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42 Best Bedroom Paint Color Ideas for a Restful and Inviting Space

From the crispest white to the coziest green, give your bedroom a fresh new look with one of these pretty paint colors.

By Jennifer Kopf
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Giving your bedroom a refresh with a new paint color is an easy and affordable makeover project that you can accomplish in just a weekend. Whether you are wishing for a cozy, layered bedroom, a neutral, rustic bedroom, or a crisp and airy spa-like white bedroom, the first step is choosing the right paint color. We know the choices are numerous and can be overwhelming—should you go with a happy sage green or a moody moss green, a restful sky blue or a tailored navy blue, and exactly how many white paint colors are there? We've made the process easier by sharing the tried-and-true paint colors of these 40+ inspiring bedrooms.

After you have your paint color picked, go ahead and tackle the rest of the room. Here are 100 beautiful bedroom decorating ideas to get you dreaming. Don't forget all the bedroom essentials, like a cute and cozy lazy-afternoon-of-reading-worthy bedroom chair, the best bed sheets, a pretty tie-it-all together curtain idea, and even the best bedroom houseplants to purify the air and give you a better night’s sleep.

Here's wishing you sweet dreams.


Blue on Blue Bedroom

beekman boys farmhouse bedroom
Annie Schlechter

You can never go wrong with blue in a bedroom, so why not blue on blue for an ever bigger win. Choose two shades on the same color card and you'll be sure to have complimenting hues. For a classic look, use the darker color on the trim for the look of a tailored frame. Some paint stores will even mix your chosen color with white to give you varying saturations of the same hue.

Get the look:
Room paint color: Needlepoint Navy by Sherwin-Williams


Pretty Neutral Bedroom

farmhouse in 10 acre pecan grove in the mississippi delta designed by holly audrey williams and rachel hardage barrett, pale pink bedroom
Becky Luigart-Stayner

The same soft pink—yes, pink—on the walls, doors, and trim in this soothing guest room casts a warm glow. "It's like being surrounded by a Delta sunset," says singer songwriter Holly Williams. Varying the finishes—eggshell on walls, semigloss on the trim—ensures it from feeling too flat.

Get the Look:
Wall Paint Color: Intimate White by Sherwin-Williams


Moody Green Bedroom

dark mossy green bedroom
Read McKendree

In the "Captain's Room," homeowner Stephanie Watts painted the wall and ceiling all the same dark paint color for a truly cocooning effect.

Get the Look:
Wall, Ceiling, and Trim Paint Color: Muddled Basil by Sherwin-Williams

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Soft Rustic Bedroom

the woodman house, a 216 year old dutch colonial farmhouse in the tiny catskills hamlet of hortonville, new york homeowners shawn lang and kristofer prepelica bedroom, plaid bedding, blue bedroom
Rikki Snyder

In a bedroom with exposed beams and natural woodwork, try a soft silvery green for a serene look. The color compliments the warm hues, rather than providing the stark contrast that white walls would.

Get the Look:

Wall Paint Color: Contemplation by Behr


Serene Neutral Bedroom

lauren and chris tomlin’s tennessee home main bedroom
Caroline Allison

If you want to keep the color neutral, but make it look more elevated and special, try using a plaster finish like in this elegant bedroom in musician Chris Tomlin's Tennessee home.

Get the Look:

Wall Paint: Brooks Roman Clay by Portola Paints & Glazes

RELATED: See more of Grammy-Winning Singer-Songwriter Chris Tomlin’s serene cabin.


Coastal Blue and White Bedroom

south carolina river house homeowners gerard and shelia frey house designed by jim strickland of historical concepts interior and textile designer heather chadduck hillegas bedroom, blue and white
David Hillegas

Don't forget the ceiling! In this South Carolina house designed by Historical Concepts, designer Heather Chadduck Hillegas painted the bedroom's ceiling (what she calls the "fifth wall") a pretty sky blue. "I was inspired by the Southern tradition of painting porch ceilings 'haint blue' [said to ward off evil spirits]," says Heather. "Since the ceiling was wood, I decided to treat it as I would an exterior space." Tip: Pick a slightly more saturated blue than you want it to appear to avoid it looking washed out at peak daylight.

Get the Look:

Ceiling Paint Color: Lullaby by Sherwin-Williams

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Brown And Brick Bedroom

bedroom with brick wall and brown paint color
Helen Norman

Playing off the warm wood beams and brick wall, homeowner Amy Whyte painted her attic bedroom a rich cocoa brown, then layered pairings of more browns and deep blues.

Get the Look:
Wall Paint Color: Pine Cone Brown by Benjamin Moore


Sophisticated Green Bedroom

glossy green painted bedroom
Annie Schlechter

For a cocoon effect in the main bedroom, homeowners Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge of Beekman 1802 painted the frames and interior backings of a gallery of photos the same verdant shade as the walls and woodwork. The original pine floors and white bedding help offset the strong color.

Get the look:
Wall and trim paint color: Calke Green by Farrow & Ball


Warm Neutral Bedroom

farmhouse in 10 acre pecan grove in the mississippi delta designed by holly audrey williams and rachel hardage barrett, creamy white bedroom
Becky Luigart-Stayner

A soft neutral bedroom provides a calming spot for sleep. For a hint of "there, but not there" color choose a warm off-white for bedroom walls. The soft hue looks great paired with a darker cream trim as well as a mix of natural materials including ticking stripe linens and a mossy green velvet pillow.

Get the Look:

Wall Paint Color: Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams
Trim Paint Color: Agreeable Gray by Sherwin-Williams

Tour more of this Mississippi farmhouse.

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Playful Boys Bedroom

blue and white preteen boys bedroom
Max Kim-Bee

"I wanted to keep my son's space relatively light, but for my own sanity I couldn't have all-white walls in a boy's bedroom," says homeowner Annie McCreary. The solution: Dark on the bottom (more trafficked) portion and an airy white up above. Annie left the concrete surface its natural gray color. A sealant helps protect it from spills.

Get the Look:

Wall Paint Color (top): Decorators White by Benjamin Moore
Wall Paint Color (bottom): Mark Twain Gray Brick by Valspar

RELATED: Tour more of this rustic Tennessee cabin.


Handsome Green Bedroom

farmhouse in 10 acre pecan grove in the mississippi delta designed by holly audrey williams and rachel hardage barrett, green bedroom
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Warm wood beds pop against a rich mossy green, lending this guest room sophisticated lodge feel. Crisp ivory coverlets keep it from feeling too heavy.

Get the Look:
Wall Paint Color: Oakmoss by Sherwin-Williams


Coastal–Inspired Bedroom

colonial comeback, renovation by victoria ford and marcus ford bedroom in 1970s dutch colonial paint color dutch tile blue by sherwin williams
Brie Williams

Victoria and Marcus Ford painted the walls of their main bedroom Dutch Tile Blue by Sherwin-Williams for a natural nod to the New England coast. The color also ties in beautifully with other nautical elements throughout the home. Passed-down knickknacks and furniture pieces give the space a collected, welcoming feel.

Get the Look:
Wall Paint Color: Dutch Tile Blue by Sherwin-Williams

RELATED: See more of this pretty bedroom transformation, plus the next door bathroom.

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Soothing Gray Bedroom

gray bedroom
Ali Harper

While we can't all live in a picture-perfect cottage in the mountains, we can channel those vibes through a mix of natural wood, soft linens, and delicate gray wall color. To bring a dose of similar peace and quiet into your own rest space, seek out an ethereal white-gray mix that will highlight the natural light of your room.

Get the Look:
Wall Paint Color: try Distant Gray by Benjamin Moore


Soft Black Bedroom

bedroom with dark charcoal black walls
Max Kim-Bee

A dark wall color creates a cozy cocoon of a bedroom, but steer clear of that dark dungeon feel by pairing charcoal or black with liberal doses of white. Here, white painted floors, pale lamps, and white and linen toned bedding provide a welcome contrast to the sleeping quarters' warm black-brown surroundings.

Get the Look:
Wall Paint Color: Fired Earth by Valspar


Ice Blue Bedroom

a blue and white bedroom with bright blue walls
Brian Woodcock

From chambray-like draperies and a periwinkle-tinged rug to a blueberry-checked headboard and cornflower throw pillows—a major wash of all things blue makes for the perfect bedroom. “Bright colors boost your mood, so choosing this for a bedroom is a sure way to wake up feeling energized,” says EasyCare color expert Cynthia Cornell. “Try a blue in a bright shade to bring calm and serenity.”

Get the Look:
Wall Paint Color: Waterscape by Pratt & Lambert

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Seafoam Green Bedroom

bedroom with turquoise walls and yellow bed
Gridley + Graves Photographers

A beach house or lake cottage is a place to kick back and have fun, so choose a color palette that reflects that sentiment. Seafoam green and school bus yellow may sound over the top, but the duo actually works in this bedroom because the "cool" wall color takes the edge off of the "hot" bed frame. Choosing a quilt or comforter that features both tones bridges the gap.

Get the Look:
Wall Paint Color: Sea Mist Green by Benjamin Moore
Bed: Jenny Lind Bed;


Dusty Blue Bedroom

bedroom with pretty blue walls
Annie Schlechter, styling by Matthew Gleason

Singer-songwriter—and serial renovator—Holly Williams enveloped her master bedroom in a soothing watery blue. Painting the ceiling a glossy white helps visually "raise" the small bedroom's low ceiling height—a common issue with old farmhouses.

Get the Look:
Wall Paint Color: Van Courtland Blue by Benjamin Moore
Ceiling Paint Color: Delicate White by PPG Porter Paint


Crisp White Bedroom

a farmhouse bedroom with white shiplap
DAVID TSAY, styling by Becki Griffin

Nothing says modern farmhouse more than white shiplap. Whether updating existing shiplap boards in an old home or painting newly installed unfinished pine boards, get the fresh and timeless look with a pure white in a matte or eggshell finish.

Get the Look:
Wall Paint Color: White Dove by Benjamin Moore

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Cream Bedroom

bedroom with cream walls
LAUREY W. GLENN, styling by Matthew Gleason

With a yellow undertone, this creamy paint color is the perfect neutral to provide a warm—but not too dark—and cozy feel. In her South Carolina family retreat, designer Melissa Ervin chose the pretty color to lighten the bedroom's original wood planks. To continue a calm and soothing palette, skip bright whites and instead choose wood tones, tone-on-tone neutrals, and dark accent colors such as navy or forest green.

Get the Look:
Wall Paint Color: Dorset Cream by Farrow & Ball

RELATED: See more of this cozy, rustic South Carolina home.


Deep Blue Bedroom

blue and white beach house bedroom
Matt Albiani

Use paint to create a cozy bed nook within a bigger bedroom. The second homeowner Matt Albiani of Mate Gallery walked into the cozy (only about 12 feet by 15 feet!) freestanding art studio, he envisioned a captain’s bed, but it took his partner Ron Brand a little longer to “see it.” Says Ron, “I needed a couple of glasses of wine and a lot of tape on the floor, and then the penny dropped!” Once the bed was built, they hung the indigo textiles and added indigo-inspired wallpaper on the wall and ceiling.

Get the Look:
Blue Wall Paint Color: New York State of Mind by Benjamin Moore
Ceiling Wallpaper: Granada by Serena & Lily
Indigo textiles, ceramic owls, and vintage accessories:

RELATED: See more of this quaint coastal cottage.

Jennifer Kopf

Jennifer Kopf is the Executive Editor of Country Living. She also covers antiques and collecting.

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