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The 8 Best Bedroom Paint Colors

August 02, 2023
Primary bedroom in Evia in the Villas Collection at Kissing Tree by Brookfield Residential in San Marcos TX

Choosing the right paint color for your bedroom can feel like a big decision. Light or dark? Warm or cold? Timeless or trendy? Knowing your style and how to make your room reflect it can be challenging.

While the final choice ultimately comes down to personal preference and the desired vibe, bedrooms should generally feel soothing and restful. Choosing colors that promote relaxation and calmness can help create the ideal space for sleep, rest, and rejuvenation.

From calming to romantic, we’ve put together the eight best paint colors for your bedroom:

1. White Tones

Primary bedroom in Cadence 6 in the Townhomes Portfolio at Central Park by Brookfield Residential in Denver CO

Cadence 6, Cadence Townhomes Portfolio, Central Park, Denver, Colorado

A white bedroom will never go out of style. It’s a classic color that complements any décor, and each shade creates a different atmosphere. Warm white paint colors envelop your bedroom in a soft and subtle way. Pure white creates a blank canvas for a spacious and peaceful space. Off-white with a gray undertone is neither too creamy nor too crisp, creating the perfect balance of color.

While white tones can create a calm and serene look, they work best when balanced with the right lighting, layered textures, and soft accents. Decorating with the right pieces ensures your bedroom feels cozy and inviting instead of cold or stark.

2. Calming Blues

Primary bedroom in Residence 1 at Lakeside at One Lake by Brookfield Residential in Fairfield CA

Residence 1, Lakeside Neighborhood, One Lake, Fairfield, California

Choosing a calming blue tone for your bedroom is an instant way to make your space feel serene and spa-like. The classic color evokes both the sea and sky, creating a calming retreat for tired eyes. Blue tones help regulate sleep patterns and improve overall sleep quality, making them an ideal choice for your bedroom.

Keep the room’s color palette simple by choosing neutral linens or bringing in various blue hues to play into the seaside-inspired vibe. Blues can also be paired with whites, grays, and natural wood tones to create a cohesive and harmonious bedroom design.

3. Lavender

Bedroom in Amethyst at Woodhaven by Brookfield Residential in Aurora ON

Amethyst, Woodhaven Community, Aurora, Ontario

Soft shades of lavender add a touch of elegance and create a calming effect. It’s a color that is both laid-back and lively with that just-right balance between warm and cool. Lavender comes in various shades and undertones, allowing you to customize the color to match your desired atmosphere and style.

Lighter shades of lavender can create a softer and more delicate look, while darker hues can add depth and richness. Pair lavender walls with vibrant accent colors such as black and cobalt blue to give the gentle color a more sophisticated look.

4. Greens

Primary bedroom in Mosaic 5 at Barefoot Lakes by Brookfield Residential in Firestone CO

Mosaic 5, Mosaic Portfolio, Barefoot Lakes, Firestone, Colorado

Biophilic design – creating spaces that give a nod to nature – is a home design trend that has increased in popularity over the years. We love the feeling of the great outdoors and are finding new ways to recreate that joy inside our homes. Green tones are becoming a popular new neutral paint color that homeowners are embracing more than ever.

When used indoors, green tones replicate nature’s mood-boosting qualities, creating a sense of serenity and balance. There is a wide range of shades, with lighter greens creating a fresh and airy feel, while darker tones add richness and depth.

5. Muted Pastels

Primary bedroom in Cadence 11 at Solterra by Brookfield Residential in Lakewood CO

Cadence 11, Cadence Portfolio, Solterra, Lakewood, Colorado

We’re not talking about it’s-a-boy blue or baby-girl-nursery pink. Unique, muted pastels create a warm, soothing ambiance while maintaining a subtle, understated look. Dusty rose can add a touch of romance and elegance to your bedroom. Pale peach brings warmth and softness to create a cozy environment. Lavender mist creates a dreamlike atmosphere and infuses a sense of tranquility.

6. Soothing Grays

Primary bedroom in Luna Plan 3 at The Landing by Brookfield Residential in Tustin CA

Plan 3, Luna Collection, The Landing, Tustin, California

While there are countless shades of gray, the right soothing gray always feels dreamy in a bedroom. The classic neutral mimics the color of an early morning, providing a restful backdrop for furniture and accessories. Opt for a mid-tone shade with cool undertones for the perfect blend of calm and crispness.

Gray is a timeless, classic color choice that doesn’t go out of style. It’s a subtle, understated option that can be paired with bold accents for a punch or other neutrals for a relaxing and restful vibe.

7. Moody Hues

Primary bedroom in Palermo in the Estate Collection at Rockland Park by Brookfield Residential in Calgary AB

Palermo, Estate Collection, Rockland Park, Calgary, Alberta

Choosing a dark and moody color for your bedroom adds an element of drama and sophistication. It creates a visually striking and impactful environment, making a bold design statement. Dark colors evoke a sense of luxury and high-end aesthetic. Like lighter hues, dark walls can act as a canvas to highlight other elements in the space.

A deep, rich charcoal gray adds a sense of drama and sophistication. Midnight blue exudes elegance and mystery. Deep plum feels luxurious and romantic. Forest green is tranquil and lush. Ebony black creates a sense of depth and intimacy. If painting your entire bedroom in a dark and moody hue feels too bold, use the wall behind your bed as an accent that grounds the room.

8. Earth Tones

Primary bedroom in Ponderosa at Highland Ridge at Alamar by Brookfield Residential in Avondale AZ

Ponderosa, Highland Ridge Collection, Alamar, Avondale, Arizona

Warm brown, soft beige, and muted terracotta create a warm and cozy atmosphere in the bedroom. A sense of comfort and relaxation makes the space feel inviting and nurturing. Earth tones are inspired by the colors found in nature, such as sand, stone, and foliage. Using these colors in your bedroom brings the calming and grounding elements of the natural world to the indoors.

Soft taupe is a versatile earth tone combining gray and brown elements that perfectly complements warm and cool tones. With their warm reddish-brown tones, terracotta hues infuse the bedroom with a natural and earthy feel. Sandy brown brings a beachy and relaxed vibe reminiscent of a coastal retreat.

Primary bedroom in Robson at The Orchards by Brookfield Residential in Edmonton AB

Robson 24, Front Garage Collection, The Orchards, Edmonton, Alberta

Finding the right paint color for your bedroom requires some effort, but it’s certainly worth your time. Remember that lighting plays a significant role in how colors appear in a room. Consider the amount of natural light, your lighting fixtures, and the room’s orientation when selecting a paint color. Use our list of the best bedroom paint colors to get started, and be sure to test a few samples on your walls to see how they look in different lighting conditions before you commit.

Check out the Brookfield Residential blog for design advice, homebuying insights, mortgage tips, and more, including The Best Paint Colors for Your Kitchen and How to Create a Calm Home. You can also explore where we build and connect with our sales team when you’re ready to learn more. We’ll be expecting you!