interior design rule helps you create a color scheme that works in any space. The rule states that 60 percent of the room should be one dominant color. Use a secondary color in 30 percent of the room, and use a different accent color for the final 10 percent of your room.
How do I choose the right shade of grey?
Although grey is a combination of black and white, it can include touches of other colors that influence the way it looks in your home. Never choose a shade of grey in the paint store. Take an assortment of paint sample boards home and see which one looks best with your lighting and belongings.