When it comes to painting your home, the choice is truly personal. But with myriad hues and their tonal variations to choose from, the decision process can be excruciating. It’s hard enough choosing a kitchen paint color, let alone one for the all-important boudoir. Aside from the paint, there are emotional implications.
If you’re need a change in the bedroom, you don’t necessarily need to revamp the entire space. New bedroom furniture, decorations and flooring can cost a pretty penny at the end of the day, and not everyone is inclined to make such a dramatic change to start with. In many cases, simply changing up the paint in a room can give a space a major facelift.
If you’re not sure what kind of paint to use or what color combinations go well together, fret no more! We have a fabulous lineup of some of the best modern paint colors for bedrooms with varying color combinations that are sure to get you inspired!
This lavender oasis designed by Cathy Chapman is proof that you can decorate with color while still being understated. Though it’s bursting with purple, this little nook also exudes a calm, serene energy. The key is to stick to a color story of muted pastels. In this case, the designer worked within a purple spectrum while keeping things interesting with contrasting textures, shapes, and finishes. For a similar vibe, choose a white base paint with hint of lilac. But who says paint has to be limited walls? This geometric painted floor tells us otherwise.
In this Scandinavian studio, peachy blush walls contrast with with the high-impact black and white wall art. But that softness is reflected again in the jute rug and oat-hued linen bedding. Blush pink also pairs nicely with steel blue gray tones and even bright red for an unexpected contrast.
A soothing soft blue feels like fresh air when you walk into the room. It adds an ethereal, dreamy quality to every space it enters but also offers a ton of versatility, making it particularly well-suited for the bedroom. The linen bedding and makeshift side table accent chair contribute to that easy, undone elegance.
While we often think of bright whites and crisp, light hues when trying to open up a smaller space, there’s also a strong case for going darker. In fact, inkier tones are known to amplify smaller spaces, especially those with little natural light. Not to mention, it sets the right mood in the bedroom. To keep it from feeling too dark, opt for lighter bedding and modern light fixtures. The soft black paint color in this bedroom makes it feel special and intimate in ways you’d never be able to achieve with a lighter hue.
Color Crush LEMON YELLOW
It’s always a good idea to consult the color wheel at every step of the decorating process. Knowing which colors complement one another will make everything easier, from ideating to shopping, and, of course, living within the final result. A good example of a job well done? This gray and yellow bedroom designed by Juan Carretero. There’s no doubt that yellow represents cheer, so if you want to spread warmth and energy, this is the color for you. You’ll love how the bright striped ceiling brings in a more playful element to the more traditional guest room.
Who says beige is boring? Dependable, versatile, warm, and subtle, it’s one of the best paint colors for a bedroom. A super light taupe shade will contrast just enough with crisp bright interiors while also injecting some warmth into the space. It’ll also bing to mind long walks on a sandy beach. Then add pops of cheerful colors with will decor and throw pillows.
High gloss paints are a surefire way to make a bold statement. In this bedroom designed by decorator Alisa Bloom, the rich, liquidy sheen of a lacquer-like finish bounces light around a dark room. She used Fine Paints of Europe’s Delft Blue 4003 in Hollandlac Brilliant to illuminate the entire bedroom.
This bedroom is a showstopper, plain and simple. And though some may say white is the absence of all colors, we’d argue this one is making quite a statement. In fact, sometimes neutral hues give the space a more timeless and open feel while also allowing other design highlights to stand out more. This attic bedroom, designed by Amber Interiors, uses a pure, cool shade of white that really energizes the entire space.
A Canadian townhouse’s guest bedroom exudes warmth with terracotta walls. A large, statement piece of art helps break up the dark color. Though brown isn’t exactly the most obvious paint color when decorating a bedroom, this warm nook makes a strong case for it. The fact that it’s unexpected makes it perfect for anyone who likes to experiment with color but doesn’t love bright neons and playful pastels.
“Responding to an unusual Y-shaped floor plan required a strategy to pull light from all directions to create a range of shifting light experiences: Moody and subtle to the south; bright and open to the east,” explain the designers behind Arent & Pyke. For a moodier bedroom that isn’t full-on dark, try a steel blue gray like this one. And then lighten things up with colorful linens and keep things streamlined with bright a white ceiling and modern bedside sconce.
Go Dark to Encourage Lazy Mornings in Bed
“We love using Farrow & Ball for master bedrooms, especially when we go dark because the pigments are so rich. We love designing master bedrooms that feel rich, layered, and mysterious. Since the California sun is so intense, a dark bedroom can be really amazing for lazy mornings in bed.” — Krista Schrock and David John Dick, co-founders of Disc.
White Is Warm and Goes With Everything
“We love Farrow & Ball Skimming Stone as well as Cornforth White for a bedroom. The colors are slightly warm and are subtle but saturated, so they look great with everything.” — Lauren Buxbaum Gordon and Sasha Adler, design directors at Nate Berkus Associates.
Gray Is a Classic
“This TriBeCa apartment is one of my favorites! The whole apartment is gray and silver, so we wanted to run the theme into the bedrooms, too. For the master bedroom, I used Benjamin Moore Coventry Grey as it has this classic tone that worked perfectly with the charcoal bedhead and the brown fur. The moment we painted the space, it just elevated the feel of the bedroom.” — Tali Roth, Homepolish.
Warm Neutrals Will Create a Cocoon
“For bedrooms, I like using warm neutrals. Currently, we’re loving the Donald Kaufman Color brand in shades like Achromatism, Baby Goat White, Bark, and Frog Mud.”
Silver Is Gender Neutral and Keeps Things Interesting
“Dunn Edwards’s Silver Spoon is my go-to bedroom paint color. It’s a pale gray-blue that looks good with literally everything. It’s also a gender-neutral color, but you can take it into a more masculine or feminine direction with the other colors you bring into the space. I love it with other shades of blue, and then black and white with pops of colors like red and olive green. It’s one of those colors that changes a bit depending on the time of day and the lighting in the room, which keeps things interesting.”
Choose Contrasting Tones for Dramatic Effect
“This SoHo loft is the tiniest bedroom space I’ve ever designed. There was one brick wall in the space, and the rest were regular plaster. I decided to highlight the texture of the brick with Benjamin Moore Super White and paint the other two walls in Benjamin Moore Graphite.”
This wonderfully pale pallet is set in Misty paint by Sherwin Williams. The relaxing pale grey color on the walls virtually matches all of the rest of the room. Instead of looking washed out or boring, this room actually has a lot of depth to it, even without contrasting colors.
This room is painted in Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams. The smoky, peppery gray color is a more prominent theme throughout the room, but oddly enough, there isn’t too much gray due to the contrasts. The matching embellishments such as the bedspread and furnishings only bring out the smoky gray.
Escape into a blue façade with this wonderful paint by Valspar Paint in Fountain Mist. The color is as light and airy as the mist you’d feel from an actual fountain. The clear, blue presence of the walls makes the hanging art look especially gorgeous with such a crisp canvas to sit on.
This gorgeous bedroom would be the perfect setup to go rest, take a load off and drift into a peaceful sleep in. The color of the walls is Slate Blue by Benjamin Moore. Just as one would expect a slate color to be, this brighter grayish blue offers hints of lavender that make the room absolutely stunning.
This bedroom is peaceful in a subdued lavender color. The color is called Iced Mauve by Benjamin Moore #2115-5. The color is almost like a frosted lavender color and equally as serene. This would be an ideal color for a baby’s nursery or even a master bedroom.
This color is almost a whitish blue, with crisp notes of cream and bright highlights in pale blue. The color is Glass Slipper SW – 1632 by Sherwin Williams. This more pale color is a great way to revamp a bedroom because it has the freedom of white walls with a touch of added color.
Green is totally in these days. Green cars, green kitchen sets, so why not green bedrooms? This fantastic, bright green color is sure to be eye-catching as well as make the room feel happy and pleasing to be in. This would make a great color for a kid’s bedroom or even a swanky art studio.
This room is almost the exact opposite of the vivid green we saw in the last photo. This pale green color is called Sea Salt SW 6204 by Sherwin Williams. The room in this photo feels more serene with this more subdued color opposed to the previous, louder green color that dominated the room.
This bedroom is set in a magic purple hue in Vintage Charm by Benjamin Moore. The color is a deep, mysterious purple that is perfect for a more modern bedroom since it’s not a typical color you’d see in a bedroom. The color makes the other colors of the room stand out beautifully.
This wonderfully serene bedroom features plenty of light colors. The cream walls are paired well with all the oak furniture and the cozy bedding. This would be a perfect bedroom setup for a country house or even a guest house near a lake. The colors all coincide well together.
Instead of painting your walls, add a statement ceiling in the bedroom, as the design dup of 2LG Studio did here. It draws the eye up and keeps things interesting. This shade of sage green is also a lovely color that’s at once grounding, calming, unique, and exciting.
High-energy yet calming, bold yet timeless, this jaw-dropping bedroom designed by Brian J. McCarthy is serious goals. For a similar effect, stick to a tight two-color story with the walls in a show-stopping super high gloss paint and then dip your ceiling in a flat white paint. “This finish feels fresh for a guest room, and the surprising pop of color is both warm and chic,” he says.
This bedroom proves just how beautiful marigold can look with navy blue and olive green. This sunny shade also works nicely when you incorporate accent pieces with metallic finishes for a glamorous aesthetic. Think bronze pendant lights and stools with interesting frames—these finishes accentuate yellow’s shining personality.
If you want to keep color from overpowering your space or you simply want to give your room a little more shape, color blocking is your solution. There are plenty of ways to play with this design trend, from more subtle and simple toning treatments to full on murals. This bedroom designed by GRT Architects is somewhere in between. If you like what you see, try painting your paneling and leaving the walls light. Then opt for a low-to-the-ground bed to show it off even more.
Paired with a mint pistachio green upholstered headboard and a retro-style crocheted coverlet, this small bedroom designed by J. P. Horton belongs in the summer getaway home of our dreams. The traditional landscape painting and warm wood side chair ground the space and work beautifully with the minty green paint.
If you’re feeling adventurous, add some depth to a wall by attaching wall molding in rectangular or square shapes before painting. The wall molding adds a unique dimensional effect to your bedroom. For contrast, choose a different paint color for the molding.