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How to Choose a Paint Color for a Bedroom


Selecting the perfect color for your bedroom can make all the difference in creating a relaxing and comfortable space. We’ve gathered some tips on how to choose the paint color that fits your style, personality, and goals.

Penthouse in the Sky, Primary Bedroom, Photography by Genevieve Garruppo
Penthouse in the Sky, Primary Bedroom, Photography by Genevieve Garruppo

Consider the Mood

Think about the type of feeling you want to create in your bedroom. Do you want a calming and relaxing atmosphere, or a more invigorating, energetic one? Soft, muted colors like blues, greens, grays, and cream tones can create a soothing space, while brighter colors like yellows, oranges, and reds can create a room that pops. Think about what kind of environment you want to create when narrowing down your color choices.

1010 Park Avenue - White and purple child's bedroom with lofted bed, desk, hanging chair, and chandelier....
1010 Park Avenue, Photography by Evan Joseph

Pick a Color Scheme

Choosing a color scheme for your bedroom can help guide you in selecting a paint color. Consider the colors you’re drawn to and find ways to incorporate them into the space. Monochromatic color schemes are a popular choice, which involve varying shades of the same color. Another option is a complementary color scheme that uses opposing colors for greater contrast. A muted palette of creams and whites is a perfect opportunity to let a chandelier or a piece of art become the focal point of the room.

Cycladic Villa - A Scandinavian-inspired bedroom with modern touches. Interior design by Pembrooke...
Cycladic Villa, Photography by Ricardo Labougle
East End Avenue - White mid-century modern bedroom with neutral toned furniture and clean lines....
East End Avenue, Photography by Genevieve Garruppo

Consider the Lighting

Lighting plays a significant role in how a paint color looks in a space. Natural light can bring out the true color of a paint, while artificial lighting can make a color look warmer or cooler. Before selecting a color, consider the lighting in your bedroom and how it may impact the color you choose.

Ocean-front Compound - Feminine modern bedroom of coastal ocean-front compound, featuring bright...
Ocean-front Compound, Photography by Kris Tamburello

Test Paint Samples

Once you’ve narrowed down your options, it’s essential to test paint samples in the space itself. Paint a small area of the wall and observe how the color looks at different times of day and under different lighting conditions. This will give you a better idea of how the color will look in your bedroom before committing to a larger project.

Colorful Collector's Abode, Guest Room, Photography by Genevieve Garruppo
Colorful Collector's Abode, Guest Room, Photography by Genevieve Garruppo

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