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Paint Colors for Bedroom Walls

by Megan

There comes a pivotal time in everyone’s life…when you have to decide which colors you will use to paint the rooms in your house! It’s not an easy task. As someone who has painted the entire interior of a home, by herself, I think I can give a little guidance. Today we’re going to talk about paint colors for bedroom walls.

Paint Colors for Bedroom Walls

Experts may tell you there is a right and a wrong answer to what color you should paint your bedroom, but really, if you love a color you should use it. And if you don’t love a color, don’t use it!

But while we are on the subject, the general consensus is that bright, bold colors tend to wake you up and excite you, while cool, muted colors help you to be calm and relax. Which one of those do you think you’d prefer to have in your bedroom?

Think about it- how many businesses use red for their signs? If you’re not sure, take a look the next time you drive down the main street. I guarantee you’ll be seeing a lot of red! It’s supposed to grab your attention.

If you have ever attempted to select a paint color, you know how tricky it can be. A color that looks blue in the store may be as purple as can be on your walls! I had a room that I wanted to paint a pretty muted pink. The first color I tried made the room look like the inside of a Pepto-Bismal bottle. Not quite the color I was going for. The second try (lilac!) was much better!

Paint Colors for Bedroom Walls

If you’re not sure which color to choose, consider these questions which might help you decide…

For starters, what color is the room right now? Why don’t you like it?

What color is the furniture that will be in the room? The carpeting? Any special decor? Picking a color can be easy when you already have furniture; either choose a contrasting color to make it pop, or choose a complementary color to blend everything together.

A good general rule is bright furnishings = neutral walls, and neutral furnishings = colored walls. But no need to stick to the rules!

Would you like to go bold or subtle? Creams and browns can be perfectly fine if you like those colors, but some people love bright and bold colors like yellow and orange to liven up a space.

What will you be using the room for? If your bedroom is primarily for sleeping, then cool blues and greens might be the way to go. If it doubles as your office, you may want something that will help you wake up raring to go in the morning.

Paint Colors for Bedroom Walls

Do you want all of your walls to be the same color, or do you want an accent wall? I love the look of accent walls. I did the light green/dark green in my son’s nursery, as you can see in the photo above. And in our master bedroom, I wallpapered one wall and painted the other three a matching dark brown (see the first photo above). It can have a striking, fashionable look!

Try surfing the web or Pinterest to find some examples of rooms you love, and take note of what you like. Decide on a main color or two, and then head to the store to get some paint swatches and/or samples.

Samples are wonderful because you can determine if you like it or not before spending the money on the gallons to paint the room with. They usually cover a 2-3 square foot area, so paint them on your wall and leave them there for a day or so and see how they make you feel.

Paint Colors for Bedroom Walls

Once you make your decisions, get your painting supplies together, and clear your schedule. It’s time to paint! You might prefer to paint alone, listening to music, or host a painting party and get some friends to help! Either way, take the time to use painter’s tape along all the edges. This step usually takes longer than the actual painting, but it’s well worth it!

Then enjoy your room’s fresh new look- it’s uniquely YOU!

For some decor and organization ideas, check out my Small Master Bedroom Ideas post!

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Faylinn April 25, 2016 - 5:50am

I completely agree with you about accent walls and I really like how you painted your son’s nursery with a light green/dark green design. It reminds me of when I had a painter come and paint my kids’ rooms similarly. My son had a light blue/dark blue theme and my daughter had a lavender and purple theme as well. Now, I was just guessing at which accent colors went well with the main room colors, but is there some sort of pallet that people could use to decide which paint color would make the best accent?

Kendall Ryder August 22, 2016 - 7:34am

Going with the color that you like is the best option in my opinion. You shouldn’t worry about what experts or other people say. If you like a particular color, then go ahead and use it! I think it is still important to make sure that the color you choose won’t go out of style quickly. But, again, it is your choice and nobody else’s!

Ivy Baker May 31, 2017 - 5:48pm

This is some really good information about painting a bedroom. I liked what you said about how you should look at different types of bedrooms and then write down what types of things you like. It does seem like a good thing to be aware of if you want to have a great looking room in your home.

Zequek Estrada August 15, 2017 - 10:33am

I loved that you mentioned how bright furnishing look better with neutral colored walls. That’s a good rule of thumb I need to remember. My room needs some change and having it painted sounds like a good idea.