When it comes to painting your home, the choice is truly personal. But with a myriad of hues and their tonal variations to choose from, the decision process can be excruciating. So what are the best bedroom paint ideas to satisfy your sleep and aesthetic needs? If you’re unsure which colored path to go down, don’t stress. We turned to the pros who’ve applied more than a coat or two in their time and know what works best. Trust us, one of these options is bound to be a hue that will work for you.
If you’re a terrible sleeper, consider dark colors to ward off insomnia. If you’re an early riser, then choose soft, warm tints to help get you up in the morning while still encouraging that cozy feeling.
Ahead, pros share their favorite colors guaranteed to have you sleeping sound in the chamber of your dreams.
Farrow & Ball Railings
Don't be afraid of going dark in your primary—it can actually help you sleep better in rooms with an abundance of natural light. “We love using Farrow & Ball for primary bedrooms, especially when we go dark because the pigments are so rich. We love designing primary bedrooms that feel rich, layered, and mysterious. Since the California sun is so intense, a dark bedroom can be really amazing for lazy mornings in bed," says Krista Schrock and David John Dick, co-founders of Disc.
The term “Primary Bedroom” is now widely used to describe the largest bedroom in the home, as it better reflects the space’s purpose. Many realtors, architects, interior designers, and the Real Estate Standards Association have recognized the potentially discriminatory connotations in the term “Master.” Read more about our Diversity and Inclusion Pledge.
Farrow & Ball Cornforth White
All-white can often look too cold, but this Farrow & Ball hue looks clean without being too stark. “We love Farrow & Ball Skimming Stone as well as Cornforth White for a bedroom. The colors are slightly warm and are subtle but saturated, so they look great with everything," says Lauren Buxbaum Gordon and Sasha Adler, design directors at Nate Berkus Associates.
Abigail Ahern Crosby
Shades of brown can be gentle and cozy, but also enriching and peaceful at the same time, making them a perfect choice for bedrooms. “I’m a little biased when it comes to my favorite paint brand, as I have my own. It took over a year to perfect, but I am obsessed with it. For bedrooms, I gravitate toward colors that soothe and are dark. So I choose deep, complex pigments because anything you put against them looks and feels grander and edgier than it really is," designer Abigail Ahern says. "My number one choice is Crosby; it’s brown with undertones of pink."
Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray
Looking for a timeless, classic hue? Look no further. "This TriBeCa apartment is one of my favorites! The whole apartment is gray and silver, so we wanted to run the theme into the bedrooms, too," Tali Roth says. "For the primary bedroom, I used Benjamin Moore Coventry Grey as it has this classic tone that worked perfectly with the charcoal bedhead and the brown fur. The moment we painted the space, it just elevated the feel of the bedroom.”
Donald Kaufman Proust Gray
Warm neutrals are always a win in a bedroom. "Currently, we’re loving the Donald Kaufman Color brand in shades like Achromatism, Baby Goat White, Bark, and Frog Mud," says Kara Smith, SFA Design.
Dunn Edwards Silver Spoon
We've found a color that looks good with everything—no matter your décor style or color scheme. “Dunn Edwards’s Silver Spoon is my go-to bedroom paint color. It’s a pale gray-blue that looks good with literally everything," Max Humphrey says." I love it with other shades of blue, and then black and white with pops of colors like red and olive green. It’s one of those colors that changes a bit depending on the time of day and the lighting in the room, which keeps things interesting.”
Benjamin Moore Graphite
This Benjamin Moore shade pairs perfectly with bright, crisp whites. “This SoHo loft is the tiniest bedroom space I’ve ever designed. There was one brick wall in the space, and the rest were regular plaster. I decided to highlight the texture of the brick with Benjamin Moore Super White and paint the other two walls in Benjamin Moore Graphite," Roth says.
Farrow & Ball Tallow
“I love pale colors in bedrooms: off-whites, soft grays, ivories. There’s something really peaceful about a pale palette, and if kept fairly monochromatic, it can also be very sophisticated," Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design says. Pair this hue with white bedding for a chic, calm, airy space.
Benjamin Moore Sidewalk Gray
Think gray is dull? Think again. This Benjamin Moore hue is perfect when paired with pops of color to accent it. “For this guest bedroom, I used Benjamin Moore Sidewalk Gray. It is a little cooler and perfect for the kind of space that had little pops of color! It’s the kind of gray that will suit whatever evolution this space goes through," Roth says.
Benjamin Moore Kitten Whiskers
“For a client’s guest bedroom, we used Benjamin Moore Kitten Whiskers. This color has the perfect balance of warm tones to create a soothing and resting space. It’s a gorgeous color. I love it!" says Sarah Magness of Magness Design. Pro tip: This shade pairs perfectly with blush and pink tones.
Farrow & Ball Green Smoke
If you're ready to go dark and dramatic, we have the perfect shade for you. “I love a moody bedroom and never shy away from a deep and dark color. Green Smoke has the right de-saturated and dramatic punch that you want from color whilst still feeling really dreamy and peaceful for a bedroom," Roth says.
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