Bedroom Colors Ideas

By Joseph Boyle , last updated February 24, 2011

Bedrooms are generally fairly calm, low-traffic, living spaces, which means when choosing a paint color, unless you have a specific desire for a bold statement, you probably want to go for a fairly subdued color that suits your personality and that will allow you to relax and feel comfortable. The color you choose should be indicative of your own personal sense of creativity and style. Your bedroom is your own private sanctuary, and as such, the most important thing above all is that it works for you. Choosing a color to paint your bedroom color can be a daunting task. This article will help you decide what direction you want to go in.

Setting the Mood

As a starting point, it is good to figure out what sort of mood you want to set in your bedroom. Colors have temperatures. Warm or cool, from the lightest lights to the darkest darks, take a moment to establish what effect you are going for. In general, quiet muted tones tend to be favorites as they are comfortable and relaxing, they also allow for a sense of visual expansion, which can be quite nice in smaller spaces. Something to consider when choosing your bedroom color is the color scheme of the furniture you will have in your bedroom. If there is already a strong color theme in your furniture, you might want to make sure to choose a color that will compliment the theme that already exists. If your furniture is bright, you may want to go with a more neutral paint color, to provide contrast.


Red tends to establish quite an intense energy in a room. It raises the energy level, and can evoke a strong emotional reaction. It tends to raise adrenaline levels, having been shown to increase blood pressure and speed respiration and heart rate. It is generally considered too stimulating for bedrooms, but if that is the effect you are looking for, red may be the way to go.


Yellow has a tendency to communicate a bright sense of happiness, warmth, and sunshine. It can be energizing and uplifting, and can feel inviting and expansive. While it does establish a cheery mood, you should be careful when choosing yellow as the main color influence in your bedroom, as it can be fatiguing to the eyes, and like red, might be a bit too overstimulating for a bedroom environment.


Blue has a serene and calming effect. It has the reverse effect that red tends to have, slowing blood pressure and bringing down respiration and heart rate. Be especially careful when choosing a blue, however, as you do not want to establish an overly chilly or cold presence on the walls. A blue bedroom color should be tempered with more warm colored furnishings. Softer shades of blue are best, because while light blues can set a relaxing mood, darker blues can have the opposite effect, bringing out a sense of sadness or depression.


Green tends to have the most restful impact on the eyes, and is thus considered well-suited for almost any room in your home. It is relaxing and comforting without being cold. It establishes a sense of peace and serenity. If this is the mood you want in your bedroom, then green might be the right color choice for you. It is believed to promote stress relief, and also fertility.


Orange is an energizing color that fills a room with excitement and enthusiasm. It can pump up the energy factor in a room, with an up-and-at-'em sort of feel. It is not generally considered a great color for bedrooms, so unless you have a specific reason for choosing it, you may want to steer clear of oranges.


Purple is considered a luxurious and creative color. It can be rich, and filled with drama and sophistication in its darker hues. Light purples, such a lilac or lavender can bring out similar feelings to blue, without the danger of feeling cold or sad. It tends to add a certain amount of depth and can be a very good choice as a secondary color.

Black, White, Gray and Brown

And finally, neutral colors, like black, white, gray and brown are essential tools in the designer's toolbelt. The use of neutrals can calm things down. They are best used to accent colors. It can ground the mood, and add a sense of depth and proportion.

So there you have it, a basic layout of the common effects and moods evoked by different colors. Now you can put some thought into the design effect you are going for and then break out the paint brushes.

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