Published on February 6, 2019

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The hallmarks of a well-designed bedroom typically contain a few essentials: a comfortable bed layered with rich textures, a curated nightstand, and ample room for storage. As necessary as these design elements are, it’s the thoughtful statement touches, like wall paint, that add character in spades.

From the vibrant and eye-catching to the muted and subdued, there’s no shortage of stunning wall paint colors to choose from. Finding the ideal shade for the bedroom can be quite a tall order, especially when you’re faced with setting a specific tone or establishing a niche aesthetic.

To help you get started, we rounded up the most inspired array of hues that will help transform your space into the ultimate tonal oasis. Read on for our edit of the best bedroom colors we can’t get enough of.

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Pale Pink

The best way to highlight a saturated wall paint is to emulate variations of it through the textural layers found within the room’s decorative elements. Pink and red make one rad combo, in our opinion, and are best when used in abundance.

Try: Voile Pink by Benjamin Moore

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Cream

Embrace a monochrome scheme by matching your bedding to the walls and extending the tonal palette to just about any decorative feature of a room. The cream-on-cream palette in this farmhouse bedroom results in a truly serene scene. 

Try: Snowbound by Sherwin-Williams

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Muted Yellow

Yellow may be a seriously understated choice when it comes to the shortlist of the best bedroom colors, but this charming Cali space might just inspire you to reconsider it. Complementary pops of blue and matching yellow accents add a saturated detail to the muted properties of the room’s backdrop. 

Try: Tallow by Farrow & Ball

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Light Blue

Few colors have the ability to invite an immense dose of calm and serenity to a space quite like blue. The simplicity of this room’s design plays to the complementary nature of the walls, elevated by the bright pop of green on the bedding and the tonal contrast of the wooden headboard. 

Try: Open Air by Sherwin-Williams

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Black

Offset the intensity of black wall paint with decorative accents composed of a warm, metallic finish. High-contrast details, such as pops of white or heavily textured accessories, will further contribute to the dynamic quality of the space. 

Try: Black by Behr

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Baby Blue

Add a compelling color detail to an otherwise subdued wall paint by layering in vibrant pops of color. We encourage using intricately patterned textiles to achieve the look, especially when freely mixed and matched.  

Try: Sweet Bluette by Benjamin Moore

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Red

We are always here for a little drama, and few colors have the ability to make such an impact quite like the color red. Take a visual cue from this artful nook, which proves the staying power of the hue and its ability to work in spaces big and small.

Try: Real Red by Sherwin-Williams

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Turquoise

Channel the bright blues of the sea and outfit your walls with a dreamy splash of turquoise. Feeling bold? Pair the look with an equally saturated array of pinks, reds, and yellows—three solid options when it comes to the best bedroom colors.

Try: Baby Boy Blue by Benjamin Moore

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Navy

Double up on the dark hues by embracing a deep navy wall paint to set a moody tone in the light-filled bedroom. Lush velvet is a prime option for the upholstery, best when offset with hints of white and decorative accents bearing a subtle pattern detail.

Try: Hague Blue by Farrow and Ball

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Gray

The best way to add interest to gray walls is to incorporate a textural component within its application. Wallpaper or creative paint techniques can do wonders for the muted shade, elevating the finish to statement-worthy levels.

Try: Galactic Tint by Behr

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Sage Green

This pattern-filled bedroom is a lesson in embracing color and just running with it. Designate your color of choice for not just for the walls but for the bedding, built-in shelving units, and window treatments as well for a one-of-a-kind approach to monochrome living.

Try: Calke Green by Farrow and Ball

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White

White most definitely constitutes itself as a color, and if this rad bedroom is any indication, it can be quite a captivating one. Best framed as the ultimate blank canvas, a solid shade of white provides the opportunity for bringing in a wealth of saturated hues, intricate patterns, and high-contrast layers.

Try: All White by Farrow and Ball

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Peach

We’re swooning over this warm hue and the inspired effect instilled by the warm tones of the sunlight. A solid option for the little one’s space, this mellow shade of peach extends a calming essence and makes for the ideal backdrop for wall art and accessories. Adopting a two-tone wall paint scheme is one way to embrace an otherwise loud or intimidating color.

Try: Sweet Butter by Benjamin Moore

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Burnt Orange-Red

Somewhere between the two dynamic hues is this saturated take on terra-cotta. Paired with a deep blue velvet bed frame and vibrant yellow bedding, the array of eye-catching hues in this inspired scene leaves little else to be desired.

Try: Mars Red by Benjamin Moore

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Smoky Green

When working within a large and open space—where natural light is abundant and the architectural details of the room are equally as pronounced—opt for a dark accent wall paired with a high-contrast note. This light-filled bedroom couples the calming quality of a smoky green with a brilliant white, resulting in one inspired finish.

Try: Green Smoke by Farrow and Ball and Intense White by Benjamin Moore

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