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The Best Wall Colors for Bedrooms

A bedroom is a special place in a home. It is a place of rest, relaxation, solitude, and intimacy.

Before we discuss actual colors, lets talk for a minute about what makes a wall color right for a bedroom.

Of all the spaces in a house, the bedroom is the place where you want to feel most at home. A well designed bedroom, with the right wall color, helps promote sleep and increase rest.

Typically, cool colors are considered to be calming. Cool colors include blue, green, and purple. Because of the psychological (and even physiological) effects of cool colors, they tend to be the best choices for bedroom walls.

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What is the Best Color for Bedroom Walls?

The best color for a bedroom wall is thought to be blue.

According to a study by Travelodge, blue painted walls help to reduce blood pressure and heart rate, and the calming shade is associated with restfulness.

For these reasons, blue is considered the best color to paint your bedroom walls. In addition, blue is the most relaxing color you can paint your bedroom walls.

Blue Bedroom Walls

Painting your bedroom walls blue is the best paint color to choose if you want to sleep well. Blue is also one of the most popular colors to paint a bedroom wall.

Here are some gorgeous blue bedroom walls:

Light and Airy Blue Bedroom Wall Color

Best Wall Colors for a Bedroom - blue/green

This blue bedroom wall carries slight green undertones, making it the perfect shade for a master bedroom, nursery, child’s room or spare room. A light and airy bedroom wall color is a great way to give the room a classical look.

Paint Colors to Get the Look

Sherwin Williams Copen Blue

Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue

PPG Water Lily

Pale Blue Bedroom Wall Color

Best Wall Colors for a Bedroom - pale blue

Pale blue is another great choice for a bedroom wall. This sky blue paint color has hints of a gray undertone, which give it a more mature look in a room. The more gray in the paint, the easier it goes from being only for a little boys room, to appropriate for a master bedroom.

Paint Colors to Get the Look

Sherwin Williams Sleepy Hollow

Benjamin Moore Harbor Fog

PPG Chambray

Deep Blue Bedroom Wall Color

Best Wall Colors for a Bedroom - deep blue

Bedroom walls don’t have to be light and airy to promote good sleep. These deep blue bedroom walls have a fair amount of green and gray undertones in them. Again, gray undertones are helpful in maturing a color for use throughout the home.

Paint Colors to Get the Look

Sherwin Williams Mediterranean

Benjamin Moore Aegean Teal

PPG Prussian Blue

Navy Bedroom Wall Color

Navy Blue Wall Color for a Bedroom

Last, navy is a blue great color for bedroom walls. Navy tends to act as a neutral more than as a color, so it is a perfect dark wall shade. Navy walls are great in master bedrooms, spare rooms, and even in a little boys room.

As a note, navy walls are going to make the room feel much darker. They won’t reflect as much light, due to having a low LRV. Because of this, you may want to proceed with caution unless you, A) want a dark room for better sleep, B) use the navy paint only as an accent wall, or C) have a room with a lot of natural light.

Paint Colors to Get the Look

Sherwin William’s Naval

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy

PPG Annapolis Blue

For other great blue paint colors, check out this post!

Green Bedroom Walls

Green is another great color for bedroom walls. The Travelodge study found it to be the third best wall color for getting lots of sleep (after yellow – which is a surprise finding!).

Green walls bring about a calming effect after a busy day. This color is also associated with healing and nature.

Here are some great green bedrooms:

Light Green Bedroom Wall Color

Sage Green Wall Color for a Bedroom

These sage green walls are very serene and calming. They have a slight bit of a gray undertone, which keeps them from coming across as too cheery.

Paint Colors to Get the Look

Sherwin Williams Livable Green

Benjamin Moore Soft Fern

PPG Frosty Pine

Fern Green Bedroom Wall Color

Fern Green Wall Color for a Bedroom

Even a brighter green can work on a bedroom wall. This fern green wall makes for a perfect boho feel for this room. While orange and bright green can feel somewhat stimulating, the look comes together nicely for an all around peaceful space.

Paint Colors to Get the Look

Sherwin Williams Seawashed Glass

Benjamin Moore Spruce Green

PPG Catnip

Dark Green Bedroom Wall Color

Dark Green Wall Color for a Bedroom

This dark hunter green wall is brightened up by white furnishings, but it could also work with wood furniture. Earthy and deep, a dark green wall gives a moody but serene feeling to a room.

Paint Colors to Get the Look

Sherwin Williams Dard Hunter Green

Benjamin Moore Regent Green

PPG Crystal Ball

Gray Bedroom Walls

Gray walls are extremely popular – probably the most popular paint color these days.

Gray paint ranges from warmer greiges (gray with beige undertones) to cooler blue or green toned grays. Both are great for bedrooms, because they are soothing and unstimulating.

Here are some gorgeous gray bedrooms:

Greige Bedroom Wall Color

Greige Wall Color for a Bedroom

This bedroom features a greige wall, making it a perfect backdrop for any accessories or coordinating colors. Greiges tend to work well with both wood and white trim, and can easily create a neutral expanse in a room.

Paint Colors to Get the Look

Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray

PPG Rabbit’s Ear

Click here for more top greige paint colors!

Cool Gray Bedroom Wall Color

Cool Gray Wall Color for a Bedroom

A cooler gray is also a great choice for a room. As mentioned above, cool grays have green or blue undertones, and this makes them great choices for a bedroom. While cool grays are less popular than warm grays right now, they can be a very nice neutral backdrop for a bedroom. In addition, cool gray walls work in nurseries, children’s rooms, spare rooms and master bedrooms.

Paint Colors to Get the Look

Sherwin Williams Passive

Benjamin Moore Gray Cloud

PPG Pittsburgh Gray

Also, be sure to check out the top 20 gray paint colors!

White Bedroom Walls

White walls are hugely popular for 2021, and white bedroom walls are no exception. White walls tend to give a space a clean, minimalistic look. In a bedroom, white walls promote peace and openness.

Here are some stunning white bedroom walls:

Cool White Bedroom Wall Color

Cool White Wall Color for a Bedroom

This cool white paint has tinges of gray underneath, giving it just a bit of depth and pulling it back from being too bright.

Paint Colors to Get the Look

Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice

Benjamin Moore Paper White

PPG Pacific Pearl

Warm White Bedroom Wall Color

Warm White Wall Color for a Bedroom

Warm white walls tend to be a bit more versatile and popular than cool white walls. A warm white paint gives a space a welcoming, bright look that can work with all types of furnishings and accessories.

Paint Colors to Get the Look

Sherwin Williams Alabaster

Benjamin Moore White Dove

PPG Delicate White

Click this link for other great white paint colors!

Purple Bedroom Walls

Purple is the last cool color on the color wheel. While purple is generally considered to be a cool color, it has pink undertones, which means that it also has a bit of warmth to it. It sort of straddles the warm/cool line. The pink undertones in purple bedroom walls make it a romantic sort of paint color. Purple is also thought of as an invigorating shade, so picking the right purple for you is important.

If you want an exciting purple, go with one with more brightness. If you want a calming purple, choose one in the lavender family, or one with gray undertones.

Romantic Purple Bedroom Wall Color

Romantic Purple Wall Color for Bedroom

Purple bedroom walls lend a more romantic look to an otherwise cool space. This lavender painted wall looks gorgeous with the dark wood undertones, but would look just as nice with white furnishings.

Paint Colors to Get the Look

Sherwin Williams Silver Peony

Benjamin Moore Winter Gray

PPG Silver Chalice

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Final Thoughts on Wall Colors for Bedrooms

The color that you paint your bedroom wall is one of most important paint choices you’ll make in your home. The right color can increase your sleep and promote great rest. In addition, it’ll make your space feel like your own.

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Christie Schneider

Tuesday 5th of January 2021

Your color reviews are very helpful and informative and I've learned a lot from them. Thank you! I also like how you've included the LRV numbers in some of them, but you don't go overboard with the science of color theory. I think there is a mistake in the title Warm Gray Bedroom Wall Color as you discuss warm white walls and suggest Alabaster and White Dove- no mention of warm gray in the paragraph. (I'm a can't-help-it, just-see-it proof-reader.)

Lauren

Wednesday 6th of January 2021

Thank you for your kind words, Christie, and for your keen eye! I noticed that mistake earlier, and thought I fixed it - but with 4 kids, I guess I got distracted before I actually got around to fixing it. I updated it now! :).