The Best Bedroom Paint Colors of 2012

By Erik Neilson , last updated February 2, 2012

The color of the walls that surround you on a regular basis can have a dramatic impact on your overall state of mind. After all, there are a great deal of psychological components in color, all of which can make or break the comfort of a given room. When it comes to the bedroom, the importance of color cannot be overestimated. No one wants to wake up in a space that doesn’t feel right, and color can sometimes be the deciding factor. Fortunately, there are plenty of colors that are considered by many people to be ideal for painting a bedroom, all of which would serve as good choices for those who are on the fence. The following are just a few of the best bedroom paint colors of 2012, and taking them into consideration can help to streamline the decision-making process.

Hawthorne Yellow

There are a variety of different approaches that one could take to painting a bedroom. One of the most preferred is to attempt to emulate sunlight, in which case people often use yellow. That said, a yellow that is too bright can clash with other elements in the room, and can be very unattractive. If you’d like to add some yellow to your room without causing a disconnect, Hawthorne yellow is the perfect option. Light, airy and comforting, Hawthorne yellow can do a lot for making your room more comfortable to wake up in each morning. Perhaps the best thing about this color is that it's neutral shade makes it easy to pair with practically any other color. It’s difficult to find something to disagree with about Hawthorne yellow, making it one of the best choices for painting a bedroom.


One of the most important things to remember when choosing a color for your bedroom is that those that are too dark can be positively smothering. Nobody wants to sleep in a room that makes him or her feel this way, which is why purple is often avoided. That said, lilac is an excellent option for people who love purple, yet want to avoid making their room feel overly dark. Lilac tends to be relatively light, and is perfect for pairing with blues, reds, and even yellows. Lilac also serves as an excellent accent color, which many people use it as when they want to paint the walls of their bedroom a different color. Relaxing, comforting, and pleasant to look at, lilac is always a solid choice.

Forest Green

The psychology of the color green is difficult to argue with. Green can make just about any room feel more clean and relaxing, and is the preferred color of many when it comes to painting walls. Forest green is deep without being overly dark, and looks great when used as the primary color in a bedroom. Forest green can also be paired very easily with neutrals; browns look fantastic next to this color. When in doubt, don't hesitate to go green!

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